What's on this month in Cornwall
PUBLISHED: 14:46 02 July 2019 | UPDATED: 09:37 03 July 2019
We pick some of the best events, festivals, days out and performances happening in Cornwall in July 2019
This year's Eden Sessions come to a close with two sell-out concerts by Kylie Minogue as part of her Golden UK tour to celebrate her 50th birthday. Kylie will perform a series of career-spanning hits from her unparalleled back catalogue and tracks from her latest album, Golden, including the singles Stop Me From Falling and Dancing.
The Eden Sessions, now in their 18th year, have welcomed artists like Gary Barlow, Björk, Muse, Oasis, Lionel Richie and Sir Elton John.
Check out the website (edensessions.com) for details of the Track Pass scheme for early booking.
Penzance Literary Festival
3 - 6 July
The Penzance Literary Festival, now in its tenth year, has been dubbed 'the friendliest litfest in the UK', and returns with an enticing lineup of well-known and up-and-coming authors.
Last year's festival had ticket sales of more than 1,500 and this year's programme is likely to prove equally as appealing.
The acclaimed novelist Tim Pears makes a welcome return to the Penzance Literary Festival to talk about The Redeemed, the third and final novel in his acclaimed West Country trilogy, which The Guardian described as 'a feat of perception and description that earns him a place among a pantheon that stretches from Thomas Hardy to Flora Thompson'.
Kate Clanchy, the teacher and award-winning writer, joins local best-selling Cornwall-based novelist Patrick Gale to discuss England: Poems from a School - an anthology of poems by her students of Oxford Spires Academy - and her new book, Some Kids I Taught and What They Taught Me, praised by Philip Pullman as 'The best book on teachers and children and writing that I've ever read'.
John Harvey (pictured below), one of the 'greats' of British crime writing, and the creator of the memorable fictional detectives Charlie Resnick and Frank Elder, will look back on an illustrious 40-year career and talk about his final novel, Body and Soul, featuring the retired DS Frank Elder, now living in a village on the Cornish coast. Penzance Lit Fest is a charity, run by volunteers.
News and updates can be found on the festival website pzlitfest.co.uk
The Campaign for Wooll pop-up
3 - 13 July
This summer The Campaign For Wool will unveil the first ever Wool Beach Lodge, popping up for 10 days on Porthtowan Beach. The interactive Lodge will be home to an exciting programme of summer events celebrating the versatility and sustainability of wool in outdoor activities and sports for visitors and holidaymakers to experience and enjoy.
The roster of summer activities will feature surfing, yoga, wool workshops and beach movie screenings all hosted by Campaign for Wool supporters, as well as an exclusive hike with author and survival expert, John Hudson. Consumers can sign up for activities via Eventbrite, or can simply stop by and chill at the Lodge, which will be decked out in the latest woolly developments from leading brand partners in the worlds of interiors, sport and fashion
13 July - 11 August
The Byre Gallery in Millbrook is a short distance from the beautiful Rame Peninsula, inspiration to many a Cornish artist. Two of the Duchy's brightest creative talents, Siobhan Purdy and Susan Kinley, have their work at the heart of a vibrant summer exhibition - The Coast is Clear.
Siobhan's work is created from memories, experience and family history. She paints in oils on canvas or board where her surfaces build up a history to give a sense of vulnerability on the surface with the earlier layers showing a strength underneath. Sometimes areas of the paint have a crayon-like effect, which enhances the childlike qualities. Siobhan has a studio at Krowji near Redruth.
Following her MA at the Royal College of Art, Susan Kinley established a studio in London, moving to Cornwall in the 1990s to take up a fellowship at Falmouth University. Her work has been widely exhibited in the UK and internationally, with numerous awards including,
Arts Council England and the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation. Her many commissions have included the British Embassy in Dublin, the Met Office and Penlee House Art Gallery and Museum, Penzance.
At the heart of Susan's practice is a drive to cross boundaries of disciplines, materials and processes and respond to particular places across time. Her starting points are often archaeological sites at the coastal boundaries of Britain and Ireland. She works in glass, enamels and Japanese mirror.
