Monday, 15 September 2014

The Little Orchard Cider festival at Healeys cider farm

When you hear of a cider farm putting on a music festival you know this is an event not to miss, with the cider crafters famous for their rattler cider and my favourite local bands playing I grabbed some early bird tickets and packed up the van for a weekend of camping.
Little Orchard Cider Festival

The forecast Indian Summer was well and truly on our side and the weekend was a sunny, cider fuelled success.
Little Orchard Cider Festival
The little orchard festival was a beautiful intimate festival with three music stages, two bars and a host of local food and drink on offer. With bouncy castle and circus workshops for the kids as well as tipsy tea and laughing yoga for the adults their really was something for everyone including some stand up comedy which wasn't for the easily offended but very funny and very crude.
Little Orchard Cider Festival

Little Orchard Cider Festival
This beautiful little festival had something for every taste in music from acoustic sets on the BBC Introducing stage to local west country favourites on the main stage.
Beachfield playing at the Little Orchard Cider Festival

Beachfield playing at the Little Orchard Cider Festival

Beachfield played on the main stage on the friday afternoon and were a great act to get the festival going for those arriving after work and enjoying their first pint in the sunshine.

I then got the chance to listen to the wonderful and very soulful Jonny Fenner in the BBC Introducing stage who's voice is gruff and meaningful.
Jonny Fenner playing at the Little Orchard Cider Festival

 
Jonny Fenner playing at the Little Orchard Cider Festival

Next up was the amazing Albert Jones who really knows how to work a crowd and another favourite of mine on the local music scene.
Albert Jones playing at the Little Orchard Cider Festival

Albert Jones playing at the Little Orchard Cider Festival

One of my favourite act's from Friday night was the incredible and moving Lloyd Yates who stomped and sang to the crowd with powerful lyrics and heartfelt songs. We then got to enjoy some bouncing ska beats from Rudi's message which clashed with the wonderful acoustic session from Gary Stringer from Reef. The finale was a bouncing electric performance from Mad Dog Mcrea with Irish beats to get the whole crowd dancing. 

Saturdays line up was equally as entertaining with the first band we watched the wonderful 'The Claze' playing their very powerful and meaning songs to an intimate crowd on the BBC Introducing stage. 


Thank you from the boys in the claze who were trying to take a selfie of the four of them with the healeys wind turbine in the background. Glad you like your 'iphone photo' and glad I could help. Below you can listen to their own song 'Mumbles'

The great thing about this festival was that it was supporting so many great artists and the BBC Introducing stage was the place to see some of these great new acts, two young ladies Frankie Davies and Sophie Stokes had voices of angels and captivated you into each song with their voices. The evening in the BBC Introducing stage was then recorded to go out on the radio next week so if anyone was there they can tune in and relive the festival. 
Cosmo Jarvis were on the main stage in the evening and were a must to see with a full live band and a mix between reggae, dub and maybe even metal? 

With the sun setting on another great night the festival was rounding up to be a great success. The proof of this to much annoyance was the lack of guest ciders by the saturday afternoon and the lack of food before the music had even finished with all the traders shutting their dogs to hungry festival goers.
Sunset at the Little Orchard Cider Festival
Sadly on the sunday we decided to leave in the morning as had lots to do at home by the end of the weekend and missed some great acts like the big sets and black friday who I know are both amazing. 
Check out the rest of my photos from the little orchard cider festival on my facebook page.

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Temporomandibular Joint Disorder. The story of going through TMJ and getting my bite back

Over 6 years ago I went to the doctors with ongoing joint pain in my jaw, I knew I had Temporomandibular Joint Disorder as was diagnosed many years ago when I was a lot younger and going through my first treatment of braces to straighten my teeth.

At the age of 15 I was offered the surgery on the NHS to correct my jaw to eliminate the pain, but the surgery was risky, it wasn't that common and the surgery would be done through the outside of my face cutting small incisions under my jawline to complete the procedure. My parents and I agreed that this wasn’t the right time in my life to go through this type of surgery and disrupting my education right before my GCSE’s was not going to be a good idea.

