Mevagissey Feast Week
Mevagissey Feast Week
What’s it all about?
A form of the festival has taken place in Mevagissey for hundreds of years and was originally held in December. However this coincided with a busy time out at sea for local fishermen, so in 1752 the town adopted St Peter as its patron saint and has held a festival on the saints’ feast day ever since. This wonderful festival thought to be the longest surviving in Cornwall, owes its success to the blend of traditional and contemporary events which brings the whole community together and welcomes hundreds of visitors to share in its unique celebrations.
The weeklong event features exhibitions, demonstrations, live music and lots of fish dishes to eat. Along with choirs and bands, flora dances, children’s entertainment and competitions, plus colourful parades, boat and raft races, a fete and a huge firework display
How can you take part?
From early afternoon every day there is a programme of events you can take part in. There’s crab catching on the harbour, a pavement artist competition and a children’s tea for the kids, you can watch fishing boat races on the water, dance along the street in the traditional flora dance, swing your partner at the ceilidh or simply find a seat and enjoy listening to the many choirs and bands that perform during the week. The festival ends with a colourful carnival parading through Mevagissey’s ancient streets and a spectacular firework display from the outer harbour. Most of the festival events are free of charge.
Did you know?
Mevagissey was the birthplace of Andrew Pears who trained as a barber in the village back in the late 1700s and went on to seek his fortune Dick Whittington style in London. Setting up shop in the big city, he invented a mild, gentle soap more suitable for the delicate completions of the upper classes. A little shrine to the man is at Mevagissey museum.
- Disabled access
- Disabled parking
- Disabled toilets
- Guide dogs permitted
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St Austell's station is a 'Transport Interchange' with Mainline Rail, National Coach & Local Bus services all on the same site. Local Bus services : Western Greyhound No.526, First Cornwall No.26 - both go to The Ship Inn, Mevagissey (Tickets are not interchangeable - check time of return service) Check your travel plan at Traveline 0871 200 22 33 or www.travelinesw.com
From St Austell, A390, take the B3273 to Mevagissey - about 6 miles - but arrive early!!