Newquay: Proud To Be Cornish! Lowender Peran Weekend


“Mis Du, November in Cornish, meaning the dark month and beginning of winter, is time for a bit of fun and celebration” says Merv Davey, Grand Bard and one of organisers of the annual Lowender Peran festival which comes to the Hotel Bristol in Newquay this weekend

“Lowender Peran is about enjoying and taking part in all things Cornish and Celtic” explains Merv “from Brass bands and choirs to the foot tapping jigs of Celtic bands and dance displays that out glamour TV’s ‘Strictly’ ”

For fans of Celtic music and dance it’s heaven. There’s an enormous amount on and full details can be found here 

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Lowender Peran is Cornwall’s premier Celtic festival, celebrating Cornish cultural identity and its links with the other Celtic nations of Scotland, Ireland, Isle of Man Wales and Brittany. Dancers and musicians from the Celtic world join the Cornish in three days of concerts, singing sessions, ceilidhs, storytelling and dance displays. There are also a series of workshops and talks where you can learn a song in Cornish, try your hand at a Highland Fling or Irish step dance and explore some of the history behind Cornwall’s traditions.

Liskeard to Learn Cornish for Christmas – with Will Coleman’s Golden Tree
Events start with an informal ceilidh on the evening of Thurs 2nd.

There are workshops and displays throughout the day on Friday and in the evening is the amazing “Celtic Spectacular” with all the colour and costume of the Celtic dance groups.


Recommended for approval: Fortnightly bins but weekly collections of recycling and food waste

“Super Saturday” day time is free entry, definitely one for the family and a chance for Mum and Dad to try out some real Cornish ales. Saturday night is high energy dancing shoes time with five foot tapping bands but just to set the mood the evening kicks of with Whisky tasting – in Cornish!

There is free entry on Sunday day time as well for the Cornish cultural Expo with stalls and entertainment throughout. Sunday evening has the festival’s feature concert and you will definitely need to bring your Cornish flags and vocal chords to this one!

Originally from the West Coast and Highlands of Scotland, Dhorlin are Lewis Kane (piano, vocals & Accordion), Struan Thorpe (pipes, whistle, flute& guitar) and Stephen Povey (percussion)

Newquay’s Oll an Gwella and the Mabe Ladies choir set the singing scene followed by Richard Trethewy and a special performance with Camborne town band – playing for Cornish Dancers Kemysk.

DAWNSWYR GWERIN PENYFAI is one of the best known and respected folk dance groups in Wales.
Merv Davey

As Newquay boy Merv says “The important thing about living in Cornwall, whether you are Cornish by birth or heart, is to enjoy the richness of our culture and the place to do it is the Bristol hotel 2nd – 5th November”.
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