Liskeard Live 6th and 7th September


As part of Liskeard’s first ever music, arts and literature festival there will be a range of events and activities taking place in the town.

Friday 6th September

Jazz Supper with the Lewis Reilly Trio at the Eliot Hotel
Lewis Riley – piano/keyboard Dave Sheen – drums Marcus Vergette – bass
Tickets are £15 including start 7.30pm supper at 8.30pm To book please call 01579 342323 plus special room rates for stay overs.

Liskerrett Film Night Great Gatsby plus dress up photo booth and bar.
From 6.00pm. Film starts at 7.30pm
Tickets from the Liskerrett Community Centre Adults £4 under 16’s £3 call 01579 340307

Saturday 7th September

FREE Live and Local Stage plus children’s activities at the Cattle Market and performances around Fore Street and other locations from 10am.

Includes Author Talks and Book signings:

10.00  – 10.30am                Ted Sherrell – author of Looking Towards the Tamar talk in                                                Liskeard Library

Ted will be then be  signing books in the Bookshop Liskeard 2 Barras Street until 11.00am

Ted’s present day stories set in the local community and environment around the Tamar Valley.  They draw inspiration from both Country and urban areas and create aninteresting variety of characters and tales to amuse and delight.

11.00  – 12.00              Andrew Beasley – Battles of Ben Kingdom

 Children’s author will be at the Cattle Market Liskeard  includes    booksigning

As a child, adventure was everywhere for Andrew Beasley; he went exploring Scunge Island and had an underground base made out of a sunken coal bunker. Now that he’s grown up, Andrew works as a primary school teacher and lives in Cornwall.

Set in Victorian London, The Claws of Evil is his first book for children and the start of a new series published by Usbornes.

 12.00 – 12.30                  Eric Kemp –  author of “Yes Dad I want to go to Sea” talk in                                             Liskeard Library

Eric will then be signing books in the
Bookshop Liskeard 2 Barras Street until 1.00pm

Even during his childhood days in the Cornish fishing town of St. Ives, Eric Kemp knew he was bound for a life at sea. While his mother would be cooking pasties in ‘the slab’, better known as a Cornish range, young Eric would be upstairs watching the comings and goings of the ships as they were piloted into the nearby port of Hayle.

 Public Hall Liskeard

Cherry Ghost, Golden Fable and Liskeard’s finest The Hula’s will be performing an exclusive Cornish date on the closing night.
Doors open 7pm for 7.30pm start
£12.50 full price
£11.00 Concessions

Tickets available from Liskeard Town Information Centre 01579 349 148 or online via the Cornish Riviera Box Office

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Liskeard Loves Food

Join us for a food and drink event to tantalise the taste buds on Saturday 17th August.

Liskeard Loves Food offers a variety of stalls, local food producers, family entertainment and a pop up bar with live music including Benji’s Music, Viv & Liz, Emma Packer and Bill Bowen.

It’s a day for everyone to join with us and celebrate our love of all things foodie. We want to show everyone just what Liskeard has to offer, not only with the great food stalls and events around the town, but also in the wide range of interesting independent shops and eateries that add character to our streets: A butcher’s shop that tells you just which farm its produce comes from, a hardware store that still sells individual screws, as well as shops that sell fresh local vegetables, the latest fashions, art supplies, and so much more.

The Bay Tree end of Fore Street and the Cattle Market will kick things off at 10am, with live music and entertainment from midday. Children are more than catered for with face painting, balloon modelling, Ping! and children’s food-themed craft with Play It Again Theatre’s Claire Patrick.

Fore Street is also set to come alive with a barbecue, bar and more live music being put on by Nomad events and Live Music Connections.

It’s not just about bands, to add to the atmosphere we’ll also have talented buskers from the local area performing across the town.
Visitors will be able to choose from the wide range of food and drink on offer whilst watching live entertainment at the entrance to the Calf Pens. They’ll also receive a warm welcome from the brightly dressed Town Team Meeters and Greeters, who will be on hand to answer any questions and point people in the right direction.

Jane Pascoe, owner of Seasons Bistro says: ‘We’re keen to see more visitors coming to the town who, like us, love food. We want to show them just what a range of restaurants and cafes we have who all take special care to offer a selection of seasonal local produce. For this event we’re collaborating with Continental Fruits to offer local strawberries and Cornish cottage cream teas to set the taste buds tingling.’

And for those who’d like more music at the end of the day, there’s the Battle of the Bands at the Barley Sheaf pub starting at 9pm. Come and vote for your favourite band, with the winner performing at Liskeard Live on 7th September.

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Liskeard Live Main Gig Acts Announced!

final_LISKLIVE_logo.2We are over the moon to announce that Cherry Ghost and Golden Fable are coming together for an exclusive date for Liskeard Live on Saturday 7th September at Liskeard Public Hall, 3/5 West Street, Liskeard, Cornwall PL14 6BW.

You can buy tickets for the gig online via the Cornish Riviera Box Office and in person from the Liskeard TIC.

Here’s a bit more about the respective bands to whet your interest:

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Cherry Ghost are songwriter/vocalist Simon Aldred, Jim Rhodes, Ben Parsons, Grenville Harrop and Phill Anderson and are a powerhouse of pop pedigree. After a year’s break from touring, the band members are all working on some great musical projects. Simon Aldred has been working on a solo project Out Cold with a forthcoming debut album, Invasion of Love – recorded with Metronomy and NZCA Lines producer: Ash Workman and the keyboard player joining the tour with Miles Kane.