Many years later at my doctors’ surgery in Cornwall after visiting them due to more pain, I was referred to the hospital at Treliske for further investigation. I was offered a treatment of steroid injections in my jaw to reduce the pain but would need these every six months for the rest of my life whilst the pain was there. Or the more complex and longer but more permanent procedure of braking and resetting my jaw to eliminate the pain.

What is temporomandibular Joint Disorder?
With Temporomandibular Joint Disorder it can sometimes feel as if nothing is wrong and other times it can control your life. If I went to loud bars or clubs and spent the evening shouting to speak to friends the next few days I would be in agony from straining my jaw muscles. If I ate anything hard or chewy my jaw would ache, it would often lock up completely, constantly click in and out of joint or simply just cause pain. At times my jaw would even react differently to what I was asking it to do and whilst eating cereal with a spoon one day my jaw just didn't open as well as it should and the spoon hit into my teeth rather than going into my open mouth.

As well as the pain, aching and clicking there was also the physical appearance, my teeth didn't meet and I didn't have a bite. Eating out in public was also a worry I couldn't bite into thin food like sandwiches or pizza and even eating burgers would have to use a knife and fork and cut the food into bite sized pieces rather than biting the chunks of food myself.
Temporomandibular Joint DisorderTemporomandibular Joint Disorder

I had suffered from Temporomandibular Joint Disorder for years and decided to go ahead with the procedure. One of the first things that the team at Treliske asked me was regarding being from Essex! I had only been in Cornwall a few years and once I started the treatment needed regular visits to the hospital and they wanted to confirm I would be around, but I was happy here and so the treatment began.

Temporomandibular surgery
It started with having all four of my wisdom teeth taken out under a general anaesthetic, this was the first time I had ever had an anaesthetic and was pretty worried about the whole thing. The surgery went without a hitch and after arriving at the hospital at 7am was back at home just after lunch ready to recover.

After the wisdom teeth were removed I had around two years of dental work including permanent braces to move my teeth into their new position ready for the jaws new position.

4th January 2012 temporomandibular Joint Disorder Surgery
The Christmas of 2011 was a low key affair with the thoughts of the operation hanging over me. I ate whatever I wanted that Christmas and stuffed my face every day knowing the after the operation I wouldn't be eating solid food for around three months.

The morning of the surgery I was petrified, my partner had taken the time of work to be with me every step of the way and took me to the hospital. I had my pre op checks and was waiting on the ward for my time slot. All the waiting around was killing me, not able to eat or drink for hours and being full of worry about what exactly it would feel like to walk into a hospital absolutely fine and later on that day be left with a broken jaw.

As the hours ticked by I became more and more nervous over what the operation was going to do, I knew it would resolve aches and pains and make eating easier but I just didn’t know how they were breaking the jaw and I didn’t want to know until after the op and I had woken back up.
When the time came to go to theatre I was having a wobble, It was time to say goodbye to my partner and go and meet the anaesthetists. By this time I was actually really scared of what was going to happen, how long the operation would take, how much pain it was going to put me in even though I felt sick with worry I also wondered when I would next eat again, everything was rushing through my mind. As I hugged my partner goodbye there were a few tears and I was taken for a chat with the anaesthetist who calmed me down before the op.

As the anaesthetist gave me some anti-sickness drugs she then told me to start counting to 10, I think I got to about 6 before I was out for the count.
The operation took just over 6 hours, I hadn’t realised that it was going to be so long I’m glad I didn’t know to be honest as it would have just added more fear inside me. Whilst I was under several knifes my partner patiently waited outside. I had told him he had to be there when I woke up, the nurses were keeping him informed how it was all going and each time he went out for a smoke or a coffee rushed back to see if there was any news. At 7o’clock that night I remember waking up in a bed in a room not knowing what the hell was going on, where I was, why I was there. I then saw the doctors and nurses and it all suddenly came flooding back what I had just woken up from. As I was coming around they wheeled me onto the ward and before I knew it I caught a glimpse of my partner and I was over joyed.

