Cornwall 365's Top Picks: July 2016

“The English winter – ending in July, to commence in August, was now done.” – Lord Byron

Only joking – whilst the weather perhaps hasn’t fully committed to the idea of summer yet, we certainly have! Nothing says “summer” like a good plate of food, gorgeous gardens, and a good book… so here are our top picks for you this July.

Enjoy cakes and cream teas at Trengwainton Garden, a Wild Food Wild Walk at the Lost Gardens of Heligan, or indulge with oysters and other culinary delights at the Rock Oyster Festival. Port Eliot Festival returns with a fantastic food line-up, as well as great music, arts and fun.

Learn how to make tapas at Philleigh Way, or sit back and relax at one of the many outdoor performances this summer with a homemade picnic.*

The Eden Project will be helping us to keep our gardens looking their best year-round, with expert advice from the Eden Project gardeners in their Gardening Courses, and Pentillie Castle are opening up their beautiful estate for guided tours.

Finally, The Penzance Literary Festival celebrates the written word, the spoken word, the recited word and the sung word too, and the Festival of Children’s Literature at Kestle Barton presents a family day of books and storytelling with authors of children’s literature, including plenty of interesting workshops, activities and fun!

As always this is just a snippet of the lovely stuff happening in Cornwall this month. For more, take a peek at our Summer Outdoor Performance and Summer of Music Top Picks, as well as the What’ s On Cornwall website.

Summertime Songs and Jazz in the Garden

Trelissick Garden


A Very English Garden Party

Trengwainton Garden

Sunday 3rd July

pz lit fest

Penzance Literary Festival

Wednesday 6th – Saturday 9th July

The Penzance Literary Festival is a festival for everyone who enjoys words – the written word, the spoken word, the recited word and the sung word too.

The festival features a guest appearances by best-selling author Gavin Knight and Rachel Joyce, as well as author Colin Taylor, Guardian journalist Patrick Barkham, multi-award winning novelist Andrew Miller, and more.

Cornish writers are strongly represented, with Penzance’s biographer Michael Sagar-Fenton entertaining with stories of local smugglers. Well-known music journalist Lee Trewhela will talk about contemporary music with colleagues Dick Porter and Ian Abrahams, while poets Bert Biscoe and Pol Hodge, and Penzance’s own Gray Lightfoot and Colin Stringer fly the flag for Cornish creativity.

Add to all of this, writing workshops, literary walks and musical performances, and the Best Litfest in the West promises to offer another boost to Penzance’s growing profile.

Visit the Penzance Literary Festival website for more information, including venues, times and booking.


Curious Creatures – Storytelling

Squashbox Theatre

Minack Theatre

Wednesday 13th July

Squashbox Theatre welcome you 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.

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

Visit the Minack Theatre website for information, and to see more from their summer season.

Festival of Children’s Literature & Storytelling Family Day

Saturday 16th July

A family day of books and storytelling with authors of children’s literature, including plenty of interesting workshops, activities and fun!

The gallery and garden will be open as usual with no entry charge. The Festival coincides with an exhibition of paintings by Nicola Bealing based on some rather dark stories she has unearthed in Helston Museum’s archive. The children’s workshops and activities will cost only £4 for each child for the whole day.

Visit the Kestle Barton website for more information.

Air Day is the only day of the year when the public can step into the world of Culdrose and experience the sights and sounds of a working military Naval Air Station. Famed for heroic rescues, and with frontline helicopter Squadrons supporting the Navy across the globe, Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose is home to a variety of military aircraft.

Get set to be blown away by awesome flying displays, meet the heroic Aircrew who fly helicopters around the world, and get up close to state-of-the art aircraft.

Visit the Royal Navy website.


Port Eliot Festival

Thursday 28th – Sunday 31st July

Port Eliot is a festival unlike any other. The beautiful estate becomes your playground for one magical weekend: Whether you’re swimming in the estuary, picnicking under a 300 year old tree, rocking out at the Park Stage, canoeing on the river, catching an intimate gig in the church, watching a cooking demo in the Big Kitchen or dancing ‘till the wee hours in the Boogie Round – Port Eliot is yours for the weekend!

Join in the fun and celebrate words, music, imagination, ideas, nature, food, fashion, flowers, laughter, exploration, fun and all that is good in the world!

Visit the Port Eliot Festival website.


Gardening Course: The Cutting Garden

Eden Project

Saturday 30th July


*Our picnic Top Picks!
Pack a hamper with seasonal goodies like grilled artichokes, aubergine, courgette, and crunchy salads with peas, beetroot and fennel. Grilled mackerel will go down a treat, and finish it off with some juicy cherries and luscious peaches.

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