Local events: Out and about in Cornwall

Bob the Builder
Image caption Bob the Builder brings his theatre show to the Hall for Cornwall at the beginning of October

There is plenty happening in Cornwall as we work our way through September.

Keep up to date with the vast array of things to do in the county.

Out and About

Once again the annual St Ives September Festival returns with another fantastic line-up of art and music events. The two week festival will be hosting talks, films and poetry along with jazz, classical, rock and folk music. From September 10 to September 24.


The Cbeebies favourite Bob the Builder brings his fix-it crew to the Hall for Cornwall at the beginning of October. Local talent Dickie Olivier needs Bob's help to fix up the stage for his brand new musical. But when Spud decides he wants to be the star of the show, the job does not go exactly to plan.

This autumn the Royal Shakespeare Company brings a very special version of Hamlet to Hall for Cornwall and Brannel School as part of a national tour. Made specifically for young people and families and just over one hour long, this production is a good introduction to Shakespeare. Performances run from Tuesday 13 until Wednesday 14 September.


Between October 17 and 22, Truro will be hosting its fourth annual 'Music Truro' festival, celebrating the breadth and diversity of musical talent in the city. An eclectic mix of events, workshops and experiences for all ages will stand alongside a strong and diverse line-up of performers.

Looe is hosting it's first music festival 'Making Waves' on 23, 24, 25 September. The festival will take at different locations across the town. Bands will also be performing at the local pubs and clubs throughout the weekend.

Arts & Exhibitions

The British Surf Film Festival will be held at the new Lighthouse Cinema in Newquay on the 22 & 23 September, showcasing celebrating the very essence of surf culture. Watch old classics and contemporary masterpieces alongside independent films and photography. There will also be a Homegrown Board Shorts Surf Film Competition, in association with the Cornwall Film Festival, which allows surf filmmakers to present their work to a larger audience.

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The Tate St Ives is hosting its Summer Exhibition until 25 September. The gallery, beside Porthmeor Beach, will bring together both modern and contemporary works. It will also feature important works from the Tate Collection, as well as those that are on loan.

Penlee Gallery's exhibition, The Marvellous Everyday, shows a collection of previously unseen photographs of west Cornwall. Dating from the dawn of the century through to the 1960s, the collection depicts a quirkier side of life in the area. Read our feature.

An exhibition about the freezing extremes of the Arctic and Antarctic can be seen at the National Maritime Museum Cornwall. On Thin Ice: Pioneers of Polar Exploration looks at some of the great polar explorers in history, including Scott and Shackleton. Visitors to the museum will also be able to journey to the North and South Pole, explore Base Camp and the interactive play zone. The exhibition runs until 9 October, and staff at the museum are keen to hear from people with Cornish polar connections.

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