Esedhvos Festival

Grand Bard Merv Davey

Gorsedh Kernow's Esedhvos Festival promotes and celebrates Cornwall’s distinctive cultural identity and Celtic heritage.

The Cornish equivalent of the Welsh Eisteddfod and Breton Gorsedd, it is held in Cornwall every year in the days surrounding the annual Gorsedh Kernow bardic ceremony.

The range of events is wide, open to the public and mostly free of charge, taking place in locations close to the current Gorsedh ceremony site.

Festival events usually include a Book Fair, a one-day conference, a ceilidh, a concert, a bi-lingual Sunday Evensong and the opportunity to try out a bit of the Cornish language for yourself. Often there are talks, walks or demonstrations of local interest.

Yeth an Werin

On Gorsedh Saturday itself, the impressive ceremony is augmented by colourful stalls on the Gorsedh Field. Here you may browse among stalls offering Cornish crafts, foods and drink, you can find information on local organisations and societies and also learn about Cornwall’s native language, Kernewek.

The whole experience gives you the opportunity each year to visit one of Cornwall’s beautiful, historic but maybe lesser-known towns and to explore Cornwall’s heritage and culture in a friendly, happy atmosphere of celebration.

  • Do you have any queries or comments?

  • Would you like to take a stall on the Gorsedh Field or at the Book Fair in 2018?

Contact Pat Parkins, the Esedhvos Events Manager, either by email on or by leaving a text message or voicemail on our dedicated Esedhvos phoneline 077 621 69 733 and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Esedhvos 2018 - outline programme

All events will be at the Hotel Bristol unless otherwise stated.

Wednesday 29th August onwards
Evening onwards - Grand Bard’s chair on display.

Thursday 30th August
11am-3pm Literary Festival featuring Holyer an Gof “Meet the Authors” and stalls with Cornish items for sale.
12 noon onwards Display of Gorsedh Kernow Young People’s Awards and Adults Awards & Competitions entries.
4pm (tbc) Performance of Time & Tide by Blystra Arts
6.30pm for 7pm Presentation of 2018 Gorsedh Kernow Adults Awards & Competitions and Young People’s Awards

Friday 31st August
10am – 4.30pm Conference “Cornwall’s Cultural Assets – Time for Change?” Tickets £6 to include pasty lunch. Stalls with Cornish items for sale.
7.30pm Cornish Troyl/Ceilidh with the North Cornwall Ceilidh Band.

Saturday 1st September
11am Cornish stalls open @ the Barrowfields.
10am Civic procession around Newquay town of bards, dignitaries and invited guests.
11.30am – 12 noon Demonstration of Cornish wrestling @ the Barrowfields 
12.30-1pm Performance @ the Barrowfields by Oll an Gwella.
1.30pm Procession of bards from The Hotel Bristol to the Barrowfields.
2pm Gorsedh Kernow Bardic ceremony @ the Barrowfields or @ Hotel Bristol if wet.
7pm Gala Concert at Hotel Bristol. With Newquay Band, Oll an Gwella, Davey&Dyer and The Grenaways. Tickets £5.
8.30pm Cornish Come All Ye music and song session @ Great Western Hotel, Cliff Road, Newquay, TR7 2NE.

Sunday 2nd September
10am Morning ‘Blas a Gernewek – A Taste of Cornish’ session, The Cribbar, Gover Lane, Newquay, TR7 1ER.  A minibus will be avaiable for those unable to walk into town.
11.30am Story Walk around Newquay starting and finishing at The Cribbar.
3pm Evensong in Cornish @ St Michael’s The Archangel Church,  St Michael's Road, Newquay, TR7 1RA.

A Report from Esedhvos 2017 by Pat Parkins

The 2017 Cornish Gorsedh was held in a wonderful location - Launceston Castle, which gave a beautiful backdrop to the occasion. During the days of the Esedhvos, visitors attended many interesting events & displays.

On Thursday, the Book Festival was held, including short interviews with winners of the Holyer an Gof awards, the launch of newly-published books & also stalls selling books old & new & other items with a Cornish theme.

Simultaneously, the winning entries in the Gorsedh Kernow Competitions were on display. The winners were very proud & filled the Town Hall that evening for the prizegiving ceremony.

We were in the Town Hall again on Friday, attending the Gorsedh Kernow Conference, entitled ‘Cornish Culture & Tourism: Friends or Foes?’. It was an interesting day, with talks giving food for the mind & pasties at lunchtime giving food for the stomach. After sitting down all day, we enjoyed ourselves later dancing at a lively & friendly Troyl.

Saturday was a beautiful day on Castle Green in the warm sunshine for the Gorsedh Ceremony itself & also the Esedhvos stalls, where a large crowd of people had gathered, strolling about & buying Cornish products as souvenirs.

The traditional Bardic tea followed, then the Concert, with very talented participants & everyone joining in with ‘Trelawney’ to finish.

To carry on singing & enjoying ourselves, many of us then squeezed into ‘The Bell’. It was reported that a large group continued singing for some considerable time: certainly there were a few quiet, palefaced individuals next morning!

We were lucky with the weather up until Sunday, when storms appeared, but that was not a problem for the ‘Taste of Cornish’ with an opportunity to chat in Cornish &, for beginners, to have a go at ordering tea, coffee & biscuits in Cornish.

A guided walk of the town followed & it was most interesting to discover hidden corners of this ancient town.

