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Golowan Festival

Celebrate midsummer with flowers in your hair and dancing through the streets.

19th – 28th June, Penzance

Golowan was one of the last surviving midsummer celebrations in Cornwall until it was outlawed in the 1890’s for the fire risk – well they did used to carry flaming tar barrels through the streets and light bonfires on the surrounding hills. In the early 1990’s the festival was revived and although there are no more flaming tar barrels, there is lots of midsummer fun to be had. A whole week of arts, crafts, theatre and live music finishes in the grand finale of Mazey Day on Saturday 27th June. On Mazey the streets of Penzance are decorated with summer foliage before being closed to cars and filled with craft stalls and tasty food sellers. There are parades, bands and dancing through the streets and live music and revellers tumble out of every pub. See you in the Spingo tent…

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