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We'll keep you updated with the latest events from Cornwall's top visitor attractions - from seasonal fun to special events, find out what's happening right here.

27 May
Newquay Zoo Best Days Out Cornwall

‘Tapirs & Tapas’ at Newquay Zoo

Would you like to experience Newquay Zoo after hours, learn about our Brazilian Tapirs, help feed them AND enjoy delicious tapas in Café Lemur? Join us for an exclusive opportunity to find out everything there is to know about Newquay’s Brazilian Tapirs

28 May
National Maritime Museum Best Days Out Cornwall

Water Safety Weekend with the RNLI at the National Maritime Museum Cornwall

On Saturday 28 & Sunday 29 May get water-wise with the RNLI as they take over National Maritime Museum Cornwall for a Water Safety Weekend.

28 May
Eden Project Best Days Out Cornwall

May Half-term at the Eden Project

Discover May half term fun at the Eden Project. Follow an interactive Create-a-Buzz trail and be inspired to create your own bee-friendly garden, meet the Skinny Jean Gardener and get top gardening tips, pick up […]

28 May
Paradise Park Best Days Out Cornwall

Bugs and Butterfly Quest at Paradise Park

Enjoy the fun ‘Bug and Butterfly Quest’ a great way to explore the amazing world of insect life. Plus, amazing flying displays, feeding times and Keeper talks, including eagles, owls, and penguins.

28 May
Glendurgan Best Days Out Cornwall

May Half Term Trail at Glendurgan Garden

Come and celebrate Spring shifting to Summer with some nature activities at Glendurgan this May half term.

28 May

May Half Term at Flambards

There will be a distinctly regal feel to Flambards as part of our spectacular May half term entertainment (Saturday 28th May – Sunday 5th June 2022) as we join in with the Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

28 May

Ad Minoliti: Biosfera Peluche / Biosphere Plush at Tate St Ives

Ad Minoliti’s exhibition Biosfera Peluche / Biosphere Plush is coming to Tate St Ives.

Experience Minoliti’s alternate universes and colourful paintings which draw on the rich legacy of geometric abstraction in Latin America.

28 May

May half term and the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee at Trerice

This May half term at Trerice take part in a free, self-led 50 things activity trail in the garden. You’ll look up and watch the clouds above searching for shapes and faces, make some noise when you join nature’s band, and go on a nature adventure.

28 May

Tate St Ives In Focus: Wilhelmina Barns-Graham and Jonathan Michael Ray

An exhibition bringing together two artists connected with West Cornwall.

While separated by time, as well as the media and form their works take, both artists draw inspiration from the local landscape, exploring the idea that there is more to experience

28 May

Wild Week at The Lost Gardens of Heligan

Wild Week returns to The Lost Gardens of Heligan this May half term where you’re invited to rediscover your wild side, to restore your survival skills and to enjoy a week of creative outdoor play.

28 May
Newquay Zoo Best Days Out Cornwall

May Half Term at Newquay Zoo

From Saturday 28 May to Sunday 5 June, Newquay Zoo will be running daily animal talks led by their zoo rangers where you can discover amazing facts about the animals at Newquay Zoo

28 May

Wildlife Week at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary

Get back to nature this May half-term with our Wildlife Week at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary!

Join us for a jam-packed week of activities from 28th May – 5th June, including daily wildlife talks, the Big Wildlife Count, seal pup rescue demos and more.

28 May

May Half-Term this Spring at Healeys Cornish Cyder Farm

From 28 May 2022 through to 5 June 2022, join the team at Healeys Cornish Cyder Farm for a day filled with discovery, adventure and springtime fun!

28 May
Dairyland Best Days Out Cornwall

Celebrate The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee at Dairyland Farm Park

What a jolly royal time to be had here at Dairyland for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee where we will be holding a fancy dress competition, face paint, crafts, our royal animals quiz, old school games and so much more!

29 May
Minack Theatre Castle Best Days Out Cornwall

Carousel at The Minack Theatre

Set in a Maine coastal village toward the end of the 19th century, this classic show features some of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s most iconic songs, including “If I Loved You”, “June Is Bustin Out All Over” and the iconic “You’ll Never Walk Alone”.

29 May

Tate Create for May half term at Tate St Ives

Come to Tate St Ives this half term and get creative…

Get hands-on this holiday and create art inspired by Ad Minoliti’s colourful and geometric paintings.

29 May

May half-term family fun at Trengwainton Garden

Head to Trengwainton for a right royal celebration this May half term as we mark Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee with bunting making and fallen flower kebabs.

30 May

Royal fun for the Platinum Jubilee this May half term at Wheal Martyn

To celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s platinum Jubilee, Wheal Martyn has lots of royally fun activities planned!

