Diary Dates

20 Apr 2018

Diary Dates for you to enjoy
Whilst there are more than 10 things to do throughout the year in Cornwall here’s a mix of the best. Of course we had to miss out a few like Mousehole Christmas Lights and Tom Bawcocks. Below are some of the longest running and biggest events on the calendar in Cornwall.

Diary of Events in Cornwall

Mummers Day
Mummers Day, formerly known as ‘Darkie Days’, is a festival that takes place in Padstow every Boxing Day and New Year’s Day, when locals take to the streets with blackened faces for general merrymaking. The festival is part of an ancient tradition of Pagan midwinter festivals that used to take place all over Cornwall during the twelve days of Christmas. The festivals centred on the practice of guise dancing (goose dancing) and usually involved the performance of a traditional play, known as a Mummers play. Recent concerns that Padstow’s ‘Darkie Days’ festival could be seen as racist have prompted it to be renamed Mummers Day.

Obby Oss Parade - Padstow - diary dates for you to enjoy

St John

is the patron saint of Penzance, and his festival is essentially a midsummer solstice celebration that stretches back thousands of years. Golowan (Cornish for ‘the feast of St John’) briefly died out due to nineteenth century health and safety concerns.(blazing barrels rolling down the streets) but was resurrected in 1990 and going strong ever since. The main activities take place on the Saturday, also known as Mazey Day. The streets are closed to traffic. Filled instead with carnival-style processions, bands, stalls and sound systems.

What’s On this May at the Minack

More Diary Dates for you to enjoy
check out the Minack theatre a truly memorable experience

What’s on at The National Maritime Museum Cornwall

Major new exhibition Titanic Stories plus Pirate School in the Easter and Summer holidays. Treasure Island Play Zone – PLUS Deck Games + Ghost Ships. An amazing day out for all the family. All in your admission price! Pay once get in free for a year!

Great Scenic Railways

Make your journey part of the adventure. From St Ives to Looe, visit the best of Cornwall on the county’s scenic railways.

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