Events

Finding out whats on in Cornwall can be hard, there are always so many events. Events Diary rounds up the essential Cornish events in one handy guide.

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April, 2014 - October, 2014
 
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The Minack Theatre & Visitor Centre

Cornwall's world famous theatre under the stars.

Moving Heaven & Earth

Join Billy Rawlings, Rowena Cade's Builder's Mate for an interactive tour of the theatre! Every Saturday, any time between 10am and 2pm.

Included in daytime admission price Adults £4.50 Over 60s £3.50 12-15 year olds £2.50 2-11 year olds £0.50

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June, 2014 - October, 2014
 
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National Maritime Museum Cornwall

Cornwall's Award Winning Visitor Attraction

The Friendly Invasion

24th May - 5th October 2014

An exhibition to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings. Can you imagine sharing the streets you call home with thousands of troops? Having to keep to a curfew in your own town? This exhibition will look back at the social impact on Falmouth’s residents at a time when troops were preparing for the D-Day landings.

Included in standard 'Buy once, get in free for a year' admission ticket

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National Maritime Museum Cornwall

Cornwall's Award Winning Visitor Attraction

Search & Rescue

Runs until 5th January 2015

Search and Rescue, the new blockbuster exhibition from National Maritime Museum Cornwall invites you to enter the world of the rescue services where ordinary people lead extraordinary lives, risking their life to save yours.

The exhibition takes you on an interactive, stimulating and emotive journey into the role of the maritime rescue services, celebrating the work of the RNLI, Royal Navy, Royal Air Force, HM Coastguard and other organisations.

Objects of epic proportions include a 70ft Sea King helicopter, kindly loaned by the MOD, one of the Museum’s most ambitious installations. Uniquely painted in the colours of both the Royal Navy and RAF Search and Rescue (SAR) services (red and grey one side and yellow on the other) it offers you the rare opportunity to climb inside, without having to be rescued. Dress as a pilot, listen to accounts from the crew and from those that have been rescued, explore their lifesaving equipment and discover the world of the Royal Navy and RAF SAR teams.

Throughout the life of the exhibition there will be a number of events including air sea rescue demonstrations, ‘meet the crew’ days and opportunities to climb aboard an RNLI all-weather lifeboat. Keep an eye on our website to find out what’s on when.

Included in standard 'Buy once, get in free for a year' admission ticket

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July, 2014 - September, 2014
 
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National Maritime Museum Cornwall

Cornwall's Award Winning Visitor Attraction

Smuggler's Cove Play Zone

12th July - 3rd September 2014

Enter this interactive playzone, full of colourful characters from Cornwall’s past. Play cops and robbers and rummage like a Revenue man or dress up to conceal the contraband. Touch and smell the illicit items and see who can hide their haul the quickest.

Included in standard 'Buy once, get in free for a year' admission ticket. Adult supervision required.

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National Maritime Museum Cornwall

Cornwall's Award Winning Visitor Attraction

Smelly Smugglers Trail

21st July - 3rd September 2014

Follow your nose and find the smuggler's stash hidden around the museum. Take a sniff to identify the illicit items.

Included in standard 'Buy once, get in free for a year' admission ticket. Call 01326 214535 for more details.

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National Maritime Museum Cornwall

Cornwall's Award Winning Visitor Attraction

Come Crabbing

21st July - 3rd September 2014

30 minute sessions 10.30am-3.30pm

We’ll supply the line, bucket and bait, and we’ll do the messy bits! All you have to do is see how many crabs you can catch from our pontoon.

Places limited – please book and pay 50p on arrival. Weather and tides permitting.
Included in standard 'Buy once, get in free for a year' admission ticket. Adult supervision required.

