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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.

06 Dec
Wheal Martyn Best Days Out Cornwall

Wheal Martyn Memory Cafe

The Memory Café offers a chance to chat over a cuppa, take part in some creative activities and visit this beautiful clay works, nestled in woodland and historic industrial buildings – a real breath of fresh air!

14 May

Meet the Miller at Cotehele Mill 

Come to Cotehele Mill on Thursday or Saturday to meet a miller and learn all about the past, present and future of Cotehele Mill. 

24 May

Murder Mystery Trains with Bodmin and Wenford Railway

Join us for the 30th anniversary of Murder Mysteries aboard the Bodmin & Wenford Railway! This year’s event is called Murder on The Railway – The 1940’s Diamond Heist.

27 May

75 years of caring for Cotehele 

We’re celebrating the 75th anniversary of the National Trust caring for Cotehele with an exhibition within the house looking back at some of the significant moments that have taken place over the last 75 years.

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

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

11 Jun

Pondlife! at Cotehele Quay 

Discover weird and wonderful creatures in the new pond at Cotehele quay with monthly drop-in, pond dipping sessions. Saturday 11 June, 9 July, 13 August, 3 September and 15 October 2022, 11am-3pm 

17 Jun

Brilliant Bees at Cotehele Mill 

This summer we’re celebrating our Brilliant Bees with a trail on the meadow at Cotehele Mill. 

24 Jun

Discover National Trust Trerice’s walking tour

Explore the archaeology of a medieval farm with this fascinating walking tour. On 24 June, 15 July, 30 September and 28 October 2022 learn the history of Trerice’s archaeology with a specially scheduled volunteer walking […]

01 Jul

Summer Holidays at Flambards

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

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.

16 Jul

Violet: Film & Photography Exhibition at Trebah Garden

Using both photography and film, the show will also play videos James has made using camera traps at night to document the wildlife that inhabit the garden. As well as this, is a series of portraits of the gardeners and volunteers that have contributed to

21 Jul

Family archery sessions at Trerice

Every Thursday during the summer holidays (21 July – 1 September) challenge your family to round of archery and, using Archery GB’s family friendly ‘Arrows’ kits, have a go at archery with Trerice volunteers. Sessions […]

23 Jul

Come Out and Play Summer Trail at National Trust Glendurgan Garden

This summer, take part in fun activities around Glendurgan Garden, supported by Sport England. Whether you’re finding your way in the maze or making a splash skimming stones on the beach we’ve got plenty of […]

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 […]

23 Jul

Summer Adventures and The Trail of the Wildflower Fairies at The Lost Gardens of Heligan

Wander through our wildflower woodlands, vibrant meadows and abundant gardens, which Flower Fairies will you discover hiding within our magical summer garden?

23 Jul

Storytelling Saturdays at The Lost Gardens of Heligan

Join our team to hear stories from fairy folklore to Heligan restoration, lots of inspiring and exciting stories for all.

23 Jul

Become a Polar Pro at the Shipwreck Treasure Museum

This summer splash your way through our Seal and Penguin activities and traverse our chilling ice tunnels on an adventure to become a Polar Pro at the Shipwreck Treasure Museum, Charlestown!

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
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.

25 Jul

Mindful Mondays at The Lost Gardens of Heligan

An introductory talk to explore wellbeing experiences at Heligan, providing a self-led guide to enable visitors to feel the healing power of the gardens.

26 Jul

Trug Talk Tuesdays at The Lost Gardens of Heligan

Learn more about the productive gardens, their growing seasons, crop rotations and harvest plans.

26 Jul

Planet PK Pop-up Playful Messages at PK Porthcurno

Explore visual and noisy forms of sending messages, from making giant environmental bubbles that remind us of smoke signals to the beat of Morse code. Make friends with our giant squid Morgy who likes to receive messages down his tentacles like a phone

26 Jul

Magic in the Skies Fireworks at Land’s End

Land’s End have announced that their iconic magic in the Skies Firework displays are back for the Summer of 2022 with a brand new display.

27 Jul
Trebah Garden Best Days Out Cornwall

Interactive Buzzy Bee Play Trail at Trebah Garden

On arrival participants will be given a worksheet and assigned the role of a worker bee, with the mission to collect ‘nectar’ from the flower installations around the garden.

27 Jul

Wildlife Wednesdays at The Lost Gardens of Heligan

Wednesdays throughout the summer holidays are our Wildlife Wednesdays! Join us to learn more about the wonderful pollinators that can be found around the Gardens and Estate, with a variety of fun family activities…

28 Jul

Planet PK Pop-up Animal Printing at PK Porthcurno

What do animal pawprints look like?

Try out our stamps of the animals and their pawprints in Porthcurno valley and the PK Archive. 

Get messy while learning different types of printing, from colourful ink and 3D stamps, handprints, and lino prints, ther

28 Jul

Mini Keeper Quiz at Paradise Park

There”s a new Mini Keeper Quiz at Paradise Park! Keepers need to know about the birds and mammals to be cared for at Paradise Park, so try the quiz, test your knowledge, and claim your special badge!

29 Jul

Farm Fridays at The Lost Gardens of Heligan

Each Friday during the Summer holidays is Farm Friday! Join the farm team to meet the animals and learn more about our Rare Breed livestock, our conservation breeding programmes and Home Farm produce.

29 Jul
Cotahele Best Days Out Cornwall

Let’s Play at National Trust Cotehele

Throughout the summer holidays, head to Cotehele to take part in an array of games and challenges across the entire estate. 

01 Aug

Summer Fun at Wheal Martyn

Join Wheal Martyn this summer for creative drop-in activities suitable for all the family.

03 Aug

Planet PK Mini Pop Up Tours at PK Porthcurno

Explore our museum in a family-friendly way and find out how telegraphy impacted our environment.

