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What's on - August 2009

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

After an unseasonably wet July, we're all hoping that August will deliver consistent, warm sunny weather.....  Those lovely walks on the Coastal Path or sun bathing and swimming in some of our lovely secluded coves on the Roseland Peninsula.   

August is traditionally peak time for visitors to Cornwall.  But even though there are more people here enjoying our wonderful county - there are still plenty of things to see and do whilst avoiding the crowds - see some of our ideas for great days out in the paragraphs below.  

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.

For visitors to the Roseland/Falmouth, perhaps the biggest highlight for the month is the world-famous Henri Lloyd Falmouth Week (8 - 15 August).  It has grown into the largest regatta in the South West with more than 450 yachts racing over 8 days.  It also has a full programme of shore-side events for those who don't have such great sea-legs.  There's a real buzz in Falmouth, St Mawes and the surrounding area during the week.

1 August 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).  Alternatively, we have recently become a ticket retailer and guests can pre-buy their tickets at Roundhouse Barn Holidays.  Trips depart from Events Square, Discovery Quay, Falmouth. 

1 August onwards throughout Spring and Summer - Camel Valley Vineyard guided tours.  Running every Wednesday through the month, a new guided tour takes in both the vineyard and the winery.  See how the grapes are transformed into award wining wines and taste some of the wines at the end of your tour.  5.00pm Nanstallon, Bodmin.  Tel 01726 852436.  Tickets £7.50 per person including wine.

5 August - The Glenn Miller Orchestra.  Ray McVay presents the Glenn Miller orchestra's new show, bringing you the sound, feel and music of the 1940s.  Hall for Cornwall, Back Quay, Truro from 7.30pm.

5 August - Tartuffe at St Mawes Castle.  Cornwall's Miracle Theatre celebrate its 30th Anniversary with a new adaptation of Tartuffe, Moliere's sharpest comedy.  As fresh and provoking as it was when it was banned in 1964!  7.30, St Mawes Castle. 

7 August - Jazz in the Garden at Pencarrow House.  Music and entertainment featuring the Richard Bennett New Orleans Band.  BBQ available or bring your own picnic.  From 6:30pm at Pencarrow House & Gardens.

8 August - Merlin the Magician.  The Chapterhouse Theatre performs this tale of swords and sorcery as Merlin guides the knights of the Round Table on the quest for the Holy Grail and Sir Lancelot arrives at Camelot.....  Trelissick Estate, Feock from 6pm.  

8 - 13 August - Falmouth Week.  A week-long festival of top notch competitive racing along side a packed programme of shoreside events.  See their website for full details.

12 August - Twelfth Night.  On the 12th evening in August, enjoy a performance of Shakespeare's magical comedy.  Trelissick Estate, Feock from 7pm. 

14 August - Seafood Buffet.  A gastronomic seafood adventure with a tour of Falmouth's coastline followed by a seafood buffet.  National Maritime Museum, Discovery Quay, Falmouth from 7.30pm.

16 - 22 August - Fowey Royal Regatta.  Not to be outdone by the Henri-Lloyd Falmouth regatta, Fowey host their own regatta.  A super week of events climaxing with a carnival procession and a display by the Red Arrows. 

16 August  - Emma.  Immerse yourself in the squabbles, gossip and the more serious issue of who gets who in this wonderful romantic comedy.  Trelissick Estate, Feock from 7.30pm. 

16 August - Tartuffe.  Cornwall's Miracle Theatre celebrate its 30th Anniversary with a new adaptation of Tartuffe, Moliere's sharpest comedy.  As fresh and provoking as it was when it was banned in 1964!  7.30, Events Square, Falmouth.

18 August - All the Kings Guns.  be amazed by the firepower of the grand cannon hauled by heavy horses and watch in awe as the sailors of Great Harry's Navy demonstrate a Tudor gun deck similar to that of the Mary Rose.  Pendennis Castle, Castle Drive, Falmouth from 11am. 

20 - 22 August - Tartuffe.  Cornwall's Miracle Theatre celebrate its 30th Anniversary with a new adaptation of Tartuffe, Moliere's sharpest comedy.  As fresh and provoking as it was when it was banned in 1964!  7.30, Trelissick Estate, Feock.

22 - 30 August - Eden Ale Festival.  Celebrate Cornwall's rich brewing culture and sample some of the county's finest beers and ciders at Eden.  Retro swing five-piece Top Shelf Jazz are performing throughout the festival.  

25 - 30 August - Joseph & the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat.  You've seen the TV show, now see Craig Chalmers live in the lead role of Joseph.  Hall for Cornwall, Back Quay, Truro from 7.30 every evening.

31 August - Newlyn Fish Festival.  An entertaining day out celebrating the Cornish fish industry, with displays, demonstrations, open boats, live music, gig racing and much more.  From 9:0am Newlyn Fish Harbour.

31 August - Dame Helen MacArthur returns .  Ellen recounts stories about her experiences at sea.  National Maritime Museum, Discovery Quay from 7pm.