Around our lovely little county, we have so many traditions that truly showcase the quirkiness of our different communities. Following our piece about the colourful world of the Cornish saints in the latest issue of myCornwall – available to buy now – we thought we’d give our readers the insight into the best and brightest festivals and feast days. So grab your calendar and get marking down these days.
Top 4 Best Festivals
1: Golowan – (16th-25th June)
Probably one of the most well known festivals in Cornwall. Stretching over a week of festivities, and centering around Mazey Day, Penzance and surrounding areas comes alive in a riot of colour, music and dance. With street parties, live music and family-fun activities throughout the festive period, this is not one to miss.
2: St Pirans Day (5th March)
Without a shadow’s doubt, St. Piran’s Day is the biggest party going. Celebrating the venerated miner’s saint, Cornwall gets decked out to celebrate this fantastic figure. No matter what town/village you’ll be in, there will be celebrations galore. Watch out for local schools performing traditional dances and local dress.
3: ‘Obby ‘Oss (1st May)
Centering around May Day, this Padstow-based festival has its origins in the 1600s. With the festivities starting at midnight, and maypole dancing throughout the day, this festival also has amusing hijinks throughout the day, with young maidens being ‘captured’ by the ‘Obby ‘Osses. If you want to see one of the more quirky Cornish festivals, this is the one to see.
4: Tom Bawcock’s Eve (23rd December)
One of the most famed West Penwith festivals, this night kicks off the Christmas period for many. The village of Mousehole really comes into its own over Christmas, thanks to its world-famous lights, and the Yuletide celebration culminates in this celebration and memorial of legendary fisherman, Tom Bawcock. With Stargazy pie being served up and Bawcock’s exploits being celebrated, this is a real community event that always guarantees a crowd and a sing-song.
Significant Feast Days
- St Hilary Feast Day – Closest Sunday to the 13th January
- Ludgvan Feast – Monday and Sunday closest to the 29th January
- St Kew Feast Day – 8th May
- St Ives Feast Day (Saint Ia) – 5th/6th February
- Ludgvan Feast – Closest Sunday/Monday to the 25th January
- St Breward Festival – 22nd February
- Porthleven Feast Day – 22nd February
- Davidstow Feast Day -1st March
- St Pirans Day – 5th March
- Zennor Festival – 6th May
- St Michael’s Feast Day – 8th Day
- St Buryan Festival – 13th May
- St Petroc’s Feast Day – 4th June
- Gulval Festival – 6th June
- Mawgan Festival – 8th June
- Porthleven Festival – 29th June
- St Austell Feast – Early July
- St Neot Feast – 31st July
If you’ve got any other significant dates that you think we should add, please don’t hesitate to contact us via our social media!