and events in Cornwall|
Cornwall is a special county that is
rich in traditions. You will find something for everyone here, from the bawdy
and pagan to the refined and cultured. Please email us if you would like an event
added to this list. Click on the festival name to go to a page with more information.
Go directly to the month you are interested in: April/May/June
Hurling. St Ives
on the nearest Sunday to the 3rd February and at St Columb on Shrove Tuesday and
the Saturday of the following week. "Hurling the Silver Ball" is a rowdy
medieval game. At St Columb the struggle is a physical battle between "Town
and Country" with the shops in the town barricading their windows and doors
for the start of the scrum at 4.30 p.m. Hurling at St Ives is a much more staid
affair with mostly children taking part, the hurling starts with the ball being
carried to the holy well of St Ia at Porthmeor where it is blessed. The contest
itself is between old rivals "uplong & downlong" and continues until
noon when the players are rewarded with coins thrown from the guildhall balcony.
Of the last two remaining hurls in the county it is St Columb that has maintained
the greatest following with hundreds taking part.
Opening of National Maritime Museum
Falmouth. 14 March 2003 Tel: 01326 311277 The Official Opening of the National
Maritime Museum by the Duke Of York.
St. Endellion Easter Festival of Music. Port Issac, North Cornwall, England.
Music from a variety of composers and eras compliment this series of performance.
The beautiful setting for this festival is the the collegiate Church of St. Endellion.
Cornwall Spring Garden Festival runs from about March to the end of May and
is a riot of perfumed colour. Exotic blooms, tree ferns and bananas, early flowering
daffodils and eight foot high Brazilian 'rhubarb' - all thrive in Cornwalls sub-tropical
Trevithick Day. The last Saturday
in April is a big day in the town of Camborne. Born in nearby Pool, Richard Trevithick
invented the steam locomotive as well as the screw propeller. Parades include
bands, dancing and steam engines.
1: Padstow 'Obby 'Oss. Padstow
has become famous the world over for its May Day festival that has it's roots
back in the fourteenth century. The atmosphere created by the beating of the drums
in the flag decked streets with the wheeling oss, one red and one blue, makes
Padstow's May Day celebrations the finest in the country. The 'oss may be described
as grotesque masked creature but defies further description. If you are in Cornwall
on the first day of May, don't miss it. The song is sung to a mainly drum and
and unite and let us all unite,
For summer is acome unto day,
we are going we will all unite,
In the merry morning of May. "
Day Festival, St Ives. 02 May - 05 May 2003 Tel: (01736) 796297 Street entertainment
and various stalls.
Show 03 May - 03 May 2003 Near Hayle Tel: (01209) 711538 An annual horse show
held near Hayle.
8: Helston Flora Day The
origins of the dance are pre-Christian and are connected with ancient spring festivals
all over Europe. The first dance through the town is at 7.00 a.m with the Children's
Dance. At 8.30 there's the mummers'play known as the Hal-an-Tow (photo), at several
venues throughout the town. Watch St George and St Michael slay the Dragon and
the Devil, cheered on by a crowd dressed in Lincoln green and Elizabethan robes
(they are "Spanish maidens" and the author was one in the 70's, along
with dancing the furry dance with her brother!) Before you go, learn the chorus
for the Hal-an-Tow:
an tow jolly rumbelow
We were up long before the day-o
To welcome in the
To welcome in the May-o
The summer is a-coming in
main dance starts at the Guildhall at midday. About fifteen thousand dancers take
part dancing in and out of the houses in front of a crowd of over forty thousand.
Arrive in the town early to be sure of a good view. Held on the 8th of May each
year unless the 8th falls on a Sunday or a Monday, in which case it is held on
the Saturday of the proceeding week. Also large fair and market. Try and squeeze
into the Blue Anchor pub, they brew their own beer called Spingo. Beware, their
Easter and Xmas Special is 7.6%! Here is a page on Inns
and Taverns in Helston.
to the Sun Festival 23 May - 26 May 2003 Newquay. Tel: 01637 851851 An Annual
VW Motor Rally held at Trevelgue, Newquay.
Midsummer (mid June) Golowan
Festival Penzance. Golowan is celebrated - twelve days of music, theatre
and events. Golowan is one of Europe's oldest community festivals and is recorded
in the earliest history of Penzance. Golowan The Ancient Midsummer Feast
of John is Cornish for John's Feast. Gol = Feast or Vigil, Owan or Jowan
= John. For more information contact 01736 332211.
Castle (right) Events throughout the summer. Tel. 01326 316594
Cornwall Show 05 June - 07 June 2003 Wadebridge Tel: 01208 812183 An Annual
Country Agricultural Show held at Wadebridge. Various exhibition stands and stalls.
Day Feast 30 June - 30 June 2003 Local bands parade the the town, followed
by an old fashioned tea treat.
12 to 14 2003 will see the first Falmouth
Festival of Literature & Arts, taking place in the grounds of Pendennis
Castle, Cornwall. Over the three days you can hear a broad spectrum of writers
and artists talking about their work in the Pendennis Marquee; take a look around
the unique gallery space displaying diverse works of art by contemporary local
artists; or settle down with a coffee and a good read in the Conservatory bar.
