Penzance May Horns

Where: Penzance, Cornwall - starting at the Alexandra Inn on Alexandra Road then walking into town
When: First Sunday in May
Time: 7.45 pm


Penzance is the setting for an annual revival of an ancient Cornish custom which vanished during the early years of the twentieth century: the Blowing of May Horns. Tin trumpets were the chosen instruments of the day, and the horn blowing was accompanied by whistles and processions to welcome in the May. Nowadays the customs takes place on the first Sunday evening of the new month of May and all are welcome to attend, especially if you bring a whistle, horn or drum and dress in shades of white and green. The custom begins as dusk falls at the Tolcarne Inn at Newlyn then the assembled party walk to Penzance accompanied by musicians, the Master of Ceremonies, the Lord and Lady of the May and beastie Old Ned.

Helpful Hints

If you enjoy wearing flowers in your hair, this is a great opportunity to do it! Making lots of noise is encouraged.

In 2018 it will be on Sunday May 6th (to be confirmed).

The event is organised by the Cornish Culture Association.

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