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Discover what’s on this summer at Cornwall’s top attractions

Posted in News by cata on 28th June 2024

This summer, Cornwall is the place to be for curios adventures and cultural events. Renowned for its breathtaking coastline and charming villages, our top attractions are also buzzing with an array of exciting events and activities.

Explore some of the best family-friendly activities during the summer holidays. Find out what Ratty, Toad, Badger and Mole are up this summer, join them at Trebah Gardens for a evening of Wind in the Willows theatre, or take on the Escape from Treasure Island challenge at the National Maritime Museum, it’s a race to solve the clues, find the treasure and defeat the baddies.

Visitors can uncover Cornwall’s vibrant history at its many heritage sites or discover new possibilities at the Eden Project. With over 35 top attractions to choose from, Cornwall promises a summer brimming with unforgettable experiences.

  • Become an ‘Ocean Explorer’ this summer at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary

    Become an ‘Ocean Explorer’ this summer at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary

    Inspiring the next generation of Marine Conservationists with LEGO® fun. As part of their summer activities onsite, The Cornish Seal Sanctuary is excited to announce creative and educational workshops for children, focusing on the importance […]

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  • Summer of Play at Cotehele

    Summer of Play at Cotehele

    Head to Cotehele this summer for days out jam-packed with fun for all the family. 

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  • Nature Detectives at Cotehele Mill: Butterfly Spotting

    Nature Detectives at Cotehele Mill: Butterfly Spotting

    As part of Summer of Play Nature Detectives at Cotehele Mill, come and chat to our Ranger’s about the amazing butterflies that live this in this habitat.

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  • The Callington Singers at Cotehele: If music be the food of love 

    The Callington Singers at Cotehele: If music be the food of love 

    Join us for an enchanting evening of music as The Callington Singers fill the Barn Café with songs of the English Renaissance. 

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  • Murder Mystery Trains at Bodmin Railway

    Murder Mystery Trains at Bodmin Railway

    Will you be the next greatest detective at Bodmin Railway? Winning answers to ‘whodunnit’ are entered into a draw each event evening, and prizes are handed out. Book your tickets today to be ‘in it, […]

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  • Spirits of Cornwall – Tasting Train

    Spirits of Cornwall – Tasting Train

    Join Bodmin Railway for an evening of Cornish spirit tasting on board a heritage steam railway. Enjoy a range of gins, whiskies, rums, and cocktails with Bodmin Railway and Rock Gin. Taste a selection of […]

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  • Locals Day at Bodmin Railway

    Locals Day at Bodmin Railway

    Join for your last summer trip at Bodmin Railway and receive 50% off any adult or child all-line ticket, or 25% off a compartment!

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  • Teddy Bears Picnic

    Teddy Bears Picnic

    Simply book an all-line trip for one of the departure times for the dates Stevie is visiting and travel on our Teddy Bears Picnic train. Departures from Bodmin General: 10:30, 11:50, 1:15, or 2:35

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  • Willow Weaving at Cotehele: Sustainable Bird Feeders 

    Willow Weaving at Cotehele: Sustainable Bird Feeders 

    Make your very own sustainable cone bird feeder, perfect for fat balls and treats, or use in the kitchen as decorative fruit or veg storage!

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  • Kids Fest at Camel Creek

    Kids Fest at Camel Creek

    Visit between the 27th of July and 31st of August for the ultimate Kids Fest Prepare for the party of the season this Summer at Camel Creek’s Kids Fest! Dive into the ultimate Summer party […]

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  • Trengwainton’s summer of play

    Trengwainton’s summer of play

    Join in the family fun with Trengwainton’s Summer of Play and take your pick from more than 15 games and activities throughout the garden and woodland.

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  • Archaeology walking tour of Trerice

    Archaeology walking tour of Trerice

    See Trerice in a new light on this archaeological tour of the gardens.

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  • Summer of Sea Creatures @ The NLH

    Summer of Sea Creatures @ The NLH

    This Summer get an up close look at the oceans weird and wonderful creatures!

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  • The Otter Spotter Quiz at Paradise Park Wildlife Sanctuary in Hayle.

    The Otter Spotter Quiz at Paradise Park Wildlife Sanctuary in Hayle.

    Treat your family to a wonderful wildlife day out and have fun on the summer Otter Spotter Special Quiz and claim your exclusive badge.

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  • Summer fun at Trerice

    Summer fun at Trerice

    Enjoy a summer of family-fun activities at Trerice!

