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June 22 @ 8:00 am - June 29 @ 5:00 pm

Today’s Golowan festival, created in 1991, brings back to life many of the traditions and practices recorded in Penzance during midsummer celebrations centuries.

Many of the familiar parts of the festival: crowds, fireworks, serpent dancing, market stalls, roaming bands, fireworks and the Mock Mayor have their roots in an ancient midsummer tradition celebrated up to the late 19th century, where bonfires were lit in the Greenmarket, on Market Jew Street, Queen Street and countless other locations. Golowan is the collective name for  ten days of celebration of the arts, culminating in Mazey day, a huge and very visual street celebration.

golowan festival

There are many accounts that record the festivities around the town. The newspapers are particularly useful, containing colourful reports of the events that went down in this heady week.


June 22 @ 8:00 am
June 29 @ 5:00 pm