Golowan 2024

“Together, We Shine” | “War-barth, Golowi a Wren”

Friday 21 – Sunday 30 June 2024

Golowan is back for 2024!

In difficult times, with a world seemingly in turmoil, it is with joy and gratitude that, in the 34th year of its revival, we celebrate the beacon of light that is the Golowan Festival.

That light is reflected in the theme for 2024: “Together, We Shine” as we seek to celebrate all that is brilliant and inspirational – both past and present – in our wonderful community here in West Cornwall.

Called by some “the best community festival West of Notting Hill”, Golowan has for more than thirty years brought all sectors and all ages of our community together in a joyous celebration of Midsummer madness, music, mayhem and merriment.

A feature of every single Golowan is the smile on the faces of the crowds who throng to witness and appreciate the fabulous parades in Penzance and to marvel at the fantastic images created with love and sill by local artists, students and community groups.

In 2024 we look forward to them shining together through the town on Mazey Day!

Golowan is a community festival created by the community and belonging to the whole community in this magical corner of Cornwall and it is thanks to the “community within the community” – the team and volunteers who work tirelessly throughout the year – that this wonderful festival happens very June.

All the best efforts of this Golowan’s people’s army would, of course, be incredible more difficult without the continuing support of the festival’s main partner Penzance Council, together with the Arts Council of England, FEAST, Penzance BID, Sustainable Penzance and the festival’s sponsors and partners – a massive thank you, one and all!

All your old favourites are here – the Mock Mayor, the Serpent Dance, the Fireworks, music and parades – together with the successful Youth Music innovations that have been introduced in recent years.

Tradition and innovation will always be key to Golowan as we grow together and shine!

This year’s Festival begins on Friday 21 June, followed on Sunday 23 June with the St John Feast Civic Parade and runs right through to Mazey Day and Quay Fair Day on Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 June.

Read the full programme here:

Travelling to Penzance via public transport

Please make sure you plan your journey to Penzance well in advance. We are encouraging people to travel to the town on public transport wherever possible:


First Kernow: www.firstbus.co.uk/cornwall/plan-journey/journey-planner/
Transport for Cornwall: www.transportforcornwall.co.uk/#journey


Great Western Railway are now Golowan’s Official Travel Partner. You can book your train from their website here. Penzance train station is a short 5-minute walk to the festival.

Travelling to Penzance by car

We know that getting to Penzance by public transport just isn’t practical for everyone.

The Pasty Connection (car sharing)

The Pasty Connection: www.facebook.com/groups/123436594346182/ or go to www.pastyconnection.com to download the app. You will be able to access the community through the app. When signing in type “Facebook” into the group ID to receive your free subscription.

Driving from Mid-Cornwall or beyond

If you are driving from mid-Cornwall or beyond, to avoid congestion and long queues, we recommend you park in the spacious St Erth Park and Ride (by the train station) and take the train or bus to Penzance.

Parking in Penzance

Free parking is kindly being offered at Penwith College on Mazey Day 8am – 9pm.

There are three long stay car parks in Penzance that you can use during the Golowan Festival:

There are also four short stay car parks in Penzance that you can use during the Golowan Festival:

Road closures

We’ve put together a list of all the road closures that will be in place in an easy to read format: Golowan 2024 – Road Closures in Penzance – Penzance Council (penzance-tc.gov.uk)

Grant funded by Penzance Council (logo)

Golowan Festival receives grant funding from Penzance Council every year. This year we are providing £33,500 in grant funding to Golowan Festival CIC (which includes funding for youth music and the famous fireworks on Mazey Eve!)

Grant Funding for community groups

We also provide grants to local community groups and charities who are working to benefit our residents and our Parish environment – find out more about our grants and how to apply.

Our Partners & Who We Support