‘A playful mix of talks, walks, music and fun’ is the description given for the 3-day mini festival that is the Du Maurier Festival’s Cornish Compendium, which takes place at the end of November.
Most of the activities are indoors, so no muddy fields, but a heritage walk discovering historic Fowey is included in the programme.
CLC Trenython Manor Hotel & Spa, a festival sponsor, is hosting two talks: Prehistoric Cooking by archaeologist and Time Team food historian Jacqui Wood, and an illustrated talk on Silvanus Trevail, Cornish architect and entrepreneur, by Hazel Harradence, founder of the Silvanus Trevail Society.
Jacqui gives insight into ancient cooking methods and recipes, which should be revelatory, she has been studying practical aspects of prehistoric life for the past 30 years.
Silvanus Trevail’s brilliant career – as famous for his radical reforming politics as for his outstanding architecture – and his inspirational life meeting a grisly and tragic end, offers scintillating subject matter for Hazel.
For either event, a special offer ticket with a delicious 2-course lunch at CLC Trenython Manor included, is available for £14 in advance (£15 on the day), or £5 (£6) for talk tickets only.
The festival has many highlights: a literary lunch with TV’s Judy Finnigan; archive film footage of Fowey; a journey around ‘Iconic Cornwall’ in words and images; a peek at the county’s special wildlife with photographer David Chapman; the fascinating restoration story of The Lost Gardens of Heligan and authors Liz Fenwick and Veronica Henry discuss their love of Cornwall.
Some of the events, such as the Behind the Scenes at Lanhydrock House, culminate in a Cornish cream tea!
Discovering Du Maurier, whose most famous books – Jamaica Inn, Frenchman’s Creek and Rebecca – took their inspiration from Cornwall, will give an overview of her life and achievements, while one of Britain’s most popular poet laureates, Sir John Betjeman, is similarly appreciated.
There’s music and song too. The Funny Side of the Street is an evening of hilarious lyrics sung by vocal group Cantabile, and the festival finale is a performance by popular Cornish entertainer Johnny Cowling with his tribute to the gospel songs of Elvis Presley.
“For anyone with a passion for Cornwall, the festival is a marvellous opportunity to find out more about its history, landmarks and famous figures. Trenython Manor’s main house is part of historic Cornwall and we are always delighted at the interest we receive from guests staying here who want to know more,” says Trenython resort manager Nick Waddington.
The Cornish Compendium (November 27th-29th) raises funds for the du Maurier Festival Society – the next taking place May 8th to 18tjh, 2013.
For more information visit http://www.dumaurierfestival.co.uk/the-cornish-compendium/
To book tickets online http://www.crbo.co.uk/events.php?evGrp=169