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March Top Picks

Celebrate the start of spring with our top picks for March.

The sun is shining in Cornwall as we welcome a new spring season. This month is jam-packed with loads of floral festivities for you to enjoy. Join in the Trelawny shout for St Piran’s Day, help paint the town yellow with daffodils in Falmouth or sample a range of Cornish spirits at The Alverton’s Gin and Drinks Festival – and let’s not forget the famous World Pasty Championships! However you feel like celebrating this spring there is always something to do in Cornwall. Don’t forget to pick up a copy of our new print guide too from one of our stockists, or read it online.

 

1. West Cornwall Spring Flower Show

Fri 1st – Sat 2nd March, 2019
Marazion Community Centre, Marazion

The West Cornwall Spring Show has been running for over 90 years and is a showcase for horticultural excellence within Penwith. Each year cut blooms and specimens of camellias, magnolias and other flowering plants can be seen.

Open to all, exhibitors include great historic gardens right through to small domestic growers. In recent years, children’s classes have been added to the show to help inspire the next generation of growers and exhibitors.

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2. World Pasty Championships

Sat 2nd March, 2019
The Eden Project, Bodelva

As the Eden Project is based in Cornwall, their World Pasty Championships celebrate the traditional Cornish pasty recipe, as well as some more unusual varieties. From the Americas to Australia, pasties derived from recipes passed down by Cornish emigrants over centuries are eaten and enjoyed by many millions of people.

The championships are also a fantastic opportunity for a good old Cornish knees-up, with pasties galore and entertainment from local bands and comedians.

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3. Anonymous is a Woman Theatre Company: It Is Now

Sat 2nd, Fri 15th & Sat 16th March, 2019
Various venues across Cornwall

It Is Now is an immersive play set at a wedding reception on the day of the 1966 world cup final, set to the soundtrack of hits from the era.

30th of July 1966, a date that would go down in history, when two sides collide, a day filled with ‘A Groovy Kind of Love’, at the wedding of Laura and Joe. But as you join them for their big day, can Laura keep your attention away from the most iconic game of football England has ever played and save her career?

Whether you’re on the side of the bride or the groom, of England or (dare I say it?) Germany, you can expect an evening of romance, drama and the sounds of the swinging sixties.

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4. St Piran's Day Celebrations

Named after one of the patron saints of Cornwall, and the patron saint of tin miners, St Piran’s Day is an annual celebration in Cornwall taking place on the 5th of March. There is plenty happening this year, but here is a few events from Cornwall 365 What’s On:

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Redruth St Piran’s Festival
Sat 2nd March, 2019
Redruth Town Centre

Redruth is developing one of the biggest celebrations to mark St Piran’s day in Cornwall. Come along and enjoy street entertainment, Cornish market, classic cars, a community parade plus much more.

St Austell St Piran’s Day Event
Sat 2nd March, 2019
St Austell Town Centre

A community event in St Austell to celebrate St Piran and all things Cornish. One and all welcome and don’t forget to bring along your Cornish flags.

St Piran in Penwith
Mon 4th – Tues 5th March, 2019

Penzance Town Centre

Penzance hosts its 13th annual Cornish Concert and Furry Dance to celebrate St Piran’s Day. The town will be decorated with large Kernow inspired flags. Come and see!

Trelawny Shout
Tues 5th March, 2019
Participating pubs across Cornwall

Join in the mass rendition of Trelawny on St Piran’s Day March 5th to celebrate living in Cornwall.

St Piran Nos Lowen
Sat 9th March, 2019

Old Bakery Studios, Truro

A night of Cornish nos lowen dancing to celebrate St Piran. With live music by SKILLYWIDDEN, leading lights of Cornish Celtic dance music.

 

St Piran’s Day Celebrations
Sat 9th March, 2019

Wheal Martyn, St Austell

Celebrate all things Cornish with baking, preserves, home brew, photography, music and craft competitions, and local gin and brewery stalls.

 

5. Shextreme Film Tour 2019

Weds 6th March, 2019
The Poly, Falmouth

In need of a boost of inspiration so you can feel supercharged ready to take on the world? Come along for an uplifting and fun cinematic celebration of active Women in Adventure!

Shextreme Film Tour is back by popular demand! Enjoy the world’s first cinematic tour of Surf Girls Jamaica. This award-winning documentary explores the empowering social impact of surfing, culminating in Jamaica’s first ever all female surf contest. The film’s talented makers, Lucy Jane and Joya Berrow, will also be joining on the night for a Directors Q&A.

This action-packed programme also exclusively showcases U.K.’s first Women of Colour longboarding crew in Boarders without Borders bringing positive change alongside mountain biking through Iceland, weightlifting in Pakistan and many more mountain adventures.

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6. The Wind in the Willows

Thurs 7th March, 2019
The Acorn, Penzance

Kenneth Grahame’s classic story is brought to vivid, anarchic life on the stage! Join Mole, Ratty, Toad and Albert the horse as they do battle with the Weasel gang! Look out for chaos as the show re-creates animals, battles lost and won and presents a considerable slice of comic fun!