Maritime Festival of Sea
Salts & Sail.
Show Mid July. One of the largest and oldest one day shows in the country.
Horses, Cattle, Domestic, Horticulture, Poultry, Dogs, Goats, Young Farmers, Cage
Birds, Rabbits and Sheep. The Show is run by local people. A Grand Evening Concert
is held every Show Day in the marquee.
Culdrose Air Day, Helston, 16 July 2003 . Tel: 01326 574121 Ext 2460/1.
Endellion Summer Festival, 27 July - 08 August 2003 Port Isac. Classical music
festival. Details; 01208 850463
Heritage Festival 26 July - 03 August 2003 Tel: 01736 757043 Summer Art ,
Horticulture Show, Old Cornwall Society exhibition, traditional music and dancing
events also Cornish Wrestling.
Keverne Ox Roast 06 August - 06 August 2003 Stalls, entertainment and a torchlight
Conference Saturday, August 30 - Sunday, August 31, 2003 St Johns Hall
Penzance. £50 weekend ticket. A weekend of angelic fun with well known angel
speakers, angel stalls, workshops, music, fun and laughter.
Mawes Carnival Week First Week of August - includes production by St Mawes
Players, Mini-Marathon, quizzes, walking treasure hunt, childrens sports and carnival
on the Saturday.
Carnival, 16 August 2003 Tel: 01326 319126.
Town Fair Held on the last Saturday in August each year.
Classics. 09 August 2003. Well known in traditional boating circles throughout
Europe as one of the premiere events of the season, attracting over 250 vessels
each year. A Classics Concert is now a well established feature of the sailing
weekend. Contact Mike Rangecroft 01326 211555
Regatta Week. 10 August - 16 August 2003 Highlight of the yachting calendar
in the Estuary, a series of regattas hosted by each of the sailing clubs around
the Carrick Roads catering for every class of boat and attracting around 500 entries,
many from outside the county. A full social programme runs each evening ashore
in the regatta marquee and features soul bands, barn dance, Caribbean evening,
70s night, childrens entertainment is also provided during the day.
Contact Mike Rangecroft 01326 211555
Fish Festival 25 August 2003. A celebration of this major port's importance
in terms of the fishing industry. The fish market is filled with stalls, cookery
demonstrations, exhibitions and displays relating to fishing heritage as well
as Celtic entertainment. For more details contact Mrs Jenkin/ Mr Kemp 01736 363499.
Game & Country Fair 24 August 2003 Stithians. Tel: 01872 273366 A Country
Fair held at Stithians Showground, with stalls and entertainment.
Harvest Fair 30 August - 01 September 2003 Tel: 01326 572063 Three days of
events including a carnival on Saturday and Harvest Fair on Monday.
Festival of Literature and Art Friday, September 12 - Sunday, September
14, 2003 A festival of literature and arts over three days, in the grounds of
Ives September Festival September. Evolved over the years to its present form
of a high quality mix of music and arts based around the beautiful town and harbour
of St Ives, which has been a great attraction to may artists and creative people
over the last century.
Includes performances of classical, folk, jazz and modern music as well as poetry,
book readings and art exhibitions. For more details contact the Festival Office
on 01736 796888.
September Fayre. September. The fayre is a revival of St Pirans Feast,
a major event which was held in Bolingey late into the last century. The fayre
is a celebration of local heritage and includes a ceili, live traditional music
and dance, crafts, stalls, lamb roast and games. For details phone Geoff on 01872
Oyster Festival. Early October. This festival celebrates the start of the
new oyster season and the worlds last oyster dredging fleet to work under sail
alone. A Made in Cornwall craft fair, cookery demonstrations and live
music have been recent additions to the festival, which continues to grow from
strength to strength.
Peran. October Festival of the Celts.This festival is a well established cultural
event based in Perranporth, and draws musicians, dancers and poets from across
the Celtic nations. The festival encourages recognition of Cornwalls heritage
and Celtic links as a vibrant, living tradition that people of all ages and background
can participate in and enjoy. Lowender Peran hosts a week long programme of concerts,
displays, ceilis and workshops providing a wide range of entertainment as well
as an opportunity to actively participate.
Music FestivaNovember Tel: 01209 313557 An Annual 6 day festival.
23: Mousehole celebrates Tom
Bawcock's Eve, a procession takes place with fish lanterns and Star-Gazey
Pie. Celebrated in memory of a local fisherman, Tom Bawcock, who many years
ago during a Christmas of terrible food shortages, went to sea in a lull between
storms and returned with a healthy catch of "seven sorts of fish". From
these, the villagers made Starry Gazey Pie, complete with fish heads protruding
from the crust. On Bawcock's Eve today, local children parade through the village
carrying brightly lit fish lanterns, and the pubs are very "merry places".
Click to see
a painting of Star-Gazey Pie.
The famous Mousehole Christmas Lights (pronounced "Mowzel")
are switched on from December until early January. A popular annual event every
Christmas, the people of
Mousehole decorate their houses and the harbour with Christmas lights and decorations.
As a result, visitors flock from all over the UK and beyond to enjoy the festival
of lights. Magical! Photo
by Charles Winpenny.