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  • Alfresco entertainment this summer at Trerice near Newquay 

    Alfresco entertainment this summer at Trerice near Newquay 

    Pack a picnic and relax to a band, choir or theatre performance in the beautiful surroundings of the garden at Trerice near Newquay this summer.   On select dates throughout June and July, the Trerice Volunteer […]

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  • Monoprint Workshop – Botanical Cards

    Monoprint Workshop – Botanical Cards

    Come and print your own botanical cards with print-maker Annabel Wilkes

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  • Masterworks: Concertos from the Baroque Period

    Masterworks: Concertos from the Baroque Period

    Kernow Chamber Players are back in Trebah’s Amphitheatre

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  • Escape from Treasure Island! – Summer Holidays

    Escape from Treasure Island! – Summer Holidays

    Be transported to Treasure Island this summer at National Maritime Museum Cornwall where all is not quite as it seems. Join our heroes as they race to solve the clues, find the treasure and defeat the baddies.

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  • Quantum Theatre presents The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck at Trelissick

    Quantum Theatre presents The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck at Trelissick

    Weds 21 August 4.30-6.30pm New for 2024, Quantum presents a delightful new adaptation of Beatrix Potter’s much-loved tale — The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck. Prevented from hatching her eggs at the farm, foolish Jemima goes […]

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  • ‘Thunderboots’ story sessions with author Naomi Jones

    ‘Thunderboots’ story sessions with author Naomi Jones

    Friday 16 August, 10.15am and 11.30am Join children’s author Naomi Jones as she reads her latest picture book Thunderboots. Find out about the inspiration behind the story, practice your superhero moves and create your very […]

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  • Miracle Theatre presents Love Riot at Trelissick

    Miracle Theatre presents Love Riot at Trelissick

    Wednesday 14 August, 6.30-8.30pm Step into a world of etiquette, scandal and matchmaking, with this fresh new take on an 18th century rom-com from Cornwall’s Miracle Theatre. Promised by her father to the dashing Doricourt […]

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  • Expressions of Salt and China Clay Traces

    Expressions of Salt and China Clay Traces

    ‘Expressions of Salt and China Clay Traces’ will feature a new body of ceramic work which explores Caroline Winn’s ‘Salt Journey’ and will include prints, as well as new pieces created with china clay dug from the Wheal Martyn pit.

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  • The Sea Within Exhibition

    The Sea Within Exhibition

    A new exhibiton at Trebah for June 2024

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  • Beach Yoga with Ro

    Beach Yoga with Ro

    Join us for Beach Yoga every Wednesday morning with a unique class down at Polgwidden Cove.

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  • The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew: Plants in a Changing World

    The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew: Plants in a Changing World

    A talk by Simon Toomer, Curator of Living Collections at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

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  • Beach BBQ with Live Music

    Beach BBQ with Live Music

    With live music from Will Keating at 6:30pm, enjoy a relaxed and fun atmosphere for friends, family and colleagues to come together and celebrate summer!

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  • Beach BBQ with Live Music

    Beach BBQ with Live Music

    With live music from Will Keating at 6:30pm, enjoy a relaxed and fun atmosphere for friends, family and colleagues to come together and celebrate summer!

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  • Sherlock and Watson: A Murder in the Garden

    Sherlock and Watson: A Murder in the Garden

    When a body is mysteriously found lying in the middle of Landsdown Manor Gardens, the police have no option but to call on Sherlock Holmes and persuade him to take on his toughest case to date.

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  • Wild Writing Workshop

    Wild Writing Workshop

    With Trebah’s unique gardens as inspiration, novelist and nature writer Polly Roberts will guide you to explore selfhood through wildlife to create poems and prose, using writing exercises as a tool to ground you in place.

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  • Love Riot

    Love Riot

    Step into a world of etiquette, scandal and matchmaking, with this fresh new take on an 18th century rom-com from Cornwall’s Miracle Theatre.

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  • As You Like It

    As You Like It

    The Duke’s Theatre Company returns for another fantastic Shakespeare performance, bringing As You Like It to Trebah’s amphitheatre this summer.

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  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream

    A Midsummer Night’s Dream

    Four young lovers, five amateur players and a warring fairy host descend on the same forest in one evening. What could possibly go wrong?

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  • The Wind and the Willows

    The Wind and the Willows

    When Mole gets fed up of cleaning her home she decides to leave her burrow and head out on an adventure!

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  • Squashbox: Tales from the Trees

    Squashbox: Tales from the Trees

    Let Squashbox Theatre be your guide to the tremendous world of trees, from branch to leaf and twig to root, from berry to blossom and bark to fruit!

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  • Squashbox: Wonderful World

    Squashbox: Wonderful World

    Can you fit the entire world into a one-hour show? Well, if anybody can, Squashbox Theatre can!

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  • Squashbox: Skillywidden

    Squashbox: Skillywidden

    Legend has it there are five types of faery in Cornwall: the Small Folk, the Piskies, the Knockers, the Brownies and – most mischievous of all – the Spriggans.

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  • The Secret Garden

    The Secret Garden

    Join Mary, Colin and Dickon as they tell you the story of their favourite place in the world – The Secret Garden.

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  • Kurt Jackson: RNLI Cornwall

    Kurt Jackson: RNLI Cornwall

    Internationally renowned contemporary artist Kurt Jackson celebrates the RNLI during their centenary year.

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  • Xenolalia : Moulettes

    Xenolalia : Moulettes

    Moulettes have a reputation for breaking new ground with every album & enthralling classical, folk & indie audiences alike. Xenolalia is their most ambitious project yet – 11 songs re-imagined 5 ways with 5 different ensembles.

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  • Show of Hands

    Show of Hands

    Show of Hands embark on a journey back to where it all began. A unique celebration of their enduring legacy.

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  • Songs for Explorers

    Songs for Explorers

    ‘Songs for Explorers!’ is a fun-packed concert of music from the shows of Squashbox Theatre, exploring themes as diverse as bees, trees, animals, evolution, rocks, mermaids, Greek Gods, famous scientists, planets and stars! 

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  • Lanterns on the Lake

    Lanterns on the Lake

    Tyneside’s Lanterns on the Lake combine dreamy, melancholic indie rock with beautiful layers of texture and celestial melodies that thread around intricate instrumentation. 

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  • Dry Cleaning

    Dry Cleaning

    An English post-punk band who formed in South London in 2017, noted for their use of spoken word primarily in lieu of sung vocals, as well as their unconventional lyrics.

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  • Cosmo Sheldrake

    Cosmo Sheldrake

    Cosmo is a UK-based multi-instrumentalist, producer, composer, live improviser, and field recordist. Together with his human and non-human collaborators, Cosmo creates music that speaks to the urgency and possibility of our times.

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  • The Light Burns Blue

    The Light Burns Blue

    Sometimes we see what we want to… Based on the true story of the Cottingley Fairies, The Light Burns Blue is a tale of deception, public hysteria and the ethical boundaries of new technologies.

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  • This Flight Tonight, the Songs of Joni Mitchell

    This Flight Tonight, the Songs of Joni Mitchell

    Acclaimed singer/songwriters Zervas & Pepper present ‘This Flight Tonight’ an intimate five-piece acoustic live tribute to the music of Joni Mitchell. Featuring songs such as ‘California’, ‘Blue’, ‘Woodstock’ ‘Both Sides Now’ and many more…

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  • Ishmael Ensemble

    Ishmael Ensemble

    Ishmael Ensemble’s music straddles the worlds of electronica and jazz. Steered by Cunningham’s cross-genre approach as a producer, the Bristol collective explore vast sonic terrain with an honesty, intimacy and emotional heft that is uniquely their own.

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  • Florence Adooni

    Florence Adooni

    The latest offering from Philophon Records, and the next chapter in an impressive legacy from this seminal record label. Florence Adooni combines the meandering melodies of the Frafra gospel over the high-life rhythm of the Ashanti with incredible ease.

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  • Doug Allan: In the Company of Giants

    Doug Allan: In the Company of Giants

    Encounters with the ocean’s most charismatic animals. Doug’s unique experiences over fifty years of diving and filming have given him privileged, intimate glimpses, and deep personal knowledge of marine mammals.

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  • Show Tunes of the Sea

    Show Tunes of the Sea

    Come on a voyage of discovery through musical theatre history with classic songs from the shows – all about the ocean!

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  • Body of Water

    Body of Water

    A dance performance by Falmouth Unversity’s Propeller Youth Company, celebrating the power and passion of the sea.

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  • The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch

    The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch

    Each morning, Mr Grinling rows out to his lighthouse, where he cleans and polishes the lamp. How can the Grinlings stop the scavenging seagulls from stealing the Lighthouse Keeper’s lunch? A musical adaptation of the best-selling children’s story.

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  • Daisy Rickman

    Daisy Rickman

    “A homage to the sun, the stars, and explorations of the cycles both within ourselves and throughout the turning wheel of the year.” Endlessly ethereal, Daisy’s voice makes you feel as if you were floating in space.

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  • The Boatswain’s Mate

    The Boatswain’s Mate

    A happy widow. A lovesick boatswain. A plot to foil a fake burglary and so win her heart. What could possibly go wrong? This tale of love and mischief by the sea is for farce lovers of all ages.

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  • Henry Normal and Nigel Planer

    Henry Normal and Nigel Planer

    A special one-off performance of poetry, stories and thoughts celebrating the sea, the coast and edges of things. Expect poetry, stories, jokes, Q & A, fun, knitwear and a few surprises.

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  • Gillian Burke : I Can See the Sea

    Gillian Burke : I Can See the Sea

    Join biologist and TV presenter, Gillian Burke, on a trip down memory lane as she recalls her chaotic family holidays to the seaside on the Kenyan coast. A hilarious and heart-warming blend of storytelling, soundscapes, and science for all the family.

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  • The Lemonaires fundriasing music night at Wheal Martyn

    The Lemonaires fundriasing music night at Wheal Martyn

    The Lemonaires are a male voice acapella group based in Mylor Bridge, Cornwall. They sing of Cornwall, fishing, farming and mining with the passion you would expect from proud Celtic men.

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  • Barrett’s Privateers fundrisaing music night

    Barrett’s Privateers fundrisaing music night

    Based on the Cornish side of the beautiful Tamar Valley, Barrett’s Privateers formed through the joy of acapella singing. Since forming in 2019, the group have been honoured to perform at a range of events from the Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festiv

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  • Life on the Tamar at Cotehele 

    Life on the Tamar at Cotehele 

    Discover more about life on the banks of the river Tamar. 

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  • Richard Trethewey Two Halves fundriasing music night

    Richard Trethewey Two Halves fundriasing music night

    Born in Cornwall’s Clay Country, Richard Trethewey is a singer, fiddle and cittern player delivering his distinct take on Cornish music, giving Cornwall a truly authentic voice. Passionate about unearthing near-forgotten gems of Cornish history, Richard b

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  • Our Kind of Music with Jimmy Cannon

    Our Kind of Music with Jimmy Cannon

    Featuring the music of Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Louis Armstrong, Diana Krall, Jamie Cullum, Michael Bublé, Cleo Laine, Buddy Greco, Stephane Grappelli, Nina Simone, Harry Connick Jr., Julie London, George Shearing, Peggy Lee, Mel Tor

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  • Volunteer Open Day

    Volunteer Open Day

    Are you interested in volunteering for a heritage steam railway? Or perhaps you have some spare time you are looking to fill while keeping your skills up-to-date and meeting new people. Let your passion find a new purpose!

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  • Bonsai Bonanza!

    Bonsai Bonanza!

    The beautiful art of bonsai will be on display at Trebah over the weekend of the 18 and 19 May 2024

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  • The Oggymen LIVE at Trebah Amphitheatre

    The Oggymen LIVE at Trebah Amphitheatre

    Join the Oggymen for a night of Cornish folk music, live in Trebah’s sub-tropical amphitheatre

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  • Falconry display at Trerice

    Falconry display at Trerice

    Watch a falconry display and view a collection of hawks and falcons at Trerice this May half term!

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  • PondLife! at Cotehele Quay 

    PondLife! at Cotehele Quay 

    Discover weird and wonderful creatures in the pond at Cotehele quay with monthly drop-in, pond dipping sessions.

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  • EVENT Love’s Labour’s Lost

    EVENT Love’s Labour’s Lost

    Stamford Shoestring Theatre presents one of Shakespeare’s most beguiling comedies. Full of drive and energy, Love’s Labour’s Lost warns of the dangers of suppressing one’s natural instincts.

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  • Wonderful World

    Wonderful World

    Wonderful World is a brand-new show from Squashbox Theatre, incorporating ingenious puppetry, fantastic facts, silly slapstick, crazy comedy and marvellous live music – all presented in that unique Squashbox style! 

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  • This Flight Tonight, the Songs of Joni Mitchell

    This Flight Tonight, the Songs of Joni Mitchell

    ‘This Flight Tonight’ is a celebration of Joni Mitchell’s music that Zervas and Pepper have had in the making for many years, and now 2023 will see them finally take this show on the road for the first time.

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  • The French Lieutenant’s Woman

    The French Lieutenant’s Woman

    A timeless story of forbidden love, temptation and a fight for personal freedom. Charles Smithson, a wealthy, respectably engaged man, throws himself into dangerous waters and risks everything he has for a mysterious woman. 

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  • Tales From the Trees

    Tales From the Trees

    Tales from the Trees’ is a terrific tangle of puppetry, storytelling, live music and comedy, with a theme that embraces natural history, folklore and ecology. Listen! The trees have tales to tell…

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  • Young Frankenstein

    Young Frankenstein

    T’S ALIVE! From the creators of the record-breaking Broadway sensation The Producers comes this monster musical comedy. A wickedly inspired re-imagining of the Frankenstein legend based on Mel Brooks’ comedy film masterpiece that is Young Frankenstein.

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  • Wendy and Peter Pan

    Wendy and Peter Pan

    J.M. Barrie’s much loved classic tale: refreshingly, radically retold. Wendy is off on an awfully big adventure as she leaves the unhappiness of her home to follow Peter Pan to Neverland, hoping to find her ‘lost’ brother.

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  • Jamaica Inn

    Jamaica Inn

    Mary Yellan’s journey across the bleak Bodmin Moor to fulfil her dying mother’s wish that she stays with her Aunt Patience at Jamaica Inn, is the start of a nightmare, drawing Mary unwillingly into the dark deeds of her Uncle and his murderous accomplice.

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  • Seth Lakeman

    Seth Lakeman

    Westcountry folksinger & multi-instrumentalist Seth Lakeman, accompanied by folk singer and musician Benji Kirkpatrick and Devon singer-songwriter Alex Hart, plays 2 shows at the Minack featuring songs written about the sea.

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  • Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

    Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

    Kidz R Us presents the magical musical by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber, which tells the biblical story of Joseph, his father Jacob and his 11 brothers… and of course the coat of many colours.

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  • Love Riot

    Love Riot

    Embark on a whirlwind of love & laughter with Miracle Theatre’s latest production, Love Riot, an exhilarating journey through a world obsessed with status, etiquette & scandal.

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  • XENOLALIA : Moulettes

    XENOLALIA : Moulettes

    Bringing together 18 unbelievably talented singers & multi-instrumentalists to present to you highlights from across the project, this performance will take you through all of the musical landscapes of Xenolalia alongside reimagined old favourites.

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  • Adolf & Winston

    Adolf & Winston

    Riotous, rebellious and ridiculously rib-tickling by turns, Living Spit’s Adolf and Winston leaves other two-man comedic, musical retellings of the history of the second war in the shade, and poses the question: “who thought this was a good idea, again?”

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  • Roo Panes

    Roo Panes

    Encompassing both a yearning for adventure, and a keen sense of place, in ‘The Summer Isles’ Panes presents a mature and accomplished collection that explores a multitude of themes including love and refuge, childhood memories and nostalgic wonder.

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  • Sense and Sensibility : The Musical

    Sense and Sensibility : The Musical

    A stunning new musical, based on the novel by Jane Austen. This delicately observed cautionary tale of the disadvantages of both emotional excess & restraint ends (of course) with the happiest of happy endings. 

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  • The Adventures of Doctor Dolittle

    The Adventures of Doctor Dolittle

    Hugh Lofting’s timeless classic celebrates the power of empathy and inspires audiences young and old to see the world through the eyes of animals. This funny, exciting new family musical is performed with flair and wit by Illyria in the great outdoors.

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  • As You Like It

    As You Like It

    When Rosalind is banished from Duke Ferdinand’s court, new identities are explored with hilarious consequences. Music, mayhem and madness thrill as we are shown that “All the world’s a stage”.

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  • London Assurance

    London Assurance

    The preening Sir Harcourt Courtly is lured away from fashionable London by the hope of a rich and beautiful bride, several decades his junior. But he has calculated without her witty and resourceful cousin, Lady Spanker, who is determined to outwit him.

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  • The Lonely Lighthouse Keeper

    The Lonely Lighthouse Keeper

    Percy moves to a lighthouse to find the quiet life away from his noisy knitting-obsessed neighbour. But the peace he craves is shattered when she arrives with knitting needles at the ready. Then disaster strikes, and which of them can save the day? 

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  • Steam Shanty Evenings

    Steam Shanty Evenings

    Join us for shanty songs, pasty’s, pints, and a trip on our steam train this 2024!

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  • Pirates at the National Maritime Museum Cornwall

    Pirates at the National Maritime Museum Cornwall

    PiratesExplore beneath the surface Dashing, daring and adventurous or bloodthirsty, immoral and greedy – were pirates of the 18th century heroes of the age or no more than callous cut-throats? In National Maritime Museum Cornwall’s […]

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