Spring Bank Holiday in Penzance

Looking for a Bank Holiday treat?....

Make Industries is situated on Market Jew Street. It is run by Sharon and Ian Holmes, a husband and wife team who first opened the shop in October 2014. If you are looking for something unique… as a gift or a treat for yourself then a visit to Make Industries is a must. All items are Made in Cornwall and the shop sells works of art, crafts and food from 40 local makers. The interior boasts a range of unique scaffolding furniture which is also for sale. Sharon and Ian themselves produce ranges of clothing, cushions, light shades and food which are displayed among selections of jewellery, ceramics and other local craft pieces. Make Industries also has an online shop where you can purchase that something special. Make Industries really is a trove of local treasures and Ian and Sharon look forward to welcoming you.

Make Industries, 45 Market Jew Street, Penzance.

The Old Lifeboat House Bistro is a relatively small but quirky bistro, steeped in local history with an unobstructed view of Penzance Harbour and St Michael’s Mount. As their name suggests, the building was used to house the lifeboat for some twenty years to 1907 and the bistro is working with the RNLI to include various artefacts and photos to acknowledge this history.

They serve breakfast, lunch and dinners, using local produce. As a reflection of their location, the menu is predominantly seafood and offesr daily specials in addition to their standard menu.

Tea, coffee, scones and cakes are also served.

Why not celebrate the Bank Holiday weekend by enjoying a delicious cocktail at the bistro while taking in the sights of the beautiful harbour?

The Old Lifeboat House Bistro, Wharf Road, Penzance.

Summer will soon be here so while you are working on your summer body why not have your belly pierced at Medusa so you can show it off with a little bit of bling!

Medusa Piercing & Tattoo Removal, 26 Causewayhead, Penzance.

Why not visit Blacks of Chapel Street over the Bank Holiday weekend? Blacks is a small, friendly Dining Room & Bar tucked away in Penzance's historic core serving great food and drink.

Blacks of Chapel Street, 12-13 Chapel Street, Penzance.

Penlee Park Open Air Theatre launches its 2019 Season with Heartbreak Theatre's new adaptation of David Walliams' GANSTA GRANNY on MON MAY 27th 6.30pm.

Meet Ben, an 11-year-old want-to-be plumber fed up with spending his Friday nights at granny’s. All she wants to do is play scrabble and eat cabbage – not exactly his idea of fun!

Hungry and bored, Ben goes searching for something more edible in the kitchen and stumbles upon an old biscuit tin. The tin holds more than just digestives, however, it contains Granny’s biggest secret…Ben’s Granny is an international jewel thief - and she needs his help to pull off her biggest heist yet, stealing the crown jewels!

Heartbreak productions invites you to share in this exciting escapade, a David Walliams best seller adapted for the outdoor stage. Join us, Ben and his Gangsta Granny on their grandest adventure full of forbidden fun. 

Suitable for age 7+

Ticket Link : https://penleepark.ticketsolve.com/shows/873598645

Penlee Park Open Air Theatre, Penlee Park, Penzance.

The Gallery Shop at The Exchange – Penzance-based sister gallery to the Newlyn Art Gallery

There's plenty happening at The Exchange during the Bank Holiday and Half Term;


SAT 25 MAY – SAT 1 JUN, 12:00 – 15:00

Make your own eco friendly, cold water surf wax, made from Cornish bees' wax, tree resin and coconut oil. It's super easy to make once you know how.

Surf wax is an essential tool to help surfers maintain a grip on their surfboard. Without it, it's difficult to keep your balance, and you can forget about doing any tricks! U12s must be accompanied by an adult.

£4, booking via Eventbrite, please bring your ticket with you.


WED 29 MAY & SAT 22 JUN, 13:00 – 16:00

All welcome, U12s to be accompanied by an adult.

Golowan Goes Green and we do, too! Inspired by the plant and wild life along our road sides and hedgerows, join us to create beautiful headdresses to wear in the parades and festivals throughout the summer.

Free community workshops in partnership with Golowan.



25 MAY — 08 JUN 2019

Surf School seeks to show surf culture as a respected craft form, presenting a selection of designers, photographers and filmmakers  who have made surfing their business, and craftspeople who capture the balance between design and nature.