After lunch in ‘The Bell’, the Esedhvos ended with Evensong in Cornish in the parish church & a chance to inspect the famous granite carvings. The church had been decorated with great care using flowers in the Gorsedh colours &, fittingly, we ended the Gorsedh listening to the choir singing in Cornish.

Make a note of the next Gorsedh Kernow ceremony - Saturday 1st. September 2018.



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Esedhvos Gorsedh Kernow a’s teves bern a-dro dh’agan honanieth wonisogethel ha’gan ertach keltek. 

Haval dhe’n Esedhvos kembrek ha’n Gorsedd bretonek, ev a hwer pub bledhen y’n dedhyow  yn-kerghyn an Orsedh hy honan.

Gans meur a hwarvosow gonisogethel dihaval, an brassa rann anedha heb kost,  rag oll an werin yw an Esedhvos, mayth omlowenhahons yn tyller an Orsedh.

Herwydh usadow, yn Dedhyow an Esedhvos y kevir Fer Lyvrow, Jorna Keskussulyans, Troyll, Gool Ilow, Gwesper Diwyethek ha Myttin Lowender Kernewek.  Y hwyrvydh martesen ynwedh arethow, keskerdhow po diskwedhyansow a-dro dhe vateryow a’n ranndir.

Dy’Sadorn  an Orsedh, y fydh stallow afinys oll a-dro dhe Bark an Solempnita hag y hyllir gwandra ow mires orth kreftow, boos ha diwes kernewek, kavos kedhlow yn kever kowethasow teythyek, ha praktisya  agas Kernewek gans tus orth stall agan yeth!
Ottomma kedhlow rag an Esedhvos 2016 esa yn Lannahevren.

Der an prevyans ma pub bledhen, yth aswonir milwell trevow kernewek teg hag istorek hag omlowenhe yn prysweyth kernewek gwir.

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po der ebost orth po ow kasa messach tekst poken lev  yn klappkodh an Esedhvos 077 621 69 733 ha ni a vynn gorthybi skaffa gyllyn.

Towlen Esedhvos 2018 - gwrewgh gweles an Sowsnek a-gledh mar pleg!

Derivas dhyworth Esedhvos 2017 gans Pat Parkins

An Orsedh Kernow 2017 a veu synsys yn desedhans marthys – Kastel Lannstevan, a ros keyndir teg dhe’n kuntel. Dres dedhyow an Esedhvos, an odrigoryon a vysytyas lies kuntel ha displetyansow dhe les.

Dy’Yow, y hwarva an Gool Lyvrow, ha ganso keskowsow berr gans gwaynyoryon kesstrif Holyer an Gof, lonch lyvrow nowydh-dyllys hag ynwedh stallow ow kwertha lyvrow nowydh ha koth ha taklow erel, Kernow aga thesten.

Yn kettermyn ha henna, displetyans oberennow gwaynyoryon Kesstrifow Gorsedh Kernow a omgevi. Pur orgelus o an waynyoryon hag i a lenwis Hel an Dre gorthugherweyth rag solempnita degemeres aga fiwas.

Dy’Gwener, yth esen ni y’n Hel an Dre arta, ow koslowes orth keskussulyans Gorsedh Kernow, ‘Gonisogeth ha Tornyaseth Kernow: Kowetha po Eskerens?’ y hanow.
Dydh didheurek o, gans arethow ow res boos rag an ympynyon ha pastiow orth prys li boos rag an dorr. Wosa bos a’gan esedh dres an jorna, ni a omlowenhas ow tonsya a-wosa orth troyll bywek ha kowethek.

Dy’Sadorn o dydh teg an gewer, war lasen an kastel yn-dann howl tomm rag Solempnita Gorsedh Kernow y honan ha’n stallow Esedhvos ynwedh, yn le mayth esa kuntellys bush bras a dus ow rosya ha prena taklow kernewek avel kovro.

An Te Bardhek hengovek a sewyas hag ena an Gool Ilow, gans kevrenoryon meur aga gallos ha pubonen ow kana ‘Trelawny’ war-barth orth y fin.

Rag pesya kana hag omlowenhe, lies ahanan a omwaskas a-wosa y’n diwotti ‘An Klogh’.
Dell dherivis, routh vras a besyas kana rag hirneth:  heb wow, yth esa nebes tus tamm kosel ha gwannliwek aga semlans an nessa myttin!

Feusik en ni awos an gewer bys yn dy’Sul, pan dheuth hager-awel, mes nyns o kaletter rag an ‘Blas a Gernewek’, gans chons dhe glappya yn Kernewek ha, rag dallethoryon, previ erghi te, koffi ha tesennow kales yn Kernewek.

Keskerdh an dre a sewyas, hag ass o didheurek diskudha kornellow kel a’n dre goth ma.
Wosa li yn ‘An Klogh’, an Esedhvos a worfennas gans Gwesper Kernewek yn eglos an plu,
ha chons dhe hwithra hy hervyansow growanek, meur aga bri.

An eglos re bia afinys gans meur a rach, ow kul devnydh a vleujyow yn liwyow Gorsedh Kernow ha ni a worfennas an hwarvos ow koslowes orth keur neb a ganas yn Kernewek, dell o gwiw.

Porthewgh kov a’n nessa solempnita Gorsedh Kernow- dy'Sadorn 1a a vis Gwynngala 2018.



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