He asked me how I was feeling and not really sure what I could and couldn't move just squeezed his hand with joy that the operation was over and it had all been a success.

Temporomandibular Joint Disorder after surgery

The first night in hospital was probably the worst of my life I was attached to a drip in one hand and had self-administering morphine direct into my other hand, I was drowsy and feeling sick and feeling really confused. My partner was allowed to stay well past visiting hours and was able to stay with me until 10pm. Since we got together we have barely spent the night apart so being apart and in so much pain was horrible.

As the night rounds set in I was given more drugs, I had to use a bed pan, losing even more of my dignity and the lights were lowered. I felt like I had spent the night staring at the ceiling dosing in and out of sleep but feeling exhausted and in pain. Around 7am the lights went up and the nurses came around and injected more drugs and brought around breakfast… except my jaw is broken so I couldn’t have anything so continued enjoying my drip.

I text my partner several times through that first night at all hours and he replied each time, I did apologise for keeping him awake but he said he couldn’t sleep either. The next four days I was kept in the hospital and my partner went back to work and visited during visiting hours each day. Being in pain, tired and grumpy is one thing but doing this on a ward of loud sleepers, strange sounds and dramas you don’t get any sleep at all. All I wanted to do was come home and sleep in my own bed but I wasn’t allowed for 5 days. The second night was equally as bad as the first although I was slightly more used to the set up, noises and the nurses. This night I had drifted off to sleep but manage to pull the cannula for my drip out of my hand in my sleep. With my hand bleeding and liquid from the drip going everywhere in the bed I was then treated to new bedsheets and bed bath body wash!!! Me being the centre of the noise and drama that night. All I wanted to do was see my partner and get a hug I was finding this all really hard.
Temporomandibular Joint Disorder after surgery

After 5 days it was Saturday morning and the nurses came around and made the noises that I could possibly go home so I text James my partner as fast as possible and he screamed over to the hospital with clean clothes and the biggest smile. After what felt like hours of deliberation by about 1pm I was given the news that I could go home. 
Temporomandibular Joint Disorder after surgery

I was so happy, I was put in a wheel chair and wheeled to the car and then driven home as carefully as possible as was feeling every bump in the road. James offered to drive me past the beach on the way home but I gently shook my head I just wanted to go home. The exhaustion of getting off the ward was really starting to hit me and once home I felt like I would collapse and never get up again. James sat me in the bath and washed me from top to bottom and I felt great being in my own home. I fell asleep for what felt like days, James had the following week off to be there for me and look after me but I spent so much time sleeping that I didn’t see him. He took me back to the hospital for check-ups and went back to work the following week leaving me soups, smoothies and drugs laid out for each day.  
Temporomandibular Joint Disorder after surgery

Recovering from Jaw surgery
Looking back on it now it really didn’t seem that bad but at the time I felt like things would take forever to get back to normal. I spent the first two weeks from the operation sleeping for 90% of my days, I had to have help to walk to the bathroom and felt like I was going to pass out all the time and felt so weak. After this the swelling was going down and the stiches heeling and I was able to eat liquidized food through a straw and this was getting me through. Treating myself to custards and yogurts really helped give me some energy through the sugar and I was beginning to feel normal. I was off work for around 2 months towards the end I would work part time from home before going part time in the office before getting back to normal. Although things were slowly getting back to normal I still had my jaw shut together with elastic bands around the braces and still had to drink all my meals through a straw which wasn’t much fun.
Temporomandibular Joint Disorder after surgery

As the jaw heeled I was able to step down the usage of the elastics and gradually start learning to eat again. Mashed potato and gravy was a great choose as was macaroni cheese. Any food that didn’t require much strength or chewing, food that could slide straight down was well and truly on my menu.
Temporomandibular Joint Disorder after surgery

