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13 Eco Inspired Events this Autumn

It's Sustainable September! All month we are focusing on how venues, visitors and event-goers can be sustainable in Cornwall. Read on to discover 13 green events to inspire you this Autumn.

1. Beach Clean with Behaviour Change Cornwall

Wed 20th October, 2021
Coastguard Station at Hannafore, Looe

There are countless beach cleans taking place across Cornwall every year protecting wildlife and our beautiful coastlines. Join Behaviour Change Cornwall and LMCG this October as they hunt for plastics and remove ghost fishing nets along the beaches from Hannafore to Port Nadler – equipment will be provided.

Behaviour Change Cornwall founder Samuel Charles Gill will also join to answer any questions you have about the plastic problem facing our oceans and what they do as they try to help tackle the issue.

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2. Ocean Film Festival World Tour

Wed 27th October, 2021
The Regal Theatre, Redruth

Calling all ocean lovers! The Ocean Film Festival World Tour is back this Autumn with a brand-new collection of the world’s most inspirational ocean-themed films, from below and above the surface. Returning as a live theatre tour, the Ocean Film Festival features a carefully curated selection of short films that combines epic human endeavour and astounding marine life in a spectacular cinematic celebration of our oceans; starring wild seafaring voyages, extreme watersports and marine conservation from the least explored depths of the planet.

Meet surfers, paddlers, divers and oceanographers who have dedicated their lives to answering the call of the ocean in the wildest corners of the planet. Witness incredible seafaring voyages, captivating footage from both above and below the surface, and the chance to dip your toes into the wonders of the big blue – from the comfort of a cinema seat!

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3. Beach Finds Jewellery Workshop

Wed 22nd September, 2021
Inspire Makers, Falmouth

This September turn your beach finds into cool, contemporary statement jewellery using techniques such as threading, crochet, tiger tail and wirework. You will make wire-wrapped sea-glass and beach plastic rings and pendants, crocheted wire and ghostnet cuffs and big, pop art collage necklaces.

Sarah Drew is a found materials and eco-jewellery designer based in St Austell. Using recycled materials and ‘rubbish’, combined with recycled silver and brass, she employs a sustainable way of creating unique pieces that aren’t a strain on new resources. Join Sarah to clean the beach and make your own unique jewellery.

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4. The Armchair Adventure Festival

Fri 24th – Sun 26th September, 2021
Mount Edgcumbe House & Country Park, Torpoint

The world’s leading adventurers are gathering at Mount Edgcumbe County Park for a full weekend of adventure! Hear inspiring tales of adventure and exploration, join in with adventurous activities, dance to brilliant live music and enjoy top-quality local beer and street food.

Festival-goers will also have the opportunity to step out of their armchairs and enjoy a whole host of other activities. There’s an opportunity to take out a kayak or paddleboard and explore the 7km’s of pristine coastline which surrounds the festival, or you can opt to bring your speedos and join an organised wild swimming trip along the coast. On dry land, you can make use of the miles of mountain bike trails, join in with the family-friendly foraging, fire-lighting and shelter-building survival workshops, or opt to go further afield on an organised adventure motorcycle tour.

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5. C Fylm: The Great Big Green Week

Sat 18th September – Sun 26th September, 2021
Various Locations

The Great Big Green Week comes to Cornwall! C Fylm will be popping up all over the region screening films about the environment, sustainability and the natural world. C Fylm’s film festival includes:

Before the Flood
Actor Leonardo DiCaprio meets with scientists, activists and world leaders to discuss the dangers of climate change and possible solutions.

Wild Cornwall – Out on the Edge
A film by Ian McCarthy, who won a prestigious Silver Dolphin Award at Cannes. Changing seasons and weather both above and below water take us on a journey through the Cornish year, and the dramatic lives of many species including breeding seabirds and peregrine falcons on the cliffs, dolphins, seals and basking sharks in the ocean, and bats and otters hunting in the streams which flow from moor to sea.

More films to be announced!

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6. Bosavern Open Fields

Thu 9th September, 2021
Sennen Community Centre, Tin Coast

A free event providing opportunities for job-seekers at a local community farm. Try their fresh food samples, buy their locally sourced produce, and sample a variety of drinks. There will also be a range of plants for sale as well as many family-friendly activities.