In 2007, Cherry Ghost’s debut album, Thirst for Romance, revealed the potential of what this extraordinary group could do. Their widescreen, wondrous songs, like Mathematics and 4am, had already been showcased on “Later With Jools Holland” months before the album’s release, and then were played heavily on Radio 2 and 6 Music. The record got to no. 7 in the album charts, and its lead single People Are The People,won an “Ivor Novello” award for Best Contemporary Song in 2008.

In 2010 Beneath This Burning Shoreline was released and it is the ocean, the water, the terror, the tenderness of life in all its messy, magical splendour.  It is thirst for romance in the raw, in the real. It is the sound of Cherry Ghost taking the spirit of their past, and ours, with them, and revealing their beauty in the brilliant present.

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golden fableCurrently recording their second album with Jimmy Robertson (Anna Calvi, Florence + The Machine) and David Wrench (Bat For Lashes, Everything Everything), Welsh two-piece Golden Fable will be supporting Cherry Ghost as well as offering one of their more melancholy tracks, the vocally haunting Crossfire was released on June 3rd.

2012 was a significant and successful year for the band; with UK tours accompanying the likes of Field Music and Wave Machines under their belts as well as a brilliantly received debut album release.

Tim and Rebecca found huge success on radio, with DJs from across the genre-spectrum taking their Four Tet-tinged folktronica into their hearts and onto the airwaves. With repeat plays on Radio 1, Radio 2, 6music and XFM, as well as on-going support from taste-makers such as Marc Riley, Huw Stephens, Jen Long, Tom Robinson and Guy Garvey, Golden Fable transcend the confines of genre and trend, “evoking a sense of heart-thudding emotion through their spacious production made of twitching beats and synth prods ” – God Is In The TV Zine.

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You can buy tickets for the gig online via the Cornish Riviera Box Office and in person from the Liskeard TIC.

More about the other September events to follow….

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Liskeard Show


A sample from the Town Team photo project showcasing Liskeard’s independent traders proved popular at the Liskeard Show yesterday.

Widely shared on social media already, the promo video for the project
is now live. We think Studio Wallop are capturing something of the warmth, individuality and humour of Liskeard. Check out if you agree:

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Liskeard Live dates are now…!

Have you noticed the Liskeard Live tab at the top of the homepage?  As one of the many events being organised over the summer, Liskeard Live is our inaugural arts, literature and music summer festival.  It’s taking place over two Fridays and Saturdays in July and September with the first helping on the 19th and 20th July.


There’s a great mix of comedy, spoken word, poetry, opera and literature over the two days, and the July event is only a taster of what’s to come…

September will see more music, comedy, poetry and literature but will also have circus skills, film, dance, acoustic performances, DJ workshops and a fantastic Saturday night gig with Cherry Ghost headlining and support from Golden Fable.

You can find out more about the groups and hear samples of their music by clicking on the links above.  We are over the moon that they’re coming to Liskeard – in fact for both it’s an exclusive date and Cherry Ghost will actually be racing back to the studio afterwards to record their new album.

We’re confident that there’ll be something for everyone in Liskeard this summer!

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Town Team & Lions Working Together

Carnival is coming up and we’d like to see everyone getting stuck in this year! For full list of the Lions events, check here.

If you can help shake buckets during the procession please get in touch.

And for something a bit different after the procession on Saturday, why not book in to the Pop Up Carnival Cafe?


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Photography portraits capture Liskeard’s personality

The personality behind some of Liskeard’s most popular traders is being brought to life with a fantastic photography project commissioned by the Town Team.


Local photographer, Stephen Tolfrey, is creating a series of 35 eye-catching narrative portraits. Each of the traders is being captured in their retail setting in ways that also reflect their personal passions and personalities.

Tristram Besterman, from the Town Team, has been putting the project together and said: “Our recent photograph of Dean Petvin-Moore, from Liskeard Carpets, his wife Nicola and horse Disney, encapsulates what we are trying to achieve with this project. It’s a brilliant example of a trader bringing together their two greatest passions of the business and horse riding.”

The images will be displayed online and in print to project a lively image of Liskeard as a place full of character with friendly people. The shots will be uploaded to a new website coming soon,, and participating traders will also be able to use the images on their own websites.

The photography project is just one of the many initiatives introduced by Liskeard Town Team as part of its ongoing commitment to give the town a boost. A portion of the £100,000 awarded under the Portas Pilot programme from the government is being used to help support the project.

The Town Team itself is made up of volunteers, giving their time and energy free of charge. An interim report outlining the Town Team’s progress over the past 12 months can be viewed here Liskeard Checks In June 2013

Chair of the Town Team, Sally Hawken, said: “We are extremely proud of what has been achieved so far, such as the fantastic evening markets organised to bring people into the centre of Liskeard, coinciding with later opening hours for traders. This interim report outlines the hard work undertaken by Town Team volunteers and what we have learnt through trying out our ideas.”

A jam packed line up of summer events is planned throughout July, August and September, including festivals focusing on local food and drink, live music, comedy, children’s entertainment and more.

Professional event companies have been brought in to work with volunteers on events including a pop up Carnival Café, Liskeard Live and Liskeard Loves Food, which should provide a huge draw for people living not only in the town, but across Cornwall and even into Devon.

As Denise who runs Zero2Vintage in the Cattle Market is fond of saying, everyone can be part of the Town Team, so if you want to get involved please contact for more information.

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