I continued to recover and my jaw was getting stronger all the time and after 12 months I was very nearly back to normal. The next step was to have the braces removed and another 2 years of check-ups with the use of wearing retainers at night to hold my teeth in place.
Temporomandibular Joint Disorder braces removed

On Monday the 8th of September 2014 I was signed off as a patient at the Treliske Hospital in Truro, I haven't really shared my story before and definitely haven't shared any of these pictures. I left hospital on Monday grinning from ear to ear and decided it was now time to put 'pen to paper' or rather 'keyboard to blog' and put this chapter of my life behind me. I still have to wear my retainers a few nights a week and I do still struggle to eat an apple without my jaw tiring but I am so happy to have a perfect face a perfect jaw and a perfect bite.

I want to thank the dentists, doctors, surgeons and especially my orthodontist Mr. Wenger who is just lovely and got me through the whole thing. With my straight teeth and my straight face I couldn’t be happier but it was a long journey over many years to get to the stage I am at today. It was completely worth it and wouldn't have got through it without the love and support of my partner James as well as my friends and family who looked after James when he wasn't looking after himself and spending every hour at the hospital and looking after me.
New smile after temporomandibular surgery
It was a long journey and a big chunk out of my life but was definitely worth doing and the above photo is me showing off my cheesy new smile alongside the wonderful James who stuck by me through out the whole ordeal. 

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Can I ever call myself a surfer?

Here's my story of moving to Cornwall in a pursuit to learn to surf, the ups, the downs, the injuries and when will I ever be confident enough to say I am a surfer!

Just over eight years ago I was a 21 year old living in Essex, I had grown up in Essex but always holidayed in North Devon and then eventually Holidayed in Cornwall too. I loved the beach and the lifestyle down here and with my braided hair, tattoo's and piercings I felt slightly more accepted in Cornwall then on the streets of Essex, where board shorts and flip flops were not the attire for the high street.
Mandi Brooks

When I was just 18 I took my first ever surf lessons on a camping weekend with my boyfriend and some school friends from Essex in Croyde at the Surf South West school on Croyde beach. I loved it, I was terrible, I could barely stand up on the board but I was hooked, After this I bought myself an indestructible NSP surfboard and came to Cornwall whenever I could to get in the water. I then bought myself a classic Volkswagen Beetle and continued to live in Essex taking my board and my Beetle down to Cornwall to surf whenever I could afford to.
White Beetle
After a weeks holiday near Perranporth with some friends from Essex I decided not to go back with my friends and spend the rest of my summer camping in a tent by myself on the North Cornish coast. I had to return to Essex as I was starting college to study photography in Southend but things were not what I wanted. All I could think about was Cornwall, the beaches, the lifestyle and of course the sea. As soon as college finished for the summer I was back in Cornwall for the summer. I managed to get a job in a holiday park working behind a bar with a flat on site and that was it. I was living in Cornwall, I would get in the water as much as possible and when the end of the summer came and it was time to go back to Southend College I just couldn't face going back to Essex. I was so happy in Cornwall but I didn't want to give up on my photography course either. Luckily things worked out and I was able to transfer my course and complete my HND in Digital photography at Truro college. 
Everything was now falling into place, I lived all over Cornwall from Falmouth, Penryn, Truro and then Newquay. 
Learning to surf in Newquay

My surfing was starting to frustrate me, If the waves were small and safe then it was the best thing in the world, I could stand on my board and ride the waves straight into the beach but I had the fear installed in me and paddling out back and taking bigger waves was something I never even wanted to achieve. I was happy with what level I was at and simply enjoyed the sunshine, the lifestyle and the water.