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Glendurgan

Be amazed by Glendurgan

Playing with Sticks summer trail

Come and have a go at lots of fun stick activities and challenges this summer holiday

 Create a family of stick people to take on a garden adventure or challenge your friends to see who can build the tallest stick tower. Whether you're exploring the garden or you're down on Durgan beach, you can have lots of fun playing with sticks at Glendurgan
10:30 am - 4:30 pm Gates open: 10.30am Last admission time: 4.30pm Free event (normal admission charges apply) There are several steep and uneven paths in the garden Open Tues to Sun. Bank holiday Mondays and every Monday in August.

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September, 2014
 
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National Maritime Museum Cornwall

Cornwall's Award Winning Visitor Attraction

Swashbuckling Pirates

1st - 3rd September 2014

Time: 12:00 - 3:30pm
Avast ye landlubbers! Make a pirate hat, create a parrot for your shoulder and lots more buccaneer booty in our swashbuckling pirate themed weeks.
All activities FREE with Museum entrance ticket. One creative craft activity each day. Adult supervision required.

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The Minack Theatre & Visitor Centre

Cornwall's world famous theatre under the stars.

Elton John & Tim Rice's Aida

It’s a quick return for the Act Now Theatre Company following their excellent debut at the end of the 2013 season with ‘Smokey Joe’s Cafe’.

‘Elton John and Tim Rice’s AIDA’ is a contemporary musical take on a grand classic tale of the timeless bond between an enslaved Nubian princess and an Egyptian soldier. As forbidden love blossoms between them, the young lovers are forced to face death or part forever.

Together, they set a shining example of true devotion that ultimately transcends the vast cultural differences between their warring nations, heralding a time of unprecedented peace and prosperity. With a pop-rock score that features stirring ballads and rousing choral numbers, ‘Elton John and Tim Rice’s AIDA’ is a modern crowd pleaser that embraces multi-cultural casting and exuberant dancing, staging and singing.

8pm Monday to Friday, 2pm Tuesday & Thursday.

£5 - £11.50

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Cornwall's Crealy Great Adventure Park

Family Attraction of the Year 2013 as voted by readers of the Primary Times

Grandparents Weekend

6th/7th September 2014 Enjoy a ‘grand weekend’ of family time here at Cornwall’s Crealy Great Adventure Park and make special memories to last forever. This weekend will be dedicated to all the grandparents, everybody deserves a day to enjoy new rides and indoor play! Keep in touch and sign up to our newsletter for competitions, special offers and exclusive news from Crealy direct to your inbox!!
Prices from as little as £9.56 online

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The Minack Theatre & Visitor Centre

Cornwall's world famous theatre under the stars.

Great Expectations

Great Expectations' is one of Charles Dickens' most familiar and best loved stories. Theatre In The Square is delighted to return to Minack with this exciting and faithful adaptation of Dickens' classic tale.

It is set in London in the mid-1800s. The story starts with the terrifying encounter between Pip, and the escaped convict, Abel Magwitch, and is full of extreme imagery; desolation, bitterness and revenge, ambitions achieved and hopes dashed, friendship and betrayal, and fights to the death. It reflects the events of the time, Dickens' concerns, and the relationship between society and man; wealth and poverty, love and rejection, and the eventual triumph of good over evil.

There is a colourful cast of characters who continue to capture the modern imagination: the capricious Miss Havisham, the cold and beautiful Estella, Joe Gargery the kind and generous blacksmith, the dry and sycophantic Uncle Pumblechook, the mysterious lawyer Mr Jaggers and the eloquent and wise friend, Herbert Pocket.

Dickens felt 'Great Expectations' was his best work, calling it "a very fine idea”.

8pm Monday to Friday, 2pm Tuesday & Thursday.

£5 - £11.50

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Trengwainton Garden

Get tropical at Trengwainton

Heritage Open Day

Enjoy free entry to this tranquil, wooded garden. Explore exotic plants, a walled kitchen garden built to the dimensions of Noah's Ark and beautiful sea views from the Terrace. Free guided tour at 11.30am

Garden open 10.30am-5pm. Admission free. Contact: 01736 363148

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The Minack Theatre & Visitor Centre

Cornwall's world famous theatre under the stars.