Directed by Andy Blake who directed last season’s The Riot and designed by Jackie Moule, The Wind in the Willows is a treat for all the family, a much-loved classic tale populated by all our old friends!

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7. Truro Cathedral Choir Spring Concert

Fri 8th March, 2019
Truro Cathedral, Truro

‘Allegri Miserere – and other iconic works for Lent’ – Lent is a sombre period of self-examination and repentance in preparation for the celebration of Jesus triumphing over death at Easter. Over the centuries composers have responded with some of their richest, most powerful music. For the spring concert, Truro Cathedral Choir will present an involved programme by Sheppard, Tallis, Victoria, Lobo, Purcell and Greene, with Allegri’s sublime Miserere, two movements from the Requiem by Brahms and Parry’s poignant end-of-life anthem Lord, let me know mine end.

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8. Roo's Beach Fashion Feast Night

Thurs 14th March, 2019
Bedruthan Hotel, Newquay

Enjoy a unique evening out with cocktails, feasting, chatter and laughter along with music, beautiful fashion pieces and accessories. In Bedruthan’s sea view venue, you’ll be greeted with a welcome drink upon arrival before tucking into a delicious sharing feast. Then settle down and preview some exclusive pieces brought to life by Roo’s Beach. Feast, fashion and cocktails – what’s not to love?

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9. Jagers Country & Western Festival

Thurs 14th – Mon 18th March, 2019
The Porth Venue, Newquay

The Porth Venue at Newquay View Resort will once again be home to the Jagers Country Music and Western Festival. Catch top acts such as Blue Arizona, Memphis Belle, Cumberland Road and Cliff Weston, across five days of fantastic live country music, outstanding costumes, line dancing, raffles, stalls and moving trilogies. This event is not to be missed!

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10. Falmouth Spring Festival

Thurs 14th – Sun 24th March, 2019
Various locations across Falmouth

The Falmouth Spring Festival is a wonderful early season celebration of coast, community and culture. The festival programme this year will feature the Falmouth Spring Flower Show, free rockpooling sessions, science talks, guided walks, free fitness sessions, community spring cleaning and Paint the Town Yellow Day where Falmouth will become ablaze with daffodils.

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11. Cornwall Music Festival

Mon 18th – Sat 23rd March, 2019
Truro Methodist Church, Truro

Audiences are invited to listen to talented individuals and groups who have entered the festival to be adjudicated by professionals in the fields of speech and music. Featuring a wide variety of styles from jazz to classical, brass bands to choirs, recorder groups to percussionists, story telling to debating and Cornish speaking and dialect; and participants of all ages from 5 to 95 years.Taking place over the week, the festival culminates in a Gala Concert of a selection of the top performances on Saturday evening.

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12. U-Studio Festival

Sat 23rd March, 2019
Tate St Ives, St Ives

Tate St Ives’ U-Studio Festival is a festival of art and artists, created by and for young people. It is a culmination of a series of creative workshops led by artists and staff for 15-25 year olds. These workshops provided hands-on and practical experience helping young people develop skills and design activities and events which they will then run as part of the festival. Come along and make art at their experimental and creative open studio sessions.

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13. The Alverton Gin & Cornish Drinks Festival

Sat 23rd March, 2019
The Alverton Hotel, Truro

Welcome to the very first Alverton Cornish Gin and Drinks Festival. Held on Saturday 23 March in the Great Hall the festival is a real celebration of Cornish producers. Grab your free souvenir glass as the first drink is on us – cheers! Meet the makers and sample the very best in Cornish drinks. Enjoy live demonstrations where you’ll pick up handy hints and tips to create your own top-notch tipples at home. There’ll be live music throughout the day and a DJ in the evening where the celebrations will go on into the night.

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14. Endelienta Baroque: The Genius of Handel

Sat 23rd March, 2019
St Endellion Church, Port Isaac

Period instrument ensemble Endelienta Baroque had their first performance together at St Endellion in 2017 and are delighted to be returning to the place of their foundation.  This talented group of young professionals will present a programme that explores and revels in the remarkable variety of George Frideric Handel’s chamber music. The programme will include Trio Sonatas from Handel’s iconic Op.2 collection; solo sonatas for violin and oboe; German Arias; and solo cantatas for voice.

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15. Spring Fair 2019

Sat 23rd – Sun 24th March, 2019
Bedruthan Hotel, Newquay

Bedruthan’s Spring Fair is back this March featuring some of the most talented designers and makers from around the South West. Three levels of stalls including homewares, decor, contemporary crafts, plants, gardenalia, fashion, accessories, beauty and food and drink – there really is something for everyone. Come along and get some ideas of how to refresh your home, garden and you this spring.

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16. Mother's Day Afternoon Tea

Sun 31st March, 2019
Fistral Beach Hotel & Spa, Newquay

Kick back and watch the waves roll in as you sip tea and tuck into a tier of fabulously British delights this Mother’s Day. The perfect treat for sea-side chilling in the Bay Bar, Fistral are serving their naughty-but-nice afternoon tea on Sunday 31st March to celebrate Mum.

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Holly Gambles

Holly joined the Cornwall 365 team in May 2018 as a Communications and Events Co-ordinator, after completing her management degree at Falmouth University.