The summer exhibition will also feature work in ceramics, glass, jewellery and textiles from many of the Byre Gallery's regular artists and makers, including Lucy Burley, Sophie Harding, Rebecca Harvey, and Chris Taylor.
The Byre gallery is close to the fishing villages of Kingsand and Cawsand and the beautiful sweep of beach at Whitsand Bay. It is the brainchild of Elaine Dye, who after a career in arts, media and the BBC, took an MA in Curating. Graduation coincided with the completion of a renovation project which turned some dilapidated Cornish barns into a home with gallery space attached. Elaine curates five exhibitions a year and has built up a loyal following of art devotees who travel hundreds of miles every year to see her pick of the best artistic talent from Cornwall and beyond.
For information on the exhibition go to thebyregallery.co.uk
Last year this event ran at an earlier date to avoid a clash with Dartmouth Classics. This year it's back in its familiar place at the end of July when the Fowey Classics will celebrate the 90th anniversary of the Troy Class - the local keelboat first built in
Fowey in 1929 by local boatbuilder Archie Watty.
These boats have a lovely romantic history. The author Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch, who lived locally, was the Commodore of the Royal Fowey Yacht Club. In his novels, he set them in the place he knew best, Fowey, and renamed it Troy. Permission was sought to give this new class of locally-built boats the same name.
There are two clubs in Fowey - the Royal Fowey Yacht Club and the Fowey Gallants Sailing Club. The vintage boats, traditional replicas and modern classics will make an appealing sight on the deep waters of the River Fowey in competition and during the Parade of Sail. Or you can take part in the Fowey Classics Picnic.
Port Eliot Festival
Port Eliot Festival, as previewed in last month's Cornwall Life, features an eclectic line-up of entertainment from words (Newnight's Emily Maitlis and Katy Brand) and music (Charlotte Church), to comedy (Robin Ince and Shappi Khorsandi) to a fashion icon (Dame Zandra Rhodes).
While they provide food for the soul, there's plenty of real food to entertain hungry festivalgoers. Port Eliot's reputation for beautiful food is unmatched by any other UK festival. From the Open Fire stage, to the House's Georgian Big Kitchen and onward to the multitude of food stalls, stands and bars serving magnificent meals. This year, the festival will open a delicious and inviting relaxation spot next to the House, run by Ben Quinn of Woodfired Canteen. Impromptu long-table dinners for hundreds of diners will also spring up unexpectedly at a variety of special spots on the site.
The Open Fire stage will feature some of the most exciting chefs in Britain today, corralled by chef, writer and broadcaster, Valentine Warner. They include Olia Hercules, who celebrates family recipes, from Ukraine and Moldova to Azerbaijan and Uzbekistan and Group Head Chef at River Cottage HQ, Gill Meller. In The Big Kitchen Zoe Adjonyoh shares recipes from her Ghanaian heritage, Polly Russell takes about the history of food and author of Dinner with Dickens, Pen Vogler, will prepare the Victorian recipes served by Charles Dickens to the many guests invited to his home. Polpo founder, award-winning restaurateur, writer and broadcaster, Russell Norman will make a welcome return.
There's a whole world of flavour including the traditional, homey Middle Eastern food of Honey & Co - Sarit Pacher and Itamar Srulovich whose latest book, At Home, is all about the food they cook in their own kitchen.
26 - 28 July
The very first Leopallooza, back in 2006, was meant to be a one-off, a party for friends of farmer's son Lee Ellis which would provide somewhere for his own band to play. A lot has changed, but not the original spirit of this unique event. Since its inception, Leopallooza has played host to hundreds of bands, DJs and artists but remains a festival built by festival lovers with everything handpicked by a small team. The festival site near Week St Mary - now called The Wyldes - in a hidden, tree-filled Cornish valley, just a few miles from the sea, is family friendly for the three days and nights.
It may have been around for a while, but the independent spirit lives on. Ticket prices are kept as low as possible, bar prices are sensible and camping is free. Leopallooza was the first festival to ban single use plastic drinking cups and, in 2011, introduced bamboo straws. Everything is sustainable with recycled materials used wherever possible and, to discourage plastic use, there's free tap water available throughout the site. They even ask that you use eco-friendly glitter.
