In the depths of the darkest night in winter, you’ll find mischief and spectacle at one of the oldest Cornish traditional winter festivals. The Montol Festival is part of Cornwall’s heritage: Montol translates to ‘Winter Solstice’ in Cornish and has been celebrated for nearly 200 years.
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Christmas lights offer the perfect excuse to venture out on these cold December nights, have a mug of mulled wine and stroll around taking in the sights, sounds and delicious spicy smells.! We braved the gale force winds and rain, and wrapped up in our RAIN coats to join in the festivities at Mousehole, as the town switched on its famous Christmas lights for the 50th year!
Preparations begin as early as September to get the near 10,000 bulbs and over 5 1/2 miles of cable in place across the village ready for the 3,000 to 4,000 spectators who flock to see this twinkling village. All the lights are made in the village by the local volunteers and tell a story of the village’s customs, history and its maritime heritage.
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!
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.
Truro’s annual City of Lights festival took place last night, with the streets coming alive with ingenious and creative withy lanterns, all representing the theme of Kings and Queens. Quite a lot of us from Seasalt hot stepped it down to watch the parade, and also partake in sampling a few hot doughnuts and the mulled wine, of course.
Here’s a few snaps taken by Celia, our visual merchandiser.
Barnabas sailing in Mounts Bay
Following their appearance in the Diamond Jubilee River Pageant earlier this summer our friends at the Cornish Maritime Trust have had all sorts of exciting adventures in the beautiful Cornish lugger Barnabas. Adam Kerr, Skipper of Barnabas has been in touch to tell us all about it and about how you can sail the stunning boats.
Looking for a way to escape this cloudy summer weather? If you’re in Cornwall during July head over to Penzance where the annual literary festival is running Wednesday 25th to Sunday 29th.
Every year, on midsummer’s day, Penzance gets decked out in all its finest glory to celebrate Mazey Day and the start of the annual Golowan Festival.
Seasalt were watching as the Big Art project unfolded last week. Eight large blank canvasses were placed in public sites around Truro and were painted on site by local artists on the theme ‘My Truro’. Gemma and Nikki from our Truro shop have enjoyed watching the artists at work and speaking to them about their inspiration: