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What's on - April 2009

Irrespective of the season, there's always something going on in Cornwall. 

Spring has finally sprung thanks to warm sunny weather in March 2009.  The hedgerows, fields and gardens have come tio life with daffodils, snow drops, camellias and rhododendrons. 

We've set out below some ideas for great days out. There's also a very useful publication called Inside Cornwall that provides much more information and can be purchased in almost all newsagents in the County.  Two other good sources of information are King Harry's Cornwall and the Visit Cornwall websites.


Great days out

1 April onwards - Orca Sea Safaris open for the Spring/summer season.  Take a 2 hour wildlife boat safari out to sea.  Plenty of birdlife.  If you're lucky, you'll also see Seals and Dolphins.  Wet weather clothing provided.  A different way to see our wonderful coastline.  We've been on it and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.  Great for young and old alike.  Tickets also include entrance to the National Maritime Museum in Falmouth.  Pre-booking essential (01872 861910).  Trips depart from Events Square, Discovery Quay, Falmouth. 

1 April onwards throughout Spring and Summer - Camel Valley Vineyard guided tours.  Running Monday - Friday, the new guided tour takes in both the vineyard and the winery.  See how the grapes are transformed into award wining wines.  2.30pm Nanstallon, Bodmin.  Tel 01726 852436.  Tickets £5 per person.

2 - 4 April - Coppelia.  Cornwall-based Duchy Ballet performs this charming and witty play.  Full of surprises, the story follows two lovers, Franz and Swanhilda as they fall out after Franz becomes infactuated with Dr Coppelia's mysterious daughter.  7.30pm Hall for Cornwall, Back Quay, Truro.

2 April - Glendurgan Garden Seasonal Walk.  Join a member of the Glendurgan team on a leisurely walk around the garden.  Discover unusual and beautiful plants growing on Cornwall's maritime climate.  find out how the gardeners look after Glendurgan and pick up tips for your own garden.  2pm, Glendurgan Gardens, Falmouth. 

3 April - Raised and Bred at Caerhays.  Charles Williams, owner of Burncoose Nurseries and Caerhays castle Gardens, will be giving an insight into the plants raised and bred at Caerhays over the past 100 years.  Followed by a buffet lunch and wine.  Non-Members £37.50.  10:00am Caerhays Castle, Gorran, St Austell.

5 April - Bach's St John Passion - On Palm Sunday, St Mary's Singers give a liturgical performance of Bach's St John Passion.  6pm, Truro Cathedral, St Mary's Street, Truro.

6 April - The St Nazaire Raid: Magnificent disaster or glorious success - Tim Beattle explores how the raid was a military and propoganda achievement at a crucial moment inn World War 2.  12.30pm, National Maritime Museum Falmouth.  Tickets £12.50. 

7 - 8 April - Richard Alston Dance Company.  Cracking night out with an exciting Triple Bill.  7.30, Hall For Cornwall, Back Quay, Truro. 

9 April - Southbank Sinfonia.  Works from Haydn. Tchaikovsky and Beethoven.  features cello soloist Raphael Wallfisch.  7.30pm Hall for Cornwall, back Quay, Truro

10 April - Joe Brown.  One of the country's best loved and enduring musicians.  His show is a celebration of timeless classics, rockabilly, gospel, country, folk and rock 'n roll.  7.30 Hall For Cornwall, Back Quay, Truro

10 - 13 April - Easter Eggs-travaganza.  Enjoy steam and trains...  suitable for Kids of 4 - 74!  Bodmin and Wenford Railway.  10:00am, Bodmin.

11 April - Illegal Eagles.  Eagles tribute band play Cornwall.  Sure to be a sell-out.  7.30pm Hall For Cornwall, Back Quay, Truro.

15 April - Titanic Dinner.  An evening commemorating the 97th anniversary of the tragedy and coinciding with ther museum's new exhibition.  Enjoy a gourmet marathon of 8 courses of Victorian dining and a string quartet.  The whole evening will embrace the dress, music and food of the era.  