04 Aug

Footprints in the Sand & Animal Long Jump at PK Porthcurno

How far can you jump whilst learning about the animals in Porthcurno Valley? Champion Porthcurno’s Plastic-free status by leaving only footprints in the valley and receive a wooden medal. 

05 Aug

Clay Play at Wheal Martyn

What can you make out of a portion of clay? Creative self led activity.

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. 

16 Aug

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 Pendennis Castle’s Knights’ Tournament.

17 Aug

Flambards Summer Fireworks Spectacular

Enjoy a full day exploring the park and indoor attractions followed by an exciting evening events programme culminating in the return of the spectacular award-winning firework displays

20 Aug

Morris dancing with the Ashdown Mummers on Cotehele Quay

Pop down to Cotehele Quay to see the World Famous Ashdown Mummers performing as part of their country tour

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.

21 Aug

Meet the Bull Pen Gallery artist at National Trust Cotehele: Eleanor Russell-Hsieh

Visit the Bull Pen Gallery at National Trust Cotehele on Sunday 21 August to meet artist Eleanor Russell-Hsieh.

22 Aug

Flambards Summer Fireworks Spectacular

Enjoy a full day exploring the park and indoor attractions followed by an exciting evening events programme culminating in the return of the spectacular award-winning firework displays

23 Aug

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 Pendennis Castle’s Knights’ Tournament.

24 Aug

Flambards Summer Fireworks Spectacular

Enjoy a full day exploring the park and indoor attractions followed by an exciting evening events programme culminating in the return of the spectacular award-winning firework displays

26 Aug

Martha Tilston at the Minack Theatre

“She has probably the purest voice I have heard and at times it sent shivers up and down my spine” BBC

26 Aug

Lost Suppers at The Lost Gardens of Heligan

29 July 12 August 26 August Lost Suppers are about connections, the connection between people, the soil, the planet and food. In the current climate it’s never been more important to talk about food miles […]

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.

29 Aug

Flambards Summer Fireworks Spectacular

Enjoy a full day exploring the park and indoor attractions followed by an exciting evening events programme culminating in the return of the spectacular award-winning firework displays

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 […]

02 Sep

Leskyn Kernow – Cornwall’s Big Band at the Minack Theatre

Cornwall’s finest jazz musicians, joined by singers of Jimmy Cannon and Sylvia McEwen, will lead you through an evening of swing band classics.

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?

03 Sep

‘People of the Industry’ Breakfast at Wheal Martyn

Treat yourself to a delicious full Cornish breakfast at Wheal Martyn with some of the characters from the china clay industry.

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. 

05 Sep

Wheal Martyn Memory Cafe

Wheal Martyn’s regular Memory Cafe offers a place to chat over a cuppa and take part in creative activities. 

09 Sep

An Audience with Molly Hocking at the Minack Theatre

Molly Hocking (The Voice UK, winner 2019) takes the stage with her band of talented musicians, to take you on her music journey. 

10 Sep

Wheal Martyn Clay Works Heritage Open Days Weekend

Part of the national Heritage Open Days Festival, Wheal Martyn’s free event celebrates our local clay country history and culture.

10 Sep
Heligan Best Days Out Cornwall

Rare Breeds Weekends at The Lost Gardens of Heligan

RARE BREEDS WEEKENDS at THE LOST GARDENS OF HELIGAN Heligan Home Farms’ Livestock Team are getting ready to be able to celebrate and highlight all the rare breed residents who call Heligan their home. This […]

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.

11 Sep

Wheal Martyn Sponsored Walk – Off the beaten clay trail

On 11 September, join a family-friendly sponsored walk to fundraise for Wheal Martyn Trust.

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.

17 Sep

Drawn to Cotehele with the National Trust

This autumn, come and discover the art and artists of the Tamar Valley with a special exhibition in Cotehele House, part of the National Trust

19 Sep

Wheal Martyn Memory Cafe

Wheal Martyn’s regular Memory Cafe offers a place to chat over a cuppa and take part in creative activities. 

22 Sep

Pride and Prejudice* (*sort of) at the Minack Theatre

The 5 star comedy sensation direct from the West End. World tour premieres at the Minack.

01 Oct

‘People of the Industry’ Breakfast at Wheal Martyn

Treat yourself to a delicious full Cornish breakfast at Wheal Martyn alongside people from the china clay industry.

02 Oct

Paws in the Park at Wheal Martyn

Join Wheal Martyn’s pawsome family-friendly day of dog fun!

03 Oct

Wheal Martyn Memory Cafe

Wheal Martyn’s regular Memory Cafe offers a place to chat over a cuppa and take part in creative activities. 

07 Oct

Daliso Chaponda: Apocalypse Not Now at Trebah Garden

★★★★ ‘Full of sharp one-liners and well crafted gags…a real talent to look out for’ Metro

10 Oct

Superstition Mountain at the Minack Theatre

Three brothers, one last chance, no hope in hell…  What will become of three proper Cornish boys in the wilds of Arizona?  And will they live to tell the tale…?

17 Oct

Wheal Martyn Memory Cafe

Wheal Martyn’s regular Memory Cafe offers a place to chat over a cuppa and take part in creative activities. 

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!

22 Oct

Horrible Histories: Terrible Tudors at The Minack Theatre

From the horrible Henries to the end of evil Elizabeth, hear the legends (and the lies!) about the torturing Tudors.

24 Oct

Harvest Fun at Wheal Martyn

This October half term, enjoy a range of exciting harvest activities at Wheal Martyn.

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.

31 Oct

Harvest Fun at Wheal Martyn

This October half term, enjoy a range of exciting harvest activities at Wheal Martyn.

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.