St. Piran's Events 2017/Hwarvosow Peran 2017

Updated 5th. March/Nowedhys 5es a vis Meurth

This is an archived page.

Please note: these celebrations have now happened. Visit this page for details of the 2018 events. A list is in the process of being compiled (18.1.18).

Photos from the St. Piran's celebratioins in Redruth on Saturday 4th. March.



News of events will be uploaded as we receive details. Nowodhow a hwarvosow a vydh ughkargys ha ni ow degemeres manylyon.

Please contact the organisers for further information and to confirm dates and times. Gwrewgh kestava orth an restryoryon rag pella manylyon ha rag konfyrmya dedhyow hag euryow.



Pennseythen an Kesunyans / The Union Weekend at the Union Hotel, Chapel Street, Penzance, TR18 4AE.
Get yourself shipshape for St Piran’s with a full programme of Cornish language events and activities at the historic Union Hotel including the Treasure Quest and the Singing Expedition. Organised by Golden Tree.
More info from



7pm Callington and District Twinning Association invite you to join with them for a celebratory St Piran’s Supper on Saturday 25th February 2017 at Callington Town Hall for a three course meal plus entertainment. Entry by ticket only £16.00. Please contact Dorothy on 01579 363854 or email



Festival Kernewek - Penzance Cornish Language Festiva, organised by educational charity Cornish Quest, will be held at The Acorn, Parade Street, Penzance, TR18 4BU.
The programme is varied and full of activities relating to the Cornish language. Some events will be for people who are fluent in Cornish while many will be for people wanting to find out about this unique aspect of Cornwall, for families and for people interested in the history of Cornish.
Saturday 25th February - A highlight of the festival will be a conference on The keynote speaker will be the Council of Europe’s Dr Tove Malloy. Dr Malloy is a member of the advisory committee on the European Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities and chaired the panel of experts when they visited Truro recently. The theme of the conference will be The Framework Convention, the European Charter and the Cornish Language.
Sunday 26th February - Cornish language music and poetry evening at the Acorn with Skwardya, Tir ha Tavas & Mick Paynter.
Guided bi-lingual walks, a treasure hunt, talks and evening events will be held throughout the week as well as workshops, music and courses.
Former Grand Bard Mick Paynter, from St Ives, will be re-running his course on the history of the Cornish Language while Cornish comedian Kernow King is promising a session of absurdness in Kernewek, that is set to be both hilarious and innovative.
Sunday 5th March - The festival will culminate on St Piran’s Day with a recreation of a medieval St Piran procession, accompanied by the Cornish choir Keur Heb Hanow carried on a horse drawn dray, from the ancient core of the town of Penzance to the original mother church at Madron where there will be a St Piran service at 11am.
The festival is funded by a successful application to the National Lottery ‘Celebrate’ fund.
Further info from   

Agan Lev: Community Conversation – The Future for Cornish.
Acorn Theatre. Sun 26th February 11-3pm. Details.



7pm St Piran’s children’s concert at Penwith College, Zennor Building. 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.



Institure of Cornish Studies St Piran’s Day Lecture, Exchange Seminar Blue, Penryn Campus at 2pm.

This year’s Caroline Kemp lecturer is Professor Malcolm Williams, Director of the Cardiff Q-Step Centre at Cardiff University and former Professor of Social Research Methodology at the University of Plymouth. He has contributed a number of papers to Cornish Studies and for many years led a programme of research on migration and the economy in Cornwall.  

‘Cornish Studies and Cornish Futures’ will put the discipline of Cornish Studies into its social and historical context, looking at threats and opportunities, with some comparisons to Wales.

This will be followed by other presentations as part of the Institute’s annual Keskows Kernow/Cornish Colloquium to mark St Piran’s Day including:

- an introduction to the "Dasserghi Kernewek" language revival project by Dr Sam Rayne and Mark Trevethan
- the screening of a new community-research film produced by Storylines for the Agan Kernow project

For further information and to reserve a place please email


10.30am St Piran’s Furry Dance in procession with the Golowan Band and 600+ local schoolchildren and dignitaries of the town. Starts top of Causewayhead, going through the Morrab Gardens and returning to St. John's Hall.
Organised by St Piran-in-Penwith. More info from Penzance Town Council  email   
or tel 01736 363405.



