Golowan Wins!

Last night we attended, on behalf of Golowan, the 2016 What’s On Cornwall Awards at the Eden Project where Golowan Festival was one of the nominees in the Best Family Event category.  After a long day at the office we didn’t have time to go home and get ‘glammed up’ and we arrived a little late and probably rather bleary-eyed!  But it didn’t matter – it was a nice, relaxed atmosphere and everyone was really friendly.

We shared a table with the lovely people from Kota Kai restaurant and the young lads from the band Even Nine who, along with other musicians and singers, entertained the audience.  Even Nine later went on to win the award for best Music Act.  And what a treat to have dinner provided – a yummy paella and ‘Make your own Eden Mess – delicious’!

We had hoped that we would win but knew that we were up against tough competition – the Port Eliot Festival, Viking Voyagers and City of Lights.  So we were delighted and very excited when Golowan’s name was read out. Luckily we managed to get on stage without tripping up the steps and luckier still no speeches were required! We were absolutely thrilled to have won the award and still giggling with pleasure after we got back to our seats.  The award is extra special for Golowan in the year when the festival has been handed back to the local community.

It was a great night with wins for The Savoy Cinema and Mackerel Sky as well as Golowan, and Penlee House Gallery would only have needed another eight votes to win!  Well done Penzance!

Proud to have accepted the award on behalf of the Golowan team, all the wonderful Golowan volunteers and the people of Penzance!  A big thank you to the organisers and everyone who voted for us and congratulations to all the other award winners!


Programme of Events

We’re nearly there!  And we have a great line-up of events for you during the 2016 Golowan Festival – The Never Ending Story.  The printed programme will be available in early June but we’re updating the website on a regular basis and will highlight all of the events on Facebook over coming weeks.

Here’s a few to whet your whistle.

Oye Santana on Saturday 18th June at The Acorn.  Universally acclaimed as the world’s best Santana tribute band. Tickets £13 on the door or £11 in advance from CRBO

Bach, Vivaldi and Handel on Sunday 19th June at St Mary’s Church, Penzance. Tickets £6.50 (under 21’s £3) Available on the door or in advance from Mounts Bay Wine, Bread Street, Penzance. Always a sell-out event!

A Space to Write from Tuesday 21st June to 14 July. An exhibition of photographic portraits from Steve Tanner exploring 26 writers living and working in Cornwall in the space they choose to write.

More to come soon!

Volunteers get ready!

We need you, we need you, we need you.

Sara will be in touch again soon with all of our faithful festival volunteers; Golowan really couldn’t happen without your amazing support.  It’s not glamorous but it can be fun! You might be at the heart of the action helping the processions on Mazey Day.  Or you might prefer an early start at one of our road barriers?  It’s strange how quiet Penzance is at 6am on Mazey Day and then THE TOWN EXPLODES into life.  We need friendly, reliable people to help with all sorts of things.  You can always email us at if you’re tempted?

Be a volunteer for Golowan 2016 and be part of the story.

Dress Up For Golowan!

Each year thousands of children, families and schools throw themselves into the Golowan Festival.  Many dress up to link with their procession pieces and this year with the theme Golowan – The Never Ending Story – we’re hoping to see some wonderful story characters coming to life on the streets of Penzance on Mazey Day (25 June).

We’re inviting the people of Penzance and surrounding villages, as well as visitors, to give something back to the children  in 2016 and … dress up too!  So start planning your costume today!  Sara and Linda are thinking of running with the ‘Where’s Wally’ character so expect lots of red ‘n white stripey people popping up here and there.  And there are so many story characters to choose from: Harry Potter, Alice in Wonderland, Long John Silver, Winnie-the-Pooh.

Meanwhile, planning is underway with the more routine stuff of putting on a huge festival – planning road closures, booking market stalls, planning street entertainment, preparing the programme etc.  So although the festival is 11 weeks away there’s a lot going on behind the scenes.

Hope you’re looking forward to the festival as much as we are.



Golowan’s Hook

Readers are like fish. Smart fish. Fish who know authors are out to get them, reel them in, and capture them for the rest of their seagoing lives. But, like any self-respecting fish, readers aren’t caught easily. They aren’t about to surrender themselves to the lure of your story unless you’ve presented them with an irresistible hook. – K.M. Weiland

Festival goers – like readers – won’t surrender themselves to the charms of a festival unless there’s something irresistible about it.  Each year 30,000 people take part in the Golowan Festival so there must be something about it that hooks locals and visitors as well.

Last week we were asked for Golowan’s Unique Selling Point (USP).  We are flummoxed and not sure how to answer.  “But it’s Golowan!” doesn’t seem like the ‘right’ answer to give.  But it’s food for thought isn’t it? Golowan is a traditional Cornish festival – but there are many others.   Golowan has processions – others do too.  There’s live music and entertainment, much of it free – but …

Will a marketing company in London want to talk about ‘fairy dust.’ The special bit of magic that makes Golowan sparkle.  Maybe they need to hop on a train and experience Golowan?  And I guess having our own festival Mazey Day Express Train is just one of our USPs.



Golowan – The Never Ending Story

The Golowan Cliffhanger

A recent chapter of Golowan ended on a cliffhanger.  

“Cliffhangers are used in dramas that make the reader (or festival attendees) want to find out more.  There’s a dilemma, revelation or a twist in the turn of events that will keep the audience coming back for more.”

Would the festival be run by a private company? Could it survive the upset? Who would apply to be involved?  There were so many questions towards the end of 2015 that left the future of Golowan up in the air.  The festival (phew) is now back with the community and being run by Golowan Community Interest Company (a not-for-profit organisation.)

Planning is now in full-swing and the CIC promises to deliver this traditional Penzance festival – with no changes to everything we love about it – but as always with a twist here and there to keep it unique each year.

Visit our blog for a weekly update about what’s coming up and spread the word that the festival runs from Friday 17 – Sunday 26th June.



Hey! We are up and running.

Golowan is back with the community and steaming ahead with plans for Golowan – The Never Ending Story. Keep checking the blog for latest news and gossip…and also the events page to see what’s on.

New Official Website

Exciting times as we now have our brand new website live and ready to keep you informed and up-to-date with all that is happening on the Golowan Festival 2016 front. The website was produced by local design company Carta in Penzance.

Keep popping back to see more updates as we progress.