What’s on in Cornwall this week

John Anderson, Keeper of the Gardens at Windsor Great Park, will give a talk for the Cornwall Garden

John Anderson, Keeper of the Gardens at Windsor Great Park, will give a talk for the Cornwall Garden Society - Credit: Archant

There’s always plenty to do and see in Cornwall. We pick five fun things happening this week (7 - 14 January)


8 and 9 January

As Keeper of the Gardens at Windsor Great Park, John Anderson is responsible for the Savill, Valley Gardens and Her Majesty’s Private Garden at Frogmore. Having trained at the National Botanic Gardens in Dublin and the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew, John has utilised his skills as Head Gardener at Mount Usher Gardens in Ireland, the National Trust for Scotland’s Inverewe Gardens and at Exbury Gardens in Hampshire with responsibility for many National Collections.

John Anderson will give two lectures for the CGS - The Gardens of Windsor Great Park: Savill and Valley at the Alverton in Truro on Tuesday 8 January at 7.30pm and Travels in North East India: A Hidden Paradise for Plants and People the following day at 2.30pm at St Mellion International Resort, Saltash.

Visit cornwallgardensociety.org.uk for more.



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9-13 January

Local theatre group RAMPS will stage seven performances of their panto - Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood at the lovely Regal in Redruth. The evil Sheriff of Nottingham has hatched a plan to get rid of his niece and nephew, the Babes in the Wood, and claim their fortune. It’s down to Robin Hood to save the day and stop the Sheriff with a little help from his Merry Men and the Babes Nurse. Will Robin Hood unmask the wicked Sheriff as the villain of the piece? Will Robin and Maid Marion find true love and live happily ever after? Find out at the Regal’s annual pantomime packed full of song and dance, laughter and silliness with sumptuous costumes and scenery.

Book online at redruth.merlincinemas.co.uk.



10 January

Discover what lies beneath the money and hype of the contemporary art market through Jack Bond’s intimate portrait of one of the UK’s best-selling artists and East Londoner Chris Moon. From his studio to his shows, Moon lets the camera into his tumultuous relationship with painting: from the depression triggered by his practice, to his anarchy towards the art circuit. This screening of An Artist’s Eyes at The Poly, Falmouth, will be accompanied by a Q&A with director Jack Bond.

Book online at thepoly.org.



10 January

Cornwall-based singer songwriter Sarah McQuaid is on tour with a new album that’s been hailed as a “consummate artistic triumph” and tipped as an early candidate for folk album of the year by magazines and blogs in the USA, UK, Netherlands and Spain.

Produced by guitar legend Michael Chapman, who’s also given Sarah his own electric guitar on long-term loan, Sarah’s fifth solo album If We Dig Any Deeper It Could Get Dangerous is regarded as her best work to date.

This solo artist - who was born in Spain, grew up in America and now lives near Penzance – performs on home territory at The Acorn.

Book online at theacornpenzance.com.


Sándor Végh Memorial Concert

11 January

A memorial concert is being held in memory of Sándor Végh, founder of the International Musicians Seminar at Prussia Cove, who died in 1997. The performance will reunite a group of musicians who were former students of the legendary Hungarian violinist and conductor and marks the 30th anniversary of his recordings of two Beethoven works. The performance at St John’s Hall in Penzance includes Beethoven’s Op 131 String Quartet and Grosse Fuge, and Mozart’s Adagio and Fugue in an ensemble involving 16 string players.

Book online at i-m-s.org.uk.