Remember to Blog!

How difficult should it be to remember to post regularly here?!  Very difficult it seems as it is such a long time since we last blogged!  How has our time been spent if not blogging?  Well, just a few things have been going on in the office recently that may have taken up a bit of our time, but where to start?

Do you really want to know what we’ve been doing ?  Okay, here goes –

Preparing the Golowan Festival Programme Brochure has taken up a huge chunk of our time but it’s all done now and you’ll find copies of it at various locations around Penzance town and there’s a link to the programme here on our website.

The website – that’s another thing, it takes ages to keep it updated and to add lots of lovely pictures to it!  But it’s looking quite good now don’t you think and full of useful information.

Lots of energy has been spent on arranging music for our various entertainment sites, including organising acts for the Golowan Community Festival Stage (new for 2019).

Oh, and of course, the street markets are almost set up, just a few spaces left, schools will soon be busy making images for the Mazey Day parades (now they take quite a bit of organising you know) and we’re in the midst of recruiting  100 or so volunteers without whom the festival couldn’t take place.

Must blog more often from now on!


Things are on the move again!

We are very pleased that, after a tendering process, Golowan Festival Community Interest Company has been chosen to deliver the 2019 -2021 Golowan Festivals.

We have already started planning for Golowan 2019 and gosh, Mazey Day is  just short of seven months away!  We are very excited about it already and have lots of ideas to think about.  Check back here shortly to keep up with all the news.

It’s good to help…

Did you know there are lots of ways that you can show your support for  the 2018 Golowan Festival?

Perhaps you’d like to be a volunteer sometime over the main weekend, even two hours of your time would be helpful and it would be greatly appreciated.  See our Volunteers page for more details.

Have you considered becoming a Friend of Golowan?   This organisation is currently being restructured and revitalised and welcomes new members. You can find out more on the Friends of Golowan page.

You can put the word out about Golowan, especially nearer the start when it would be great if you could post/like on facebook or retweet our tweets.

If you are a business owner you might like to advertise in the festival programme brochure and/or on this website. Maybe you could become a festival sponsor or supporter.  Go to our Sponsors & Supporters to see how you can help the festival whilst promoting your business.

Things are on the Move!

Just to let everyone know that planning is well under way for the 2018 festival and we’re already busy in our Barbican office.  We have our team on board and are very pleased to be working with the same crew, health & safety advisors, security team and others who we worked with so successfully in 2017.

A couple of days ago we were delighted to meet the team behind Plastic Free Penzance and together we will be working on initiatives to make Golowan 2018 the most environmentally friendly and sustainable festival yet!  More on this later.

The market stall info and application forms are almost ready to go out and we’ll be getting in touch with our schools and groups early next week.

So it’s go, go, go from now on!


The Eclectic Blog

Hi all,

We asked what you’d like us to blog about and had some eclectic replies!  So this blog is dedicated to answering some of your questions.  Lots of it is around the practical stuff of organising a huge event like Golowan.  Top tips:·        

Golowan is introducing a Disabled Viewing area for the parades and this will be on Market Jew Street near the entrance to Wharfside Shopping Centre.

·         Car parking is available at St Clare (the former Cornwall Council site) and at Penwith College (from 8am-9pm) as well as all other town car parks with the exception of Greenmarket and St Anthony’s.  St Clare and Penwith College car parking is free.

·         Portable toilets are available on Mazey Day in the Festival Square – Greenmarket Car Park; outside St John’s Hall in Jennings Street; Morrab Gardens and by Poundstretchers – just off Market Jew Street.  On Quay Fair Day toilets are available on the South Quay and near Pz Gallery.

·         St John’s Ambulance crews will be available in the harbour area on Mazey Day and also Market Jew Street near Dominos Pizza, at the top of Morrab Road and on Quay Fair Day in the harbour area.

The Festival team, including the crew, security and volunteers can be identified by their hi-viz jackets, Golowan volunteer t-shirts and I.D. tags. 

Advice will also be available at the Golowan pop-up shop – on the terrace near the Humphry Davy Statue on Market Jew Street.

Meanwhile back in Golowan HQ we’ve been discussing the weather.  Will it be hot?  Wet?  We get what we get on the weather front but will keep you posted once we get an idea of the forecast for the main weekend.  Fingers crossed!




Six Weeks to Go to Mazey

… but Golowan starts at the end of May with the beginning of some community workshops.  Where does the time go?  One minute we’re opening the heavy doors to the festival office – literally blowing the cobwebs away and now the festival’s nearly here.

I’m sure some festivals have lovely offices – maybe carpeted?  With radiators?  And perhaps a drinks vending machine?  Not at Golowan. It’s an old disused warehouse on the prom and we love it.  And we’re glad of the old kettle and electric heater for the winter months but there’s something special about the place.  There’s memorabilia here from Golowans past – old photographs and every programme from its resurrection nearly thirty years ago, giving it a time capsule feel.  And not many festival offices will have our view.  On stormy days the waves can hit hard against the front window.  December and January are the quietest months when some of the planning takes place and the team discusses the theme for the year, the activities we’d like to see happen and who might like to back Golowan with sponsorship.  And as the months tick by the office gets busier with all sorts of visitors talking about health and safety, funding, volunteering, merchandise as well as locals asking about road closures.

Then the deliveries start.  Thousands of bottles of water are dropped off here for children in the processions as well as endless amounts of withies that we then give out to schools for the processions.  One delivery that’s always special is when the first Golowan programme is hand delivered to be signed off.  We’re loving the design for this year’s programme and hope you like it too.  Thanks Freya Laughton for yet another beautiful design.

Hope to see you all soon at Golowan 2017 – All at Sea!





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.