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Cornwall 365’s July Top Picks

The unreliable Cornish weather hasn’t quite committed to the idea of summer yet, but we certainly have!

There’s a whole lot to look forward to in Cornwall this July, from theatre and festivals to cookery courses and outdoor performance! Here’s seventeen of our top things to do, see and take part in this month.

The Third Policeman Miracle Theatre
Miracle Theatre – The Third Policeman

Touring around Cornwall and beyond!
Until 26th August 2017

This summer Miracle ventures into a world somewhere between Alice in Wonderland and the Marx Brothers, where the earth is not round but sausage-shaped and night is actually an accumulation of black air; where eccentric policemen fall in love with bicycles and you can visit eternity via a rickety lift, hidden in the heart of rural Ireland.

With dates in outdoor venues across Cornwall, check their website to find a show near you!

Visit the Miracle Theatre website.

Lafrowda Festival
Lafrowda Festival

St Just
Saturday 1st –  Saturday 15th July 2017

The first two weeks of July see St Just taken over by events, performances and workshops for all ages, culminating in Lafrowda Day on 15th July with processions, stalls, live music and entertainment all day and into the night!

Visit the Lafrowda Festival Facebook page.

GeekFest 3.0 Heartlands
GeekFest 3.0

Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd July 2017

Think Cornish Comic-Con with a whole weekend of activities and events for anyone who is a geek, loves movies, TV, gaming, comics, and cosplay. Expect Live Action Role Play, board and video games, archery, epic NERF battles, star car attractions, an 8 bit gaming bar and lots more.

Visit the Heartlands website.

CotnaFest Cotna Eco Park Cornwall 365 July Top Picks

Cotna Eco-Retreat
Sunday 2nd July 2017

Celebrate 10 years of Cotna Eco-Retreat with live music, workshops and seriously tasty street food! Get grounded with yoga sessions, chill out in the healing field or relax with a local ale or cider whilst the kids hang out in the forest school or get their face painted.

Visit the Cotna Eco-Retreat website.

Penzance Literary Festival 2017
Penzance Literary Festival

Wednesday 5th – Saturday 8th July

This year’s Penzance Literary Festival, with its theme of ‘Uncharted Waters’, will take audiences on a journey of exploration of landscapes, seascapes, war zones, political intrigue, rare manuscripts, rap poetry, music, drama and much more besides.

Among the speakers confirmed for the four-day festival are the leading novelists Tim Pears and Stella Duffy. Also in the lineup is Welsh author Cynan Jones, described by the Independent on Sunday as ‘one of the most talented writers in Britain’.

With many more exciting events and writers in the lineup, this year’s festival promises to be one of the most fascinating and diverse yet.

Visit the Penzance Literary Festival website.

Rock Oyster festival July events in Cornwall
Rock Oyster Festival

Roskear Farm, Wadebridge
Friday 7th & Saturday 8th July 2017

North Cornwall’s favourite festival is moving to a new home on the Camel Estuary for 2017. The new site is slap bang on the famous Camel Trail, making it one of the few festivals that can be easily accessed by foot or by bike – and for every festival-goer who arrives on two wheels, the festival organisers will donate £1 to a local charity. At the gates you will also be given a bin bag to take your rubbish away with you, meaning that you leave nothing but memories. We love this festivals ethos!

Highlights for this year include The Land of Giants, Electric Swing Circus, The Showhawk Duo, Backbeat Soundsystem and The Grenaways to name a few – check the website for the full line up. Alongside music acts, the festival offers full family entertainment, from storytelling, puppet shows and forest survival skills to Circus Bezercus for kids, slacklining, photo booth and the Food Academy featuring top tips from local producers.

With the Padstow Brewing beer tent, St Ives Cider Bar, the Gin Emporium and a great range of local food producers there is a great choice of refreshment to see visitors through the weekend.

Visit the Rock Oyster Festival website.

Heather Phillipson CAST Helston July events in Cornwall
An Evening of Readings with Heather Phillipson

CAST, Helston
Saturday 8th July 2017

CAST presents an evening of live readings exploring the connections between writing and visual art. Reading at the event will be award-winning artist and poet Heather Phillipson (who was recently chosen for the Fourth Plinth commission in Trafalgar Square), poet Rachel Allen, and writer and critic Alice Hattrick.

We highly recommend the CAST Cafe who will be serving a tasty supper after the event for £10 – don’t forget to book!

Visit the CAST website. 

Wolf's Child WildWorks July events in Cornwall
WildWorks – Wolf’s Child

Trelowarren Estate
Tuesday 11th – Sunday 30th July 2017

Wolf’s Child tells the take of ‘Mother’ who protects her girls from the dangers of the wild. When a wolf attack leaves her injured she sends her most trusted girl into the woods to take her place. Here the girl discovers darkness, love, terror and freedom. Wolf’s Child is a story for all the senses which stirs the soul and explores the very essence of being human.

Let yourself be led through the woods by sharp-tongued crows; pull on your walking shoes and follow the story as you walk the pathways into the wild…

Buy tickets from the Hall for Cornwall website.