At this event, you can receive support with your job searches, explore training opportunities and find possible options for future work experience. You will be able to watch their short film which presents the supported opportunities to get hands-on at Bosavern Community Farm with vegetables, fruit, herbs, bees, chickens, tree-planting, wildflowers, cooking and retail.

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7. Miracle Theatre: Everyman

Thu 16th Sept – Sun 17th Oct, 2021
Various Locations

Fresh from their summer tour Miracle Theatre head inside this Autumn as they take to the stage in their new portable performance structure. The Fleapit is an intimate and safe performance space, made from upcycled materials; second-hand scaffolding and old marquee canvas.

Coming to the Fleapit is Everyman. Everyman holds an awkward mirror up to humankind and asks whether it is only in death that we understand our lives… Miracle Theatre brings Carol Ann Duffy’s electric adaption of the fifteenth-century English morality play right up to date.

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8. Heritage Open Days Festival

Sat 18th September, 2021
Wheal Martyn, St Austell

A day of festivities at Wheal Martyn celebrating environmental sustainability through our fantastic local history and culture focused on the theme “Edible England”. There are an array of activities to take part in, spread over Wheal Martyn’s large outdoor site.

You will find workshops, walks, talks, craft activities, dance performances, live music, food, local stalls and much more. We are particularly excited to give the VR experiences a try!

9. GoodFest

Thu 16 September, 2021

Join this online festival and explore purposeful ideas and actions to inspire sustainable change. This is a great opportunity for creatives who are in need of some inspiration, reflection, collaboration and who also want to meet like-minded people with whom they can share and learn.

There are a variety of speakers including Mark Shayler, Natalie Fee and Vineeta Greenwood, who will investigate what ‘sustainable change’ means to them and their creative practice and their own journey on being agents of change. This is a great step towards making a difference, both personally and in your business.

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10. Trengwainton: Plant Hunter Trail

Wed 1st – Sun 5th September, 2021
Trengwainton Garden, Penzance

This September, Trengwainton is inviting you to engage your imaginations and walk in the footsteps of the great plant hunters who travelled the world to find the special plants that grow in the gardens.

As you follow the trail around the garden you can relive some of their adventures and be transported in your mind to the sights and sounds of far off places. A perfect opportunity to let off some steam and reconnect with each other and with nature.

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11. Roots Culture Summer Markets

Sun 26th September, 2021
Mount Pleasant Eco Park, Porthtowan

This free event is held under a stunning covered atrium and inside a timber-framed barn. Forget the high street, support locals with fresh produce, unique garments, sustainable living, handmade treasures, delicious coffee and tasty vegan and veggie food trucks.

Equal parts entrepreneurial incubator and community gathering space, it all culminates in a lively celebration of sustainable culture with delicious vegan and veggie produce. With stalls selling a breath-taking range from jewellery, recycled crafts, pottery, clothing and skincare; to plants, felt hats, music, books and so much more.

12. Marine Debris Art Workshop

Fri 17th September, 2021
Inspire Makers, Falmouth

To coincide with Great British Beach Clean Week (Fri 17 to Sun 26 September), learn to make your own nurdle seed head art with marine debris artist Michelle Costello from Smartie Lids on the Beach. Using pellets of raw plastic found on Tregantle beach, use tweezers and a dot of glue to place the pellets on a hand-drawn seed head. One frame is included with the workshop but you can make more than one seed head to take away and frame yourself.

Michelle Costello has a wealth of marine debris knowledge and will endeavour to answer any questions you may have about plastic washed up on our beaches. She will even bring some Lego and her collection of Smartie lids for you to look at!

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13. Autumn Rockpool Ramble

Sun 24th October, 2021
Hannafore beach, Looe

Fancy finding some cool crabs & stunning starfish? Join local experts as the tide goes out and explore the rocky shore which is home to some fascinating and bizarre creatures.

Come along to Hannafore beach, which is slick with seaweeds among which fish, crabs, anemones and starfish, for a fun day out for all of the family. Make sure you come along with suitable footwear (no flip flops) and leave your nets at home as they can harm delicate rock pool creatures.

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Florence Cashel

Theatre, live music, comedy, community workshops with social impact: these are a few of Florence’s favourite things. When she’s not at Cornwall 365, Florence is a theatremaker and performer.