Esedhvos Festival

You can find a booking form for the conference on Friday 6th. September and the concert on Saturday 7th. here. Bards of Gorsedh Kernow should please use the booking form available from the News for Bards page.

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For 2019: Stallholders who would like to take part in the Litfest on Thursday 5th. September 2019 in St. Just are invited to download and fill in this form. Further details here. If you would like to pay by PalPal rather than cheque, please use one of the buttons below, filling in the appropriate amount under 'Price per Item'.

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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 (LitFest - with authors from Holyer an Gof) , 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.

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.

Esedhvos 2019

N.B. Bards of Gorsedh Kernow should use the Bardic form here to book tickets.

Esedhvos Festival of Cornish Culture, St Just in Penwith
Thursday 5th - Sunday 8th September 2019

Members of the public are very welcome to attend these events, which are free and open to all unless otherwise stated.

Thursday 5th September

11am – 3.00pm  Literary Festival, with Holyer an Gof “meet the authors” including Katherine Stansfield, Dick Cole, Lesley Trotter and Sue-Ellery Hill, plus book launches and book fair @ St Just Old Town Hall. Refreshments available. Free entry.

10am – 4pm (and 9 – 10pm after Awards presentation)

Exhibition of Gorsedh Kernow Adults and Young People’s Award winning entries plus the Grand Bard’s Chair @ The St Just Miners’ Chapel. The Grand Bard’s Chair was designed, made and donated in 1982 by bard Leslie Hever Libby, Pengover, of St Ive near Liskeard. The Chair incorporates all the legends, past history, activities and festivals that are so much a part of Cornwall. Free entry.

6.30 for 7.00pm  Presentation to winners of Adults and Young People’s Awards  by Elizabeth Carne, Melennek, Grand Bard of Cornwall @ St Just Old Town Hall. With guest appearances by Richard Trethewey,  Ellie & Matt (Bodmin College), Rieve Atkinson, Des Hannigan and Hanterhir. Evening hosted by Bert Biscoe, Viajor Gans Geryow. Invitation only.

2018 Award winners

Friday 6th September

9.30am for 10am – 4.00pm  Conference ‘Global Kernow Today’ @ St Just Old Town Hall. With speakers Peter Herring, Laura Paillat, Jamie Toms and Gareth Parry. All welcome. Tickets £5 conference only + £5 for pasty lunch from   

10am – 4pm
Exhibition of Gorsedh Kernow Adults and Young People’s Award winning entries plus the Grand Bard’s Chair @ The St Just Miners’ Chapel.

7.30pm  Cornish Troyl/Ceilidh with Helen Musser and Penzance Guizers @ St Just Old Town Hall. Bar. Free entry, retiring collection.

Saturday 7th September

11am  Cornish stalls open @ Cape Cornwall Street.

10am – 12 noon
Exhibition of Gorsedh Kernow Adults and Young People’s Award winning entries plus the Grand Bard’s Chair @ The St Just Miners’ Chapel. Free entry.

1.30pm  Procession of bards from Cape Cornwall School to the Plen an Gwari.

2.00pm  Gorsedh Kernow bardic ceremony, led by Grand Bard Elizabeth Carne, Melennek and Emily Earley as Lady of Cornwall @ The Plen an Gwari. Ceremony @ Cape Cornwall School if wet. All welcome. Free entry.

7.00pm  Gala Concert  @ St Just Miners’ Chapel with the Cape Cornwall Singers, Penzance Youth String Orchestra, Keur Heb Hanow and John & Anna Dowling. Compered by Bert Biscoe, Viajor Gans Geryow. Tickets £6 on the door. All welcome.

9pm  ‘Come All Ye’ Cornish music and song session @ The Commercial Hotel, St Just, TR19 7HE. Hosted by Matt Blewett. All welcome. Free entry.

Sunday 8th September

10am – 11.00am  ‘Blas a Gernewek – A Taste of Cornish’ session @ The Knut (behind the Plen an Gwari). Free entry. Can extend to 12 noon if participants wish.

11.00am  Heritage Walk around St Just with Doug Luxford, President of St Just and Pendeen Old Cornwall Society. Meet at The Knut.  Free. OR

11am  Coastal walk from Kenidjack to Botallack with optional pre-booked lunch at the Queens Arms. Walk free, lunch at cost. Contact Ted Mole email:

3.00pm  Evensong in Cornish @ St Just Parish Church, TR19 7EZ. Collection for church funds. All welcome.

Gorsedh  Kernow Esedhvos  Festival  of Cornish Cultureis supported by St Just Town Council, RRL Chartered Accountants and many local organisations and volunteers.

For more info about St Just please visit


Esedhvos 2018 - an account by Pat Parkins, Much Chereor, Esedhvos Events Manager

The Cornish Gorsedh 2018 was held in Newquay. The sun was shining (mostly!) the sea sparkled and the wind was gentle (again, mostly!) and the people of the town welcomed us (heartily!)

A Literary Festival on Thursday opened the Esedhvos Week, comprising short conversations with winners of the Holyer an Gov Competition, the launch of newly-published books and also stalls selling books and other items with a Cornish theme. The day ended with a folk play ‘Tide and Time’.

