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Town to stage St Piran Festival

By Simon Fernley 28th February 2020

Town to stage St Piran Festival
Organisers of the Newquay St Piran Festival at a recent planning meeting

NEWQUAY is set to show its Cornish pride by staging one of the biggest festivals held in the Duchy to mark St Piran’s Day.

Newquay St Piran Festival will feature a host of events showcasing Cornish singing, dancing, food and drink, crafts, language, as well as the arts, between March 1 and 8.

The community is being encouraged to get their Cornish flags out to wave at the main event on St Piran’s Day, which will be the parade through the town centre from the Hotel Victoria to Gover Lane on Thursday, March 5, at 4pm.

The parade will be led by Cornish piper Merv Davey, with Gorsedh Kernow Grand Bard Elizabeth Carne, and will involve music and dance groups.

The main festival is set to get underway at Trenance Cottages with a story of the gigs and a performance by Newquay Rowing Club Singers on Sunday, March 1, at 2.30pm.

A Cornish Sea Shanty night featuring Oll an Gwella and Friends will be held at the Travellers Rest in Trevarrian later in the evening at 8pm. A number of events will be held on Monday, March 2, including Oll an Gwella performing so

ngs in the lobby at the Lighthouse Cinema between 10.30am and 11am where there will also be a display by Newquay’s heritage museum.

The cinema will be screening Bafta-nominated Cornish film Bait at 11am. Entry free – by ticket.

Newquay Old Cornwall Society will be giving a presentation and a talk at St Columb Minor Church at 5.30pm while a Cornish language taster evening class will be staged at 7.30pm.

Elsewhere a special Cornish bingo event will be showcased at the Griffin Inn on Tuesday, March 3, between 2pm and 4pm.

A St Piran’s Eve concert will be staged at St Michael’s Church featuring Cornwall Youth Chamber Choir, Newquay Male Voice Choir, as well as harp and fiddle duo Sea Strings, on Wednesday, March 4, from 7pm.  

A whole host of events will be held on St Piran’s Day as well as the parade, including an all-day St Piran’s open golf competition at Newquay Golf Club.

Newquay Rowing Club Singers will be performing ‘The Central Sing’ at The Central Inn at 12.30pm. A Cornish Ceilidh for Schools, titled Troyll Yowynk An Kerdh-Adro, will be held at the Walkabout between 4.30pm and 5.30pm.

There will be choral performances with Oll an Gwella and dancing from local schools. There will be Cornish singing and dancing at Newquay Rowing Club at 7pm.

Troyll Klub will feature Oll an Gwella and Newquay Rowing Club Singers, as well as U3A. Newquay Old Cornwall Society will also give a Cornish Heritage Talk and there will be the Trelawny Shout to round off the evening.

A community tea event will be held at Newquay Library, which will feature Legends of Cornwall and a Newquay Old Cornwall Society storyteller on Friday, March 6, from 2.30pm and 4pm.

Later in the evening a St Piran’s Cornish Beer and Gin event with Archie Ray and UrbanKelt music will be staged at the Griffin Inn at 7.30pm.

A St Piran’s Cornish Beer, Food, Music and Heritage Festival is being organised at the Griffin Inn, on Cliff Road, on Saturday, March 7, between 11am and 11pm. The event will be a celebration of Cornish crafts and produce with cooking demonstrations, pasty-making and Oll an Gwella singing.

There will be Celtic music and dancing with trad session, Mad Jack of the Boneyard, Hevva Cornish Dance group and Fer Ertach Kernow. Heritage stands and a Cornish language slot will also be held.

The Griffin Inn will be holding Celtic music, dance and a Ceilidh with Joe Hurworth, Brother Sea Music, Baptiste, Black Friday and UrbanKelt acts from 7.30pm.

Newquay-Dinard Twinning Association will be holding a St Piran’s Party at St Michael’s Church Hall at 7.30pm, which will feature a performance by Oll an Gwella.

A St Piran Churches Together Service will be held at The Wave Church on Sunday, March 8, from 9.30am to 10am.

Celebration Newquay Zoo will be staging a ‘Celebration of everything Cornish’ between 10am and 4.30pm, which will be included in the standard ticket price.

Newquay Library, the Lighthouse Cinema and Newquay Heritage Museum will additionally be offering Cornwall-focussed presentations throughout Newquay St Piran Festival week.

Rob Spowart, the chairman of Newquay St Piran Festival 2020, said: “We are delighted that this festival has grown into one of the most comprehensive St Piran celebrations in Cornwall with an extensive list of events with something for everyone.

"Better still, they are nearly all free entry so we hope to see our local community coming together with visitors to enjoy the celebratory events that are being arranged.”

By Simon Fernley 28th February 2020

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