The exhibition will delve into the origins of cold water surfing with the film I Knew Jack O’Neill by Hamblin Imagery, a film about Skewjack, the legendary surf village at Sennen, and A Road Through Galicia by Luke Pilbeam. Otter Surfboards will be in residence, demonstrating the skill of making a wooden board, and running a workshop for anyone wanting to make their own board. There will also be works by local photographers who focus on surfing, including Dave Muir, Luke Pilbeam, and Jack Johns.

There will be daily workshops and demos, including how to make surf wax.

Exhibitors include Jack Johns, Nick Pumphrey, James Parry, Dave Muir, James Otter & Otter Surfboards, Rich Emerson, Bee Bumps Eco Surf Wax, Hamblin Imagery, Luke Pilbeam, and  Pete Geall.


23 MAR — 15 JUN 2019

“A rural ecologist, an urban drifter and a diasporic optimist examine the invisible layers underneath, the lost spaces on the edge and the forgotten places in between.” Lubaina Himid. 

The exhibition explores the work of three artists, Rebecca Chesney, Lubaina Himid, and Magda Stawarska-Beavan, who consider the poetic investigation of place, space and time, through painting, sound installation and place-based research.

All three artists use their work to uncover the hidden, understand a place as it is experienced by those who know it well, and remember apparently unknown histories.

Each artist has made new work for the show.

Invisible Narratives is curated by Lubaina Himid CBE, winner of the 2017 Turner Prize.


11 MAY — 15 JUN 2019

Display of camera-less photography documenting the suburban plant life around the galleries, gathered in a workshop.

Participants walked from Newlyn Art Gallery to The Exchange in Penzance, collecting local plant species along the way. They then used lumen and cyanotype photography to produce a beautiful collection of photographic images.


6 MAY – 15 JUN 2019

A new collection of work, made especially for this show talks about Willow’s relationship to wild places, to solitude and the silence found in particular environments. Walking in The Seven mountain range in Bergen, she gathered a range of marks inspired by the landscape. They reflect an emptiness and transience familiar in her work. Influenced by Chinese watercolour painting, using black ink and brushes she has created loose free impressions of place, that become emotive and ephemeral. The marks are a reflection on her memories of a place and what can be felt and not seen. They also express Willow’s deep appreciation of lonely places and the beauty felt in momentary experiences.

The Exchange, Princes Street, Penzance.

Interior shot of the Boatshed Café Bar in Penzance, Cornwall

The Boatshed Cafe Bar is located on the picturesque harbour side of Penzance and are famous for their chargrilled steaks and locally caught seafood dishes... the perfect Bank Holiday treat!

The Boatshed Cafe Bar, The Harbour, Penzance.

A great offer from Simpsons of Cornwall.... 10% off Lighthouse Jackets... be prepared for the Bank Holiday, rain or shine!

Simpsons of Cornwall, 36 Market Jew Street, Penzance.

Kick start the long-weekend at The Turks Head. Friday Night is Cocktail Night with two cocktails for just £10 from 10pm.

The Turks Head, 49 Chapel Street, Penzance.

Local artist in residence, Sophie Dennett from Circa 21, is holding her 2nd exhibition in The Upstairs Gallery. Her beautiful studio overlooking Mounts Bay is also open for viewing, including during Open Studios Week, 25 May - 2 June.

Her powerful and emotive work can be viewed every day except Sunday and Bank Holiday 10-4pm.

See www.facebook.com/circa21 for more details.

Circa 21, 21 Market Jew Street, Penzance.

Penzance Chamber of Commerce have secured a pitch on the prom with Cornwall Council.

You will be able to book a day or two or more to trade alongside the others who are already there.

This is an exciting opportunity for anyone who would like to try trading without having to commit to a permanent contract. So if you are a brand new business just getting on your feet or would like to try an odd day to fit in with other commitments then this could be perfect for you! (T&C’s apply)

​Please contact Penzance Chamber of Commerce for details.


Fancy a Bank Holiday getaway or staycation? Bosuns Holidays offer luxury self-catering & holiday cottages based in and around West Cornwall. You can full their full selection of properties on their website; https://www.bosunsholidays.co.uk/


Exterior shot of The Acorn Theatre in Penzance, Cornwall

There are some great events happening at The Acorn Theatre;



Tickets: £15




Tickets: £15




Tickets: Adults £7/Children £3.50/Family £17. Under 2's free




Tickets: £12/Concessions £10

Acorn Theatre, Parade Street, Penzance.