17 - 19 April - Spring Steam Spectacular.  The first steam gala of the year with three days of Cornish steam, featuring frequent trains, lots of locomotive action and evening specials. Bodmin & Wenford Railway Company, Bodmin.  

17 April - Raised and Bred at Caerhays.  Charles Williams, owner of Burncoose Nurseries and Caerhays castle Gardens, will be giving an insight into the plants raised and bred at Caerhays over the past 100 years.  Followed by a buffet lunch and wine.  Non-Members £37.50.  10:00am Caerhays Castle, Gorran, St Austell.

17 April - Roseland Music Society Concert .  A performance by the artists of the internationally renowned English Piano Trio joined by Morgan Goff on viola and Lucy Hare on double bass.  The ensemble will play pieces by Mozart and Schubert.  7.30 Gerrans Parish Memorial Hall, Portscatho.

17 April - The Snow Queen.  Internationally acclaimed production mixing aerial acrobatics, dance, music and story-telling in a spine-tingling version of the Hans Christian Andersen story.  7.30 Hall For Cornwall, Back Quay, Truro.

18 April - Glendurgan Gardens NGS Open Day.  A Spring welcome to the gardens with all admission fees going to the NGS.  Join a member of the garden team on a free guided tour around the garden at 2pm.  Take in the stunning rhododendrons, magnolias and azaleas surrounded by carpets of wild flowers and bluebells.  Glendurgan Gardens Nr Falmouth.

18 April - Cahooty at the Church.  Described as bluegrass and country meets blues and cajun, this talented 4-piece band from west Cornwall performs a lively mix of unique acoustic music, including old-time standards, original material and reinterpretation of classics from the '50s and '60s and some unlikely acoustic versions of more contemporary hits.  7.30pm St Just In Roseland Church nr  Truro.  Tickets £7 for adults, £3.50 for children.  

21 - 25 April - What Women Want.  Two women one popstar and a lot of laughs...  Women on the verge of HRT hits Hall for Cornwall.  7.30 Hall for Cornwall, Back Quay, Truro.

23 April - Music Concert Hotel Tresanton Chapel.  Intimate concert with Jamie Walton on the cello.  7pm Tresanton Hotel, St Mawes.

24 April - Cello and Piano Recital.  With talented cellist Jamie Walton and Daniel Grimwood on the piano.  The programme includes works by Beethoven, Chopin and Rachmaninoff.  It is in aid of India's 2nd largest orphanage.  7pm, The Chapel, Truro School Truro.

25 April Breakfast Bluebell Walk at Glendurgan Gardens.  Enjoy an early morning walk taking in rhododendrons amidst carpets of bluebells and the scent of spring flowers.  Then treat yourself to breakfast in the team house!

29 April - Cornwall International Male Voice Choral Choir Festival.  Fifty-four choirs from all over the globe, including Cornwall, are taking part in this week-long festival.  The opening concert will feature the Cornwall Boys Choir, Truro Catherdral Choir and the Boys Choir of Dubna from Russia.  7.30pm, Truro Cathedral, St Mary's Street.

29 April - Gervase Phinn.  An evening of laughter and fun that will have you in stitches as Gervase shares his hilarious tales of life as a schools inspector in the Yorkshire Dales.  7.30 Hall For Cornwall, Back Quay, Truro.  

29 April - Understanding Somali Piracy.  Piracy at sea is not confined to the age of sail or to Hollywood moovies.  It is also a 21st century occurence off the Horn of Africa.  Writer and BBC World Service Broadcaster Nick Rankin considers the new corsairs with Klashnikovs and wht they are assaulting international shipping.  6.30pm National Maritime Museum, Discivery Quay, Falmouth.  

30 April - City of London Sinfonia .  The programme includes works by Rossini, Beethoven and Mendelssohn.  Features violin soloist So0Ock Kim.  8pm, Hall For Cornwall, Back Quay, Truro.