What's on this month in Cornwall

PUBLISHED: 10:03 28 August 2019

Artists harnessing Artificial Intelligence have their work on display at the Eden Project this month. PICTURE: HUFTON AND CROW

Artists harnessing Artificial Intelligence have their work on display at the Eden Project this month. PICTURE: HUFTON AND CROW


The summer holidays might be coming to an end, but that doesn't mean the calendar of events is any less busy here in Cornwall



This exhibition at the National Maritime Museum in Falmouth celebrates 50 years since Sir Robin Knox-Johnston's remarkable achievement as the first person to sail single handed and non-stop around the world. He was considered the underdog by many when he set sail from Falmouth in his yacht Suhaili on the 1968-69 Sunday Times Golden Globe Race. He had struggled to raise money to take part, faced 80-foot waves, battled appendicitis, made repairs in shark infested waters and lost radio contact for four months. This exhibition features photographs and objects from his personal collection.

Visit nmmc.co.uk for details




It's your last chance to catch the fascinating exhibition at the Eden Project which examines how artificial intelligence and human creativity interact. It asks whether Nature, which has been a powerful source of artistic inspiration for centuries, will also inspire machines.

The exhibition, curated by Blanca Pérez Ferrer and supported by Falmouth University, brings together the creations of five artists inspired by nature that have been modified and co-produced by Artificial Intelligence - LIA, Anna Ridler, Ian Gouldstone, David Bowen, and Jon McCormack.

The exhibition comprises very different spaces; one is full of light, in which the works have been inspired by plants. Another contains an enigmatic cube inside which we can see a dark space punctuated by moving colourful geometric shapes. The whole aims to provide a recreational tour adapted to all and where each visitor will find reasons to imagine a future next to the machines in an informed and positive way.

The exhibition is in The Core building and included in normal Eden admission. edenproject.com




Never mind a weekend or even a week of food festivals. On the Scillies they don't do things by half with a month-long Taste of Scilly festival every September. It showcases the local people who grow and produce a magnificent range of delicious food and drink, most of which is served up in local restaurants and café.

The festival starts in fine style on 1 September with the Low Tide Experience - a special mini pop-up event on a long, skinny sandbar between Tresco and Bryher that's usually under five metres of water. So, roll up your trouser legs and enjoy this totally unique experience before the flood tide once again steals it away. There are gin and prosecco bars, Island Fish and Tresco beef feast, live music and entertainment.

The Island Hopping Supper Safaris make a welcome return this year, where diners feast on a different course on a different island, exclusively chaperoned by private boat charter. The Best of Bryher evening sees the island's cafe cook up a fabulous dinner for guests using fresh produce solely from Hillside Farm where owner Graham Eggins will also give a talk about his sustainable farming methods and the food they produce.

Also new for 2019 are a series of Distillery Tours and Gin Schools at the brand new Spirit Scilly distillery on St Mary's where you can spend a happy three hours browsing any number of their 60 botanicals cabinet and crafting your own delicious juniper creation to taste and take home alongside a bottle of award-winning Island Gin.

Discover the low-food miles, slow-food culture of this famously unspoilt archipelago and savour a fresh foodie experience every day.

Details at visitislesofscilly.com




What could be better than great music washed down by locally produced ciders in the Cornish countryside? The picturesque backdrop of Healey's Cyder Farm, Penhallow, is the perfect setting for the 7th Little Orchard Festival and it promises to be a great event.

West Country band Reef play their only Cornish show this year when they headline on the opening night. They wowed the crowds on their 2016 Little Orchard debut and this year will be performing songs from a 23-year back catalogue of hits - including Place Your Hands and Naked - and their new studio album Revelation which launched earlier this year.

Saturday's headliners are Liverpool's indie rock band The Zutons. Their debut album Who Killed… The Zutons? in 2004 spawned hit singles Pressure Point, Remember Me, Confusion and You Will You Won't. Later song Valerie remains a great crowd pleaser.

There's something for everyone at the festival with The Wurzels returning for their third consecutive year. Best known for hits The Combine Harvester and I am a Cider Drinker, A true knees-up is guaranteed. Also joining this year's schedule is London-formed folk-punk band Skinny Lister, a six-piece well-known for delivering a wild live show. From touring on a narrowboat to singing when wing-walking, Skinny Lister's songs, stories and passionate live performances charm and thrill a huge spectrum of gig-goers.

Sunday sees Plymouth-born Land of the Giants bring their foot-stomping party and contagious enthusiasm to Healey's Cyder Farm. Sunday night headliners are Devon band Mad Dog Mcrea, who will close festival proceedings with a unique blend of folk rock, pop, gypsy jazz and bluegrass. Renowned for musical madness and foot-stomping shows, the six-strong band will have party-goers moving and shaking to the bitter end.

Go online to cornwallciderfestival.co.uk for information and to book




An exciting new classical guitar weekend is coming to the Rame Peninsula with internationally renowned players performing in the picturesque coastal villages or Cawsand and Kingsand.

Combining great music in an area of outstanding natural beauty inspires creativity. There will be public concerts and a weekend course which includes concerts, a masterclass, workshops, ensemble playing, a guitar luthier's exhibition and talks, cream tea, sea view dinners and lots of fun in a friendly environment led by top professional players and teachers.

