Golowan Festival 2021 – Official Website


Following the Government’s announcement of continued restrictions beyond June 21st in an effort to address the serious rise in the incidence of the Delta Covid-19 variant, and having taken the expert advice of the Festival’s Health & Safety specialists, the organisers of the Golowan Festival have, with a heavy heart, been obliged to seriously limit events this year.


We are really sad to bring you the news that the Golowan fireworks display planned for the evening of Friday 25th June will no longer go ahead.

With lots of deliberation and consultation with key partners it has been decided that due to the extension of Stage 3 of the Roadmap to Recovery and the rise of covid cases in Cornwall that for public safety the event cannot take place.

We are sure you will understand that the health and safety of our community comes first and together with the Golowan Team look forward to better times when we can fully celebrate our wonderful town and community again.

Further disappointing news is that all ‘crowd-pleasing’ live music in public spaces – Greenmarket Car Park, The Acorn Theatre Steps, Penzance Promenade and Morrab Gardens Bandstand will not now take place. Similarly, the food and craft stalls in Greenmarket Car Park and the children’s activities – in Morrab Gardens on Mazey Day and on the Prom on Quay Fair Day will also be shelved this time round.

In the far greater interests of public health and safety this year, circumstances have restricted us – but they have not beaten us. The health and safety of our community will always be our first priority but we invite you to enjoy what is on offer in the sure and certain knowledge that – with the support of you all – the Golowan Festival will bounce back bigger and better than ever in 2022!

The Golowan Team

Golowan at the Acorn

Golowan Fundraiser

Tuesday 22nd June 2021
7:00 pm

Tickets: £10

The Acorn Theatre is housing a Golowan Fundraising music celebration on the evening of Tuesday 22nd June. Tickets are selling fast so check out the Acorn’s website https://www.theacornpenzance.com/whats-on/or pop in to their Box Office to be sure of not missing out – and, whisper it, there may even be a Golowan Mazey Day surprise inside the Acorn on Mazey Day evening.

Featuring Foxes Fair, Gray Lightfoot, Louella Jade Eke & Lynn Florkiewicz+ Phil Stevenson



SAT, 12 JUNE - SUN, 27 JUNE 2021

Free - Old Argos Unit, Wharfside Shopping Centre, Penzance, TR18 2GB.
This year is the 30th anniversary of the Golowan Festival and to celebrate its colourful history since its revival in 1991 we are hosting a pop-up exhibition in the former Argos store in Wharfside Shopping Centre.
The Argos industrial unit will be transformed into a fascinating multi-media exhibition commemorating the history of Golowan and its people, for the two weeks in June leading up to Mazey Day.
Tickets available 12 - 27 June, Mon - Fri 10am - 5pm, Sun 10am - 4pm
Book your free Exhibition tickets below, please scroll to find the date and time that you want to book.




SAT, 26 JUNE & SUN, 27 JUNE 2021

11 - 5pm each day

We may still need a few fit and strong volunteers, capable of heavy lifting and moving, to help the Golowan artists with the setting up of the 'parade' structures (as normally carried in the Mazey Day parades) in Morrab Gardens on Wed 23  - Fri 25 June. Please contact us via golowan@hotmail.co.uk if you are able to assist.

Free - Morrab Gardens

Come to the gardens and take part in the 'Serpent Trail' through Morrab Gardens and see the wonderful ‘parade’ images, sculpted from willow withies, paint and paper, that children, staff and local artists have created for your enjoyment and appreciation.

Image John Stedman
Image John Stedman





Paramount throughout, of course, is our commitment to public safety, and everything we host will be fully in accordance with prevailing COVID-19 regulations.

If you are interested in volunteering at one of this year's events please go to the Volunteers' page to find out more.

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.

The following organisations and individuals kindly offered/gave support for what would have been Golowan Festival 2020


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