St. Piran's Events 2016/Hwarvosow Peran 2016

Please note: These were 2016 events. See our current page for this year's events.




7pm Liskeard Old Cornwall Society, St Piran’s Celebration at St Martins’ Parish Church. Worship and Musical Entertainment.


PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS GIG IS NOW SOLD OUT, tickets were strictly limited to 75.

St Piran’s Day celebrations organised  by Looe Old Cornwall Society. The Changing Room, Polperro Fishermen’s Choir and the Bennett Family, Millpool Centre. The evening includes a Cornish Quiz, pasties, Cornish ale, a raffle and live music. Perfect.

Tickets are £10 which includes a pasty and a bottle of ale. Splann!


Thursday 3rd March


Workshops and other Cornish cultural activities for schools and community groups will be available in the run up to St Piran’s Day, with song, dance and local history.  For more info please contact Rob Spowart on tel 01637 879446.


7pm St Piran’s children’s concert at Penzance Methodist Church, Chapel Street. Admission £4, children free. Cornish Songs and Music informally performed by local schools. Come along and listen, or join in and wave a flag! Tickets on the door, or from Morrab Studio and Town Council Office.
A top value night out!!

More info from Penzance Town Council email  or tel 01736 363405 or email   tel 01736 362912.

Friday 4th March  


7pm onwards  “The One Show” will feature the Bude Lifeboat Singers singing Trelawny in the front room of Rev Hawker’s Rectory, Morwenstow to celebrate St Piran’s Day. 


11.00am to 12.00 noon (assemble 10.45am outside the Library at the top of Fore Street) - the celebrations will commence with a parade of around 400 schoolchildren down through the town, stopping to pay tribute to the 1497 An Gof - Flamank Stone and on to Mount Folly where invited dignitaries will and address the gathered crowd followed by the children singing and dancing. The children will then be escorted through Priory Park to St Petroc’s Church where the ten schools will present their own contributions to mark St Piran’s Day and celebrate by eating a good old Cornish pasty.

Further info from Bodmin Tourist Information Centre
email or tel 01208 73001.


7.30pm  A Proper Cornish Evening of songs, sketches, poetry, readings and a traditional Cornish supper to celebrate all things 'Proper Cornish' on the eve of St Piran at Fowey Town Hall.
Organised and produced by two local writers, McCartney & McGirl and in aid of Hospicecare. Tickets from Bookends Fowey £10.

More info from  or tel  01726 833361.


10.30am onwards  Come join us in the St Piran's Eve celebrations in the Rose Garden by @LooeTIC. Dancing, music, singing & saffron cake, and a special display by the wonderful.  Organised by Looe Old Cornwall Society.


6.30pm St Piran’s Eve service at St Michael’s Church with Rev Canon Jane Kneebone, Colum Wyn. With choirs Newquay Rowing Club Singers, Oll an Gwella and, singing in Cornish, Tereba Nessa.
8pm Informal musical evening at the Great Western Hotel, Cliff Road, Newquay.

Workshops and other Cornish cultural activities for schools and community groups will be available in the run up to St Piran’s Day, with song, dance and local history.  For more info please contact Rob Spowart on tel 01637 879446.


Cornish Colloquium/ Keskows Kernow in the Exchange Building, Penryn Campus at 4pm with Merv Davey, Ben Dobson & Lamorna Spry.

The Institute of Cornish Studies will mark St Pran’s Day 2016 with a Cornish Colloquium when Dr Merv Davey, Grand Bard (Bardh Meur) of Gorsedh Kernow, will give a lecture on the subject of ‘A Cornish Identity in Every Era?’. The event will also see the launch of a new development phase of the ICS with Dr Ben Dobson talking about economic priorities for Cornwall and Dr Lamorna Spry exploring Cornish heritage. The talks will be followed by a Cornish music session so if you would like to join in bring along an instrument or take part in the singing! This event is part of the annual St Piran’s Day Celebrations on Penryn Campus organized in association with the Libraries and FXU. To reserve a place and for further details please email or telephone 01326 371888.

