Cornish Midsummer Fires

Where: Throughout Cornwall starting at Carn Brea
When: 23rd June
Time: From sunset onwards


The Midsummer Fires are a revival, dating back to the 1920s, of the ancient custom of  pagan firelighting at the longest day; it’s believed that the date was moved slightly from the Solstice many years ago to St John’s Eve, to fit in with the church calendar. A chain of beacons is lit in turn starting at Carn Brea near Lands End and ending near the Devon border. Prayers are said in Cornish before the beacons are lit. Expect local dignitaries with small crowds of around 100 people at each site. The events are organised by the Federation of Old Cornwall Societies, who do so much to keep Cornish traditions alive.

Helpful Hints

Make sure you go on Midsummers Eve (23rd) not Midsummers Day!

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