The line-up includes Classic FM chart topping Craig Ogden, one of the world's finest guitarists and Head of Guitar at the Royal Northern College of Music, Mark Eden and Chris Stell who perform as the Eden Stell Guitar Duo and teach at the Royal College of Music and Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and Alison Smith from the University of Plymouth, one of the UK's most exciting and lyrical guitarists, who often leaves audiences spellbound by her sensitive playing.

Concerts take place in the Cawsand Congregational Church and the Maker with Rame Community Hall in Kingsand. Visit cawsandbayguitarfest.co.uk




Every September there's a great opportunity to visit some amazing places and spaces under the Heritage Open Days scheme which started as a European initiative in 1994 with around 700 participants nationwide. Today there are more than 5,000 destinations taking part and more than 40,000 volunteers helping to throw open the doors to celebrate their heritage, community and history.

There are lots of places to visit in Cornwall, some of which aren't normally open to the public including the St Leonard's Launceston Wastewater Treatment Works where you can discover what happens after you flush your toilet.

One Cornish town is enthusiastically taking part with Liskeard Unlocked offering visits, walks and talks throughout Heritage Open Days. Guides will help you explores subjects such as the trades and occupations on the 19th century in this market town, the stonework of St Martin's Church and a guided walk following a train journey on the picturesque branch line.

Buildings which will be open to visitors in Liskeard include the early 20th century Liberal Club, Grade II listed 19th century Greenbank House, Liskerrett Community Centre, Liskeard Methodist Church, The Pipewell - once the town's source of spring water - and Stuart House where there will be an exhibition of historic photographs.

The National Trust is also getting involved, opening their Elizabethan manor house Trerice near Newquay and beautiful Glendurgan gardens near Falmouth and one of their more unusual properties - the Gribbin Headland Daymark which has stood on the Cornish coast since 1832.

Visit heritageopendays.org.uk




St Ives plays host to a two-week festival of arts every September with a packed programme featuring artists taking part in the Open Studios project, theatre, workshops, walks, talks, comedy and poetry.

Music is a big part of the event, with headline acts at the Guildhall and performances at indoor and outdoor venues throughout the town. Show of Hands - Steve Knightley and Phil Beer - became patrons of the festival a few years ago and they will be back in St Ives in September to bring this year's event to a foot-stomping close, when they will be joined by Dartmoor's Lost

Sound Choir.

You can book online at stivesseptemberfestival.co.uk




Last summer a group of hard-working residents, volunteers and generous professionals stepped in to rescue the three-day September festival when it was cancelled amidst money woes. In just 17 days Looe Saves the Day turned everything around and rescued the festival for the hundreds who had planned to come to Looe and had booked accommodation.

It was a hit and the Looe Live! festival was born - aimed at stimulating the economy after the summer tourists have departed and enriching the area's cultural life. With the same ethos and community spirit at its core, this year's event hits the ground running with a great line-up.

Thursday will be a warm-up night with free performances and there are lots of bands performing throughout the weekend on stages and in local venues. But the three main stages are all-ticket affairs. The main stage is on the harbour car park at Buller Quay, with other stages on the beach and the quayside.

DJ Trevor Nelson gets the party started with an exclusive Soul Nation classic Soul and R&B set on Friday evening. Saturday's entertainment comes with not one, not two, but three great acts - Level 42, Newton Faulkner and The Shires.

Level 42 were consistent hitmakers in the 80s and 90s - Lessons in Love, Something About You, Running in the Family and Children Say - with guitarist Mark King at the fore. Acclaimed singer-songwriter Newton Faulkner will perform tracks from his recently released The Very Best Of Newton Faulkner… So Far, which includes fan favourites such as Dream Catch Me, Write It On Your Skin and Clouds. The Shires are Ben Earle and Crissie Rhodes who got together in 2013, releasing album Brave in 2015. Second LP My Universe was the bestselling UK country album ever when it was released in 2016.

The festival closes on Sunday with Cornwall's favourite 'buoy band' the Fishermans Friends and Tankus The Hedge.

Visit looelive.co.uk for tickets and information




A brand new food festival centred on Truro's Lemon Quay will celebrate Cornish food and drink with chef's demonstrations, a local produce market, gourmet street food stalls, a local restaurant trail, workshops and live entertainment showcasing the best in local talent. There will be a beer and cider festival and live music on all three nights.

The festival will open with a very special charity benefit gig with all profits donated to the Trussell Trust, a charity that aims to end hunger and poverty in the UK. There will be pop-up events and activities taking place across the city. The event fills the gap left by the much-loved Great Cornish Food Festival.

Appearing at the festival will be local food hero Jack Stein and the winner of MasterChef 2019, Irini Tzortzoglou.

For more information go to trurofoodfestival.com




Cornwall Wildlife Trust have a week of events when you can get involved in surveying the shore at a selection of Cornish beaches including five of the county's Voluntary Marine Conservation Areas.

With some much coastline to look after, Cornwall Wildlife Trust keeps a keen eye on our marine environment and were delighted when the Government announced earlier this year that there were eight new Marine Conservation Zones in the county which will be protected.

The Shoresearch events are open to everyone and no experience is necessary. There are events at Helford (28 September), Polzeath (29 September), Looe (30 September), Fowey (1 October) and St Agnes (2 October).

Visit cornwallwildlifetrust.org.uk


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