But then riding white water was getting to easy and I was getting bored and wanting to push myself further. Then began the next step of learning to surf. I decided that if I wanted to get better at surfing then treating myself to my own 'real' surf board was the next step. I bought a custard point surfboard  a 7ft 8 board and I've called him Lord. Lord of the Boards, he is beautiful and gave me a new wave of confidence. The board was lighter to paddle and instantly I was loving the board and riding waves but again I was only riding white water and needing to progress.
Custard Point Surf Board
In my quest to learn to surf I joined a local surf club at Watergate Bay run by Sophie Skinner. (Ben Skinners Sister.) It was great, it was for just for ladies and it was just what I needed. This wasn't surf lessons that are mostly offered in town where your taught simply to stand on your board this was a club for girls to progress. Getting tips on what I was doing right and wrong and giving me further confidence to believe I could do more was great. As the summer again came to an end so did the evening surf club. 

Next on my mission to learn to surf I was fortunate enough to visit friends in Fuerteventura. My friend just happened to be a surf instructor out their so managed to get some great tips and one on one tuition in warm water. This removed a lot of fear for me, falling off in warm water was fun compared to getting ice cream headaches in Cornwall and I felt full of confidence and really keen to progress. 
Surfing in Fuerteventura
However during the winter of 2012 I had planned surgery to resolve temporomandibular pain disorder in my jaw. This involved having my jaw broken in three places, a series of metal plates and screws and a lot of months recovery and pain to follow. 
Temporomandibular x-rays
I did get back in the water during that summer but I was still wearing braces and elastics to hold my jaw back in place. Any pressure put on my face under water wasn't good and I lost all my confidence and fitness. I was careful and only went in the water on very small days just to feel the salt water in my hair and the sand between my toes. 

The following year I was keen to get back into my learning to surf adventure and joined another surf club. This was an offshoot of the original ladies club that I attended at Watergate Bay but this time was held at Fistral Beach in Newquay. The club had more instructors and split the girls into more groups aimed at their abilities. Joining this club was the best thing I have ever done, getting the tuition and guidance to steer my surfing was one thing but the encouragement and confidence that bounces off the other girls is amazing. If you want to join the women's surf club you can find all the details here.

I've made loads of new friends to go surfing with and even been on end of season surf camps with the girls and not forgetting the end of summer fancy dress surf competition. Surfing was no longer getting frustrating I was slowly progressing, learning to trim waves in both directions, rather than straight into the beach and speeding up my pop up on those cleaner small waves, my confidence was growing and so I was ready to push myself further again.

Fancy Dress Surfing Newquay

Fancy Dress Surfing Newquay

Womens surf school newquay
With my certificates for surfing and getting more and more confident I was joining the 'out back group' at surf club. I couldn't believe I was actually going to get out of my comfort zone that I have been in for so long. I was taught tips on paddling out, when to wait for the set to pass, how to use rips to our advantage and even how to turtle roll on my big board. I was doing it, I was getting out back! 

But then came the next challenge, actually taking those waves from out back. Taking larger green waves was completely different to riding flat white water that pushes you along and you barely need to paddle to catch the wave. But this is where it has all gone a bit sour, I have the fear! I would get out back and just sit there, paralysed with fear of the waves rolling in.

With encouragement from the surf instructors to just go for it, enjoy the adrenaline rush, enjoy the fear I would at least start attempting to take the drops but every time I paddled for the wave I would see the height and look down the face and freak out. I would slack off my paddle and pull back off the wave every time, I thought my fear was getting out back but in fact that was the easier part, yes I would get caught in sets, and yes I would get pushed back to the beach but once out back a rest sitting on my board was all worth it but I can't get over the fear to concur those drops on waves. 

I won't give up, and I'll keep trying but I also know that my body isn't indestructible and getting hurt in a dangerous sport is all very real. I haven't had any serious injuries but I've had my fair share of bumps and bruises from surfing. If I could learn what I did wrong each time I wouldn't do it again but half the time I get back from a session bruised and beaten and I don't even know how they happened. 

