Summer has well and truly arrived in Cornwall, with the schools broken up and the weather holding for now.
So what to do in Cornwall now the kids are knocking about and you're itching to make the most of this beautiful Duchy?
Here's our guide to what's on in and around Cornwall this weekend.
Friday, Saturday and next week, *ASTERISK Theatre is bringing They Came With Outer Script to Cornwall for some exclusive preview performances before once again travelling north to take part in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. You can see the show on Friday at 12.30pm at Penryn College, Saturday, 8.30pm at Perranporth Memorial Hall, Monday 8pm at Carnon Downs Village Hall and Tuesday, 8pm at Hall for Gwinear. All tickets £3 and available on the door. www.facebook.com/tcwos
Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Gyllyngdune Gardens, Trifle Gathering Productions. STEP back into the pleasure gardens of Victoriana and enjoy a feast of live performance around Gyllyngdune Gardens, Falmouth, today, Saturday and Sunday from 7pm. Cornwall’s leading exponents of cabaret theatre, Trifle Gathering Productions, return to the gardens with a recreation of the English Victorian Pleasure Gardens theme. Revel in an enchanted evening amid the romantic landscape of Gyllyngdune as you’re led along a lantern-lit promenade of variety performance featuring theatre, music, dance, comedy and everything in-between.
Friday, Saturday, Sunday and into next week, Great Atlantic Art, Falmouth Gallery. THE gallery currently has six different Gill Watkiss prints spanning the period 1979 to 1998. Gill’s early work from the late 1970s is quite different from later work and is therefore highly sought after. The editions were quite small – 50, 75 or 100 – so the supply of available prints is diminishing steadily.
Saturday, Suzanne Crook, Pizza Express, Falmouth. A PREVIEW of artwork by Suzanne Crook and the launch of Discover Cornwall, a book on Cornish walks by Sue Kittow, will be held at Pizza Express on Saturday from 7pm to 9pm in aid of ShelterBox. Suzanne is an artist working and living in Cornwall, whose show is inspired by the sensual Cornish coastline.
Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Leopallooza music festival, Bude. UNLESS caves are your thing, it’s been hard to ignore the fact that the annual Leopallooza music festival is taking place in a very pretty valley near Bude this weekend. With sunshine forecast, a third day added and a Who’s Who of up-and-coming bands currently holding their own on BBC Radio 1, 2 and 6Music preparing to play this popular north Cornish event, the dash for last minute tickets is fully under way. Featuring such acts as dan le sac vs Scroobius Pip, Fenech-Soler, Chew Lips, Charlene Soraia, Lucy Rose, Dog is Dead, Bastille, Man Like Me, Turbowolf, Max Raptor, Random Impulse and dozens more (over 60 in total), this is a definite highlight in the contemporary music calendar.
Saturday, Falmouth Community Choir, All Saints Church. A FALMOUTH-BASED choir started in September 2011 is preparing for its first major concert in the town. Falmouth Community Choir is part of the countywide Cornwall Community Choir which has 300 members and which has groups in several towns. The concert takes place on Saturday at 7.30pm in All Saints Church. The 40 members of the Falmouth choir will also be joined by members of Truro Community Choir to make a choir of approximately 100 voices for the concert.
Saturday, The Celtic Tenors, Hall for Cornwall. DESCRIBED as ‘phenomenal’, The Celtic Tenors will be appearing at the Hall for Cornwall on Saturday at 7.30pm. To see the multi-million-selling act contact the box office on 01872 262466 or book online at www.hallforcornwall.co.uk
Friday onwards, Flambards. FROM its beginning on Friday to its closure on Sunday, August 17, the thrill of the London 2012 Olympics will be broadcast on Flambards’ giant TV screen, starting with the opening ceremony. This will be a spectacular celebration showcasing the best of all that is British, involving a cast of 15,000 and watched by an estimated four billion people worldwide. Entitled Isles Of Wonder the broadcast will begin with the sound of the largest harmonically tuned bell in Europe, which was produced by London’s Whitechapel Foundry, after which the stadium will be transformed into the British countryside for the opening scene, Green and Pleasant, including live farm animals. It will also feature the parade of competing nations, the entrance of the Olympic Flame and ignition of the Cauldron signifying the start of the Games.
Saturday and Sunday, TREBAH, near Falmouth, gets in the Olympic spirit this week, with a host of fun and games. Get out and exercise in the garden by following the Olympic trail while discovering more about the ancient Olympic events. Drop in to an Olympic workshop on Saturday or Sunday and make your own torch or a flag sporting your favourite country’s colours. The trail is a fantastic and fun way to explore this amazing ravine garden on the Helford river.
PICK YOUR OWN (What's On's Top 5)
Trevaskis Farm, Hayle – Now in its 25th year, this family-run farm is set amid 28 acres of beautiful countryside, growing over 70 varieties of crops, including everything from soft fruit and veg to flowers and herbs. Run by husband and wife team, Paul and Adele Eustice, the farm has a shop and a cosy restaurant where you can enjoy a bite to eat after picking. Their son Giles has been busy driving the educational activity on the farm and this year sees the opening of their Organic Kitchen Garden – an education centre designed to teach children about the food we eat and how it’s grown. Pick your own is open every day 8am to 8am, call 01209 713931.
Chyreen Fruit Farm, Carnon Downs – Run by Phil and Caroline Langdon, this small five acre farm specialises in fresh fruit. Visitors are asked to bring their own baskets or containers for picking and a range of fruit and veg is also available from their farm shop. Unfortunately, their strawberries have been abandoned due to the bad weather this year, but there are plenty of redcurrants and blackcurrants ripe for the picking! Open Monday to Friday from 9.30am and Sundays from 10am. Closing times vary. Tel: 01872 862317.
Mitchell Fruit Garden – Situated in the heart of Cornwall, Mitchell Fruit Garden began its life in 1977 when Jeremy and Claudia Best bought a plot of land on the outskirts of the village and turned it into a fruit farm. They now grow and sell a range of soft fruits. Strawberries, gooseberries, tayberries, raspberries, red and blackcurrants and rhubarb are all currently in season. This charming little farm is a great place to go whatever the weather, with sheltered picking available in their polytunnels. Pick your own is available from June to September, open Monday to Friday 11am to 5pm, Saturdays 10am to 5pm and Sundays 11am to 4pm. Tel 01872 510774.
Trevathan Farm, St Endellion – Trevathan has been farmed by the Symons family since 1850. Their pick your own business started with just a few strawberries, but now they grow a wide range of soft fruit and vegetables, which they also sell in their farm shop and use in their tearoom. There’s lots to do on the farm itself with a playground, zipwire, slide and, childrens’ favourite, the pets corner, where they can visit the rabbits and other animals. Open daily from 9.30am. Tel: 01208 880164.
Pencarrow, Bodmin – Pencarrow is a gorgeous country estate with a beautiful house and gardens. It’s a fantastic place for the kids to run wild with a combination of woodland walks and glorious wide open expanses of landscaped garden, perfect for picnics. You can pick your own soft fruit during the summer months. Open early June toAugust, they grow a variety of fruit, phone the ‘berry hotline’ to find out what’s available daily on 01208 841371. Open daily 11am to 5pm.