In conjunction with this, a display of work by the winners of Gorsedh Awards was held. A ceremony followed in the evening for them to receive their prizes.
Friday was the day of the Conference, with the title of ‘Cornwall’s cultural assets - time for change?’ The speakers put forward their thoughts for our future - much to ponder upon. To follow was a film on the life of the famous Henry Jenner, one of the cornerstones of the revival of our language. In the evening, we gathered for the Troyll (ceilidh): a chance to dance, to listen to great music and watch interesting traditional dances.

On Saturday, we were on the Barrowfield, a special place for our distant ancestors. Perhaps they celebrated rites and rejoiced in this same place, in times long past? A civic procession took place during the morning in the town centre, then in the afternoon, in a long and impressive line, the Bards brought the holiday traffic to a halt as we processed towards the Bardic Circle. There were also stalls to look at selling Cornish items, or listen to a choir rendering Cornish songs, learn a bit about Cornish Wrestling,   admire the amazing gig ‘Newquay’, the oldest gig in the world, and after all that, obtain a Cornish passport from the Tick Box Bus.

After the Bardic Tea, with tasty pasties, splits (jam first, of course!) and saffron cakes, the venue was filled to listen to the lively Concert, given by the talented musicians of the town, ending with us all singing  ‘Trelawney’ together. Afterwards, we gathered to continue singing and listening to each other making music.

Sunday began with ‘A Taste of Cornish’ - a chance to chat and sing together in Cornish and for beginners to try speaking a bit in Cornish. Straightaway afterwards followed a guided walk and talk around Old Newquay. After lunch, the week ended with Evensong in Cornish in the parish church, with beautiful singing in Cornish from the choir.
Don’t forget the next Gorsedh - first Saturday in September 2019!




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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 (Fest Lien - gans awtours dhyworth Holyer an Gof), 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.

Esedhvos 2019

Gwrewgh gweles an Sowsnek a-gledh mar pleg.

Esedhvos 2018

An Orsedh Kernow 2018 a veu synsys yn Tewyn Blustri. An howl a splanna (dre vras!), an mor a derlentri ha’n gwyns o dov (dre vras, arta!) ha pobel an dre a’gan dynerghis (dres eghen!)

Gool Lyennek dy’Yow a dhallathas Seythen an Esedhvos hag ynno keskowsow berr gans gwaynyoryon Kesstrif Holyer an Gof, lonch lyvrow nowydh-dyllys hag ynwedh stallow ow kwertha lyvrow ha taklow erel, Kernow aga thesten. An jydh a worfennas gans gwari drolla, ‘Mortid ha Termyn’.

Yn kettermyn ha henna, yth omgevi displetyans oberennow gwaynyoryon Pewasow an Orsedh. Solempnita a sewyas y’n gorthugher may tegemerens aga fewas.
Dy’Gwener o dydh an Keskusulyans, ‘Pythow gonisogethel Kernow - prysweyth chanjya?’ y hanow. An arethoryon a brofyas aga thybyansow a-dro dhe dermyn a dheu ragon - meur rag ombrederi yn y gever. Fylm a sewyas a-dro dhe vewnans an den a vri Henry Jenner, onan a’n pennmeyn dasvewnans agan yeth. Gorthugherweyth, ni a omguntellas rag an Troyll: chons rag donsya, goslowes orth  ilow splann ha mires orth donsyow hengovek meur dhe les.

Dy’Sadorn, yth esen ni war Bark an Krugow, tyller arbennek agan hendasow. Y hwrussens i martesen solempnya devosow hag omlowenhe y’n keth tyller ma, nans yw termyn hir. Keskerdh gwarnyans a veu synsys yn kres an dre myttinweyth; ena y’n dohajydh, avel lost hir ha posek, an Verdh a wrug hedhi daromras an havysi ha ni ow keskerdhes war-tu ha’n Kylgh Bardhek. Y firys ynwedh orth an stallow ow kwertha taklow kernewek, po goslowes orth keur a ros  kanow kernewek, dyski tamm yn kever Omdowl Kernewek, hwithra an gig marthus, ‘Newquay’ hy hanow, an kottha gig y’n norvys ha wosa oll a henna, kavos tremengummyas kernewek war’n Tick Box Bus.

Wosa Te Bardhek, gans pastiow savorek,  torthellow (kyfeyth kynsa, heb mar!) ha tesennow safron, an hel o leun rag goslowes orth Gool Ilow bewek, res gans ilewydhyon roasek an dre, ow korfenna ha ni ow kana ‘Trelawney’ oll war-barth. Awosa, ni a omguntellas rag pesya kana ha goslowes an eyl orth y gila ow kwari ilow.

Dy’Sul a dhallathas gans ‘Blas a Gernewek’ - chons dhe glappya ha kana yn Kernewek ha, rag dallethoryon, assaya kewsel tamm yn Kernewek. Heb hedhi, a sewyas keskerdh ha displetyans a-dro dhe Dewyn Blustri koth. Wosa li, an seythen a worfennas gans Gwesper Kernewek yn eglos an plu, gans kana teg yn Kernewek a-dhyworth an keur.
Porth kov a’n nessa Gorsedh - an kynsa dy’Sadorn a vis Gwynngala 2019!

Pat Parkins, Much Chereor, Esedhvos Events Manager, mis-Gwynngala 2018.

Gwrewgh dehweles yn skon rag manylyon a'n Esedhvos 2019.



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