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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May, 2014 - September, 2014
 
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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.

DINOSAUR QUIZ TRAIL at Paradise Park - 1st May to 2nd September

LIFE-SIZE Dinosaurs have been spotted at Paradise Park in Hayle!

Famous for their fabulous tropical birds, this summer the Park will be celebrating the earliest relatives of all birds, the dinosaurs! Just like birds, many dinosaurs had feathers and laid eggs, including the Velociraptor which will be highlighted in the quiz trail.

In between meeting the birds in the aviaries and at the free flying shows you can explore the grounds on your own dinosaur expedition. Search for the dinosaurs and their eggs, answer all the questions and we will award you our special ‘Paradise Park Professor of Palaeontology’ certificate!

Paradise Park would love to see photos of you with a dinosaur, so tweet or post them to us at facebook.com/ParadiseParkCornwall or twitter.com/CornishParadise and we will share it! You can use the hashtag #DinosaursInParadise

The Otter Pool Cafe offers light lunches including homemade specials, local pasties, a wonderful selection of cakes and Cornish cream teas – plus for the Dinosaurs in Paradise event there will be kids’ lunchboxes with a dinosaur theme.

Normal entry prices apply, and great value Return Tickets available for your next visit

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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

Smugglers!

21st July - 3rd August

12:00 - 3:30pm

Enter our smugglers’ den and make your own flintlock pistol, pop-up smuggler and secret chest with a concealed compartment.

Included in standard 'Buy once, get in free for a year' admission ticket. One creative craft activity each day. 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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The Minack Theatre & Visitor Centre

Cornwall's world famous theatre under the stars.

Curious Creatures: 10.30am

Animals are amazing! There are big ones, little ones, scaly ones, furry ones, friendly ones and scary ones! There are over 8 million different species of animal on earth today and in this show we're going to meet all of them! (Ok, not all of them, but quite a few).

Welcome to the ‘Curious Creatures’ wildlife park, established by Jeremiah Johnson: world-renowned explorer, zoologist and animal collector. Nobody knows more about animals than him. Unfortunately, Jeremiah Johnson is currently lost somewhere in the jungles of Africa, so he has handed the running of the park over to his inexperienced nephew Craig… and things don’t quite go as planned.

Expect to meet curious creatures of all shapes and sizes: from performing fleas, skateboarding snails and gymnastic gerbils to irritable alligators, over-excited elephants, and a very intelligent orang-utan! Learn about how animals evolved, how their amazing adaptations help them survive in the wild, and how animals can help us learn more about ourselves. After all, we’re all related if you go back far enough!

Using puppets, comedy, slapstick and live music - plus lots of amazing natural history facts - Squashbox Theatre will uncover the mysteries of the animal kingdom.

50 mins long, Suitable children aged 5+ and their families

(No animals were harmed in the making of this show. But several puppets were mildly traumatised.)

Adults: £4.50 Over 60s: £3.50 12-15 years old: £2.50 2-11 years old: £0.50

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National Maritime Museum Cornwall

Cornwall's Award Winning Visitor Attraction

Get Knotted!

Monday 28th July 2014

11.30am, 2pm & 3.30pm

Don’t know a bowline from a sheepshank? Learn the ropes in our knot tying workshop.

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

The Producers

Outrageous, hilarious, a teeny bit offensive, off the wall, and the winner of a record 12 Tony Awards are just a few things that THE PRODUCERS is. But it is never boring and you will find yourself holding your sides with laughter as Max Bialystock and Leo Bloom sing and dance their way through the greatest show biz scam that there ever was!

Bialystock and Bloom! Those names should strike terror and hysteria in anyone familiar with Mel Brooks’classic cult comedy film.

The plot is simple: a down-on-his-luck Broadway producer and his mildmannered accountant come up with a scheme to produce the most notorious flop in history thereby deceiving their backers (all ‘little old ladies’) out of millions of dollars. Only one thing goes awry: the show is a smash hit!

The antics of Max Bialystock and Leo Bloom as they manoeuver their way fecklessly through finding a show (the gloriously offensive ‘Springtime For Hitler’), hiring a director, raising the money and finally going to prison for their misdeeds is a lesson in broad comic construction. At the core of the insanely funny adventure is a poignant emotional journey of two very different men who become friends.

With a truly hysterical book co-written by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan (‘Annie’) and music and lyrics by Mr. Brooks , ‘The Producers’ skewers Broadway traditions and takes no prisoners as it proudly proclaims itself an “equal opportunity offender!