30 May
National Maritime Museum Best Days Out Cornwall

Mini Monsters of the Not So Deep at the National Maritime Museum Cornwall in Falmouth

This May half term The Rock Pool Project are helping National Maritime Museum Cornwall discover more from the rock pools along our Cornish coast.

31 May
Pendennis Castle Best Days Out Cornwall

Knights’ Tournament at Pendennis Castle

Date: 31 May – 2 June Time: 10am – 5pm Go back in time and get closer to the action as rival knights compete in the ultimate test of strength and skill at Pendennis Castle’s […]

31 May
PK Porthcurno Best Days Out Cornwall

Pop Up PK: Secret Squid Messages

Come and meet Morgy, our new giant squid installation in the gardens of PK, and make your own colourful squid windsock to fly in the wind. 

31 May
Pendennis Castle Best Days Out Cornwall

Knights’ Tournament at Pendennis Castle

Go back in time and get closer to the action as rival knights compete in the ultimate test of strength and skill at the Pendennis Castle Knights’ Tournament in Falmouth.

01 Jun
Glendurgan Best Days Out Cornwall

Silent space at Glendurgan Garden

Silent Space is an initiative which creates spaces where people can relax, switch off from the hectic world we live in, not be disturbed by the human voice and engage with nature.

02 Jun
PK Porthcurno Best Days Out Cornwall

Pop Up PK: Secret Squid Messages

Come and meet Morgy, our new giant squid installation in the gardens of PK, and make your own colourful squid windsock to fly in the wind. 

02 Jun
Bodmin & Wenford Railway Best Days Out Cornwall

Bodmin and Wenford Railway’s Jubilee Specials

Celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee at the Bodmin & Wenford Railway from the 2 to 5 June. Treat yourself one of our Right Royal Brunch boxes, a Platinum Afternoon Tea box or a Royal Compartment aboard one of our steam trains.

02 Jun

Discover Smartphone Photography

Discover Smartphone Photography is a travelling exhibition showing at various venues in Cornwall this summer.

03 Jun
Platinum Jubilee Event Best Days Out Cornwall

Platinum Jubilee High Tea at Bodmin Jail

Join Bodmin Jail for a long weekend of celebrations for the Platinum Jubilee. Celebrate The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee with High Tea in their Victorian courtyard to celebrate the reign of Her Majesty Elizabeth II.   […]

03 Jun
Bodmin Jail Best Days Out Cornwall

Platinum Jubilee Tea & Tarot at Bodmin Jail

Who would have guessed that on 6th February 1952, when the then 25 year old Queen Elizabeth succeeded to the throne, she would go on to be our longest reigning monarch? What might the future […]

03 Jun

Twisted Tales at Trebah Garden

“Nasty but nicely comic entertainment…in ‘Owdyado’s twisted world nothing is ever what it seems” Lyn Gardner (Twisted Tales Goes to the Fringe 2021)

03 Jun

Mad Hatter’s Tea Party at Wheal Martyn

Come and join an Alice in Wonderland-themed tea party on the cafe terrace at Wheal Martyn to celebrate Her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

05 Jun
Minack Theatre Castle Best Days Out Cornwall

Jane Eyre at The Minack Theatre

Another Way Theatre return to The Minack to present Polly Teale’s striking adaptation of Charlotte Bronte’s classic novel Jane Eyre. Following her journey from orphan to adulthood Polly Teale’s striking adaptation of Charlotte Bronte’s classic novel.

11 Jun
Minack Theatre Castle Best Days Out Cornwall

Elizabeth I: Virgin on the Ridiculous at The Minack Theatre

The second of Living Spit’s (un)Holy Trinity of hilarious heritage historiographies is go as Howard and Stu attempt to tell the story of the greatest monarch that ever lived – Elizabeth: The Virgin Queen.

12 Jun

Spode Pottery Workshop at Wheal Martyn

Join Wheal Martyn for a relaxed pottery workshop using a mould from the famous Spode china collection to create your own piece.

15 Jun

Ednamair and the Robertsons at the National Maritime Museum Cornwall

In his own words, Douglas Robertson presents a personal recount of one family’s incredible story of survival at sea.

18 Jun

People of the Industry Breakfast & Tour at Wheal Martyn

Treat yourself to a delicious full Cornish breakfast at Wheal Martyn with some of the characters from the china clay industry and then enjoy a guided tour of historic china clay works.

19 Jun

Family Fun Day at Wheal Martyn

Join Wheal Martyn for a day full of family fun.

20 Jun
Minack Theatre Castle Best Days Out Cornwall

The Odyssey at The Minack Theatre

To Hell and back again. Gods and Monsters. And a love story that lasts decades. This is Greek stuff, with all the boring bits removed!