HMS Pinafore

Aboard the 'H.M.S. Pinafore', the lowly sailor Ralph Rackstraw and the high born captain’s daughter Josephine are madly in love, though neither dares declare it, divided as they are by the barriers of class. But when Josephine’s upwardly mobile father Captain Corcoran attempts to arrange a match with Sir Joseph Porter KCB, the young lovers are galvanised in to action, aided and abetted by Ralph’s fellow sailors, and Sir Joseph’s tender hearted troupe of sisters, cousins and aunts. Will true love triumph, or will Josephine find herself the unhappy wife of the First Lord of the Admiralty?

'H.M.S. Pinafore' was Gilbert and Sullivan’s first smash-hit, and it’s easy to see why. With a plot that features all of Gilbert’s sparkling wit, with a touching romance at its heart, and a score featuring some of Sullivan’s most beautiful ballads and rousing, whistle-able choruses. And all set within the gorgeous surrounds of the Minack with the ocean stretching out as far as the eye can see.

8pm Monday to Saturday, 2pm Tuesday & Thursday.

£5 - £11.50

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Cornwall's Crealy Great Adventure Park

Family Attraction of the Year 2013 as voted by readers of the Primary Times

Armed Forces Weekend

20th/21st September 2014 To thank the Armed Forces for all the hard work they do, this weekend will be about celebrating family time! Members of the Armed Forces are promised a great day out at a great price! More details will follow, alternatively sign up to our newsletter to be sure you know all the facts before anyone else!

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The Minack Theatre & Visitor Centre

Cornwall's world famous theatre under the stars.

Dracula: The Kisses

by Rebecca Morton, based on the novel by Bram Stoker.

Following a hugely successful national tour and sell-out run at the Edinburgh Festival, Scary Little Girls has turned the perennially popular 'Dracula' myth on its head in an audacious new all female production.

Packed with a wealth of vividly drawn and larger-than-life characters (including some who are clearly un-dead) this adaptation of the gothic classic is both hauntingly familiar yet utterly unpredictable . . . taking off in unexpected and unimaginable directions.

Lush and lavish, using steam-punk design to tap into the Victorian fascination with science and gender, 'Dracula' is a wildly entertaining romp that explores sexuality, religious values, politics and Victorian morality… without compromising on the daft, dark fun that is quintessential Bram Stoker.

Writer Rebecca Mordan has gone back to the original book for this brand new adaptation which critics describe as “highly literate, chills as much as it amuses” The Stage; “Excellently judged” The Telegraph; “Everyone is talking about Scary Little Girls - are they worth the hype?  Yes!”  The Independent

The show is being directed by Helen Tennison whose credits include working with Giles Block on the 2008 Globe Theatre season, directing; Antony and Cleopatra for Creation Theatre in 2011 and directing Madame Bovary and Sense and Sensibility in 2012/13 which was Time Out Critics Choice and was nominated for 7 Off West End Awards including Best Director.

 
“With this production Scary Little Girls achieve sublimity”  Time Out
“…a distinctive voice of its own” The Ham and High 
“Scary Little Girls got my vote!”  Lynn Gardner
 “Everyone is talking about Scary Little Girls - are they worth the hype?  Yes!”  The Independent

8pm Monday to Friday

£5 - £11.50

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The Minack Theatre & Visitor Centre

Cornwall's world famous theatre under the stars.

Proms at the Minack

Our ever popular end of season party with the Last Night of the Proms atmosphere and fireworks. Presented by Mount Charles Band.

£5 - £11.50

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Screech Owl Sanctuary

We aim to enable visitors to see and touch owls at close proximity under staff supervision as well as providing a talk and guided tour of the centre to all visitors.

