Penzance Mazey Day & Golowan Festival

Where: Penzance, Cornwall town centre
When: Saturday in late June (usually the last Saturday of the month)
Time: All day with processions starting at 10am and continuing through the morning ad afternoon


Mazey Day is the main event day and 2nd Saturday of the revived Cornish festival of Golowan which lasts for nine days (including 2 weekends). On this day expect morris dancing and community arts festivities; there are costumed processions and at 5pm the ancient Serpent Dance weaves is way through town. Everywhere is decorated and there are street entertainers and stalls. On Mazey Eve (the night preceding Mazey Day) there are fireworks, the election of the “Mayor of the Quay” and the appearance of Penglaz the skull-headed hobby horse. The festival ends with the Quay Fair Day on the Sunday which has more music and entertainment.

Helpful Hints

It’s usually on the last Saturday of the month,though in 2012 it was on the 23rd not the 30th. In 2017 Mazey Day will be on Saturday June 24th.

Click here for the event website :

and here for the Facebook page with programme (scroll down & download it):

Photo by Purely Penzance.

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