Events in Cornwall are on a smaller scale than in some other Celtic nations and they are often peculiar to a specific town or village.
Cornwall boasts its own proper Celtic music and arts festival in the form of Lowender Peran, which takes place in the seaside town of Newquay in October.
Some 300 performers from Brittany, Cornwall, Ireland, the Isle of Man, Scotland and Wales gather to showcase their music, dance and poetry while traditional Celtic crafts are also on display.
St Piran’s Day
The St Piran’s Day celebration of Cornwall’s patron saint on 5th March takes place across the entire Duchy, however. On the nearest Sunday to the 5th, there’s a parade and play on the dunes at Perranporth on the north coast.
On the day itself there is a parade through the county town of Truro, complete with bands, banners and Cornish tartan. And since St Piran is also the patron saint of tin miners, as you’d expect, there are celebrations in the heart of Cornwall’s mining district at Redruth.
‘Obby ‘Oss festival
Many other events take place in springtime. Padstow’s ‘Obby ‘Oss festival is held each May Day. Two separate processions make their way through the town with a hobby horse (the 'Obby 'Oss) at their centre and eventually meet up at the maypole. The event is accompanied by much singing and drinking.
Helston’s Flora Day
A week later, on 8th May, it’s the town of Helston’s turn to deck itself out in its finery for Flora Day. Dozens of adults and children take part in the Furry Dance which takes them not only through the streets of the town but also in and out of people’s houses along the route.
In June, the town of Penzance – in the far west of Cornwall – holds the midsummer celebration known as the Golowan Festival. Continuing for several days, the highlight is the Mazey Day parade when the streets of the town are filled with bands and a procession of giant sculptures.