Cornwall 365's June Top Picks

Music festivals, gin extravaganzas, outdoor theatre and proper Cornish stand-up are just some of the many events happening in Cornwall this June.

June is a joyous time to be in Cornwall. The sun is out (well, hopefully!), the Cornish festival season is in full swing, and great theatre is heading outdoors for fabulous open-air performances. Check out our June Top Picks below – we’ll see you out there!

CAST Catherine Wood lecture AMATA
Public lecture by Catherine Wood – The Dancing Museum: Choreography and performance at Tate Modern

AMATA, Penryn
Thursday 1st June 2017

Catherine Wood is the Senior Curator of International Art at Tate Modern, and will be talking through her projects in a special free talk at Falmouth University’s AMATA. Catherine was instrumental in founding the performance programme at Tate Modern in 2003, and since then has programmed more than two hundred live works. The talk will cover a range of these projects, as well as discussion about the programme and the position of dance within the contemporary museum.

This event is organised by CAST and hosted by the Academy of Music and Theatre Arts at Falmouth University, as part of the Groundwork programme. Free admission but booking is required.

Book your tickets here.

Fisherman's Friends Charles Causley Festival
Charles Causley Festival

Thursday 1st – Saturday 10th June 2017

Celebrating the centenary of Charles Causley’s birth, the festival at Launceston this year will celebrate the achievements of this wonderful Cornish poet, reflecting all his artistic influences. There will be art exhibitions, music, talks, book signings, drama and poetry, as well as a street food fest. The Festival will be given a rousing start with a concert by Cornwall’s own buoy band Fishermen’s Friends.

Visit the Charles Causely Festival website.

The Great Estate FestivalThe Great Estate

Scorrier House, near Redruth

Friday 2nd – Sunday 4th June 2017

Surrounded by 450 acres and embodying an important part of Cornish history, Scorrier House provides the perfect location for a summer party. Nestled within old walled gardens, wild meadows and ancient woodland, The Great Estate will burst to life for three days of magic, mystery and unexpected happenings.

Blending southwest vibes with a slight Liverpudlian twist, The Great Estate’s first music line-up plays host to a string of exciting acts including Echo and the Bunnymen, Craig Charles Funk and Soul Show, The Showhawk Duo, YouTube cover star Daisy Clark and Electric Swing Circus.

Visit The Great Estate website.

Looe Festival of the Sea
Looe Festival of the Sea

Sunday 4th June 2017

Oh we do like to be beside the seaside! The historic fishing town of Looe will be playing host to the Festival of the Sea this June, with a celebrating of everything nautical. Get your feet wet in the raft building competition, explore Looe’s history and maritime heritage, and discover sustainable Cornish seafood.

Visit the Looe Festival of the Sea website.

Tristan & Yseult
Kneehigh Theatre: Tristan & Yseult

The Minack Theatre
Monday 5th – Friday 10th June 2017

Cornish King Mark is at war: he rules with his head not his heart. But he hasn’t counted on falling head over heels for his enemy’s sister, or expected the arrival of the enigmatic Tristan. Seen through the eyes of the ‘Unloved’, Tristan & Yseult, the most successful and beloved of all of Kneehigh’s shows, blends comedy, live music, grand passions and tender truths in an irresistible night of love.

This is show is sold out for evening performances – but there is some availability for matinee performances if you’re quick!

Visit The Minack Theatre website.

Royal Cornwall Show 2017Royal Cornwall Show

Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge
Thursday 8th – Saturday 11th June 2017

Cornwall’s biggest annual event returns with something for everyone. Expect entertainment, competition, information, shopping and all that’s best in food and farming! Come and find us at stand 95 with Cornwall Council.

Visit the Royal Cornwall Show website.

The Third Policeman Miracle TheatreMiracle Theatre: The Third Policeman

Open air locations around Cornwall
Thursday 15th June – Saturday 26th July 2017

This summer Miracle ventures into a world somewhere between Alice in Wonderland and the Marx Brothers, where the earth is not round but sausage-shaped and night is actually an accumulation of black air; where eccentric policemen fall in love with bicycles and you can visit eternity via a rickety lift, hidden in the heart of rural Ireland. With dates in outdoor venues across Cornwall, check their website to find a show near you!

Visit the Miracle Theatre website.

Late at Tate St Ives
Late at Tate St Ives

Tate St Ives
Friday 16th June 2017

Discover Tate’s exhibitions after hours at a special free event! Radio 4’s Dr David Bramwell will be your host for the evening. We’re told he’s not a real doctor but will talk about hands, feet, chance and magic… Artist Chlor Cooper will be performing on the night with storytelling in the new amazing Clore Sky Studio (with a stunning view best enjoyed with cocktails from the bar) as well as dance from Kuldip Singh Barmi and artists animations.