Bard Leanne Lloyd, Nanscarow A Bendygo, hassent the following information from our Cornish community in Australia.
Bendigo joins with Ballarat for their St Piran's Day celebrations. The Ballarat Branch of the CAV will once again be gathering to celebrate St Piran's Day. They will be meeting at the Australian Catholic University, Mair Street, Ballarat on Saturday 4th March 2017 from 11.00 am. If you would like more information about this event or want to let them know of your intention to join them on the day please email their secretary - Lorice Jenkin.


KERNOW IN THE CITY - London’s annual celebration of Cornish contemporary culture from 7.30pm at Rich Mix, Shoreditch, London EC1.  With Rosie Crow, Blue River, Neil Halstead and the winner, to be announced shortly, of the LRS Arts competition which supports emerging artists and performers, in collaboration with Cornwall & Devon Media’s What’s On Editor, Lee Trewhela.

As is tradition, the evening will climax with a rousing collective ‘shout’ of Cornwall’s national anthem, Trelawny led by the team from Wrecker’s Wednesday, London’s monthly Cornish social event.

Tickets £10 in advance  or £12 on the door from Box office tel 020 7613 7498
Check out this video of an earlier Kernow in the City to find out more -

Gool Pyran Lowen!


1.00-1.45pm Music outside Central Inn, Central Square Cornish singing led by Newquay Rowing Club Singers.
2.00-2.30pm Music outside The Cribbar, Gover Lane Cornish singing led by Oll an Gwella Male Chorus.
2.45-3.15pm Music outside Council Offices, adjacent to the slope leading up to Newquay Library. Live Cornish Music .
3.00pm Parade led by Newquay Town Band and “The Flora Dance”, will assemble Beachfield Avenue to leave Gover Lane (o/s The Cribbar) at 3.00pm and process (with processional dancers) through Bank Street to the Council Offices in Marcus Hill, arriving at about 3.20pm.  There will be Cornish music outside the Council Offices, adjacent to the slope leading up to the Library prior to the parade arriving.  The parade will conclude with the Newquay Heva Dance (and song). 

Newquay Mayor will be invited to give a short address, then

3.30pm School choristers supported by Oll an Gwella will sing Cornish folk songs
3.45pm Refreshments (donations to Cornish Charities) will be available in St Michaels Church Hall at the conclusion of the parade & performances.
4.30pm St Michaels Church St Piran’s Eve Concert involving local schools, together with choral groups, to include poetry and songs.


St Piran's Day Festival
11.00am to 3.00pm - the St Piran's Day Festival celebrates the history of the town's importance in the tin industry and showcases Cornish culture.
12 noon - One of the highlights is the St Piran's day Procession, which starts at 12.00 at the Western end of Fore Street, into Shoot Row and Flowerpot Chapel car park and finishing back in Fore Street. Choirs will lead the singing of Trelawney by the town clock at the end of the procession.

The celebrations include street entertainment, live muisc, children's town trail, tin panning, craft fair and exhibition by the Redruth Story Group. Refreshments and Cornish stall in Murdoch House, Cross Street.

More info from Festival Website  or visit 
or tel 01209 210038


Kernowfest at Heartlands 12 noon until 4pm.
A celebration of St Piran and all things Cornish. A day of Cornish celebrations at Heartlands! We have an exciting day planned to celebrate St Piran with an array of activites for the whole family to enjoy, including; workshops, blessing of the Cornish flag, music, Made in Cornwall craft stalls and much more! Cornish language activities for children.

