We recently got back from a wonderful holiday in Cornwall, and were tipped off to an amazing local event that really made our holiday: The Wild Woodland Summer Ball in Tehidy Woods near St Ives. It was an absolutely magical event by Rogue Theatre.
Our local friends said we’d love it so we booked it, but we weren’t sure what to expect. We parked up in a field and went to queue up at the edge of some woods. We went on a magical trail through the forest, lit by a string of lightbulbs, and decorated by all sorts of ribbons, mirrors, pictures, teacups and dreamcatchers, to name a few.
Actors stood about singing or dancing and lots of them were dresses as fairies, so Ava and Thea were instantly enthralled.
The props were so beautiful, and really created a magical atmosphere.
the Wild Woodland Summer Ball begins
After our little wander around the words we came to a clearing with a stage, rows of hay bales arranged to sit on, and the all important refreshment tent. There were also portaloos set further away too. We settled down to enjoy the show and the girls were totally entranced from start to finish.
The setting for the Wild Woodland Summer Ball is so beautiful, especially on the day we went as it was really sunny, and the sun filtered through the leaves.
Here are a few pictures from the show, but really they don’t do it justice. I didn’t take that many as I was too busy enjoying it. The show is funny too, so the adults really enjoyed it as much as the kids. There was a lot of singing and dancing and story telling, and the actors are all multi-talented.
There was an interval where the kids (and some adults!) got their faces painted, and the actors helped them make wands out of twigs and ribbons. The girls were in their element!
I was amazed by how quickly they did the paint face (as Thea calls it) and we were finding glitter in her hair for about a week after, which was just fine by us.
After the second half, the dancing began and we couldn’t drag Thea away! The actors were so good with the kids, helping them up onto the stage and dancing with them.
When we finally got her off the stage, we wandered back through the woods to go home andI don’t think we’ll forget this experience in a hurry!
Tickets are £8.50 for all ages, but children three and under are 1p. I think that’s great value for an experience that lasted nearly three hours. It runs until the 4th of September and there are two performances a day – in the afternoon, which we went to, and each evening. You can find all the details and book here.
Would you go to this show if you were in the area? I am already planning to go to it next year!