8pm Monday to Friday, 2pm Tuesday and 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

Bob The Builder

Bob the Builder 29th July 2014 Popular children’s TV character Bob the Builder will star in his very own Mini Show “Never Mind The Breezeblocks” with his friends Wendy and Spud. With no job too big or small, children will be shouting “Can he fix it?” “Yes he can!” Mini Shows will take place in the Show Arena. Appearing throughout the day at 11.30am, 1.30pm, 3.00pm & 4.00pm
Prices from as little as £9.56 online

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National Maritime Museum Cornwall

Cornwall's Award Winning Visitor Attraction

Douglas Dapper - the Story Explorer

Tuesday 29th July 2014

Time: 11.30am, 2pm & 3.30pm
Douglas Dapper’s Hide and Seek
The Story Explorer smuggles himself into the Museum and goes on a rummage for stories of kegs and contraband.
All activities are FREE with Museum entrance ticket. Adult supervision required.

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The Minack Theatre & Visitor Centre

Cornwall's world famous theatre under the stars.

Curious Creatures: 10.30am

Animals are amazing! There are big ones, little ones, scaly ones, furry ones, friendly ones and scary ones! There are over 8 million different species of animal on earth today and in this show we're going to meet all of them! (Ok, not all of them, but quite a few).

Welcome to the ‘Curious Creatures’ wildlife park, established by Jeremiah Johnson: world-renowned explorer, zoologist and animal collector. Nobody knows more about animals than him. Unfortunately, Jeremiah Johnson is currently lost somewhere in the jungles of Africa, so he has handed the running of the park over to his inexperienced nephew Craig… and things don’t quite go as planned.

Expect to meet curious creatures of all shapes and sizes: from performing fleas, skateboarding snails and gymnastic gerbils to irritable alligators, over-excited elephants, and a very intelligent orang-utan! Learn about how animals evolved, how their amazing adaptations help them survive in the wild, and how animals can help us learn more about ourselves. After all, we’re all related if you go back far enough!

Using puppets, comedy, slapstick and live music - plus lots of amazing natural history facts - Squashbox Theatre will uncover the mysteries of the animal kingdom.

50 mins long, Suitable children aged 5+ and their families

(No animals were harmed in the making of this show. But several puppets were mildly traumatised.)

Adults: £4.50 Over 60s: £3.50 12-15 years old: £2.50 2-11 years old: £0.50

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Cornwall's Crealy Great Adventure Park

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

Jungle Jim Top Comedy Ventriloquist

31st July 2014 Join Jungle Jim, the award-winning entertainer here at Cornwall's Crealy Great Adventure Park. Jungle Jim, creates a 'Rumble in the Jungle' with all his Jungle friends including Pee Wee the elephant, Dandelion, Slippy the seal, Rufus the gorilla, Scratch the rat, Pippo the hippo, Camilla the ostrich and lots more. Jim and his gang will provide a unique, unforgettable show.
Prices from as little as £9.56 online

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National Maritime Museum Cornwall

Cornwall's Award Winning Visitor Attraction

Shhh! Smugglers

Thursday 31st July 2014

Time: 11.30am, 2pm & 3.30pm
Join the Captain to hear tall tales of real smugglers, running secret cargoes into Cornish coves.  Learn about ‘The King of Prussia’, Battling Billy, and Jack Rattenbury.  Hear tales of Parminter, the Revenue man, and his black dog, Satan. You might learn some smugglers secrets too!  So if you want to know your batman from your tubman and learn about stinkibus, come along my dears, but don’t tell the Revenue men!
 
All activities are FREE with Museum entrance ticket. Adult supervision required.

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August, 2014
 
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The Minack Theatre & Visitor Centre

Cornwall's world famous theatre under the stars.

Oh What a Lovely War

This award winning play is described as a theatrical chronicle of the horrors of the First World War. It is, at one and the same time, a hugely entertaining show with popular music hall songs of the period and a backbone of telling wit and, by contrast, a very moving judgment on the futility of war. Within that mix we are treated to a warm and compassionate account of the life of the ordinary soldiers who gave their lives by the millions. One minute you will be singing along to familiar songs and the next you will shed a tear at the sights and sounds of the cruellest of wars.

First performed in 1963, and regularly revived over the last fifty years, it will be a very popular piece in 2014. With a large and committed cast, we are very privileged to be able to perform it to mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of war but also to be able to open at the Minack on the very date in August that Britain declared war on Germany.