An eye injury from an outback lesson, I was lucky that my eye wasn't damaged but I didn't even feel it, I got straight back on my board and started to paddle back out and it was only that another of the girls on the lesson told me I was bleeding that I knew I was injured. The black eye and swelling that popped up later in the day told me otherwise that actually it did hurt, quite a lot! But my instructor on the lesson was great aiding me with ice held in a pair of sweaty board shorts! Lol thank you Rosa Thompson, your a legend.
Surfing eye injury
Another injury, or rather an inconvenience is weaver fish stings. These little guys sit just below the sand at low tide and if trodden on give you a nasty sting. Here you can see my right foot puffed right up after a weaver sting that stopped my session.
Weaver fish sting
Bruises are a regular occurrence, usually on my knees from my cack handed pop ups but this 2inch wide bruise on my leg was impressive especially as I have no idea how it happened!
Surfing injuries
This was probably the most painful injury I have received whilst learning to surf and looks relatively minor. I stacked it off my board and my board somehow flipped sideways as I was falling, I landed with my shin hitting the rail of my board at full force. This was during the winter and in my thick 5.3 suit but the pain was intense, I hobbled up the beach and pulled off my suit, I couldn't believe that the impact of hitting my shin had split my leg. I still have a nice scar now from this one as a reminder!
Surfing injuries 
I know I've got a long way still to go to be able to call myself a surfer and a lot more injuries and fearful moments to come. But one day I'm hoping to concur that fear and take the drop and when I do will have reached the next stage of my surfing. I know other people progress quicker or slower even and although i've been trying for eight years I know the only thing stopping me is myself and that's the biggest challenge.

But until then I will continue with the surf clubs, continue meeting new friends and continue little step by little step becoming a surfer and not just a learner!
Joe Way Paddle for Life

Surfing Crantock

Beetle with Surfboards

Surfing Cornwall


Surfing Cornwall

Surfing Cornwall

Sunset surf Cornwall

Sunset surf Cornwall

Mandi Brooks Learner Surfer
If your struggling with your surfing don't give up, keep going, it's all the in between times that make it worthwhile and one day I'm hoping I will confidently be able to say I'm a real surfer.

Friday, 22 August 2014

Top things to do this bank holiday weekend in Cornwall

The summer bank holiday in Cornwall is a time to be grateful that you are in Cornwall and enjoy the long weekend as much as possible and squeeze in as much fun as you can into one weekend. We all hope that there will be an Indian summer and we will get a hot and sunny September but the reality is that this might not happen, so for the last bank holiday until Christmas it’s truly time to leave the day job behind, put away the paperwork and get ready to enjoy the weekend. Whether you live in Cornwall or are simply visiting for the bank holiday weekend there’s loads going on and below is my pick of some of my favourites.

Friday
Cornwall VW Jamboree.
VW Cornwall Jamboree
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For those with a love of classic Volkswagens then this is a three day fun packed festival for you not to miss. With car enthusiasts from all across the country the county show ground at Stithians becomes home to fields crammed pull of people camping with their pride and joy vehicles. With live music each night, a licenced bar, trade stalls open all day, entertainment for the kids and a show and shine on the Sunday were owners put their pride and joy into the show hoping to win a trophy for being the best car their.
If you want to go to the show for a day then tickets are only £5 per person with under 5’s getting in for free. To camp for the whole weekend tickets start at £25.00.
For more information visit their website here 

Waynestock Free Festival.
If classic cars aren’t your thing but camping at a festival and live music is up your street then the FREE music festival at Gwinear at the Royal Standard could be for you. With three days of live music, beer and Food then this is a great line up. There’s some of the west countries most popular artists playing and if you want to camp over then pitches are available for just £10 a night. With bands like Moriaty and The Sum Of this is a festival not to miss. You can find out more about the festival by visiting their facebook page here.

Waynestock Festival
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Seth Lakeman at Princess Pavillions Falmouth
Another favourite of mine is the wonderfully talented Seth lakeman who is a demon with his stringed instruments. With folky yet rocky numbers Seth Lakeman is an artist that I highly recommend that you go and see live and tonight in Falmouth could be your lucky night, listening to his music on CD is one thing but his live shows add a whole heap more energy to his music and is really worth going to if you can. 
You follow Seth Lakeman on Facebook here for more information about his upcoming gigs and music.