Rogue Theatre Lost Gardens of Heligan events in Cornwall July
Rogue Theatre – The Lost Gardens Summer Ball

The Lost Gardens of Heligan
Wednesday 12th July –  Saturday 19th of August 2017

Step into a wild and exciting story-world this summer, created by multi award winning Rogue Theatre at the enchanted heart of The Lost Gardens of Heligan.

When the Lost Gardens stirred from a lifelong sleep, the flowers woke first, and then the animals, and then the trees, and then the birds, and then, quite unexpectedly; another world woke as well!  Let your imagination run wild in the Lost Gardens and find yourself in the Land of Fae! There, The Woodland King and The Moon await to share thrilling and fantastical tales that will come to life upon the stage. Grab a partner and share a dance at the end – it is a ball after all!

Visit the Lost Gardens of Heligan website.

Kernow King Cornish Caretakers Royal Cornwall Museum events in Cornwall July
Kernow King’s ‘The Cornish Caretakers’

Royal Cornwall Museum, Truro
Wednesday 19th & Thursday 20th July 2017

Everyone’s favourite comedian is trying something new with a family-friendly comedy about Cornwall’s fascinating past.

The history of Cornwall is inspiring, exciting and gripping, and there are many achievements and stories that are under told about the people that made Cornwall great. That was true, until two museum caretakers arrived for their final day of work at The Royal Cornwall Museum in Truro.

They’re not just going to tell you – they’re going to show you. Step inside the Royal Cornwall Museum as you’ve never seen it before!

Buy tickets from CRBO.

The Mikado Hall for Cornwall Events in Cornwall July
The Mikado

Hall for Cornwall, Truro
Thursday 13th – Saturday 15th July 2017

1950’s England, where life was simple and the staple diet was Enid Blyton, a school camping trip takes us to the far away land of Titipu, allowing all to playfully poke fun at British politics and institutions. Sasha Regan returns following her hugely successful, award-winning, all-male The Pirates of Penzance & H.M.S. Pinafore, to direct another inventive, irresistible and extraordinary Gilbert & Sullivan  -The Mikado!

Visit the Hall for Cornwall website.

Sweetshop of Words Leach Pottery Events in Cornwall July
Sweetshop of Words

Leach Pottery, St Ives
Thursday 13th July 2017

Visit the Sweetshop of Words at The Leach Pottery where you will be given a small gold coin to buy something from the counter of conceptual confectionary. This free and interactive installation also give visitors the chance to create a porcelain sweet with the help of the Leach Pottery team!

Visit the Leach Pottery website.

The Roustabouts Penlee Park July events in Cornwall
The Roustabouts

Penlee Park Open Air Theatre, Penzance
Friday 14th July 2017

Roll up! Roll up! Come one and all to witness a musical cabaret spectacular! Performing a theatrical mix of Balkan, folk, dance and swing influenced arrangements alongside circus arts and fire juggling, The Roustabouts will amuse, bemuse and amaze. Their raggle-taggle troupe boasts violin, accordion, trombone, vocal trio, guitarists, bass, percussionists, jugglers, dancers, fire eaters and spinners.

Don’t forget to book your homemade veggie curry before the show!

Visit the Penlee Park Open Air Theatre website.


Finding the Will Bard Heads Trebah events in Cornwall July
Finding the Will – Bard Heads

Trebah Amphitheatre, Mawnan Smith
Saturday 22nd July 2017

Join Finding the Will for a night inspired by Shakespeare and Alan Bennett, where Bard Heads imagine what might have happening next in Hamlet and The Tempest… This is a perfect chance to experience live performance in the garden from the private lawn at Trebah House, and tickets include a free glass of bubbles on arrival! Dress to impress for this special evening.

Visit the Trebah Garden website.

St Endellion Summer Music Festival Cornwall events in July
St Endellion Festivals – Summer Festival

Collegiate Church of St Endelienta, near Port Isaac
Tuesday 25th July – Friday 4th August 2017

The St Endellion Music Festivals take place at Easter and in the Summer every year in the Collegiate Church of St Endelienta, bringing together a wide range of exciting musicians from all over the world. The exciting programme for the 55th Summer Festival begins with Choral Evensong on Tuesday 30th July, and ends with a stunning opera performance on Friday 4th August.

Visit the St Endellion Festivals website.

Philleigh Way Desserts course events in Cornwall July
Desserts Course

Philleigh Way Cookery School, Philleigh
Wednesday 26th July 2017

Would you like to wow your friends and family with extravagant desserts made using modern techniques and specialist ingredients? During Philleigh Way’s new desserts course, you’ll learn a variety of skills used by today’s top chefs including foams, gels and chocolate work.

If you have a sweet tooth, this course is a must!

Visit the Philleigh Way website.

Leopallooza festival events in Cornwall july

The Wyldes, Week St Mary
Friday 28th – Sunday 30th July 2017

This multi award winning festival returns for its eleventh year, bringing over one hundred of the the most exciting new and established bands, DJs and solo artists to the lush wooded valley close to the beautiful Cornish coast. Camping is free, food and drink is fairly priced, and this eleventh birthday party is one you’ll never forget! See you in the field.

Visit the Leopallooza website.


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