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What's on - March 2009

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

Spring comes earlier here than most other places in the UK.  From March onwards, the hedgerows, fields and gardens come to 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 March 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).  rips depart from Events Square, Discovery Quay, Falmouth. 

1 - 31 March - Treasure Talks at Lanhydrock House and Gardens.  Running every day throughout March, join the staff and volunteers as they uncover some of the treasured tales and hidden treasures of Lanhydrock and the National Trust.  Talks are free but normal admission prices apply.  Lanhydrock House and Gardens, Bodmin.

3 - 7 March - Witches of Eastwick.  Marti Pellow stars in the West End Musical.  When three desperate housewives in a small American town wish for a man, they get more than they bargained for.  Hall for Cornwall, Back Quay, Truro.  7.30pm.

4 March - Seasonal Garden Walk.  Join a member of the Trelissick team to learn about the plants of interest and the way the garden is looked after.  2pm Trelissick Estate, Feock.

13 March - National Magnolia Collection.  Charles Williams, a member of the RHS Rhododendron and Camellia Committee and owner of the award winning Burncoose Nurseries and Caerhays Castle Gardens will be giving an insight into the national  collection.  His talk will cover the history, the hybridisation programme and the as yet unnamed new magnolia hybrids bred recently at Caerhays.  10:00am Caerhays Castle Gorran. St Austell.  

14 March - Rocks rock.  Find out about the fascinating rocks that make up this geological special part of our country.  Booking essential.  Royal Cornwall Museum, River Street Truro.  

14 and 15 March - Bodmin and Wenford Railway half price weekend  A special offer for young and old alike to travel by steam on this wonderful railway.

14 March NGS Spring Open Day at Trelissick Gardens.  Join a member of the garden team on a guided tour of the garden looking at the wealth of daffodils and colourful Camellias.  All admission fees for the day go direct to the National Gardens Scheme.  10:30am, Trelissick Gardens, Feock.

14 March Solid Silver 60s.  A show bringing together The Searchers, Merseybeats, Wayne Fontana and John Walker (of the Walker Brothers) for a night of all the classic hits of the 60s.  7.30 Hall For Cornwall, Back Quay Truro.

15 March St Michael's Mount Spring Walk.  A walk along the coastal path from Marazion to Perranuthnoe.  2pm, The Causeway, St Michael's Mount, Marazion. 

17 - 20 March Cinderella On Ice.  A 25-strong cast of world famous imperial ice stars break new ground in the genre of ice dancing with daring and graceful feats never attempted before.  7.30pm Hall For Cornwall, Back Quay, Truro.  

18 March Behind the Scenes - Green Technology.  Discover how Trelissick Gardens is trying to reduce its environmental footprint by incorporating green technology into its buildings.  2pm, Trelissick House, Feock.

19 March Behind The Scenes at Glendurgan.  Explore areas of Glendurgan Gardens not normally seen by visitors; the plant nursery, the compost heaps and the green technology units.  2pm Glendurgan Garden, Falmouth.

20 March - National Magnolia Collection.  Charles Williams, a member of the RHS Rhododendron and Camellia Committee and owner of the award winning Burncoose Nurseries and Caerhays Castle Gardens will be giving an insight into the national  collection.  His talk will cover the history, the hybridisation programme and the as yet unnamed new magnolia hybrids bred recently at Caerhays.  10:00am Caerhays Castle Gorran. St Austell.

21 and 22 March Glorious Gold daffodil weekend at Trelissick.   Enjoy a huge selection of daffodils at Trelissick's annual show, discover what's going on in teh garden and pick up some gardening tips.  From 10.30am Trelissick Gardens, Feock.  

25 March Potting and Plotting at Lanhydrock.  Join the garden team on a walk around the gardens to hear about their work, then help by conducting a spring plant survey in the afternoon.  10:30am Lanhydrock House and Gardens, Bodmin. 

28 March Fifteen Farmers Market.  A great opportunity to meet a range of local producers and suppliers of meat, cheese fruit and vegetables.  More than 30 stalls. From 11.00am, Fifteen's Executive Chef Neil Haydock will present cookery demonstrations, with the help of his apprentices and there might even be the chance for you to get involved! There will also be delicious food and drink to enjoy whilst you are here.  You might even want to book a table for lunch at Jamie Oliver's restaurant, which is a 2 minute walk away.  From 9:00am Extreme Academy car park, Watergate Bay, Newquay.

29 March Kayaking on the Helford .  Enjoy a half day of kayaking from Gweek to Helford Creek with a local instructor.  You will be joined by one of the wardens who will point out rare birds and sites of historic interest.  All levels of kayaking ability welcome.  10:00am Lizard Point and Kynance Cove.  Booking essential - 01326 558424.

29 March Photography at Trelissick Join David Chapman for a walk around the gardens and estate looking for flowers and landscapes to photograph.  Call 01736 850287 the day before to check the event is going ahead.  10:00am Trelissick Gardens, Feock.