What’s on this month in Cornwall

PUBLISHED: 10:22 02 October 2018 | UPDATED: 10:22 02 October 2018

Explore everything the Isles of Scilly have to offer during their walking festival

Explore everything the Isles of Scilly have to offer during their walking festival


We pick some of the best events, festivals, days out and performances happening in Cornwall in October 2018

Truro Trend

1-6 October

Truro’s week-long annual fashion event celebrates the variety of fashion and beauty businesses on offer in Cornwall’s retail capital.

The highlight of the week is the Catwalk at the Cathedral where the catwalk stretches the full length of the nave and is usually a sell-out event.

This event is accompanied by a week of instore events offers and promotions throughout Truro’s many, and varied, fashion boutiques and stores.

It’s organised by the Truro Business Improvement District – details at trurobid.co.uk.


Falmouth Beer Festival

4-6 October

Falmouth’s Events Square will host the CAMRA Kernow Falmouth Beer Festival which will feature more than 240 fantastic real ales from local and national breweries and microbreweries, more than 70 real ciders and perries and a range of craft beers, a Cornish gin bar and wines. There will be lots of street food stalls, tutored beer tastings on Friday and Saturday and live entertainment.

Buy your festival entry package for £10 which includes admission, £4.95 of beer tokens, a festival glass and festival programme. CAMRA members receive an additional £1.65 of beer tokens. Non-drinkers pay £3 entry with soft drinks available for purchase.

Visit falmouth.co.uk for details.


The Camel Estuary

3-13 October

Powerful images of the Cornish coast are at the heart of an exhibition of new works by landscape painter Sarah Adams which has been two years in the making.

The Camel Estuary exhibition features stunning vistas from Stepper to Padstow and from Rock to Pentire – North Cornwall’s largest tidal inlet with its sloping dunes, sandy bays and pulsing tides framed by the dark shelter of caves or glimpsed beyond complex geological features.

Sarah, who studied at Falmouth School of Art in the 1980s, returned to Cornwall in 2006. Although she has lived and worked in Padstow since returning, this is the first series devoted entirely to the Camel Estuary, a subject close to her heart and right on her doorstep.

She says she has been inspired by the landscape on her daily walk on the beach with her dog.

“Rounding Stepper Point into the comparative shelter of the Camel Estuary, the landscape softens and the atmosphere is quite different from that of the coast. The beach sand here is over 80% shell content, and low tide reveals glistening acres of it, bathing the dunes and hillsides in brilliant reflected light.

“The sea mist that often shrouds the outlines of Stepper and Pentire is less apparent further upstream, and approaching the harbour, the caves are colourful with algae, untroubled by the turbulent waters of the coast,” she explains.

“The curve of Brea Hill dominates, towering over the dunes on either side. As with Stepper and Pentire, drawing it holds the challenge of portraiture, the features as familiar as the face of a friend.”

Rupert Maas, owner of the Maas Gallery in London where the exhibition is being held, says Sarah “explores the Camel Estuary with the wonder and curiosity of a child and examines it with the forensic attention of a geologist.”



Ocean Film Festival

4-5 October

This touring film festival is back in the Westcountry with a brand new selection of movies so magnificent you can almost smell the sea spray.

The fifth tour of the UK is the biggest to date, offering what Festival Director Neil Teasdale says is “stunning cinematography and mesmerising storytelling.”

2018 films include Kiwi Breeze, about a New Zealander’s 24,000km voyage from London to his birthplace in a 44ft yacht he’s built himself over nine years; a rowing adventure across the South Atlantic with Latvian friends Karlis and Gints and their second-hand boat, Touched by Ocean, and the passion of surfing in The Big Wave Project, which was five years in the making. The award-winning Blue looks at the way the oceans are changing and the individuals who are defending habitats and protecting keystone species and Scarlet’s Tale reveals what happened when aspiring sportsman Achmat encountered a 4.7m Great White Shark called Scarlet in the sea off Africa.

The Ocean Film Festival is at the Regal in Redruth. For details and booking go to oceanfilmfestival.co.uk


Falmouth Oyster Festival

11-14 October

Falmouth celebrates the start of the oyster dredging season with the Falmouth Oyster Festival and four dates of feasting, cooking demos, live music, food and craft stalls.

The Falmouth Oyster Festival, now in its 22nd year, is one of Cornwall’s biggest and best loved specialist food festivals, dedicated to the native Fal Oyster and the diversity of Cornish seafood.

