Well Penzance, you have done yourselves proud! It was great to be back celebrating our town and our community. A huge thank you to everyone who helped make Golowan so special this year.

Golowan Festival 2023 will take place from Friday 16th June - Sunday 25th June with Mazey Day on Saturday 24th June.

Here is the 'Back to Golowan' Programme of Festivities 2022.

Golowan Festival Programme 2022

Golowan goes 'Back to the Future'

Browse the Golowan Programme below.

Golowan Festival Programme 2022

In 2022 Golowan goes -

‘Dehweles dhe’n termyn a dheu’

'Golowan is back - and looking forward to a bright future'

We couldn’t be more excited to announce that the theme for this years Penzance Golowan Festival extraordinaire is ‘Back to the Future’!

We look back with pride at 31 years of wonderful community celebrations and embrace the future in warm anticipation of all the joys to come!

The Golowan Festival 2022 begins in the last 2 weeks of June culminating in the weekend spectacular parades & performances of Mazey Day & Quay Fair Day on Saturday 25th & 26th June.

Images of previous years magnificent parade structures below are courtesy of John Stedman & John Tremelling

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       Golowan Festival 2021 Events

The Firework Display, courtesy of Penzance Town Council, which took place on the evening of Sat 4 September was enjoyed by many and here is one of photographer Kris Meaden's great images.

Golowan Down the Years - Ancient Roots and 30 Years of Revival has now ended.

In June 2021 The Golowan exhibition was very well received and large numbers of people visited and enjoyed it during the two weeks that it took place.

Many visitors expressed how interesting it was to learn about the history and background of Golowan and said that they had learned new things about the festival which enhanced their enjoyment of it.

You can take a virtual tour of the exhibition, view the film and explore the history of Golowan by clicking on this link: Golowan Down the Years - Ancient Roots and 30 Years of Revival - Golowan Festival or going to the '2021 Exhibition' tab in the menu at top of page.


Thank you to all those who helped organise and run the exhibition and thanks also to those who contributed/loaned various artefacts, gave us films, shared stories, music, dance and song - all these helped make the exhibition enjoyable and successful.


A special thank you to all the volunteers who manned the exhibition throughout - it wouldn't have taken place without their support!

Golowan in the Gardens

Golowan in the Gardens was a great success and luckily on Mazey Day the weather was perfect (though not so good the next day!)

A big thank you to our local schools and groups who created the wonderful images, each based around the 2021 theme of Celebrations, that were on view on the Serpent Trail through the garden.

Here are some images captured by photographer John Stedman


Visitors loved seeing all the different pieces and told us how nice it was to see something that was so colourful, and  brought joy during what are still quite difficult times.

The Golowan Team is very grateful to the volunteers that helped out over the weekend in the Gardens and we hope that they enjoyed the event too.

Golowan is delighted to announce that it has been awarded funding from the Culture Recovery Fund to help the festival overcome all the disappointments and setbacks of the 2020 festival cancellation caused by the Coronavirus lockdown.
The festival organisers are hugely grateful as it means the future of Golowan is much more secure and whatever 2021 holds for us all, one way or another, we will celebrate the Golowan Festival's 30th anniversary in style!

Photo John Stedman

Golowan is very grateful for the continued funding and support that it receives from its Lead Partner Penzance Council.




To get in touch with Golowan please see our contact details below:

Proud to be awarded the 2016 WOCA Best Family Event - Golowan Festival


The Barbican, Battery Road, Penzance TR18 4EF

Call us: 01736 369686
Email: golowan@hotmail.co.uk
Trade: golowan-trade@hotmail.com
Community: golowancommunity@hotmail.com

You can also message us on twitter @golowanfestival and facebook https://www.facebook.com/GolowanFestival/

To contact the ever popular Golowan Band go to: https://golowanband.wordpress.com/  or  http://www.facebook.com/golowanband