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Dear BEATS16 people..... We’ve had to take a tough decision this week – to hold fire with the 2016 BEATS Cornwall , so that we can put on a successful and sustainable event next year that will take BEATS forward, rather than run something a little too stretched for us all to fully enjoy.

We’ve heard back from funders, and have to accept that we’ve more to do – so BEATS2016 is going to become BEATS2017, and all tickets sold will now be refunded.

We had some fantastic tutors and performers lined up for this August, but need strong ticket sales to make sure that BEATS can continue growing, to be an important worldbeat fixture for the South West, bringing West African and Brazilian rhythm from the source LIVE to this gorgeous part of the country. We want to put Cornwall on the national tour map, make this a natural place to bring your groove – so please know that this is not an ending, but a positive decision to build forward and make this grow right! Thanks to everyone involved in the past two years’ events, and we’ll keep you posted on where and when for 2017 – work is already under way!!  😀
Please allow 7 days for this refund process. Any troubles please email us back.

If you’ve any queries, please do let us know – as well as suggestions for any aspect of BEATSCornwall 2017 – tutors, activities, accommodation, workshops, performances, ideas, resources…bring it! You can reach Amanda at for West African beats conversations, and Robin at for Brazilian beats conversations – thank you!

With love and respect

The BEATSCornwall Team (Amanda, Robin, Simon, John, Alex , Ticci and all) xxx

Keep up to date with all the latest developments on the BEATS Cornwall Facebook Page.


BEATS Cornwall is held at the Mount Pleasant Eco Park just outside Porthtowan, overlooking the beautiful North Cornish coast and surf beaches. Find out more about the venue and weekend below.

The past two years of BEATS comprise sessions running from 10:00 -12:00, 13:00 – 15:00 and 15:30 – 17:30 for all three days (Fri, Sat, Sun) interspersed with a lunch and a tea break. Programming details to follow. The workshops are aimed at adults (16+), however families are very welcome on site –  children must remain the sole responsibility of parents.

12017708_10153642243654252_6646296614842640935_oChildren’s workshops ainclude a lovely variety of activities for children and parents alike. A brief summary:

  • Forest school workshops – using local materials to engage children and their parents/carers in their environment and learn new skills
  • Art and craft workshops – using materials and ideas from the same traditional roots as the rhythms and dance.
  • Rhythm and dance workshops – using expertise of workshop leaders and others in the BEATS community

The aim is to  provide a safe and relaxed environment for families to spend time with each other, with games and light entertainment and refreshments. The space will be organised using support volunteers who will oversee the area. They have DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) certificates and extensive experience of organising festival spaces as well as working with children and their families. We will also be utilising expert workshop leaders with all the necessary checks, training and experience to provide safe and engaging activities to ensure the success of this area.

Children under the age of 8 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times

Some instruments will be provided for the workshops, however if you have your own djembe, samba drum, conga, atabaque,  sabar drum, pandeiro etc etc please bring them along as there will be a limited number of spare instruments.

The site is situated in a lush 42 acres of organic farmland. Camping is provided in a lovely corner of the site with views to the sea.  Campervans will have an allocated area adjacent to the car park. There are on-site facilities including toilets and showers. You may arrive on site from 16:00 till 22:00 on the Thursday evening if you are camping/weekend ticket holders or from 08:00 on Friday and subsequent days for day ticket holders. More details about the Eco Park can be found here: Tel: 01209 891500


Meals are prepared with the hungry drummer/dancer in mind to give a balanced diet to counter the large amounts of energy given out in a day of learning drum & dance!

Alovely chillout area will be open serving teas, coffee, hot chocolate, cool drinks, cake and more. Chill out and relax with comfy seating and relaxed vibe.


If you chose not to camp on-site, here are some links to local accommodation. Please book early as August is very busy in this area.


Robin (Brazil Related):

tel: +44 (0)7789 435036

Amanda (West Africa-related questions):

tel: +44 (0)1736 785755

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An Unincorporated Association, bringing together African and Brazilian percussion traditions in Cornwall.