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What's on - July 2009

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

What a flaming June we had!  Those that were fortunate enough to visit Cornwall in June were treated to some fine weather for lovely walks on the Coastal Path and sun bathing and swimming in some of our lovely secluded coves on the Roseland Peninsula.   

July looks set fair as the county's holiday accommodation providers "gird their loins" for the start of the busy period. But even though there are naturally more visitors to Cornwall during July - 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.

1 July 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 July 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.

1 - 4 July - Brief Encounter.  Direct from London's West End, the Kneehigh Theatre Company bring their brand new version of this film classic to The Hall For Cornwall.  We're going to see it so fingers crossed!  Back Quay, Truro, from 7.30pm.

2 July - Creeks by Canoe.  Explore National Trust Property on the beautiful Fowey estuary in open Canadian canoes.  Full instruction and equipment provided.  10:00am, Whitecross carpark, Pont Creek Fowey.  Booking essential - tel 01208 265211.

4, 16, 23, 25 and 30 July - Sailing Cruises.  Set sail from the Pontoon aboard Softwing; a traditional 24ft Truro River Oyster Dredger and enjoy a one hour cruise across Falmouth Bay. 12:00pm and 2pm, Discovery Quay, near the National Maritime Museum,  Falmouth.

7 July - Basking Shark Explorer.  A two-hour marine safari in search of basking sharks.  Orca Sea Safari Office, Events Square Falmouth from 10:00am.  

7, 14, 21, 24, 28 and 31 July - Murder Mystery Special.  Solve a murder mystery whilst enjoying a steam train journey through the beautiful Cornish countryside.  Bodmin and Wenford Railway, Bodmin from 7:00pm.

11 July - Cornwall Festival of Cycling. An annual event that aims to enthuse, entertain and educate people about cycling with a mix of have-a-go activities, displays and advice.  You can also take part in a guided ride led by the Cornish cycling project called Mobilise!

12 July - Cold War Bunker Tour.  A chance to see inside the Veryan Preserved Royal Observer Corps Post.  Gerrans Bay and Nare Head Veryan in Roseland at 11:00am and 1.30pm. 

14 - 15 July - 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!  Pendennis Castle, Castle Drive, Falmouth at 7.30pm.

17 July - A Midsummer Night's Dream.  The Chapterhouse Theatre Company presents Shakespeare's classic play full of magic and mayhem.  National Maritime Museum, Discovery Quay, Falmouth from 7.00pm. 

24 - 26 July - The Boconnoc Steam Fair.  One of the biggest events of its kind in the south west with more than 30 steam engines plus lots of other vintage vehicles.  There will also be a fun fair, trade stands and helicopter flights.  Boconnoc Estate, Middle Taphouse, Lostwithiel from 8am. 

25 July - The Barber of Seville.  Join the circus for the night with Garden Opera's new production of Rossini's effervescent and much-loved comedy.  Trevarno Gardens, Crowntown, Helston, 6.30pm.  

25 July - Alice Through the Looking Glass.  Be taken on a madcap adventure with Lewis Carroll's famous tale. Performed outdoors by the Quantum Theatre.  Trebah Garden, Mawnan Smith from 7pm.  

26 July - Dragon Boat Race.  A spectacular water-based festival with a carnival atmosphere.  More that 40 teams compete and each consists of 16 paddlers and a drummer!  Falmouth Harbour.  

26 July - Music on the Mount.  Be entertained throughout the day with a wide variety of live music by local musicians.  Free entry to the event but normal castle and garden admission prices apply.  St Michael's Mount, Marazion from 11am.  

27 July -  1 August - Deceptions.  Secrets and betrayal set the scene for a gripping new play by Paul Wheeler at the Hall for Cornwall.  A brilliantly gripping drama starring Michelle Collins (ex-Eastenders) and Rupert Hill (ex-Coronation Street).  Back Quay, Lemon Street, Truro from 7.30pm.

28 July - Festival of Archaeology Talk.  A lecture by Jacqueline Nowakowski on prehistoric Newquay.  Free admission but booking advised.  Royal Cornwall Museum, River Street, Truro at 1pm.  

29 July - Culdrose Air Day.  Experience the sights, sounds and smells if a working military naval air station.  RNAS Culdrose, Helston from 9am.

29 - 30 July - Firepower.  Watch the guns and cannons dating back from the 1500s to WWII being fired, plus other demonstrations and the firing of the "Long Tom".  Pendennis Castle, Castle Drive from 11am.