Celebrating the Cornish Spirit – 5 March 2024

The Cornish spirit embodied in St Piran the patron Saint of Cornwall

Celebrating the Cornish Spirit on St. Piran’s Day

Every March 5th, Cornwall comes alive with the spirit of St. Piran’s Day (Gool Peran in Cornish). While details of ancient traditions may be lost to time, the essence remains – a day filled with merriment, laughter, and a healthy dose of Cornish hospitality (including generous helpings of food and drink!).

Join the Revelry in 2024:

This year promises to be a particularly special celebration, with events happening across the county, including the much-anticipated festivities at Kit Hill, just a stone’s throw from our doorstep.

The spirit of Cornwall remembering St Piran's Day in Cornwall, England

St Piran’s Day Kit Hill celebrations capturing the spirit of  Cornwall.

So, why not book a mid week break and immerse yourself in the magic of St. Piran’s Day? Arriving on Monday afternoon, to enjoy a complimentary Cornish Cream tea, and then perhaps ‘Mad Monday’ £4.99 meal, with excellent beer, at our local pub, the White Hart, Chilsworthy.                       

On Tuesday morning set yourselves up with a scrumptious breakfast for exploring this stunning, hidden part of Cornwall. After an exciting day out, back to the pub, for a ‘rocking’ Cornish Shout that evening.

Hopefully, relaxed and full of new memories to keep you going until your next holiday, you can have a genteel journey home the next day.

Unveiling the Magic of St. Piran’s Day: Cornish Saint, Tin, and Tradition

He’s the patron saint of Cornwall, a mythical figure woven into the tapestry of the land, and the man who stumbled upon a discovery that changed history – St. Piran. His legend, like Cornwall itself, is steeped in myth and mystery.

From Accidental Alchemist to Patron Saint:

St. Piran’s most famous tale involves a chance encounter with fire and stone. Legend has it that while warming by his hearth, a black stone on the fire began to glow, revealing a silvery liquid within – molten tin! This serendipitous discovery not only earned him the title “Patron Saint of Tinners,” but also shaped the very symbol of Cornwall: the black and white flag, representing the ore and the refined metal.

St Piran the patron Saint of Cornwall

St Piran the patron saint of Cornwall

Beyond the Feasting:

But St. Piran’s story goes deeper than just a festive day. Legend tells of his escape from Ireland, cast adrift on the sea and miraculously landing at Perranporth. Here, he built an oratory, spreading the word of Christianity and befriending unlikely companions – a badger, a fox, and a bear. Today, remnants of this oratory stand preserved in the sands of Perran Sands, a testament to his enduring legacy.

St Piran's Oratory at Perranporth

Celtic Cross marking the remains of St Piran’s Oratory at Perranporth

St Piran’s Day started as one of the many tinners’ holidays observed by the tin miners of Cornwall

A Day to Remember:

St. Piran’s Day is more than just a celebration of a saint or a historical event. It’s a chance to connect with the rich tapestry of Cornish culture, its folklore, and its deep-rooted connection to the land. So, come join us in March and celebrate the spirit of Cornwall on St. Piran’s Day yourself!