Arts & theatre
The rare light and beautiful surroundings of Cornwall have long served as inspiration to all manner of artists. From Falmouth Art Gallery to the Tate St Ives and Flushing’s amazing Art Week, there is something for all art-lovers.
Visit Pendennis Castle in Falmouth this February half-term!
This half-term explore one of Falmouth’s most recognised historical attractions. Pendennis Castle was one of Henry VIII’s finest coastal fortresses, which has defended Cornwall against foreign invasion since Tudor times. There is plenty to experience at Pendennis Castle, including castle tours, the first world war exhibition as well as original working guns that are fired daily. Take in the 360 degree views over the town of Falmouth and nearby beaches from the top of the tower or pop into the Barrack Block for some delicious, locally-sourced treats! To find out more about the events taking place in 2017 click here.
Arcadia at the Poly – Friday 10th February to Sunday 12th February.
Why not indulge in the classic tale of Arcadia this February, brought to life in a new production by Falmouth and Exeter Cornwall Campus’ Light Entertainment Society. Written by acclaimed author Tom Stoppard, this dazzling comedy spans over two hundred years, boasting superb wit and brilliantly imagined characters that are sure to provide a night of entertainment. As the plot takes the audience from 1809 to present day, you will be enthralled by the story of Thomasina Coverly and her search for a new meaning in life, as the rest of the country house flies into disarray by the arrival of poet Lord Byron. For event information and tickets, click here, or you can call for more information on 01326 319461.
National Maritime Museum – Sunday 12th February to Friday 17th February 2017
This February half-term the National Maritime Museum Cornwall is holding an intergalactic experience guaranteed to delight the whole family. From February 12th 2017 for 5 special days, you can get up close to our planets in Falmouth’s very own space station! With 7 shows per day, these sessions are the ideal opportunity to learn about the solar system and more – sessions include key moments in the history of space exploration, the Earth’s place in the galaxy and understanding the night skies.
This event is sure to be a huge hit with all ages and advance booking is essential for the planetarium. You’ll also find the engaging craft centre where you and the family can make your own solar system mobiles, bicarb rockets and nebular jars! To find out more information visit www.nmmc.co.uk to book your tickets.
Flushing Arts Week
Flushing, TR11 5TZ
This week-long festival sees Flushing Village welcome local artists and visitors alike to celebrate a variety of art forms.
Flushing Arts Week offers something for every taste with highlights including a sculpture and printing workshops, a photography competition, a flower festival, film nights and musical entertainment in the evenings.
Visitors can see art displayed in many unconventional locations throughout the week, including pubs, restaurants as well as the church, chapel and even residents’ windows. The festival brings with it a real community spirit with anybody welcome to take part. This is a unique event that’s sure to stay with you for years to come.
Falmouth Art Gallery
Falmouth, TR11 2RT
Housing more than 100 paintings and 250 paper-based works including pieces by major British artists, Falmouth Art Gallery is a must-visit for art lovers.
The gallery, housed in the upper floor of the Municipal Buildings above the town library on The Moor, also offers an excellent shop where visitors can buy postcard-shaped replicas of the gallery’s collection as well as art books, greeting cards, catalogues and posters of previously-held exhibitions.
Hall for Cornwall
Truro, TR1 2LL
This historic theatre plays host to an eclectic mix of live shows throughout the year, from musicals and music gigs to comedy acts, plays and children’s shows.
The largest theatre in the county, Hall for Cornwall attracts almost 180,000 visitors each year thanks to the quality of shows it is able to put on, including performances from the Rambert Dance Company and productions from The Royal Shakespeare Company among many more.
Hall for Cornwall really does offer something for everyone – be sure to keep an eye on the website for details of forthcoming attractions as tickets for popular shows tend to sell out fast.
The Phoenix Cinema
Falmouth, TR11 3PL
For all your latest film needs, look no further than Falmouth’s Phoenix Cinema. This modern five-screen cinema offers three fully licenced screens with a waiter service allowing you to watch films in real style.
The cinema is also capable of showing the latest 3D movies as well as traditional 2D offerings. With a healthy selection of both the latest blockbusters and more highbrow offerings, the Phoenix caters for all tastes whether you’re looking for a family trip out or a romantic evening for two.
Tate St Ives
St Ives, TR26 1TG
With a stunning location overlooking Porthmeor Beach, Tate St Ives is an absolute must-visit for modern and contemporary art enthusisasts. The majority of the works displayed at the Tate tend to have been either created in or are associated with Cornwall.
Once you’ve finished with the gallery, be sure to take the opportunity to sample the beauty of St Ives itself and discover just why it proves so popular with visitors year in, year out.
The Minack Theatre
Porthcurno, TR19 6JU
Offering the kind of incredible beauty that only Cornwall can offer, The Minack Open Air Theatre is quite unlike anything else you will have experienced.
Set in the cliffs high above Porthcurno Bay with mesmerising views whichever way you look, the Minack is an absolute must visit not just for fans of theatre but also for anybody who appreciates incredible vistas and the sense of being in a truly special place.
The Minack Theatre was planned, built and financed by Rowena Case, a remarkable woman who left behind a site to treasure when she died in 1983.