Workshops & Activities 2019

Goonhillygrams with Phyllida Bluemel

What would you say to a time traveller? What would you show an alien visitor? What will museum labels say in 5000AD? Our visitors learned what happens when a Neolithic stone has a conversation with a satellite and a Post Office opens in space. They traced and translated wiggling radio waves and messages in morse and created alphabets for aliens and codes for keeping in touch in a day of cosmic creative writing, inspired by Goonhilly Downs.

Landscape Painters Anonymous with Simon Bayliss

Landscape Painters Anonymous was a en plein air painting workshop. Using watercolours, participants were invited to indulge in the leisurely pursuit of observational painting within the wild landscape of Goonhilly Downs. Painting and drawing experience was not necessary!

Invisible Worlds Curiosity Table with Chris Bisson from the Eden Project

Our visitors explored curiosities from the Eden Project with Chris Bisson on the Village Green at their Invisible Worlds Curiosity Table – “Come and experience the Invisible Worlds of Goonhilly Village Green! We’ve grown some microbes especially! Have a sniff, prod, look and listen to some of world’s invisible gems.”

See what Goonhilly grew in Chris’ petri dishes in The Goonhilly Chronicle

Cornwall Sea to Stars Roadshow

Visitors were able to hold a meteorite, the oldest thing you will ever touch. They learned about the stars and planets and tried out refractive and reflective telescopes, and solarscopes for observing the sun. Cornwall Sea to Stars is an outreach organisation funded by the Royal Astronomical Society to take the sciences of Geophysics and Astronomy to communities in Cornwall.

Photo: Liminal

Guided Archaeology Walk with Charlie Johns

Setting off from the Village Green, and led by archaeologist Charlie Johns, each walk lasted for around 20 minutes. From iron age to present day this landscape houses some very special sites and Charlie introduced visitors to the many historic layers that make up The Downs.

World Folk music performance by Hum Community Choir

Hum performed a selection of folk songs from around the world on the Village Green.

Hum is a democratic community choir based in Penryn.

Lost Rock Library Clay Workshop with Rosanna Martin

Visitors made their own addition to the Lost Rock Library inspired by a rock they owned, a rock they remembered or a rock they had just seen. They earned how to create basic shapes using clay, and explored using rocks to create texture and impressions. The sculptures they created were displayed alongside the library for the day, forming a new collection of rocks and their stories.

‘Welcome (Sent Forever)’
Peformance by Hum Community Choir, with Daisy Higman & Chris Mayoh

Hum performed Welcome (Sent Forever) on the Village Green at solar noon (12:56). Artist Beth Emily Richards worked with Daisy Higman, Hum, and Chris Mayoh
to create the performance, welcoming everyone, across earthly and astral borders, to 2019’s Goonhilly Village Green. 

Food & drink from Woodman’s Wild Ale

Woodman’s Wild Ale is a Cornish microbrewery incorporating foraged and wild ingredients into an ever changing seasonal range of delicious ales.

Stuart Woodman has been a teacher of foraging and wild food cookery for a number of years, sharing his expertise and knowledge with hundreds of people young and old, through his work with organisations such as Cornwall Wildlife Trust, Riverford Organic, the South West Coast Path Association and Port Eliot Festival, combining his passion for nature and the outdoors with a love of food and drink.