The Culture Vulture
Theatre & Concerts
The Princess Pavilion is only a couple of minutes walk from Kinbrae House. There is always something happening there, fund raising events, the Christmas panto, private functions and popular music concerts and celebrity talks to name but a few.
The annual degree graduation ceremonies, hosted by Falmouth University, are often held at the Princess Pavilion.
The Princess Pavilion has a very beautiful garden and an original Victorian Cast Iron band stand and colonnade.
Gyllandune Gardens are a must to walk through at any time of the day or early evening before or after an event. There is a lovely grotto in the grounds which is definitely worth exploring. The views of Falmouth Bay are incredible from the gardens too.
When at the Princess Pavilion why not stop for refreshments at their lovely restaurant and bar. On a Sunday afternoon in the summer they have a garden concert with live orchestra or band playing from the bandstand.
The Princess Pavilion – 41 Melville Road – Falmouth. TR11 4AR. Telephone: 01326 211222 Website: – www.tempusleisure.org.uk
The breath-taking Minack theatre, an out door stone amphitheatre created by one woman Rowena Cade and her gardener in the first part of the 20th century, is a 45 minute to an hour drive from Falmouth.
A great afternoon or evening can be spent there come rain or shine. Slip Slap Slop for day time shows as it is a real sun trap but wrap up warm for the evening shows as it can get cool once the sun goes down. Wet weather gear is essential as the “show must go on!” even when it’s raining. Booking in advance is recommended.
There is a lovely amphitheatre at Trebah Gardens located on the way to the Helford Passage. They often hold plays and musical events during the summer, early booking is essential as these events are always sold out. The garden and restaurant are simply delightful and well worth a visit when staying in this part of Cornwall.
Trebah Garden Trust – Mawnan Smith – Falmouth – TR11 5JZ. Telephone: 01326 252200 Website: – www.trebahgarden.co.uk
Cinema & Film
There are lovely cinemas in both Falmouth and Truro projecting the latest block buster and mainstream films.
The Polytechnic in the centre of Falmouth also has a cinema which hosts art and cultural films for the more discerning.
Year round there are live entertainment events held in Falmouth, Truro and the surrounding areas. Check the tourist information centre for what is going on during your intended stay and make sure that you book tickets for all venues well in advance.
Museums and Castles
Pendennis Castle is within walking distance of Kinbrae House (fifteen minutes or so) and provides a really super day out. This historic monument is an English Heritage site and is in a wonderful restored condition with a cracking interactive museum installation. It is bursting with information for all ages and their cafe is really good.
During the summer the Medieval Jousting events are fantastic and a fabulous day out for adults and children.
There are events held throughout the year such as Halloween, Christmas, Easter and special anniversary celebrations.
There are daily talks and the midday cannon firing which is always interesting to watch.
Check their events diary as they often hold re-enactments.
Pendennis Castle – Castle Drive – Falmouth. TR11 4LP. Website: – www.english-heritage.org.uk
Across the Fal Estuary and in sight of Pendennis Castle is the Castle of St Mawes. Both were built during the reign of Henry VIII and much improved by his daughter Elizabeth I. St Mawes Castle has a smaller museum with a live cannon rally for visitors to be “blown away” by, it is really well done and the whole visit is greatly enhanced by the hand held electronic guide that can be rented at the entrance.
Both museums have excellent English Heritage shops.
For a great day out on the Roseland Peninsula, catch the ferry from Falmouth to St Mawes and before walking up the coast road to the castle have a wander around the lovely port which is adorned with galleries and shops, traditional pubs and restaurants. (The pasties are particularly good in St Mawes or perhaps it is the sea air that makes them seem that way!)
With a Fal Muscle Card (similar to a day travelcard on London Transport) you have the freedom to take a smaller ferry to Place on the other side of St Mawes Bay where you can explore St Anthony’s Head and the Light house. You may want to take in a lovely coastal walk when over the other side but remember to check the return ferry times. A taxi or a hotel room may cost you a bit more than you bargain for if you leave it too late to sail home. Remember that there are no cafes or restaurants on the South side of the Peninsular so make sure that you take water and sunscreen with you.
St Mawes Castle – Castle Drive – St Mawes. TR2 5DE. Website: – www.english-heritage.org.uk
The Maritime Museum in Events Square is well worth a visit. They have the most wonderful permanent exhibitions and feature world class travelling exhibitions.
The Martime Museum – Discovery Quay. Falmouth – TR11 3QY. Telephone: 01326 313388 Website: – www.nmmc.co.uk
There is such a rich history in Cornwall so why not go and explore our many castles and museums whilst staying here, from Palaeolithic sites to the recent industrial tin mining history there is so much to find out about.
Cornwall Museums – GWITHTIOW KERNOW – Website: – www.museumsincornwall.org.uk
The lavish BBC production of Poldark has sparked an enormous interest in this colourful period of Cornwall’s history. Nothing to do with Ross’s steamy good looks or Demelza’s plunging neckline of course!(sic)
Poldark Mine – Trenear – Wendron- Helston – Cornwall. TR13 0ES. Telephone: 01326 573173 Website: – www.poldarkmine.org.uk