There are only one or two stalls' pitches remaining at the Golowan Markets on Mazey Day (Sat 27 June); none for caterers. There are a few more available on Quay Fair Day (Sun 28 June). If you would like to book a pitch please call the Golowan Office on 01736 369677 or email email@example.com
Visit Penzance during Golowan for our 25th year celebrating Midsummer! Here's just some of the highlights from the 2015 programme with the two main events Mazey Day on 27th June & Quay Day on 28th June. Watch this space to keep up to date
Follow the highlights of Golowan - The Mazey Day Processions - as the people & the floats make their way through Penzance town centre
Browse the Mazey & Quay Fair Day stalls mainly filled with Cornish products ranging from locally produced foods to handcrafted gifts
Don’t let the day end. Visit the seafront with friends, share a local brew in the beer tents, have fun at the fair + watch the sunset
Enjoy a Jazz Noir Evening @the Acorn & various groups performing @the Exchange & @the Ritz + St Marys Church
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Celebration of midsummer - the Feast of St. John - with bonfires, flaming tar barrels and burning torches was widespread in Cornwall until the late 19th Century. Penzance was one of the last towns to lose this tradition in the 1890s, as the perceived fire risk had made insurance premiums too expensive.
In 1991, the tradition was revived by Alverton School, members of Kneehigh Theatre, Penwith Peninsula Project and Penzance Town Council. From the one day of celebration - Mazey Day - and with the continuing support of Penzance Town Council, Golowan grew to revive the old traditions of the Feast of St. John, with the Golowan Band, Serpent Dances, the Quay Fair, Mock Mayor Election, greenery, banners and giant imagery on parade. Mazey Eve each year sees the election of the Mock Mayor of the Quay and, after a spectacular fireworks display, the appearance of Penglaz, Penzance's 'Obby 'Oss, accompanied by the Golowan Band.
Mazey Day, launched each year by the Mayor of Penzance and the Mock Mayor of the Quay, is the centrepiece of the festival, in which artists, schools and other community groups fill the streets with music and giant sculptures in a series of parades. Tens of thousands of people line the main street of Penzance, Market Jew Street, which becomes a huge market place for the day, with traders selling all manner of goods as well as food from all around the world.