The burning of effigies goes back to the Celts and Druids and did have a more gruesome reputation as we all know from that classic British horror movie, The Wicker Man. However, these days things have calmed down a bit and they are often used to mark the autumn equinox and recognise that the balance of the year has changed – the end of summer and the start of a new season.
Attracting tens of thousands of visitors every year, the Golowan Festival is an annual highlight for the people of Penzance. Meaning the Feast of St Johns this midsummer date has been celebrated since pre-Christian times with torches, blazing barrels and burning bonfires. But concern about damage to property soon saw laws introduced to limit the locals fun and the festival died out. But in 1990 the Golowan Festival was reborn and soon the traditional ingredients of the original event were revived including the Serpent Dance, Mock Mayor elections and fireworks.
All traffic is banned from the streets and crowds of people congregate to watch series of colourful processions move though the town. With the rain holding off and the sunshine out, the crowds this year were out in full force and our Penzance store had the fun of watching the people flock past and managed to catch a few snaps!
Where you at the Golowan festival? Do you have any interesting stories about the festival, if so we would love to hear them!
The annual Falmouth Sea Shanty Festival takes place again this weekend (14th – 16th June) and as lovers of all things nautical and shanty-esque we will be getting into the swing of things by having our good friends The Tavy Tars perform in our Falmouth shop on Saturday 15th June! Come along from 2pm – 2.30pm and listen to their wonderful singing!
We are keeping our fingers crossed for sunshine for this year’s Royal Cornwall Show near Wadebridge! Read the rest of this entry »
Racing at the 2013 World Pilot Gig Champs.
Well it’s all over for another year but once again the World Pilot Gig Championships on the Isles of Scilly proved to be an extraordinary, uplifting, exhausting, entertaining and thoroughly enjoyable event.
Photo: Adam White
Our friend Alasdair Moore is lucky enough to live on the beautiful island of Tresco and will be taking part in the World Pilot Gig Championships this weekend. He is our man on the front line and will be keeping us up to date with events over the weekend as they unfold…
If you’re a lover of all things kitsch, pop on down to St Mawgan Village Hall this Saturday 1st December. There will be plenty of handmade gifts and Christmas treats to fill your stockings, as well as a vintage tea room with all your favourite cakes to raise money for Little Harbour Kids Hospice. Most of the Padstow Seasalt team will also be dropping in to get their vintage fix!
For more information see the Duchy Vintage Party website.