Visit the Tate website.

Suzie Mac Penlee Park
Suzie Mac

Penlee Park Open Air Theatre, Penzance
Friday 16th June 2017

Since her arrival on the music scene Suzi Mac has been nicknamed ‘Aretha’ Suzie due to her powerful but sweet vocals. See her at Penlee Park, a wonderfully unique outdoor theatre in the heart of Penzance.

Visit the Penlee Park Open Air Theatre website.

Electric Beach FestivalElectric Beach Festival

Great Western Beach, Newquay
Friday 16th – Saturday 17th June 2017

This beach party is back with a bang for 2017 with a new home at Great Western Beach, Newquay. The two-day event combines world-class acts, hip hop, dance, reggae and more, all with the sound of the waves lapping against the shore and the sand between your toes.

Want to win one of 2 pairs of weekend tickets to Electric Beach Festival? Enter our competition now! Closes 9th June.

Visit the Electric Beach Festival website.

Falmouth Sea Shanty Festival
Falmouth Sea Shanty Festival

Locations around Falmouth
Friday 16th – Sunday 19th June 2017

Falmouth is set to be taken over by one of Europe’s biggest maritime festivals, playing host to hundreds of hours of free shanty performances, music, singing and great community spirit! Don’t miss the special Falmouth Packet Shanty Concert at Princess Pavilion – this one’s not free, but with proceeds going to the RNLI.

Visit the Falmouth Sea Shanty Festival website.

Golowan Festival
Golowan Festival

Friday 16th – Sunday 25th June 2017

This revived ancient festival brings ten days of music, processions and street entertainment to Penzance. The theme for this year’s festival is ‘Golowan – All at Sea!’ Golowan invites you to trim your sails, stay on an even keel, run a tight ship and head for the safe haven of Penzance!

Visit the Golowan Festival website.

St Ives Gin FestivalSt Ives Gin Festival

St Ives Guildhall
Saturday 17th June

Prepare to have your taste buds tantalised as you get a chance to sample some of the best gins from around the world. There will be talks and presentations, cocktail demos, an indoor gin garden party and live music – plus a free goodie bag!

Visit the St Ives Gin Festival facebook page.

Port Eliot Dog Festival
Port Eliot Dog Festival and Whippet Tea Party

Port Eliot House & Estate, St Germans
Saturday 17th June

Rescheduled after terrible weather in May, celebrate our four-legged friends in the delightful grounds of Port Eliot! For dogs there are classes to enter, including an old favourite ‘Dog Who Most Looks Like Their Owner’. Don’t miss the highlight of the event, Roo and Lark’s Whippet Tea Party, where an invitation for lunch and canapes is extended to all whippet friends. For humans there will be an array of artisan food traders, cream teas, refreshments and live musical entertainment. The Dog Festival is being held in support of the Children’s Hospice South West.

Visit the Port Eliot website.

Addams Family Hall for CornwallThe Addams Family

Hall for Cornwall, Truro
Tuesday 20th – Saturday 24th June

Everyone’s favourite kooky family are on stage at Hall for Cornwall in a spectacular musical comedy from the writers of Jersey Boys. Wednesday Addams is all grown up and has a shocking secret that only Gomez knows. She’s fallen in love with a terribly sweet young man from a respectable family… With his cherished Morticia in the dark will Gomez manage to keep his daughter’s secret until the two families meet for a fateful dinner with hilarious consequences?

Visit the Hall for Cornwall website.

Kernow King
Kernow King’s Greatest Hits!

Princess Pavilion, Falmouth
Friday 30th June

It’s hard to believe that Kernow King has been touring Cornwall and beyond for over six years! Taking in glorious sights such as Sydney, Glastonbury, Adelaide, Manchester, London and Roche, Kernow King has travelled far and wide – and now it’s time to wrap it up with a Cornwall tour of greatest hits.

Visit Kernow King’s website.

Ale & Anchor Old Coastguard
Ale & Anchor

The Old Coastguard, Mousehole
Friday 30th June – Sunday 2nd July

At this glorious garden party you can expect a great line up of bands, a delicious in-house barbecue, fantastic ales and a classic Cornish laid-back vibe.

Visit the Ale & Anchor facebook page.

Tunes in the Dunes Perranporth
Tunes in the Dunes

Perranporth beach
Friday 30th June – Sunday 2nd July

Another epic beach party, Tunes in the Dunes has two new stages this year to make it the biggest and the best one yet. Headliners incude Primal Scream, Example, Clean Bandit, John Newman, Louisa Johnson and more, plus there’s a Tarquins Gin Bar, Captain Morgan’s Rum bar, secret beach party and a waterslide. See you on the beach!

Visit the Tunes in the Dunes website.


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