Saturday
Car Boot Sales
If you've been hard at work all week or partying hard at one of the weekend festivals there's nothing better than having a lay on on a Saturday morning but don't lay in bed too long and get yourself over to one of Cornwalls car boot sales and grab a summer Holiday bargain. Whether you fancy a lunch time bargain hunt in Mitchell at 1.30pm or an afternoon browse at the Wadebridge county show ground at 3pm. Whether you are selling or buying the bank holiday weekend is a great time for both at one of Cornwalls car boot sales. For more information on times and locations and further details for sellers visit the car boots sales in Cornwall website for all the information you need. 

Roller Skating
If you didn't know that Newquay has it's very own roller disco's then you really are missing out. Based at the bubble dome at Newquays Treviglas College between 3pm and 5pm every Saturday you can get your skates on and have some fun. Whether you’re an adult reminiscing when you used to own your own quad skates or a family with children then this is an ideal activity to burn off some energy. With the bubble dome being indoors you can be sure to keep entertained even if the weather turns slightly sour this bank holiday. Join the Skooters Roller Disco Facebook page to keep up to date with all the roller skating activities and times, costs and skate hire. 
Skooters Roller Disco Newquay
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Reef at the Wateringhole
If all the festivals over the bank holiday weekend are a bit to much then maybe just going to a single gig will be enough for you and what better gig than seeing old skool rock band REEF play at the Wateringhole in Perranporth. What could be better than seeing a great band at a bar on the beach. Tickets are £26.00 each and can be bought here
Reef at the wateringhole
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Sunday
SkyBar Sunday Session
If you haven’t heard of the SkyBar then that’s probably because it’s a pop up venue and is only around for eight days. With a whole host of events from Music to Comedy it’s one definitely not to miss this weekend. If you wanting a cliff top gig with beautiful Cornish views with cocktails and sunsets then this is the place to be on Sunday. Dubbed the Sunday Session the night see’s musicians Alphabeatsoup performing at the Skybar think of an eclectic mix of live jazz and rock music mixed by some very talented DJ’s and your set for a great party on the rugged cliffs of Cornwall. 
If you want to learn more about the Skybar then you’ll need to be quick before it’s gone so check out their website here 
Sky Bar St Agnes
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Bowgie Ale & Music Festival
This is probably where you'll find me this weekend supporting the amazingly talented Josh Curnow. Who is playing this beer festival at mid day. I recently wrote about the young but hugely talented Josh Curnow on my blog  and when i found out that he was playing at the Bowgie Ale Festival it felt quite possibly rude not to go and she him my support. 
Bowgie Ale Festival
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For anyone that doesn't know the giant pink pub perched on the Cornish coast line it over looks the stunning Crantock beach and is definitely worth a visit and with live music and ale thrown into the mix it's one that can not be missed. 

Monday
Cornwall Folk Festival
If you haven't guessed by my weekend suggestions, I love live music and rounding up the end of the bank holiday festival can be done in Wadebridge at the Cornwall Folk Festival. With pockets of entertainment set up all over the town from the town hall to local pubs everywhere will have a folk vibe to the weekend. 
To find out where to get tickets and who is playing where then pop over to their website here for more information. 
Cornwall Folk Festival
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Bude LifeBoat Day
Lastly to round up the bank Holiday finish the long weekend at the Bude Lifeboat day where not only can you get entertainment for the whole family but your support and donations help keep a vital charity going not just in Cornwall but across the UK. From rowing races to cream teas, live music to food stalls there is something for the whole family and what better way to end the bank holiday weekend then with a fireworks display at 9.30pm.

What ever your doing in Cornwall this weekend have a great time, enjoy the weather, the music and time with friends and family.