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The Old Bakery Studio – Our Top Picks for 2024!

Just across Truro’s River from Manning’s hotel, restaurant and bar you’ll find The Old Bakery Studios. An exciting and innovative creative space, Old Bakery is part of Blewett’s Wharf and next to BBC Radio Cornwall. The rear of the venue overlooks the water, but it’s accessed from Malpas Road – just a ten minute walk through the underpass from Manning’s on Lemon Quay. The Old Bakery Studios have fast become a renowned venue in Truro, showcasing amazing independent artists, comedians and musicians. 

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We’ve put together our top pick of shows announced so far for 2024 at The Old Bakery Studios, with everything from stand-up comedy to DJ sets, acoustic melodies to tribute acts – there’s something for everyone! Make sure you head to Manning’s first to enjoy a meal or some drinks before you head over the water, and of course the hotel is the perfect place to stay overnight. 

Our top picks:

Comedy: Gail Porter’s new comedy show ‘Hung, Drawn and Portered’ on Saturday, April 6, 2024

The Old Bakery Studio always has brilliant up and coming new comedy acts as part of their line-up and 2024 is no exception. Their Comedy Cupboard is fit to burst with new talent. We’re really excited to see what former TV presenter Gail Porter brings in her new comedy venture!

She has just concluded a run of her one-woman show Hung, Drawn and Portered at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. The show documents her life experiences, from alopecia to homelessness and appears to be a liberating new career direction for the star. Catch her at The Old Bakery Studios in April.

Pop into Mannings for a pre-show drink with friends! We’ve got plenty of fun cocktails and mocktails at our buzzing bar in central Truro. 

Tribute Bands: The Bowie Experience with Laurence Knight on Saturday, September 23 2024

There are a wealth of amazing tribute acts performing at The Old Bakery Studios this year, including London Calling, The Jam’d and The Amazing Foo Fighterz. However, we’re most excited for The Bowie Experience with Laurence Knight, this two-hour show will be a true reflection on David Bowie’s long and eclectic career, “mixing deep cuts with all-time fan favourites. With costume changes & a huge sound, this gig really is one for the true ‘Diamond Dogs’ and the dedicated ‘Cat People’!”

Snap up your tickets now and make sure you book an early restaurant reservation with Mannings to set yourself up before the show! 

DJ Sets: The Return of Dub and Dance Hall Legend Don Letts on Friday 5th April 2024

Legendary Dub & Dance Hall DJ, Musician and Filmmaker Don Letts returns to Old Bakery Studios in early April, playing old and new school dub reggae. This is a standing (and probably a lot of dancing) show, so build your energy up for some incredible reggae beats with a hearty meal at Mannings first. 

If reggae isn’t your thing, head to The Old Bakery Studio’s Silent Disco on Saturday 30th March 2024. With two channels of music led by The Old Bakery Studio resident DJs in fierce battle. “One channel dedicated to Pop Classics / Guilty Pleasures / Power Ballads and the second channel steadfast to Rock Anthems / Indie Belters / Alt- Rock Bangers. Covering the best of the 80’s / 90’s / 00’s / 10’s.” 


Acoustic Sets: Ian Prowse of Pele & Amsterdam In Concert on Friday 7th June 2024

Experience a magical acoustic set with the musical prowess of Merseyside’s very own legend, Ian Prowse. “Often hailed as the Scouse Springsteen, Ian’s incendiary live performances have ignited stages from Reading and Glastonbury to Kendal Calling. Now, for the first time, Cornwall is in for a treat as Ian brings his electrifying show to new shores.”

Book our amazing ‘Date Night’ hotel offer and escape for a night – just the two of you – and indulge in a spot of pampering in one of our beautiful apartments after catching an immersive, melodic show at The Old Bakery Studios. Our Date Nights are currently on sale at just £159 and that includes a £35 voucher to spend on food and drink here at Mannings and complimentary car parking, plus a delicious full English Breakfast the next morning. 

Make time for a night out in Truro in 2024!