There is some mild language of the trenches, but this will be a play for all but the very youngest of children.

By Theatre Workshop, Charles Chilton, Gerry Raffles and members of the original cast, presented by Geoffrey Whitworth Theatre.

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

£5 - £11.50

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National Maritime Museum Cornwall

Cornwall's Award Winning Visitor Attraction

Beside the Sea Art Activities

4th - 10th August

Time: 12:00 - 3:30pm
Oh we do love to be beside the seaside!

Make your very own rescue helicopter, seagull glider, lifeboat money box and more.
All activities are FREE with Museum entrance ticket. Adult supervision required.

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Cornwall's Crealy Great Adventure Park

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

Mike The Knight

5th August 2014 Transporting you to a world of dragons and trolls, Vikings and castles, Mike the Knight, everyone’s favourite knight-in-training, will enchant families when he visits the Park for Story Time. Appearing in the Show Arena throughout the day at 11.30am, 1.30pm, 3.00pm & 4.00pm
Prices from as little as £9.56 online

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National Maritime Museum Cornwall

Cornwall's Award Winning Visitor Attraction

Douglas Dapper - the Story Explorer

Tuesday 5th August 2014

Time: 11.30am, 2pm & 3.30pm
Douglas Dapper’s Shore Thing
The Story Explorer dips his toes into another adventure, exploring the story of an ancient coastal village and how he helped a search and rescue helicopter find a canoeist.
 
All activities are FREE with Museum entrance ticket. Adult supervision required.

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Trengwainton Garden

Get tropical at Trengwainton

Play Day

We've got water pistols, mud pies, leafy collages and more. Come and join us for a day of natural play.

11am to 4pm (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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Cornwall's Crealy Great Adventure Park

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

Herd Circus

7th August Roll up Roll up, prepare to amazed, prepare to be dazzled by Herd Circus a wonderful youth circus perform acrobatics, juggling, hoops and clowning for you entertainment. Appearing around the park and in the show arena. As well as the opportunity to get involved and learn some tricks yourself in the circus workshop
Prices from as little as £9.56 online

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Cornwall's Award Winning Visitor Attraction

Meet the crew

Thursday 7th August 2014

Time: Drop in sessions from 11am-3.30pm
Join the crew from 771 Squadron. Dress as a member of the crew, get to grips with the equipment, climb inside a Sea King helicopter and learn what it takes to keep the Royal Navy Search and Rescue helicopters flying.
 
All activities are FREE with Museum entrance ticket. Adult supervision required.

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Cornwall's world famous theatre under the stars.

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Derby Shakespeare Theatre Company, winners of Best Production at the Minack in 2011 with “Much Ado About Nothing “ return with “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”.

Set against the 1950s, with a glorious sound track ranging from big band to rock and roll, beautiful and outrageous costumes and a company of zany characters will bring this most loved of Shakespeare’s plays to life.

Played with heart and gusto, energy and truth, and with imaginative staging and great story telling a magical production is guaranteed.

With a cast ranging in age from 8 to (well not polite to say really !) ,a wealth of quirky characters and a plot to make your head spin with theatrical magic . . . a fresh and original production that will make the cliffs of Cornwall rock with laughter and delight.

8pm Monday to Friday, 2pm Tuesday and Thursday

£5 - £11.50

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National Maritime Museum Cornwall

Cornwall's Award Winning Visitor Attraction

Go Fish!

11th - 17th August

Time: 12:00 - 3:30pm
Get creative and make your own fish masks, googly eyed lobster and paper plate fish with our fabulous fishing themed activities.
 
All activities are FREE with Museum entrance ticket. One creative craft activity each day. Adult supervision required.

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Cornwall's Crealy Great Adventure Park

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

Super Heroes Day

12th August 2014 Everyone’s favourite Superheroes will be appearing around the Park on the 12th August. Ever wondered how Superman flies or where Captain America finds his amazing strength? Now’s your chance to find out! Meeting and greeting guests at intervals throughout the day, don’t miss this! Appearing on: Tuesday 12th August Times: 11.30am 1.30pm 3.00pm 4.00pm
Prices from as little as £9.56 online

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National Maritime Museum Cornwall

Cornwall's Award Winning Visitor Attraction

Free Flying Fish

Tuesday 12th August 2014

Time: 11:30am, 2:00pm & 3:30pm
Step into an exciting adventure and become part of the story, with an inspiring tale of stormy seas and courageous characters. Follow Nicholas Dark-knees as he leaves his old life behind and sets out on a voyage of discovery to three strangely inhabited islands.
 