7.30 – 10.30pm The Performance Centre, Falmouth University Tremough Campus, Penryn. Cornish nos lowen dancing with music by Skillywidden – a great way to celebrate St Piran. Tickets are just £6 (including a pasty - while stocks last!)


10.30am St Piran’s procession with 600+ local schoolchildren. Starts top of Causewayhead, going through the Morrab Gardens and returning to St. John's Hall. More info from Penzance Town Council  email 
or tel 01736 363405.

Saturday 5th. March


5pm St Piran's Day Walk. Celebrate St Piran's Day, follow the Irish Piper across Summerleaze Downs and across the beach to the Lock Gates, returning to Bude Surf Life Saving Club. Meet outside Bude Surf Life Saving Club. Free to All.


6pm Camborne Rugby Club.  A ground-breaking new book about bard of Gorsedh Kernow, Robert Victor Walling (1895-1976), soldier, poet, journalist and writer with a special interest in the Cornish language, is being published on St Piran’s Day.  Skryfer – R V Walling” will be launched by Jori Ansell, Caradok, past Grand Bard of Gorsedh Kernow and current Chairman of the recently created Cornish Language Academy. News Release. Order form. Invitation

7.30pm Camborne Rugby Club. St Piran’s concert. Free entry, pasty supper, donations in aid of the Celtic Congress and the Rugby Club. Featuring Throw’d Together, Trevor Smitheram, Baguettes, Mullion Bell Ringers and Harry Glasson with compere Terry Williams.


7:00 pm – 10:00 pm St Pirans Night with Callington Twinning Association, Callington Town Hall.  Further information from Mrs Sue Lumley tel 01579 382705.

Cape Cornwall

A novel event will be happening in Cornwall this year to celebrate St Piran. The Cousin Jack Classic Coast Run will take place from 10am-4pm on March 5th and will stretch from Cape Cornwall to The Island in St. Ives, in order to honour and pay tribute to Cornish ancestors. This is a social run, and not an organised running race so you will need to sign a disclaimer to sign in and out. There is also a small donation of £5 that goes towards St Erth Charity Committee, who raise money to supply Christmas Lights to the village each year.

For more info see


Celebrate St Piran’s Day on Saturday, March 5 with a special broadcast by the Cornish Radio Amateur Club, or CRAC for short. The club has obtained a special events station licence making a one-time-only broadcast at Mount Wellington Mine, Chacewater, Truro  to activate it as an amateur radio station.

CRAC will use a special "K2" locator in the call sign, which has been licensed to Cornish stations by OFFCOM for only one year. The station will use a HF (high frequency) set-up, which will broadcast to UK and foreign amateur radio (ham) users and a VHF set-up, to cover local users as far as north Devon. The call sign for the club is GX4CRC and can be Googled for more information.

“It seems a rather fitting tribute to transmit from a Cornish Mine on the day that celebrates the landing of St Piran on the shores of Cornwall, and his claimed subsequent discovery of tin the same day” said Mount Wellington Mine’s owner, Richard Freeborn. “As far as we can ascertain, this will be the first time a special event radio station will ever have operated from a Cornish mine. The idea was suggested last year by the late president of CRAC, Norman Pascoe, who passed away in February this year, who would no doubt be thrilled to have known that his idea has come to fruition”.

The station has been licensed to operate from 9am to 4pm and will consist of up to eight radio operators.


10.00 procession - a celebration of St Piran with a Furry Dance by local school children and musicians, all are welcome to join in or line the streets to watch. The procession will leave from the Moor and through the town via Webber Street, High Street and Brewery Yar to the Prince of Wales Pier, where a community dance will be performed, and on to Church Corner where the story of St Piran will be told and Trelawny sung, first verse in Kernewek by the children of Marlborough School.  Swamp Circus will also be in the parade and performing a spot for all spectators.

Following that a Cornish lunchtime recital will be held in the Parish Church featuring the Brass Band, Recorder group, poetry with Hilary Keam and singing led by Michael White.

Further details from Vicki Ferguson email


6pm “Piping the St Piran Flag” at Launceston Castle, followed by 7pm procession through the town ending at Harvey's Bar (Home of Crowns) with a night of traditional live music, song and dance with Rob Strike. 
More info from tel 01566 775159.


