At The Acorn we believe that putting on great live events is not the whole story. A true community theatre must give people the opportunity to try, learn new skills, and take part. The activities below are great fun for all ages, giving you the opportunity to meet like-minded people, learn new skills and be a part of the performing arts community in Penzance.

Please contact the class contact for further information and to book a place.


Shallal Open House
Are you someone who likes to have fun, dance and express themselves?
Then come and join us at our regular and supportive group in this marvellous theatrical space.
No steps or routines to follow.
We use a wide range of music and are open to trying your favourite styles.
Monday mornings from 10.30 until 12 noon
We charge £3 per session but don't turn anyone away if you can't pay.
For more info call Colin on:
07747 543300

Bears In The Park

Music at The Acorn every Tues & Wed 10:30. 
Perfect for age 0-5 years. 
£6 per child/adult. 
Join qualified primary school teacher, Jade Townsend for a fun and interactive music session with a teddy bear theme. 
Expect guitar, ukulele, familiar and original songs and rhymes, movement, puppets, shakers and more! 
Please message to book via Facebook 

Distant Dances

Every Thursday, 10:30am - 12:00 midday
Distant Dances is a regular, guided adventure in movement and dance, led by Cornwall-based choreographer, mover and maker Kyra Norman, for all bodies that like to move: no formal movement experience required, come as you are. With great music, and a lively, welcoming group of people, in a beautiful venue
What people say:
"Exciting and invigorating"
"A brilliant group of people"
"These sessions make me very happy" 
"It's rare to find a space for adults to take our dancing seriously"
"So much fun!"
"Such a relief to just be" 
Other things people have said recently mid-class (that have really made me laugh):
"What is going on?! I looked back and it was carnage!'
"Anarchy in action!"
"Did I miss an instruction, or is it just one wild jamboree?"
Standard rate: £10 / Concession rate: £6 / pay what you can
For more information about my work, see  To join the Distant Dances mailing list, email:

Acorn Aerial Circus

Classes are run in association with Cirque Du Ciel.

These classes provide the opportunity to learn skills on the trapeze, aerial hoop and aerial silks. We aim for everyone to have a safe place to play and be imaginative, be active, and improve their confidence and self-esteem.  We aim to foster creativity, and freedom of expression, to bring rewarding challenges in a safe environment.

The classes are run by Ruth Hawkley for Cirque Du Ciel

Mondays and Tuesdays 5pm – 6pm Ages  7 to 11

Mondays and Tuesdays 6.15pm – 7.15pm Ages 12 – 16

Tuesdays 7.30pm – 8.30pm Advanced students

These classes are currently full. To express an interest and secure a place on the waiting list, please email Ruth at