It certainly feels like summer has arrived here in Cornwall! We’re enjoying plenty of sun-drenched days and the waves are frequently scattered with eager bodyboarders, surfers and children finding their sea legs.
To embrace the warmer climate and encourage you to escape the indoors, plenty of places across the county are putting on fantastic open-air events, amongst nature and (hopefully!) under the glowing sun. If the countdown to your summer break has begun and you’re looking for ways to fill your days and keep the children content, hopefully your trip will coincide with one of these dates. Equally, if you’re yet to book perhaps something too good to miss may catch your eye…
Heligan Summer Buzz at The Lost Gardens of Heligan
Restoring the sounds of summer, July 20 to September 1 ⠀
Heligan’s Summer Buzz invites you to get your wings on and join them in celebrating the busy bumblebee and the beautiful butterfly in a summer of wildflowers and outdoor adventure. A sensory summer overload awaits you; pick up your Adventure Passport and journey through woods, wildflowers, gardens and farm to Heligan’s Pollination Station. Here, you can spread your wings and fly into some bumblebee and butterfly inspired crafts and games before getting your groove on to some bug-tastic tunes in their Outdoor Silent Disco.
Great Expectations at The Minack Theatre
Presented by Next Stage Theatre Company, July 29 to August 2 at 8pm and July 30 and August 1 at 2pm. Adults £14/£10, Child under 16 £7/£4
A simple walk around the Minack Theatre is magic in itself, but staying to enjoy some theatre will make for a truly memorable experience. This new adaptation of Dickens’ classic story is ideally suited to Next Stage, and also the Minack Theatre. The story is told through the chorus of characters who move seamlessly from the fog-drenched marshes, to the streets of Dickensian London; from the depths of Miss Havisham’s shrouded mansion, to the glittering ball rooms of the city, from the terrors of the graveyard to the thrilling climax on the River Thames. If you can’t make this date, take a look at their other events…
‘A Perfect World’ theatre production, throughout Cornwall
July 1 – August 24, presented by Miracle Theatre
Miracle has been touring original, inventive theatre across the UK since 1979 and this summer will be performing their action-packaged adventure, ‘A Perfect World’, across Cornwall. It follows a feisty young woman as she ventures into a ‘Boy’s Own’ world of undiscovered jungles, treasure maps, campfires and penknives. Leading her team of quarrelsome explorers she stumbles into a bountiful paradise, whose inhabitants seem entirely peaceful, productive and fulfilled. Is this tranquil place the best of all possible worlds? Or is all too good to be true? A rollicking music-filled adventure touring the great outdoors this summer!
Fruit Picking at Trevaskis Farm
Throughout the whole summer holiday. No need to book, open 8am – 7pm every day
Set amidst 28 acres of beautiful countryside, this is a wonderful family day out. Choose from an abundance of fruit and vegetables, with information signs dotted around the farm park you can learn while you wander. Best of all, farm entrance is free! You only pay for what you pick. From loganberries to gooseberries, apples to beans, peas, raspberries, and not forgetting strawberries, there’s something for everyone. Even if the rain sets in, welly boots and puddles are great, not to mention the all-weather polytunnels and plenty of shelter from trees.
Open air cinema at Porthmeor Beach
Showing of Disney’s Moana, August 14 8.15pm – 22.45pm. £5 each
In collaboration with the Cornish Cinema Club, Porthmeor Beach are running an open-air showing of Moana, as part of their Cinema on the Beach season. Choose from takeaway treats to be enjoyed during the showing such as classic popcorn, before finding a place upon the sands. Be sure to take a blanket and jumpers, just in case the sea breeze picks up and to keep you cosy throughout.
Eden Project, Earth Story
July 24 – September 3
Year after year the Eden Project offers a wonderful summer programme sure to impress little ones and parents alike, which is not only enjoyable but educational too. This year you can discover the evolution of life as we know it. Giant beasts, incredible stories, mind-blowing virtual reality, hands-on activities and interactive exhibits will take you on a journey through Earth’s astonishing past. This might be a good option if the weather isn’t on your side, as some of the elements will be undercover but being in the world’s largest indoor rainforest, you’ll still be able to be close to nature. Follow a trail to discover weird and wonderful flora and fauna from across the globe, join the Eden storytellers for a trip to a very unusual library and visit the Eden Field Base, where you can meet a majestic (and very life-like) mountain gorilla and hear his incredible story of hope and survival.
Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves! at Bedruthan
Presented by Illyria Theatre on August 3. Arrive from 4:30pm, performance starts at 5pm with a running time of 1 hour 40 minutes (including a 20-minute interval)
Join us on our stunning lawn boasting unrivalled views of the ocean for some ‘top notch theatre’ (-The Telegraph). Now in their 28th season, Illyria return to us with one of their most popular shows, adapted from the One Thousand and One Nights (otherwise known as the Arabian Nights). Like all the stories, this action-packed performance is packed with cliffhangers, larger than life characters, and laughs galore. There will be plenty to join in with and the most magical cave you’ve ever seen! Perfect summer fun for thieves and vagabonds aged 5+.
Fancy seeing the show for free? Book a night’s stay with us on the 3rd of August by contacting our reservations team on 01637 860 860 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.