20 Jun
Take a bee for a walk Best Days Out Cornwall

Planet PK Champions: Take a Bee for a Walk

Introducing Planet PK Champions – our new environmental sessions for children, free to join and based at PK Porthcuro. Have you seen any bees recently? Join us for a workshop that explores the importance of bees for the environment.

21 Jun

The Firework-Maker’s Daughter at The Minack Theatre

Philip Pullman weaves a magical tale of goddesses and demons, pirates and lovesick elephants that is both enchanting and profound, a landscape that is captured perfectly in David Bruce’s vibrant music and Glyn Maxwell’s witty libretto. 

01 Jul

Summer Holidays at Flambards

Flambards is open daily throughout July and August for fun family adventures!

03 Jul
Minack Theatre Castle Best Days Out Cornwall

Vanity Fair at The Minack Theatre

Meet Becky Sharp, a young woman born with every disadvantage and a firm determination to take Georgian society by storm – whatever the cost, while her friend Amelia Sedley slides inexorably towards ruin.

04 Jul

Art on the Menu Exhibition at Wheal Martyn

Visit a new exhibition that tells the story of the shifting market for ceramics in 1930s Britain.

08 Jul
Trebah Garden Best Days Out Cornwall

Estella at Trebah Garden

“I have been bent and broken, but – I hope – into a better shape.” (Estella, Great Expectations) As the ashes begin to fall inside Satis House, two unnamed spirits manifest. These forgotten women are […]

11 Jul
Minack Theatre Castle Best Days Out Cornwall

Don Giovanni at The Minack Theatre

This dramatic, timeless story, first performed in 1787, is a black comedy for all ages. Ranging from farce to tragedy and set to Mozart’s magnificent music, with an English translation by the late and much missed Amanda Holden.

13 Jul
Minack Theatre Castle Best Days Out Cornwall

Smugglers’ Tales at The Minack Theatre

Tales of those old times when everybody knew about ‘the Gentlemen’, who could bring you just about anything you could wish for; when every place was a hiding place; and when the black dog, Satan was kept to catch the smugglers!

16 Jul

Sea Shanty Sing-a-long

Join local shanty group Stuns’ls and Bristol’s Severn Whalers on the cafe terrace for an evening of pasties, cream teas and sea shanties!

17 Jul
Minack Theatre Castle Best Days Out Cornwall

The Pirates of Penzance at The Minack Theatre

With tongue-in-cheek melodrama, sharp satire and glittering wit, The Pirates of Penzance is as fresh as if it had been written today. It is packed-full of memorable songs such as “To be a Pirate King!”; “Modern Major General” and “A Policeman’s Lot is Not

18 Jul
Minack Theatre Castle Best Days Out Cornwall

Stones and Bones at The Minack Theatre

Find out all about archaeology and fossils, say hello to one of your stone-age ancestors, hear stories of giants and wizards, see a volcano erupting before your very eyes, and maybe even glimpse a dinosaur or two…

21 Jul
Trebah Garden

A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Trebah Garden

“The course of true love never did run smooth.” Oberon and Titania’s marital mayhem unleashes chaos on four young lovers with disastrous – and hilarious – consequences. Deep in the forest, a troupe of aspiring […]

23 Jul

Go wild with Beano at Eden!

Join us for an action-packed summer programme and help Dennis and friends save Eden from the dreaded CO2-Zilla! Loaded with mischief, mayhem and crazy comic fun, an epic adventure awaits at Eden this summer.  Find […]

24 Jul

Trengwainton’s summer family fun

Head to Trengwainton this summer for fun fitness activities in the garden, den building and the much-anticipated return of the scarecrows in the walled kitchen garden.

25 Jul
Minack Theatre Castle Best Days Out Cornwall

David Copperfield at The Minack Theatre

One of Dicken’s best loved novels is brought vibrantly to life in this warm, funny and fast paced adaptation, full of his finest characters, including the ultimate optimist Mr Micawber, the fawning Uriah Heap and the glamorous, spoilt Steerforth.

25 Jul
National Maritime Museum Best Days Out Cornwall

I Saw A Monster at the National Maritime Museum Cornwall in Falmouth

Each day at National Maritime Museum Cornwall there’ll be performances of I Saw A Monster, they’re hunting for tentacles on the Museum Trail and in Make & Take they’re creating their very own sea monster puppets.

27 Jul
Wheal Martyn Clayworks Best Days Out Cornwall

Summer Fun at Wheal Martyn

Join Wheal Martyn this summer for fun summer crafts to take home.

01 Aug
Minack Theatre Castle Best Days Out Cornwall

Little Women at The Minack Theatre

The story of the March sisters, aspiring writer Jo, traditional Meg, ambitious Amy and sweet-natured Beth has enchanted generations of children and their dreams and struggles is ideally suited to a musical format. 

03 Aug

Flambards Summer Fireworks Spectacular

Enjoy a full day exploring the park and indoor attractions followed by an exciting evening events programme ending with our spectacular fireworks finale.

