The popular Cornish festival of St Piran’s Day returns to Redruth filled with live music, street food, interactive stalls, workshops and the launch of an exciting new family fun activity. We’ve decided it’s too much fun for just one day, so the celebration will be extended into the surrounding weeks.
St Piran’s Day is a pretty important day for us in Cornwall. Every year on March 5th, the county celebrates one of the patron saints of Cornwall – St Piran. With a wealth of mining history, it’s no surprise we celebrate the patron saint of tin. The festival began as a celebration of tin miners but today St Piran’s Day it is celebrated far and wide as a way of recognising all the great things about Cornwall… Legend says, St Piran was tied to a millstone and thrown into the sea in Ireland in the 5th century. He survived and was said to discover tin pouring from black rocks which is where the design of the Cornish flag derived from. – A white cross on a black background.
Our Engagement team at Redruth Town Council have been busy planning a day full of exciting and engaging activities to celebrate our heritage and future innovation. Covid-19 put a stop to St Piran’s events over the last year and with restrictions still in place at the time of planning, we made the tough decision not to have a parade at the Redruth St Piran’s Day in 2022. There were many contributing factors that led us to making this decision including the current restrictions in place. Whilst there will not be a parade, we have organised lots of fantastic events in the run up to, on the day and after St Piran’s Day in Redruth for everyone to be involved in.
The activities include- tree planting; the launch of our Tolgus Tracks interactive app; live music, stilt walkers, drama performances and the traditional Obby Oss around town; the launch of the People’s Museum and workshops led by Cornwall Neighbourhoods for Change and other local engagers.
Redruth Town Market will return for 2022 and there’ll also be many stalls in Lower Fore Street, including some delicious street food… Cobweb Tours will be launching their walking festival with a St Piran’s Day theme and Cornwall’s famous Trewlaney Shout will be performed at midday.
We’re still planning even more fun activities so keep an eye on the Discover Redruth Facebook page for event details to follow.
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