There will be cookery demonstrations every day during the festival with top chefs and food experts from Cornwall’s hotels and restaurants, inspiring visitors to try their hand at unusual and exciting seafood combinations and indulge in the tastes of native oysters, wines, ales and local produce.

Chefs taking part this year include local favourites Dale McIntosh of the Gylly Beach Cafe, Falmouth, formerly of the Pandora Inn and the Merchants Manor who was a quarter finalist of Masterchef: The Professionals; Nick Hodges of The Greenbank Hotel’s Water’s Edge restaurant who has been delivering chef demos at the Falmouth Oyster Festival since day one and Ken Symons of the popular Oliver’s in the town.

Other Cornish chefs making the most of local produce are Chris Eden who has been head chef at the Driftwood in Portscatho for the past eight years taking it to three AA Rosettes and winning his first Michelin Star in 2012. Annie Sibert of cookery school My Fish Kitchen in Mawnan Smith will demonstrate how to fillet and cook fish and Arty Williams of The Cove, Maenporth, will create exciting fish dishes.

Matt Slater of Cornwall Wildlife Trust will return to give an update on Cornwall Wildlife Trust’s project, the Cornwall Good Seafood Guide.

The programme also includes live music, Cornish food produce, arts and crafts, real ale and wine bars, oyster and seafood bars, a Working Boat race, Grand Oyster Parade, shucking competition and Grand Oyster Draw.

Last year’s event attracted 45.000 visitors who ate 20,000 oysters between them.

Details of the chef demonstration timings and other events can be found at falmouthoysterfestival.co.uk.


North Cornwall Book Festival

4–7 October

It’s only in its sixth year but this festival punches well above its weight, bringing together local, national and international authors for talks, conversations, workshops and interviews for two entertaining and inspiring days.

This year’s guest speakers include Man Booker prizewinning author Anne Enright, internationally celebrated novelist Joanna Trollope, Booker shortlisted Fiona Mozley, stand-up comedian and classicist Natalie Haynes, Worst Witch creator Jill Murphy, Nina Stibbe on her latest novel, sea-inspired writers Philip Hoare and Horatio Clare and many more. There will be workshops led by leading authors on writing poetry, fiction and non-fiction.

There’s also an art exhibition and concert performances.

The festival is part of Endelienta, the year-round arts programme at St Endellion, and has as its artistic director Penzance-based author Patrick Gale.

Visit ncornbookfest.org for a full programme.


Cliff Richard

12 October

Celebrating an amazing 60 years in showbusiness, Sir Cliff Richard will be performing some of his greatest hits in his Anniversary Tour which is being beamed live into cinemas throughout Cornwall.

We say “some of his greatest hits” because, after six decades in the business, there are plenty to choose from – a staggering 103 album releases, a record breaking 123 single hits and the equivalent of 20 years spent in the UK charts.

The show at Manchester Bridgewater Hall on 12 October will be screened live in cinemas in Penzance, Falmouth, Redruth, Truro, St Austell, Newquay, Wadebridge and Bodmin.



Walk Scilly Weekend

11–15 October

Explore the magic of Scilly on the cusp of the season when the nights are drawing in and there can be a nip to the fresh sea air. Put your walking boots on and discover a multitude of themed treks with experienced local guides. Feast on locally foraged foods, learn about maritime history, discover the wildlife, flora and fauna of Scilly or experience a beach landing on one the uninhabited islands.

Just 28 miles off the coast of Land’s End, the Isles of Scilly offer infinite variety on a remote archipelago a world away from the rest of England. The Walk Scilly events, held twice a year, allow visitors to explore what Scilly has to offer, whether you head for St Mary’s, Tresco, St Martin’s, Bryher or St Agnes or the once inhabited islets of Samson, Teän or St Helen’s or discover the Eastern Isles or Bishop Rock.

The Isles of Scilly are a compact cluster of 140 or so low-lying islands, the largest measuring three by two miles; the smallest no bigger than a rock – and all within a short boat ride of each other.

Why not discover the archaeology and history of Samson which was abandoned by residents in 1855? Visit ruined post-medieval buildings, Bronze Age burial chambers and stone rows. And enjoy the spectacular views from the top of South Hill.

Or take a full day’s walk to see the wildlife and flora of St Agnes and neighbouring Gugh. Or enjoy Scilly’s Dark Skies status with a night walk: the perfect place to look up into the unpolluted darkness and observe the magical Milky Way, planets and stars in all their splendour.

Go to visitislesofscilly.com for information.

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