04 Aug

Sextets by Brahms & Boccherini

Join Kernow Chamber Players for an evening of sextets by Brahms & Boccherini, with the option of dinner at Trebah Kitchen or a picnic before the concert.

05 Aug
Trebah Garden Best Days Out Cornwall

The Munch Mission at Trebah Garden

Oh help, our Munch is missing! Do you possess the wit, nerve and skill to become the next CIA agent? A world famous artwork has gone missing from Oslo National Museum. Work with Agents Kahlo […]

08 Aug
Minack Theatre Castle Best Days Out Cornwall

The Scarlet Pimpernel at The Minack Theatre

‘They seek him here, they seek him there…..’ but for an evening of unalloyed entertainment you need look no further than the Minack Theatre, where our elusive hero will be rescuing French aristocrats from the Guillotine.

12 Aug

Richard III at Trebah Garden

Kernow Chamber Players presents a new-concept Richard III, with live music and sound-design accompaniment created by Cornish composer Harriet Petherick and directed by international Shakespeare specialist Tama Matheson

15 Aug
Minack Theatre Castle Best Days Out Cornwall

The Merry Wives of Windsor at The Minack Theatre

Sir John Falstaff is short of cash, but he’s got a cunning plan. All he has to do is seduce the wives of two wealthy citizens. But he’s bitten off more than he bargained for as the witty wives determine to teach the knight a lesson he won’t forget.

15 Aug
Minack Theatre Castle Best Days Out Cornwall

Journey to the Stars at The Minack Theatre

‘Journey to the Stars’ is a marvellous blend of puppetry, storytelling, live music and comedy, sprinkled with astounding science and astronomy facts, and all presented in that unique Squashbox style. 

21 Aug
Minack Theatre Castle Best Days Out Cornwall

The Tempest at The Minack Theatre

Shakespeare’s great drama of revenge and reconciliation is haunted by the sea, its power, its mystery and its constantly changing nature. It is also a drama created by the magician Prospero and his spirits, played out for him and us together.

28 Aug
Minack Theatre Castle Best Days Out Cornwall

Coram Boy at The Minack Theatre

A breathless tale of being lost and found in a world of child cruelty and human trafficking, but also infused with love and the transformative power of music.

02 Sep
Trebah Garden Best Days Out Cornwall

A Room With a View at Trebah Garden

“You love the boy body and soul, as he loves you, and no other word expresses it! Love him!” On a trip to Florence with her fussy cousin as a chaperone, Lucy Honeychurch encounters the […]

03 Sep

Dinosaurs and All That Rubbish at Trebah Garden

Man’s dream to reach the stars leaves the world in ruins and disturbs the sleeping dinosaurs. Will they wake up and save planet Earth?

05 Sep

Cranford at The Minack Theatre

The tranquil existence of the ladies of Cranford is upended by the arrival of two gentlemen, who challenge the smooth, gentility of their lives. Tragedy, comedy and romance mingle in this gentle and delightful tale of Victorian England. 

11 Sep
Minack Theatre Castle Best Days Out Cornwall

A Room with a View at The Minack Theatre

On a trip to Florence with her fussy cousin as a chaperone, Lucy Honeychurch encounters the Emersons – a working-class father and son who challenge her to look at the world anew. Passion blossoms in a sea of violets and Lucy’s world is turned upside-down.

17 Sep
Minack Theatre Castle Best Days Out Cornwall

Proms at The Minack Theatre

Bring your flags, horns and whistles to celebrate the end of summer at this ever-popular event.  We welcome back the Mount Charles Band to perform a selection of classical and contemporary music plus the traditional Last Night of the Proms favourites.

22 Oct
National Maritime Museum Best Days Out Cornwall

Silhouettes & Shadows at the National Maritime Museum Cornwall in Falmouth

The nights are drawing in and the shadows are taking over. Come and join National Maritime Museum Cornwall for a spooky half term this October with Silhouettes and Shadows!

31 Oct
National Maritime Museum Best Days Out Cornwall

Halloween at the National Maritime Museum Cornwall in Falmouth

On Monday 31 October dress as ghosts and ghouls for tricks and treats at National Maritime Museum Cornwall.

26 Nov

Barbara Hepworth: Art and Life at Tate St Ives

 Barbara Hepworth: Art and Life is coming to Tate St Ives. Explore the life and work of one of the greatest sculptors of the 20th century.

17 Dec
National Maritime Museum Best Days Out Cornwall

Lanterns & Lights at the National Maritime Museum Cornwall in Falmouth

This Christmas holiday enjoy magically lit boats, merry Make & Takes and a Museum Trail – Christmas at National Maritime Museum Cornwall takes on the theme of Lanterns & Lights with a magical nautical twist.