7pm Liskeard Old Cornwall Society, St Piran’s Celebration at St Martins’ Parish Church. Worship and Musical Entertainment.


PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS GIG IS NOW SOLD OUT, tickets were strictly limited to 75.

St Piran’s Day celebrations organised  by Looe Old Cornwall Society. The Changing Room, Polperro Fishermen’s Choir and the Bennett Family, Millpool Centre. The evening includes a Cornish Quiz, pasties, Cornish ale, a raffle and live music. Perfect.

Tickets are £10 which includes a pasty and a bottle of ale. Splann!



7.30pm Kernow In The City at Rich Mix, Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA. Tel +44 (0)20 7613 7498.
London’s annual celebration of Cornish music, comedy, art, food & language returns for its seventh year. An opportunity for everyone to celebrate St. Piran’s Day – Cornwall’s national day! This year’s headliners Flats & Sharps are one of the UK’s best bluegrass and country bands and started off busking as teenagers on the streets of Penzance. There’s stand-up comedy from Colin Leggo whose 2015 Edinburgh Fringe show Leggoland was much acclaimed and is best-known for his hilarious Grand Theft Cornwall video which went viral on YouTube. Plus the extraordinary Cornish-language psych-rock of Hanterhir (‘Half-tall’ in English). The event is hosted by Wreckers Wednesday’s Mark and Lenny. With proper pasties from the Cornish Project and some of the Duchy’s finest ales on sale at the event, everyone can get a flavour of Cornwall. Tickets £12 (£10 adv). Come one and all to Kernow In The City!


6.30pm Celebrate St Pirans Day with Lostwithiel Town Band and guests, Lostwithiel Community Centre. Refreshments & Bar Available. Adults £4 Children £1.
Proceeds to LCA & Lostwithiel Town Band.


11am  St Piran’s Day heritage coffee morning at Newquay Harbour and Rowing Club.  Heritage gigs on display plus talk by Newquay Old Cornwall Society.
11am – 4.30pm  Killacourt – Newquay St Piran’s Day Spring Festival, heritage rides, stalls and entertainment all day.
1pm  Cornish music outside the Central Inn, Central Square, with Newquay Rowing Club Singers.
2.30pm (assemble 2pm) St Piran’s Parade, led by Newquay Town Band, starts from Beachfield Avenue, up Gover Lane, along Bank Street to Trebarwith Crescent and Killacourt where local schoolchildren will perform the Heva dance.
7.30pm  Newquay Rowing Club, an evening of Cornish music and dance, and at 8.30pm a short presentation on “The Song of the Western Men (Trelawny)” to coincide with the Trelawny Shout! singing at 9pm.


6pm procession along the promenade with St Piran. 
More information from Perranporth TIC on 01872 575254.


12 noon procession in Fore Street including “St Piran” himself, local school children, Gorsedh representatives, Redruth School Samba band, and four Cornish musical elements: Bagas Crowd, Whippletree, The Hornets and Raffidy Dumitz.
Four Lanes Male Voice Choir will lead the singing of Trelawny by the town clock at the end of the procession. Many other events during the day, most of which are free. Visit the 'Cornish Experience at Murdoch House from 10 to 4 for Cornish language taster sessions, poetry, music and Cornish refreshments - heavy cake, splits, saffron cake..... Poster.

See Redruth Town Council website for further info on
or email  or  tel 01209 21003

St. Austell

World Pasty Championships at The Eden Project.  The Olympics of the Oggy!
The World Pasty Championships will celebrate the traditional Cornish pasty recipe, as well as some more unusual varieties. From the Americas to Australia, pasties derived from recipes passed down by Cornish emigrants over centuries are eaten and enjoyed by many millions of people. Entries invited from around the world!  Also a great line-up of live music, comedy and other pasty-themed fun! In the evening, come to the Oggy Oscars Ceremony where the champions will be announced, and then enjoy live music, a DJ and a few beers in the Mediterranean Biome afterwards.