More info from Sophie, Events & Marketing Assistant, Heartlands, Pool, Redruth, TR15 3QY or   tel  01209 722323. Email



Southern Sons of Cornwall in New South Wales (Nowra) will be holding a St Piran’s Day event on 5th March 2017. All interested are asked to meet at Portside Café in Huskisson.

More info from Sonia Reuter -

The Cornish Association of South Australia will be joining with the Yorke Peninsula Branch for their St Piran’s Day celebrations on St Piran’s Day – Sunday 5th March.  A ‘pasty picnic lunch’ in Queen’s Square, Moonta on St Piran’s Day. Please let the Secretary know if you are interested in joining this lunch; car-pooling could be arranged.

More info from Secretary Noel Carthew  -


2.30pm Bude Old Cornwall Society will be celebrating St Piran’s Day with Cornish readings and music at St Marwenne’s Church, Marhamchurch, Bude.  Light refreshments available. Everyone welcome.

Cape Cornwall

10am – 4pm A novel event will be happening in Cornwall this year to celebrate St Piran. The Cousin Jack Classic Coast Run II 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


7.30pm Hayle Community School.  The Light and Life Church are hosting a St Piran Cornish Ceilidh to raise funds for the Deaf and Blind in the area at the same time as raising awareness of St Pirantide.


6pm Piping the St Piran flag at Launceston Castle followed by procession at 7pm through Launceston to The Bell Inn, Tower Street for a St Piran's night traditional live music, song and dance session with Rob Strike. More info from tel 01566 775159. 


3.00pm  St Piran's Concert at Liskeard Methodist Church with Cornish readings, choir and instrumentalists. Open to all  -  admission free.


Friends of Roxbourne Park.
Cornish patron saint St Piran’s Day – real Cornish pasties and saffron cake on sale £5, plus free Live Sunday Music between 12 noon and 1.30pm by folk group Stumbling Block. Drop in and enjoy. There will be a collection for the group’s expenses.


From 10.30am Newquay Old Cornwall Society interpretive display at Trenance Cottages.
11.00-11.45am Music outside Trenance Cottages Cornish singing led by Oll an Gwella Male Chorus.
11.00am St Piran’s Day Service at St Michael’s Church led by Rev Jane Kneebone, Chaplain to Cornish Gorsedh.
12.30-1.30pm Music in Central Square – Informal singing led by Newquay Rowing Club Singers.

7.00pm Charity Ceilidh at Newquay Rowing Club (all times approximate):
7.00pm Cornish Songs with Oll an Gwella
7.30pm Talk/presentation by Old Cornwall Society
8.00pm Cornish Dances with U3A Dancers
            8.30pm Further songs with Oll an Gwella
            9.00pm Singing of “Trelawny” led by Newquay Rowing Club Singers

Refreshments and informal singing led by Newquay Rowing Club Singers. Bucket collections and donations for food will be invited – to go to Cornish charities.

Shops will be invited to decorate windows (Newquay BID) and Newquay Library will participate with ‘Cornish-focused’ activities over the period leading to St Piran’s weekend.

More info from Rob Spowart, tel 01637 879446.


Community Open Day at Geevor Tin Mine starting at 11.15am with a church service on the tin floors.  Mineral games and family activities in the events area. Gorsedh Kernow display in the Winder House. Dance displays by Penzance Guizers. Contact Geevor Mine  01736 788662.


St Piran's Procession and Play
Procession leaves 2pm. Meeting at Piran Point, Perran Sands Holiday Park, TR6 0AQ, near Perranporth for the Grand Procession to St Piran’s Oratory and Church to celebrate the re-excavation of St Piran’s Oratory from Penhale Sands. The procession will be led by Falmouth Marine Band to the Oratory where there the audience will be invited to sing along with invited choirs.
James Gossip, head archaeologist on the excavation, will give an update on the plans of St Piran Trust and Cornwall Archaeological Unit in connection with the site.
Refreshments may be available from a bar at Perran Sands Holiday Park where there will be toilets.

