There is a whole variety of exciting events going on this summer – from stargazing over the sea to outdoor theatre, to music festivals. Here are our favourites to pick and choose from:
Wild breakfast at Newquay Zoo
26th July, 2nd August and 9th August
Starting at 5am, before the sun rises, take a tour of the zoo at dawn whilst the animals are awakening. Then help make breakfast for furry and feathered friends before tucking in to your own hearty breakfast in the Cafe Lemur. An amazingly atmospheric way to start the day.
Tickets are £16.95 for children and £19.95 for adults. Booking is essential, to book call: 0844 474 2244.
Sun and stars at Carnewas, Bedruthan Steps
18th July, 6:30pm-10pm
Join the National Trust and Kernow astronomers for some stargazing on the clifftops at Bedruthan Steps. Just down the road from Bedruthan hotel, Carnewas has recently been awarded Dark Skies Discovery status, meaning it’s one of the best places to stargaze in Cornwall and the UK. As the sun, our nearest star, sets slowly into the sea, we may see any sunspots and flares on its surface with a special solar scope. The moon will follow close behind. Look for “seas”, mountains and craters through telescopes. Thousands of stars of various colours and brightness will gradually appear and local astronomers with telescopes will guide you through our amazing Cornish sky.
Free for all. Wear warm clothes and meet at Carnewas car park.
Outdoor theatre at Bedruthan Hotel
28th July, 5th August and 19th August
Tuesday 28th July, 3pm: Illyria: The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
Wednesday 5th August: The Three Musketeers
Wednesday 19th August, 3pm: Robin Hood the Musical
Bring along cushions, blankets and tuck into some of the delicious food and drink stalls available onsite.
Dinosaur Uproar at the Eden Project
24th July – 2nd September
This summer, dinosaurs are visiting the gardens of the Eden Project. Embark on a brave journey of discovery to see how many prehistoric creatures you can find hidden in the biomes. On your way you can meet dinosaur specialists so that you too can become a certified expert. There will also be a chance to help with the excavation of a buried dinosaur skeleton and to test your dinosaur survival skills.
Price is included in the cost of your admission ticket.
Boconnoc Steam Fair
24 July – 26 July
This good, old-fashioned steam extravaganza is held every year in the magnificent grounds of the Boconnoc Estate by the the Liskeard Steam & Vintage Club. Travel in vintage style – take a steam-hauled trailer ride around the showground, as well as tractor and trailer rides to the estate’s lake to see its magnificent weeping willow tree. There will be parades of vintage vehicles in the main ring to watch throughout the day, as well as displays of heavy haulage by steam. In the marquees you can browse the craft stalls and take a look at the fascinating model displays. There is also a fully licensed beer tent, fun fair and trade stands. Some of the large traction engines at the rally weigh well over 20 tons.
Port Eliot Festival
30 July – 2 August
This literature and music festival is a great one for families, full of theatre, fun and spectacle. The four day extravaganza is a magical combination of books, food, music, art, comedy, fashion, films, flowers, wildlife and water. Held in the spectacular grounds of the ancient Port Eliot estate in southeast Cornwall (the oldest continually inhabited dwelling in the UK), the festival provides inspiration and surprises for all ages at every turn.
The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe at The Minack Theatre
10 August – 14 August
This rich and imaginative retelling of The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe will prove an unforgettable experience for all the family. Join Aslan and the children on their magical journey from a lamppost in the snow to the splendours of Cair Paravel. Fast-paced action, beautiful costumes, fantasy, fights, fauns and an original musical score all unfolding against the beautiful backdrop of The Minack Theatre, who could ask for more?