More info from website  or tel 01726 811911.
Normal admission charges apply but if you live in Cornwall or Devon, you can get a Local’s Pass for just £12 right up until 7 March 2016, allowing you to visit for free until 31 October.

Also 11am – 4pm Julian Foye Silver Party Fundraiser at Holmbush, St Austell. Join us on St Pirans day at our St Austell branch for a fundraiser for the local Children's Hospice, with food and entertainment in a Cornish theme, including the Klegh Lowen Cornish hand bell ringers, a raffle with many prizes kindly donated by local companies.

More info from  or tel 01726 75468.

St. Buryan

3pm – 4.30pm St Buryan Village Hall, Lands End Road. Join us for a proper Cornish tea – split, jam & clotted cream! Saffron, heavy cake and pasties a plenty! Please come along and celebrate St Pirans Day with us! 

More info tel 01736 810349.

St. Ives

12.30pm onwards at The Engine Inn, Cripplesease, on the B3311 between St Ives and Penzance. With the Pirates of St Piran, shanty singing, sword fighting, dramatic historic display, hot food available, marquee, children’s play area. Poster

7.30pm onwards Pensans Morris.  More info tel 01736 740204.

6.30pm onwards  Celebrate St Pirans Day evening with St Ives’ own shanty singing group the Bamaluz Bootleggers will be at The Golden Lion, Market Place, afterwards at The Sloop Inn, Wharf Road and then on to The Castle Inn, Fore Street, St Ives.

8.30pm onwards Gurnards Head Hotel, near Zennor, St Ives, TR26 3DE.  Cornish folk night with Belerion to celebrate St Piran.


9am – 4pm Cornish Market in St Pirans Marquee, Lemon Quay.
Workshop 10 – 11am or 11am – 12noon. Create your own Celtic style Cross to carry in the parade. Working with local artist Clare Summerson you will get the chance to create a striking image. This free workshop will be held in St Piran’s Marquee, Lemon Quay. All ages welcome. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

12.30 – 4pm there will be a programme of dance, music and solo performers.
1pm procession from St George’s Road (near The Viaduct) to Truro Cathedral. 
Bring a St Piran flag.
2pm Cornish session in the White Hart/An Karow Gwynn pub in Truro straight after the speeches outside the cathedral. All are welcome. Bring instruments/songs to sing.
6.30 to 8.30pm concert featuring Dalla and Kernow King.Tickets £10 (including a warming bowl of Cornish chilli!).
Bands and performers around the town and at 9pm ‘Trelawny Shout’ for charity. Debuted in 2015, The Shout is the brainchild of the Cornwall Community Foundation to ensure that at 9pm on March 5th 2016, pub bars all over the land come alive with Cornwall's rich sound.
For more info about Trelawny Shout please see

St Pirans Day Truro is organised by Truro City Council and Truro Old Cornwall Society. For more info please contact Tracy Hladkij  email
or tel 01872 274766  or visit the Facebook page


Merlins Rest, 3601 E Lake St, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55406.

Calling all Cousin Jacks and Cousin Jennies! (and friends). St. Piran’s Day 2016 is fast approaching! And this year, it falls on a Saturday! Join us on Saturday, March 5, 2016 to celebrate the patron saint of Cornwall at Merlin’s Rest, a British Isles-style pub at 3601 E. Lake St. in Minneapolis. We will begin the festivities at 12 noon. The flag of Cornwall will be flying, and pasties are always on the menu. About two dozen of us gathered in 2014 and 2015. Let's keep growing the event.  Won’t you join us this year? Bring stories and photos to share, if you've got 'em!

Sunday 6th. March 


St Piran Community Play, gather 1pm Gear Sands, Perranporth for 1.30pm procession across the dunes.  The play will take place on at 2 p.m. at the amphitheatre near the concrete cross on Gear Sands and end at approximately 3.30 p.m. at the Celtic cross near the old church.  Free parking with kind permission of Perran Sands Holiday Park.  All welcome.  Please wear black, white and gold if possible and bring with you a St Piran flag or any flag representing a Celtic nation.
More info from bard Colin Retallick, Tallack Treniow, email



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