So the environmentally-friendly boxes are ticked, but what about the line-up? Headlining this year are indie rock band The Vaccines who have a new single out, All My Friends Are Falling in Love, Welsh rockers Feeder, winners of two Kerrang! Awards and Friendly Fires whose debut album was nominated for the Mercury Prize in 2009.
Also performing are DJs Ed Solo and Danny Byrd, singer songwriter Bessie Turner, busy five-piece Kawala from London, the lyrically compelling Sophie and The Giants and Elvana (aka Elvis-fronted Nirvana).
For information visit leopallooza.com
St Endellion Summer Festival
30 July - 9 August
The St Endellion Summer Festival was founded in 1958, when a musical priest, Roger Gaunt, was inspired to invite a group of college friends down to help him renovate St Endellion's derelict rectory. Slowly the festival grew and evolved from small-scale concerts and an annual play to include an orchestra and a chorus.
Artistic Director Mark Padmore has taken up the baton and continues the tradition of concert performances of opera. This year's festival will include two performances of Benjamin Britten's final operatic masterpiece, Death in Venice.
For details of the 2019 programme visit endellionfestivals.org.uk
A Perfect World Miracle Theatre
Miracle Theatre are back doing what they do best - delivering exciting, theatrical adventures in outdoor spaces. Their latest show, A Perfect World, is in full swing this month having kicked off a tour in June.
Written by Miracle's Bill Scott with music by Tom Adams, this brand new show follows a feisty young woman as she ventures into a Boys' Own world of undiscovered jungles, treasure maps, camp fires and penknives.
Leading her team of quarrelsome explorers she stumbles into a peaceful paradise… but is it too good to be true?
July dates in Cornwall include the Minack Theatre (1-5 July), St Just (16), Trerice (17), Penlee Park, Penzance (18 and 19), Carn Marth, Redruth (20), Isles of Scilly (24-27) and Sterts near Liskeard (31).
For full tour dates and ticket information go to miracletheatre.co.uk
Family events at Heligan
The summer holidays start in earnest and there are plenty of outdoor things for youngsters (and grown-ups) to enjoy
For the first time since the Victorian era, visitors to The Lost Gardens of Heligan will be able walk under the Jungle's enormous historic tree ferns and follow the Jungle watercourse along the valley floor, offering views and an experience lost for a century.
Creation of the new Jungle path began last year, clearing land and cutting back overgrown shrubs. This work revealed the impressive trunks of tree ferns estimated to be 150 years old as well as identifying one tree fern with possibly the largest girth in the UK.
The Jungle gardeners realised that their 'new' path was in fact part of an original one created by the Tremaynes in the early 1900s. You can access the new route via a boardwalk and follow the stream to a new quartz-edged Jungle pool, bubbling from the area's natural springs. Granite stepping stones take you across the water and past a previously hidden fallen tree fern that that resembles a giant elephant's trunk.
Lush new plantings with rare ferns and splashes of floral colour all add to the new Jungle magic.
For more exploration, join the Wildlife Watch for a Rockpool Expedition at Porthcothan on 6 July. Expert Heather Buttivant (cornishrockpools.com) will be your guide for a half-mile walk through a lovely valley to a secluded rocky beach. The event is free but you will need sturdy footwear as there are hills and rocks. Over six-years-old only but bring a picnic to make the most of it. The walk starts at 12.30pm, for details email firstname.lastname@example.org.
At Pentillie Castle all-male theatre group The Lord Chamberlain's Men perform A Midsummer Night's Dream on 24 July at 7.30pm, gardens open from 5.30pm. For information visit pentillie.co.uk.
You will find more information for The Lost Gardens of Heligan at heligan.com, for Cornwall Wildlife Trust it's cornwallwildlifetrust.org.uk.
This summer the Market House Gallery in Marazion hosts Take Two - an exhibition of paintings by artists Simeon Stafford and Alison Summerfield. While their energy emanates from their respective canvases, their two styles are quite different making for a diverse and interesting exhibition. The focus on fun and vibrancy of Alison Stafford's figures in their Cornish surrounds contrasts with naïve painter Simeon Summerfield's perspective on Nature's own forces where the viewer is alone.
The exhibition opens on 28 June and runs throughout July, seven days a week. Visit markethousegallery.co.uk for details.