Held on the nearest Sunday to St Piran's Day, the play produced by the St Piran Trust, takes place in Perranporth, where according to legend the revered saint was washed up on a millstone from Ireland in the 5th century AD. Crossing the dunes to St Piran's Cross, hundreds of people gather, generally dressed in black, white and gold, the colours of Cornwall, carrying the Cornish flag.

You can take part in this celebration of Cornwall’s distinct identity by joining the spectators who walk over the dunes and watch the play acted out in three parts. Dozens of actors and musicians portray the stages of St Piran’s life from his birth in Ireland, his arrival in Cornwall, his miraculous discovery of tin and his Christian ministry in Kernow. 

There will be free parking within the car parks at the holiday Park.
More info from  Perranporth Tourist Information Centre  or call 01872 575254
or from bard Colin Retallick, Tallack Treniow, email


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

Because St Piran’s Day falls on a Sunday in 2017 the Truro Parade will begin earlier, at 11am at St George’s Road (Waterfall Gardens), and will process through Truro to High Cross.

The Grand Bard will give his Spring Address in the presence of the Mayor of Truro, the Chair of Cornwall Council, the Bishop of St Germans and the Dean of Truro. Bec Applebee will sing the evocative ‘From the Chamber to the Grave’ (Hawker, Arr J Carey) and Truro Male Voice Choir will lead Trelawny.

Old Cornwall Societies will be very welcome to bring their Banners. The Gorsedh and Esedhvos banners will be present. The event will be supported by Truro City Council, Totally Truro, and the Dean and Chapter of Truro Cathedral. 

Free ‘Proper Cornish’ pasties will be available, and many people will probably want to go on from Truro to Perranporth to follow the Play in the Dunes.
More info from Bert Biscoe 01872 242293  or email

1pm-4pm  “The Big St Piran’s Day Session” hosted by Matthi Ab Dewi at The White Hart Inn, New Bridge Street, Truro, TR1 2AA.  All welcome, with instrument or not!
Free entry to the Royal Cornwall Museum on St Piran’s Day - the museum is offering FREE entry on St Piran’s Day to allow all visitors to enjoy learning about the facts behind the legend of St Piran, from exploring our mineral gallery as St Piran is the Patron Saint of Tin Miners to looking at archaeological evidence from the 5th Century AD the period in which it is thought St Piran lived.
All over Cornwall at 9pm - The Trelawny Shout
How are you celebrating St Piran’s Day this year? The Cornwall Community Foundation (CCF) invite you to join in with a collective ‘shout’ at 9pm onwards on Sunday 5th March, the national day of Cornwall. 

What better way to celebrate than to take part in a mass singing of the Cornish anthem ‘Trelawny’ at pubs the length and breadth of Cornwall? All you need to do is get yourself down to a participating pub and sing your heart out. Words will be available to the uninitiated! The pubs themselves will take on the challenge to raise money during the evening in whatever way they choose, and every single penny raised will be spent on charitable efforts in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.  

Join Male Voice Choirs, community choirs, shanty groups, barber shop singers, bands and the rest of us to help this already flourishing event become a St Piran's Day tradition.  The Fishermens’ Friends, The Aggie Boys, Kernow King, local shanty choirs, members of male voice choirs, barber shops, folk groups and Cornish bands all turned out in 2016. Please join them, and communities the length and breadth of the land, in 2017.

More info from
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11.00am - the celebrations will commence with a St Piran Parade from the Library on Lower Bore Street, down through the town to Mount Folly where invited dignitaries will address the gathered crowd, followed by the children singing and dancing. The children will then be escorted to St Petroc’s Church where they will present their own contributions to mark St Piran’s Day and celebrate by eating a good old Cornish pasty.

More info from  Bodmin Tourist Information Centre
or email     or call 01208 73001


9pm  Cornish Music to celebrate St Piran at the Gurnard’s Head, near Zennor, on Cornwall’s Atlantic coast between St Ives and St Just in Penwith.  All welcome.


To download a free St Piran resource pack with recipes, songs, dances, vocabulary and a liuttle bit of history please see





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