The weekend is fast approaching and for those still deciding how to spend their Friday through to Sunday, we pick 5 of the best ways to spend your weekend in Cornwall
- Boardmasters Festival, 9-13 August
Cornwall’s homegrown festival Boardmasters offer world class surfing at Fistral Beach in Newquay and top music acts by the sea at Watergate Bay. Indie pop legends Two Door Cinema Club who are on an all-time high with the release of their new Top 10 album Gameshow, will headline the main stage on Friday 11 August.
Headlining the following night is Jamiroquai, the man behind the hits Virtual Insanity, Space Cowboy and Cosmic Girl. On Sunday the music is brought to a close with the eccentric, folktronic three-piece who recently scored a number 1 with their second album This Is All Yours, Alt-J.
Last year the grassroots surf and music festival, which began in 1981, welcomed more than 150,000 festival goers to Cornwall to watch International Surf Competitions and enjoy live music, Surfing starts on the Wednesday, music on the Friday.
- The Merry Wives of Windsor, 10-15 August
The Festival Players Theatre Company will bring their touring production of William Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor to Cornwall this month. The all-male company has been touring Shakespeare plays for more than 30 years. This production has all the hallmarks of their work – it’s in full costume, in a crystal-clear and fast-paced two-hour production.
The story centres on Falstaff, the ‘Fat Knight’ who also appears in Henry IV as drinking buddy of young Prince Henry. Down on his luck and staying in Windsor, the roguish and foolish Falstaff plans to seduce not one but two married women so he can get his hands on their husbands’ money. However, the wiley wives of Windsor prove more than a match for him in this hilarious comedy.
A small cast of six play multiple roles demanding quick costume changes, as well as performing as singers and musicians. This gives an exciting opportunity for the actors to show their energy and versatility. It is directed by Michael Dyer, former director of Cornwall’s Minack Open Air Theatre. It’s his 13th consecutive production with the company.
Music has been specially written for The Merry Wives of Windsor by folk star Johnny Coppin, front man of the cult Seventies folk-rock group Decameron.
- Falmouth Week comes to a close, 11-12 August
One of Falmouth’s biggest weeks of the year will come to a close this weekend with a celebration of fireworks and partying. Friday evening will see the ‘Epic 80s v 90s EXTRAVAGANZA’ with an array of live performances and an 80s/90s DJ hitting the decks for the evening. The event is for the over 18s only.
Friday night will also see a spectacular fireworks display in Falmouth Harbour at 10pm (weather depending). There will also be a BBQ and local ales for the sailing clubs to enjoy.
On Saturday evening, the official Falmouth Week closing party will take place in the Regatta Village from 8pm.
- Rockpool Explorer! St Michael’s Mount, 11 August
On Friday 11 August, combine your visit to St Michael’s Mount with a chance to discover the weird and wonderful creatures who live at the water’s edge. Join Great Scott! Adventures Outdoors for a rummage in the rockpools.
Rockpool Explorer! Is suitable for all ages and there’s no need to book, just drop in the at the start time (10am). Meet at the Great Scott! Flag near the start of the causeway leading from St Michael’s Mount. Wear rockpooling shoes or old trainers as the rocks are very slippery in crocs or flip flops. Bring your buckets and sense of adventure!
- Jenny Llewellyn Jewellery Show, until 16 August
Mix It Up is an exhibition from the award-winning jewellery designer Jenny Llewellyn which takes its inspiration from the luminous colours, shapes and movement of underwater life. London-based Jenny’s work is characterised by handcrafted, organise forms in vibrant bursts of silicone. She experiments with colour to create tactile and fun pieces, available in the full spectrum of colours from discreet pops of monochrome, to full statement colour-fades. The exhibition is at Mirri Damer Jewellery Falmouth.