The countdown is officially on as The Great Estate is now just over two and a half weeks away.
Welcoming the BBC Introducing Stage and revealing details of the Classical Corner, Wild Wine Club, Dead Beats Poetry Corner and Comedy Stage, this exciting new festival will take up residence in the prestigious grounds of Scorrier House from Friday June 2 to Sunday June 4.
Proudly hosting festival headliners Echo and the Bunnymen, Craig Charles Funk and Soul Show and The Electric Swing Circus, The Great Estate is gearing up to be one of the most anticipated events in the Cornish calendar.
Nestled within the Secret Gin Garden is The Great Estate’s Classical Corner. Adding an air of sophistication to this weird and wonderful event, the weekend will present a string of talented acts that are not to be missed. Easing revelers into the afternoon are Arcadia 78rpm Orchestra, Classic Strings Duo, The Blue Angels, Andy Marshall, Rachel Williams, Alex Govier and many more.
Guaranteed to deliver a mixture of dark gags and intelligent stories, MJ Walker will headline the Comedy Stage on the Friday. With an uncanny ability to have all walks of life laughing at the same material, the Newquay-based comedian will be armed with a ridiculously big beard and an array of questionable tattoos. The Saturday will see the appearance of George Rigden, one of the most exciting, hotly-tipped and sought after new acts on the UK comedy circuit. Having made his Edinburgh debut in 2015, George gigs for some of the UK’s leading promoters. Joining them onstage will be Nick Banks, Frankie Doré, Tom Latimer, David Arnold, Sami Stone, Lulu Popplewell, Graham Wilkes and Claire Rowley.
Dead Beats Poetry Corner is a relaxed space for open-minded poets and creative writers. Guest speaker Sue Kittow, author of Walks in the Footsteps of Poldark, will be sharing her experiences and most notable influences. Sue will be joined by a selection of other writers to answer questions and offer advice.
The BBC Introducing Stage will proudly play host to a selection of the region’s rising stars. Introducing festival guests to Cornwall’s freshest talent, performances can be expected from Rosie Crow, Gavin Kaufman, Sam Richardson, Rue, Kezia, Jack Bartlett, Hollie Rogers, Ezmay Grace, King Creature, Lucy Anna, Even Nine, SheBeat and Emma Chamberlain.
Frequenting Madame Wong’s House of Wrong, vaudevillian showgirl Talulah Blue is set to wow crowds with her fusion of burlesque, classic circus and eras gone by. Having graced stages from London to Hong Kong, this fire eating folly will perform a spectacle of feather and silk fan dancing, hula hoop and fire dancing. Forgotten Circus will join Talulah Blue onstage for a weekend of aerial displays and unforgettable acts.
Food and wine lovers will be pleased to hear that the increasingly popular Wild Wine Club will descend on The Great Estate to host a candle lit, long table banquet in a derelict horse shed hidden within the Scorrier grounds. Serving up a delicious three course Sicilian feast with wine pairings, sommelier Debbie Warner and her guest chefs will add a touch of luxury to the festival weekend.
With a passion for drawing, Penryn artist Lou Tonkin invites guests to feed their creative soul and join her on an artistic journey of the Scorrier House Estate. Complementing the scheduled sketching workshops across the weekend are foraging walks and herbalist workshops.
Don’t miss the traditional steam barber shop, the onsite tattoo parlour and body marbling boutique. Relax and unwind in The Sanctuary with a soothing massage or take the kids to The Playground for hours of fun. There are also luxury glamping options available to upgrade The Great Estate experience even more.
Late night party goers can continue celebrations until 2am at the Woodland Silent Disco and in the dance tent.