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What's on - June 2009

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

After such a glorious April and May, the hedgerows are now awash with colour.  Those that were fortunate enough to visit Cornwall in Spring were treated to an impressive display of daffodils, snow drops, camellias and rhododendrons. And after the short-lived cold-snap in February, the mild spring means that there is an abundance of new birdlife - so Twitchers look out, there's plenty to see here on The Roseland Peninsula.   

Best of all, the much awaited Royal Cornwall Show in Wadebridge starts on Thursday 4th June and runs through until Saturday 6th June.  It's a great event for all. 

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 June 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 June 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.

4 - 6 - June Royal Cornwall Show.   One of the largest agricultural shows in the country with more than 900 trade stalls.  Cornish food and farming marquee, vintage vehicles and entertainment.  Wadebridge, from 8.30am each day.  Admission price £13.50, child £6.70.

4 June - Gourmet Adventure.  Foraging expert Marcus Harrison will lead a group of enthusiasts on a walk around the hedgerows, fields and lanes that surround The Eden Project.  Discover how o use your freshly picked goodies into simple recipes that you can repeat at home.  12pm The Eden Project.  

5 June - Creative Workshops.  Join the British Trust for Conservation volunteers for its 50th anniversary with a variety of creative workshops including bat and bird box making, willow weaving and woodwork.  All workshops included in the admission price.  Lost Gardens of Heligan, Pentewan from 11:00am.

5 June - Speakeasy.  A night of cabaret and community capers featuring Harlem swing and a hint of Gypsy jazz, with special guests Top Shelf Jazz and residents Jelly Jazz.  Eden Project from 7pm.  Admission £7.

5 June - Roseland Music Society Concert.  Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the death of Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos with his complete works for solo guitar.  Gerrans Parish Memorial Hall, Portscatho from 7.30pm.  

5 June - Ricky Tomlinson.  Stand-up BAFTA award winner Ricky Tomlinson.  Hosted by his best known character, couch potato Jim Royle in The Royal Family, Ricky will be joined by special guests including Tony Barton (Coronation Street and Emmerdale). Hall for Cornwall, Back Quay, Truro, from 7.30pm.  

7 June - Moonlit Photography Night.  International photographer Linda Rutenberg talks about how she captures dramatic images of gardens by night.  Take your own night-time photographs and experience the magical atmosphere of Heligan's Northern Gardens.  Lost Gardens of Heligan, Pentewan from 8.30pm.

7 June - Garden Concert.  Truro Choral Society and orchestra perform excerpts from The Creation by Haydn.  Bring your own picnic and explore the gardens.  3.30, Trewithen Gardens, Probus.

12 June - 14 June - Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival and Boat Show.  With singers from France, the Netherlands and Denmark, this year's festival celebrates its sixth year with the addition of a boat show, featuring all things nautical.  9am every day, Events Square, Falmouth.

12 June - The Beagle, the Earthworm and the Shipping Forecast .  Enjoy a two course meal followed by a light-hearted talk on how Charles Darwin and HMS Beagle's Captain, Fitzroy formed modern scientific thinking.  Booking essential.  7.30pm, Glendurgan Gardens nr Falmouth.  Tickets £15

14 June - Cold War Bunker Tours.  See inside the Veryan Preserved Royal Observer Corps Post.  Free admission, but donations welcome.  Gerrans Bay and Nare Head, Veryan.  11:00am and 1.30pm.

19 June - A Tune in the Coomb.  An evening of Jazz and entertainment set in the wonderful gardens at Trebah.  Bring your own picnic.  Bar available.  7pm onwards, Trebah Gardens, Mawnan Smith.

20 - 21 June - Victorian Weekend .  With a craft Fair, mini steam engines, singing, dancing and traditional fun and games for the children.  There will be a best Victorian dress competition, guided historic walks, plenty of stalls to browse.  10:30am Trevarno Gardens, Crowntown, Helston.  

20 June - Eden Supper Club.  Celebrate midsummer's eve night inn the Garden of Eden with a fiesta of local and international food and flavours, cooking and growing demonstrations and live music from the Smerins Anti-Social Club, a 10-piece swing and funk band.  Eden Project, Bodelva from 7.30 onwards.  

20 June - Summer Celebrations.  Join the Cathedral Choir as it performs music by composers with anniversaries this year, including Handel, Mendelssohn and Purcell.  Starts 7.30, Truro Cathedral, St Mary's Truro.  Tickets £12.

21 June - Classic Triumph TR Cars festival.  Take him out for Father's Day to Trelissick House and Gardens to see this wonderful display of cars.  Enjoy a delicious Sunday roast and delight in all that Trelissick has to offer.  Trelissick House and Gardens, Feock.  

23 June - Murder Mystery Special. Solve a murder mystery whilst enjoying a steam railway journey through the beautiful Cornish countryside.  Bodmin & Wenford Railway, Bodmin.  Starts 7:00pm.  

26 - 28 June - Working Boat Championships.  See the vessels racing at close quarters in St Mawes Harbour and Carrick Roads.

28 June - 4 July.  Mevagissey Feast Week.  A food festival lasting the entire week.  A gastronomes delight.  Check website for full details of daily events. 

30 June - 4 July - Brief Encounter.  Arguably Coward's finest play, this time revived by Kneehigh's critically acclaimed production.  Hall for Cornwall, 7.30, Back Quay, Truro.