All activities FREE with Museum entrance ticket. Adult supervision required.

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Cornwall's Crealy Great Adventure Park

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

Jungle Jim Top Comedy Ventriloquist

14th August 2014 Join Jungle Jim, the award-winning entertainer here at Cornwall's Crealy Great Adventure Park. Jungle Jim, creates a 'Rumble in the Jungle' with all his Jungle friends including Pee Wee the elephant, Dandelion, Slippy the seal, Rufus the gorilla, Scratch the rat, Pippo the hippo, Camilla the ostrich and lots more. Jim and his gang will provide a unique, unforgettable show. Appearing on:Thursday 14th August Times: 11.30am 1.30pm 3.00pm 4.00pm

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National Maritime Museum Cornwall

Cornwall's Award Winning Visitor Attraction

Crustacean Animation

14th August 2014

Time: 11:00am - 3:30pm
Make your own characters come to life in a short film, using stop-motion claymation.
All activities FREE with Museum entrance ticket. Adult supervision required.

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The Minack Theatre & Visitor Centre

Cornwall's world famous theatre under the stars.

Monty Python's Spamalot

Forget the myths and magic of Camelot. To put it bluntly, Monty Python's Spamalot is very, very silly. And that's a Good Thing.

For the first time on the Minack stage, the Mitre Players bring you the all-singing, all-dancing legend of King Arthur and his gallant Knights of the Round Table - and Patsy - as you've never seen it before.

Think horseless knights followed by coconut-bashing peasants, killer rabbits, damsels- in-distress called Herbert and knights who say Ni in high-pitched voices.

Imagine Black Knights with both arms and legs hacked off prepared to concede a draw and a Frenchman taunting the English monarch with a series of lavatorial insults.

If all of this sounds familiar to Monty Python fans that is because former Python Eric Idle has, by his own admission, “lovingly ripped off” Monty Python and the Holy Grail to craft a smash hit musical.

So book your seat for a brilliant knight out and be prepared to look on the bright side of life, come rain or shine - start whistling now! Possibly not suitable for younger children as it's a bit bawdy at times!

Book & lyrics by Eric Idle, music by John Du Prez & Eric Idle.

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

£5 - £11.50

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National Maritime Museum Cornwall

Cornwall's Award Winning Visitor Attraction

Myths & Monsters

18th - 24th August 2014

Time: 12:00 - 3:30pm
Discover a land steeped in myths and legends. Make monstrous Morgawr masks and magical mermaid puppets, with a week of activities inspired by Cornish folklore.
All activities FREE with Museum entrance ticket. One creative craft activity each day. Adult supervision required.

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Cornwall's Crealy Great Adventure Park

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

Peppa Pig

19th August 2014 Peppa Pig trots back to Cornwall’s No.1 Family Attraction on the 19th of August! Recognised as one of the greatest children’s television shows, Peppa Pig will delight guests with Story Time appearances in the Showtime Arena. Appearing on: Tuesday 19th August Times: 11.30am 1.30pm 3.00pm 4.00pm
Prices from as little as £9.56 online

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Douglas Dapper - The Story Explorer

Tuesday 19th August 2014

Time: 11.30am, 2pm & 3.30pm
Douglas Dapper’s Creature Feature
Join the Story Explorer on his quest to find the truth behind the marvellous monstrosities and bizarre beasties from Cornwall’s past.
Free with Museum entrance ticket. Adult supervision required.

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Trengwainton Garden

Get tropical at Trengwainton

Family Den Building

Drop into our woodland area, build a den and toast marshmallows on the campfire. Please wear stout shoes. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

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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Cornwall's Crealy Great Adventure Park

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

Herd Circus

20th August Roll up Roll up, prepare to amazed, prepare to be dazzled by Herd Circus a wonderful youth circus perform acrobatics, juggling, hoops and clowning for you entertainment. Appearing around the park and in the show arena. As well as the opportunity to get involved and learn some tricks yourself in the circus workshop
Prices from as little as £9.56 online

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National Maritime Museum Cornwall

Cornwall's Award Winning Visitor Attraction

Hands On History

Thursday 21st August 2014

Time: 11.30am, 2pm & 3.30pm
Learn the traditional skill of rope making. Discover the significance of this humble material and its importance to the industrial and maritime history of Cornwall and beyond.
All activities FREE with Museum entrance ticket. One creative craft activity each day. Adult supervision required.

