St Pirans Day is one of those days that makes me feel truly Cornish, and proud to come from the far South West! The 5th March is always highlighted in our diaries to celebrate in some way. When we were at uni, we used to decorate oreo biscuits with white icing to make Cornish flag snacks, and make sure we had a few frozen pasties in stock to make us feel at home.
If you’re not so familiar with our Cornish history then head to our Greatest Cornish Men and Women blog to read a little more into the history of the Cornish folk.
Here’s some suggestion on how you can celebrate St Pirans Day!
Redruth are holding their St Pirans Day Festival on the
4th 3rd March from 10 – 3pm. With live music, tin panning and crafts this is a great way to celebrate the local history and the towns importance in the culture. The highlight of the day is the St Pirans Procession starting at 12pm, and ending in a rendition on Trelawney by the town clock. Find out more here.
Perranporth hold one of the most famous St Pirans Day marches starting from Perran Sands Holiday Park. For 2018 it will take place on Sunday 4th March, at 1.30 for 2pm. The procession leads to St Pirans Church with songs to celebrate this wonderful day, many actors will give you the story from his birth in Ireland to the arrival in Cornwall and discovery of tin. This is not to be missed!
Newquay have events over the whole weekend with a surf festival, parade at 4pm on Monday 5th and a ceilidh at 7pm at the rowing club.
Truro are holding a parade on the 5th March beginning at 11am from St Georges Road along to High Cross.
Falmouths parade will be held from 10 – 4pm with a Furry Dance (from Helstons Flora Day) thrown in for good measure. Line the streets of Falmouth to see the local school children and musicians celebrating St Pirans Day.
Bodmins parade is on the 6th March from 11 – 12pm from the library and through the town, with local children singing and dancing. Head along and grab a pasty!
Looe celebrate at the New Guildhall from 10.30am. With dancing, Cornish music, entertainment from the local schools and saffron cake!
The Trelawney Shout… if you’re in Cornwall on St Pirans Day then you have to join in with this one at the very least! At 9pm exactly hundreds of Cornish men and women will join together in singing the Cornish anthem. Debuting in 2015 there’s hope that within a few years everyone in Cornwall will be joining in… With help from lots of choirs, shanty singers and bands we’re hoping the turn out will be great. Ask at your local pub to see if they are taking part.
The pubs will be helping to raise money for the Cornwall Community Foundation.
These are the best pasties in Cornwall (in our opinion…)
Cousin Jack Run, postponed due to weather
If you’re of the running type, and fancy a challenge then how about 17 miles of the Cornish coast path? From Botallack, past Pendeen and into St Ives, it’s just a £5 donation and helps towards the St Erth Christmas Lights Committee.
Find out more on their Facebook.
Wear black and gold to work
This one’s easy. Everyone has black and white clothes in the wardrobe, and team with a little gold or Cornish tartan you will be fully representing St Piran. We will be digging out our Cornish themed t-shirts this year…
Head to a Cornish gig
There’s lots of Cornish celebrations across the Duchy for St Pirans, so head along to your local event!
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