The Tolmen Centre

The Tolmen Centre is at the heart of village life in Constantine, Cornwall. Many residents and friends enjoy events here; a wide and loyal audience has developed for the varied arts programme, and the Centre has built up an excellent reputation in the Cornish arts community.

Miracle, Cube, Cscape, and Pipeline theatre companies are regular visitors both to perform and to develop new work.

Look for the Café Tolmen sign. We’re usually open for meals from 6pm when there’s an event at the Centre. Please call us on 01326 341353 to pre-book your meal.

The Tolmen Centre is a not-for-profit organisation entirely run by volunteer help – no-one gets paid for their time. This creates a rather special ethos around the place – and allows us to be ambitious in what we promote and undertake.

The Tolmen Centre is now used on a regular basis by the many village groups such as the Tolmen Theatre Group – as well as for various courses including fitness dance, Yoga and Todlins.

The Constantine Museum is now in regular operation again, showcasing Constantine’s fascinating past – from mining and quarrying to music and farming (and much more besides).

The Tolmen Centre is also available for all sorts of other things. Here are a few examples:

  • The downstairs area can be hired at very reasonable cost for events, parties, or meetings. The area can be divided into two or left as one big space, and is well equipped with tables, chairs and comfortable sofas, as well as having a modern kitchen with enough catering facilities for up to 100 people. At the back is a newly landscaped garden and patio area which allows your event to open out into the fresh air and a pleasant lawned area. There is disabled access to all areas. We also have a high quality film and projection system with a big screen and surround-sound capability. This can be used to show films or dvds, or to do business style presentations. If the event is a private function (ie, not open to the public) there are no licence implications, so village groups can screen films at very low cost as part of their activities.
  • Either the downstairs or the upstairs can be used for band or event rehearsals, or for such things as yoga, pilates or just for group meetings or classes. We already host Fitness Dance, Todlins, The Thursday Drama Group (more adults always welcome, but fully subscribed for youngsters) and the Community Choir sessions, but there is room for more. The rents are very reasonable.There is a small fiction library in the Centre where books can be borrowed and/or exchanged. We are hoping to arrange a regular daytime opening time for the Centre to allow access to this facility, which is free.
  • The Constant Times print facilities are available for hire for a range of printing services. We can’t actually do the printing for you, but there are computers with good software and a range of fast printers which can be used on a DIY basis by arrangement. The Constantine Museum is housed on one side of the Tolmen Centre. As well as the semi-permanent displays, there are archives of documents and photos, and, as important perhaps, the volunteer helpers have the expertise to help with all matters relating to village heritage.

The Tolmen Centre is a village facility entirely run by volunteers. It’s open to all, and everyone is welcome to make use of it. New ideas for events and activities are always welcomed. Call in when we are open, or phone on 01326 341353.

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The Tolmen Centre is reopening! Summer music dates announced, starting on May 29th. Time to get booking…..

We are looking forward to welcoming you back to the Tolmen Centre, with some exceptional music events this summer.  We know it’s been a tough year and it may take a while for everyone to be ready to return to live events but we’re ready to welcome you when you are! 

Our first event is on the 29th May and will be socially distanced under the current government guidelines, and with advanced ticket booking online only. As restrictions are gradually relaxed, we hope that the Café Tolmen and full audiences will return, but we will keep you updated. Our online booking system can be easily accessed through the link below, and we are unlikely to return to phone bookings from now on.


Saturday May 29th
7:30 pm

Kitty Macfarlane

Kitty Macfarlane is a songwriter and guitarist from Somerset, whose music is rich with  visual imagery and written with an eco-eye. Her trademark lies in remarkably mature  songwriting, a marked empathy with the environment and a strong sense of place.  Carried by a clear voice ‘controlled yet wild’ (Folk Radio), her lyrics touch on intervention  and rewilding, climate change and migration, woman’s age-old relationship with textiles  and the land, and the changing face of the natural world. From the starling  murmurations on the Somerset Levels to the lowly eel’s epic transatlantic migration, the  coasts and estuaries of the South West and the small part we ourselves play in a much  bigger picture, her songs are bound by the underlying theme of mankind’s relationship  with the wild. Cerebral and topical, honest and immediate, these are not throwaway  lyrics or everyday melodies but thought-provoking and evocative compositions with  wonderfully crafted soundscapes.  

Her debut album Namer Of Clouds was one of The Guardian’s Best Folk Albums of  2018, and has seen airplay across BBC Radio 2, 3, 4 and 6 Music. Last year she was  invited to guest-present two episodes of BBC Radio 4’s Tweet of the Day and Kitty performed live in session on BBC Radio 2 at the beginning of 2019.  

The gig will be held under the current Covid rules: online booking only, socially distanced with a maximum of 64 tickets, no cafe, masks to be worn, doors 7pm.

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Saturday July 3rd
7:30 pm

Martha Tilston

Martha Tilston has gathered a large and loyal following with her fine voice, inspiring lyrics and captivating stage presence.  During lockdown she has kept us entertained with a series of homemade fireside gigs, and now – at last – we have the chance to hear her live again, with her band backing her.  With seven albums to her name she has a huge repertoire to choose from, from her arrangements of traditional songs to her own growing catalogue of memorable songs ranging from the intensely personal to the overtly political.
“Sharp, original songs that dissect the modern world.  She captures both the harshness and the enchantment of life” – Guardian

Tickets £12.50 (under-16 £6.25)

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Saturday July 17th
7:30 pm

The Blackheart Orchestra

With their Top 20 charting album Mesmeranto, and Chrissy Mostyn recently voted in the Top 10 world female vocalists, the UK’s inspirational award-winning electronic folk pioneers The Blackheart Orchestra take their music to a new, unexplored dimension. Described as “A mesmerizing powerhouse” “A life-enhancing listening event” “An avant-garde musical utopia” and “One of the most extraordinary voices singing anywhere today” vocalist Chrissy Mostyn and multi-instrumentalist Rick Pilkington combine classical influences with vintage synthesisers and ultra contemporary electronica to create music that takes over the senses.

As emotionally charged as it is musically accomplished, expect sublime harmonies, virtuoso guitar, piano and synthesiser playing and songwriting and arrangements that take the audience ”from heartbreaking to uplifting in a single song”.

Tickets £12 (children £6)

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Tuesday November 9th
7:30 pm


Dynamic Scottish modern folk trio make their welcome return: their last appearance here was a roof-raising triumph: don’t miss them.

One of Scotland’s most popular folk-based groups to emerge in the last decade, chart-toppers Talisk have toured the world stacking up major awards for their explosively energetic yet artfully woven sound, including Folk Band of the Year at the BBC Alba Scots Trad Music Awards, a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award, and the Belhaven Bursary for Innovation.

Mohsen Amini (BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards’ Musician of the Year 2018), Hayley Keenan and Graeme Armstrong fuse concertina, fiddle and guitar to produce a ground-breaking, multi-layered and instantly enthralling signature sound that has captivated audiences around the globe.

Tickets £14 (16  & under £7)

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