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Welcome to Newquay St Piran's Festival
Our usual Newquay St Piran's Festival has been curtailed by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, however this means that we will be moving online. The organising committee have been meeting since September and now via Zoom planning what will be a very different festival.
Once again we will be celebrating everything Cornish and Cornwall's National Day on 5th March, named after one of Cornwall's historic patron saints.
During 2021 the Festival will run from Monday 1st March through to Friday 5th March. There will be a range of online events organised by community groups from throughout Newquay and Cornwall. These events will be hosted and premiered on our Facebook page and via this website and coordinated by the Newquay St Piran's Festival Group.
Sadly, as we commence 2021 the third United Kingdom lockdown has begun and any thoughts that a parade and other celebrations on 5th March would be held is long gone. One tradition that we want to ensure continues will be the Trelawny Shout at 9.00pm.
Our plans are having to be continually modified based on the latest COVID-19 plans emanating from the UK government. Please check the programme of events that will be taking place featured on our Programme page. This has been published and will be updated from time to time thereafter.
The Trelawny Shout initiated by Jim Christophers as a publicity scheme for the Cornish Federation of Male Voice Choirs in 2012, has now become a new tradition after encouragement from the breweries with more information on this link. Trelawny Shout. Find out about and how you can join in this event. Find the words to 'The Song of the Western Men' better known as 'Trelawny' and other information on this page. Check it out.
What's on Elsewhere?
We're an friendly bunch here in Newquay and are keen that folk throughout Cornwall and around the Cornish Diaspora celebrate and enjoy Cornwall's National St Piran's festivities. This is a Cornish event with lots of contributions from around Cornwall as far as we've been able given the current difficulties.
Our friends in Truro are putting on some home based activities that will hopefully give parents home schooling a change. Check out their Facebook page at: Truro St Piran's Day the troops in Truro are working hard to bring you some fun stuff.
Gorsedh Kernow as usual will be promoting St Piran's events and activities on their new website and Facebook. Checkout their website at: Gorsedh Kernow - St Piran's Events The Gorsedh are promoting a St Piran's theme of "Flying a Flag for St Piran". So let's see folk flying a flag in their garden or a St Piran's flag in their windows.
Keep up to date with our own Newquay St Piran's Festival Group activities, things are moving and changing all the time and we have some great and varied content. There will be a special Voice newspaper edition across all four editions at Bodmin, Newquay, St Austell and Truro with a four page St Piran's pull out on we believe the 24th February, to be confirmed.
Our friends and supporters at Newquay Heritage Archive & Museum who in normal circumstances work on a St Piran's project with Newquay Library have asked us to share a children's section here on our website. This coincides with the Gorsedh Kernow theme of "Flying a Flag for St Piran". Children's Page
If you need a flag to pop in your window and haven't had time to get one, you can download one to print out at Download a Flag or a download a print blank one from the Children's Page for the kid's to colour in. They only need a black felt tip or crayon.
We will also be having some online children's stories as part of our festival events.
If you are part of a community group or organisation and wish to hold an event or join in the parade please contact us through one of our group via this link - Contacts.
Information and programme about our 2020 festival can be found on our Archive 2020 pages. This provides an idea of what we normally do in Newquay to celebrate St Piran's and our Cornwall National Day on 5th March.
Newquay St Piran's Festival celebrates Cornwall’s National Day and St Piran’s Day here in Newquay at the heart of Cornish heritage.
The original Newquay celebration day has now extended to a week-long festival, sometimes slightly longer, with numerous community events throughout Newquay and district. The organising committee are pleased to welcome all those who are wishing to participate along with schools, businesses and organisations.
Please have a look through our website and also on our social media to see what activities and events you may wish to join in with. If you have another idea about ways of celebrating life in Cornwall, please talk to one of our organising committee about how it might be incorporated into next year’s Festival. We’ll be pleased to hear from you!