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Bumper guide to what's on in Cornwall on August bank holiday weekend

By Jo_Wood  |  Posted: August 24, 2012

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There may be some weather warnings in place in Cornwall this August bank holiday, and we all know what that means. Luckily there is so much going on, you probably won't notice the weather.

Here's our bumper-guide to what to do in Cornwall this August bank holiday:


Saturday - Monday: Celebration of West artist at Falmouth gallery. ROBERT Oscar Lenkiewicz' astonishing output of paintings and sketches featured striking self-portraits, portraits of countless lady friends and models, paintings and drawings of the many vagrant people who lived on the streets or in one or more of the nine separate properties that he worked from in Plymouth. opens on Saturday and continues until September 8.

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Saturday - Monday: 100 Birds, Jo Kehyaian, The Poly, Falmouth. AN exhibition of 100 small paintings of birds using pigments sourced from local beaches. “It captures my emotional response to my walks, observations and interactions with the coastline between Falmouth and the Helford river,” says the artist.

Saturday - Monday Millennium Gallery , St Ives. Richard Nott - The elusive quality of this work is something that has to ‘happen’ and do so without shortcut. As the artist says of his practice: “I work at speed, things change continuously, immediate yet prolonged. The limitation of decisions that need to be made focuses the work on something true. Something primal and pure.” When: Friday until September 18, Monday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm.

Saturday - Monday: Pydar Gallery, Truro. BOB GALE will be exhibiting here until the early part of next month. Often painted over a period of time some paintings carry an unspecified narrative, which together with rich colour, provides a necessary emotional intensity.” When: Saturday, until September 8.


Sunday, Thom Hunt’s Barbecue Tucker at the Tregothnan Estate – Celebrity chef Thom Hunt from Channel 4’s Hugh’s Three Hungry Boys will be hosting an evening of food and fun from 4pm till late. For more details go to tregothnan.co.uk/news.

Monday: IT’S THE 11th Cornish Food and Craft Fair at Gweek Village Hall on August Bank Holiday Monday. The event takes place from 10am to 4pm, with free entry, disabled access and plenty of parking. There are refreshments available all day, including a slice of home-made cake and a tea/coffee for £1.25 and an all-day barbecue.


Friday, Lusy Glaze, Fisherman's Friends. THE world-famous Cornish shanty singers Fisherman’s Friends will be singing live at the beautiful natural amphitheatre of Lusty Glaze Beach in Newquay tonight.

Friday: JULIAN JOSEPH, the internationally renowned jazz musician, composer and BBC broadcaster will be in concert at The Performance Centre, Tremough Campus, University College Falmouth as the grand finale act of the Falmouth-Yamaha Summer School programme tomorrow.

Saturday, Berties, Newquay: MCFLY’S lead singer Danny Jones is about to send clubbers into a spin when he makes his debut appearance as a DJ in Newquay. He is playing a celebrity DJ set for Berties Nightclub on Saturday. Danny is best known for his role as lead singer-songwriter of McFly, who notched up no less than 7 UK No 1 singles and a staggering 17 Top Ten hits.

Sunday: Party in the Park, Trereife House. This year’s event follows its original ethos of presenting a showcase of the best of Cornwall’s live music scene, with acts such as Hanterhir, pictured, iPony and Gary and the Minefield. A total of 16 bands across several genres will entertain an eclectic crowd from all over Cornwall on stages set under cover in large marquees. A licensed bar and a variety of food outlets as well as a free shuttle bus service running every 20 minutes from the railway station to the event is sure to keep the audience in high spirits.

Sunday: Bolingey Inn, near Perranporth, is holding a music festival on Sunday, from 3pm to 10pm, in aid of the air ambulance. Bands include Cornish shanty singers Stamp and Go, Acoustic Liaisons, North & South, The Doras and Hogwash, playing on a stage in the Bolingey car park. There is also a barbecue and bar.


Saturday: Trereife Park, near Penzance, will be the setting of a summer fair on Saturday. A range of attractions will give the event the atmosphere of a traditional country fayre, with a companion dog show, and a demonstration of working heavy shire horses and working lurcher dogs. A range of classic cars will be on display and visitors will be welcome to browse an array of food, craft and trade stalls, while Ros Keltek, a local Celtic and Cornish band provide the soundtrack.

Saturday: Cornwall Pride in Truro. Come along and join in the fun from 11am (Sat 25th August) on the Piazza in Truro and see the parade, then come and join everyone in Victoria Gardens for an afternoon of fun, activities and live entertainment. The Pride Party will start at 7pm in the Marquee on Lemon Quay and has an array of entertainment as well as a licenced bar.

Saturday - Monday: IF YOU love owls then you will enjoy a visit to Paradise Park near Hayle over the August Bank Holiday. Species include the striking great grey owl, a pair of endangered spectacled owls and the small white-faced Scops. On Saturday, Sunday and Monday, a few lucky children will be chosen to help with Buzby during the show, and there will be an owl prowl quiz trail to win a special badge from the gift shop or Junglebarn play centre.

Sunday: THIS weekend it is time for Blockbuster – the biggest banger meeting in Cornwall this year. There will again be £2,000 of prize money, which will once again attract a big entry of big bangers for big crashes and big prizes. There will be anything up to a dozen races on the programme, across the three classes that are racing. For the National Bangers, their feature event will be the Blockbuster Grand Final, but their part of the programme will include Allcomers events, and a Destruction Derby to finish the day. There will also be three support races for Saloon Stock Cars .

Sunday and Monday: Pendennis Castle’s An Explosion of History takes place on Sunday and Monday from 11am to 5pm, set to spark the imagination of the whole family as they are taken on a journey through time.

Sunday from noon: THIS year sees the 18th anniversary of the revived Durgan Regatta, on the Helford River, just outside Mawnan Smith. Durgan offers everyone a really good day out before the nights draw in and the children go back to school. There will be the fun race, details of which are only given on the day, ladies’ and gents’ rowing, children’s races, swimming races, beach games, sandcastle competition, raffles, stalls, tombola and auction.

Monday: VISITORS can gain a fascinating insight into the history of Trewithen House, near Probus, on August Bank Holiday Monday. Guided tours will be available from 2pm to 4pm, taking in the elegant rooms, fine furniture, paintings and objects d’art collected through 300 years of continuous family history.

Monday: FAMILIES are being invited to cross the causeway and join in a day of swash-buckling fun on Monday. St Michael’s Mount will be hosting its annual pirate day, where would-be buccaneers will be treated to a feast of sea-faring surprises as well as tales from the deep thanks to yarn-spinning professional storyteller, Mark Harandon.


Rogue Theatre – King Arthur, The Wild Hunt. To September 2, 8pm: Tehidy Woods, North Cliffs, near Portreath

Kneehigh Theatre – Galton & Simpson’s Steptoe and Son. Adapted and directed by Emma Rice. To Sunday, 8pm (3pm on Sunday): The Asylum, Blackwater, near St Agnes

NoFit State Circus – Bianco. To September 2: Eden Project, near St Austell

Oliver!. To Saturday, September 8: Theatre Royal Plymouth

Theatre for kids Fridays, August 24 and 31: The Poly, Falmouth

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