Meet Peppa Pig and Buzz Lightyear

 BRING THE KIDS ALONG TO MEET PEPPA PIG AND BUZZ LIGHTYEAR

 ALSO INCLUDED IN THE ADMISSION PRICE IS OUR FLYING DISPLAYS and ANIMAL ENCOUNTERS ~ WHERE YOU GET TO MEET THE MEERKATS, PYGMY GOATS, EMUs , ALPACAS & MINIATURE SHETLAND PONIES

£5 per person entry
October, 2014
 
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Cornwall's Crealy Great Adventure Park

Family Attraction of the Year 2013 as voted by readers of the Primary Times

Halloween Spooktacular

25th - 31st October Spooky and brilliant fun at Cornwall's Crealy with a free pumpkin for EVERY child, enter our pumpkin carving competitions, Meet our famous Crealy Witch in her hovel, play spooky fun games, spooky magic shows, Dare you touch spooky animals, creepy crawlies. And back by popular demand the terrifying blood curdling ghost train ride at dusk. Pumpkin soup, toffee apples, Halloween biscuits and more. Come and meet the Moshi Monsters Katsuma & Poppet on Halloween itself too for a Creepy Crealy Great time.
Prices from as little as £9.56 on line

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Trengwainton Garden

Get tropical at Trengwainton

Pumpkin Fun Day

No tricks, just treats! Join in our pumpkin games and try your hand at pumpkin carving (£2.50), then feast on pumpkin dishes in the tea-room.

11am to 3pm (garden open 10.30am-5pm). Admission prices: Adult £7.50, child £3.75, family (2 + 3) £18.75, family (1 + 3) £11.25, National Trust members free. Contact: 01736 363148

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Pendennis Castle - Kastel Penndinas

Discover the secrets of Cornwall's greatest fortress

Ghosts and Ghouls Challenge for Kids

Let your little horrors scare themselves silly this Halloween with creepy crafts, spooky activities and ghost hunting galore!

Tickets available on the day. English Heritage Members Free Adult £7.00 Child, 5-15 years £4.20 Concession £6.30 Family £18.20

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Paradise Park & JungleBarn

Well known as Cornwall's top wildlife sanctuary, with tropical birds in exotic gardens and lots of events to meet the birds and animals, award-winning Paradise Park also has a huge JyngleBarn indoor play area.

HALLOWEEN KIDS DISCO at Paradise Park, Hayle

You can really get into the spirit of things by dressing up for the Halloween Disco, with loads of JungleBarn fun and prizes for the best fancy dress. From 3 to 6pm on Friday 31st October.

Spooky food and homemade pumpkin soup will be available.

It’s just £5.00 for children (age 3 to 15) and £3.95 for adults, or if you have one you could use your Return or Season Ticket

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Cornwall's Crealy Great Adventure Park

Family Attraction of the Year 2013 as voted by readers of the Primary Times

Moshi Monsters

31st October 2014 Katsuma & Poppet have taken a short break from their latest mission on the streets of Monstro City to visit the Park on Friday 31st October. Appearing on: Friday 31st October Times: 11.30am 1.30pm 3.00pm 4.00pm
Prices from as little as £9.56 online

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November, 2014
 
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Screech Owl Sanctuary

We aim to enable visitors to see and touch owls at close proximity under staff supervision as well as providing a talk and guided tour of the centre to all visitors.

Halloween Party

 SATURDAY 1st NOVEMBER ~ 10am ~ 4pm

HALLOWEEN FANCY DRESS & PUMPKIN COMPETITIONS

COME AND SEE OUR FLYING DISPLAYS, CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE OWL KIND,

ANIMAL ENCOUNTERS WITH THE MEERKATS, PYGMY GOATS, EMUS AND ALPACAS ~ CHILDRENS PLAY AREA ~TIGGY’S TEA 

£2 per person
December, 2014
 
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The Minack Theatre & Visitor Centre

Cornwall's world famous theatre under the stars.

Minack at Christmas

Join us for a concert full of festive cheer with Mount Charles Band.

£5 - £11.50