Our Community

Man Engine parade in Penzance, Cornwall

It could be our waterside location, strong sense of community, or laid-back and distinctly Cornish approach to life. However you explain our friendly atmosphere, we know you’ll enjoy being a part of it. 

Life in Penzance

As one of the UK’s most southwesterly spots, Penzance has a spirit entirely its own. Ours is a town that’s happy to think differently, with a long-standing culture of invention and creativity. These streets, once walked by famous figures like Sir Humphry Davy, Dame Laura Knight and Dylan Thomas, still hum with life. Poke around and you’ll find a trove of local artists and makers, not to mention galleries, bookshops and independent boutiques. 

Of course, Penzance stretches far beyond the town centre. Just a short distance away is the raw beauty of its coastline and moorland, with myriad pathways and ancient monuments to seek; while nestled further inland are lush countryside walks and exotic gardens. With seascapes, open space and clean air all around, it’s no wonder we love living here.

Community events

Whatever time of year you visit, you’re sure to find something going on. Penzance never passes up a chance to come together, with regular events and festivals held in and around the town. 

During spring, you’ll find many of the nearby gardens at their best, with charity open days and Easter egg trails providing the perfect excuse to explore. As June gets underway, the town literally bursts into colour, with bright flags, greenery and hand-crafted decorations marking the start of Golowan, our annual summer festival. On Mazey Day, local schools, organisations and businesses show off their creative skills as they dress up, dance, play music and carry banners for the celebration parades. 

In July, our annual Literary Festival takes place – joining professional writers, industry experts and performers to honour the written word. August brings the Newlyn Fish Festival, September the Cornwall Design Fair, October the Cornwall Film Festival and November the spectacular charity firework displays. Come December, you’ll find local Christmas fairs and events, as well as Montol: the traditional celebration of the old year passing into the new. And of course, there’s a litany of regular events, including the Friday morning farmers’ market at St John’s Hall, the Penwith Film Society’s cinema screenings, and performances at the Acorn Theatre and Penlee Park. 

To find out more about what’s going on, take a look at our Events pages.