Golowan Festival 2015

Join Us For Our 25th Year Celebrating Midsummer

19th June - 28th June in Penzance

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 golowan-trade@hotmail.com

What's On

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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Come Along

  • Celebrate Midsummer
  • Be part of the party
  • Grab a takeaway of the day
  • Meet Friends

Types of Stalls

  • Food
  • Gifts
  • Clothes
  • Others

Enquire & Hire

  • Opportunity to sell
  • Get your name out there
  • Loads of buyers
  • Great Rates
  • Stalls get the paper work
If you would like a pitch at either/both of the Golowan Festival Markets on Mazey Day Sat 27 June or Quay Fair Day Sun 28 June, please download the stalls information and application forms here or contact Golowan at golowan-trade@hotmail.com or on 01736 369677. Please note, we have a special price for independent, local (Penzance) businesses and craftspeople who are happy to have a stall in Causewayhead or Chapel Street.

The Faces of Golowan

Don't Miss Out - Join The Party!

  • All
  • Procession
  • Kids
  • Food
Parrots Procession
Trumpets Procession
Smiles Kids
Teeth Procession
Feathers Procession
Midsummer Madness Procession
Headband Kids
"My Hearty Kids
Thai Style Food


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A huge thank you to all of this years supporters for helping make this event possible. If you're interested in becoming a sponsor, please get in touch email. We'd love to have your support.


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Friends & Volunteers of Golowan

Golowan is a huge attraction, not just to people across the UK but also from Europe & the USA. It’s fantastic for both business and the community, boosting local economy by over 1m.

But it costs. In fact every year over £80,000 in charges are accrued and met by PZ Town Council, grants, sponsors, local businesss & individual donations.

You too can help. Show your support by becoming a Friend of Golowan or by signing up as a volunteer. By doing so you'll be helping to keep this great Festival going.

Become a Friend from as little £20 per year & receive a big TY both in our programme & here on the website (see our Contact Us details at the bottom of the page). To become a volunteer simply sign up below!

Get in Touch email golowan@hotmail.co.uk


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.

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