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National Maritime Museum Cornwall

Cornwall's Award Winning Visitor Attraction

Swashbuckling Pirates

25th - 27th August 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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Cornwall's world famous theatre under the stars.

Love's Labour's Lost

‘What fool is not so wise
To lose an oath to win a paradise.’

The King and his lords swear an oath to renounce all sensual delights, particularly that of love, in order to pursue a life of learning in the quest for true wisdom. However the visit of the beautiful, intelligent Princess of France and her ladies threatens this plan.
Arriving in the idyllic parkland setting of the play, they find it is out of bounds to women, a situation which they challenge vigorously! Can the men sustain their abstinence in the face of such seductive opposition? Nothing can be taken for granted in this comedy full of surprises. From their first encounter, the lords are no match for the women’s verbal dexterity. Their lines crackle with wit in what Kenneth Branagh described as ‘The most beautiful of Shakespeare’s comedies.’

Confusion abounds in this sparkling comedy of deception, desire and mistaken identity.  The nimble, witty exchanges of the gentry are matched by the comic nonsense and mayhem of the ‘low’ characters, who, in a sublimely funny pageant, try to show their masters the true greatness and wisdom of men like Hercules, Pompey and Alexander, but are shouted down by the lords who behave very badly!

 In true Hertfordshire Players’ tradition, the production is also filled with music, dance and spectacular visual imagery and colour, an evocation of an idyllic summer of love ‘When daisies pied and violets blue . . . paint the meadows with delight.’

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

Dora The Explorer & SpongeBob Square Pants

26th August 2014 Double the fun on Tuesday 26th August when Dora travels to Cornwall’s Crealy Great Adventure Park for her latest adventure and SpongeBob comes all the way from Bikini Bottom to Meet & Great guests. Nickelodeon’s famous and loveable characters will be appearing. Appearing on: Tuesday 26th August Times: 11.30am 1.30pm 3.00pm 4.00pm
Prices from as little as £9.56 online

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National Maritime Museum Cornwall

Cornwall's Award Winning Visitor Attraction

Douglas Dapper - the Story Explorer

Tuesday 26th August 2014

Time: 11.30am, 2pm & 3.30pm
Yo Ho Ho Douglas Dapper!
Douglas sets sail to uncover swashbuckling skulduggery and reveal the meaning behind “the skull and crossbones”.
Free with Museum entrance ticket. Adult supervision required.

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Cornwall's Crealy Great Adventure Park

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

Jungle Jim Top Comedy Ventriloquist

28th August 2014 Join Jungle Jim, the award-winning entertainer here at Cornwall's Crealy Great Adventure Park. Jungle Jim, creates a 'Rumble in the Jungle' with all his Jungle friends including Pee Wee the elephant, Dandelion, Slippy the seal, Rufus the gorilla, Scratch the rat, Pippo the hippo, Camilla the ostrich and lots more. Jim and his gang will provide a unique, unforgettable show. Appearing on: Thursday 28th August Times: 11.30am 1.30pm 3.00pm 4.00pm
Prices from as little as £9.56 online

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National Maritime Museum Cornwall

Cornwall's Award Winning Visitor Attraction

Terrific Tall Ships

28th - 31st August 2014

Time: 12:00 - 3:30pm
Make and take a tall ships collage, Packet ship scene and compass rose badge.
All activities FREE with Museum entrance ticket. One creative craft activity each day. Adult supervision required.

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Cornwall's Crealy Great Adventure Park

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

Herd Circus

30th August Roll up Roll up, prepare to amazed, prepare to be dazzled by Herd Circus a wonderful youth circus perform acrobatics, juggling, hoops and clowning for you entertainment. Appearing around the park and in the show arena. As well as the opportunity to get involved and learn some tricks yourself in the circus workshop
Prices start from as little as £9.56 online

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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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National Maritime Museum Cornwall

Cornwall's Award Winning Visitor Attraction

Douglas Dapper - the Story Explorer

Tuesday 2nd September 2014

Time: 11.30am, 2pm & 3.30pm
Yo Ho Ho Douglas Dapper!
Douglas sets sail to uncover swashbuckling skulduggery and reveal the meaning behind “the skull and crossbones”.
Free with Museum entrance ticket. Adult supervision required.

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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

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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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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