Penzance Mock Mayor Election
Penzance’s Mock Mayor is (in)formally elected as part of the Golowan Festival, accompanied by a celebration parade and fireworks.
Penzance Farmers’ Market
Find quality local produce at this friendly market, including artisan breads, jams, cheese, pastries and much more.
Golowan Festival and Mazey Day
Held in June, Golowan is a modern Midsummer celebration with roots in Penzance’s past. Its climax, Mazey Day, draws crowds from all over Cornwall.
Penzance Literary Festival
Known as ‘the friendliest lit fest in the UK’, Penzance Literary Festival features a packed calendar of events celebrating writers and their works.
Spanning two weeks of events, St Just’s Lafrowda Festival culminates in Lafrowda Day, when stalls, street entertainers and stages pop up in the town.
Open during the day as a gallery, The Exchange regularly hosts cultural evenings, events and exhibitions, with food and drink available in the café.
Sea Salts and Sail
Held in Mousehole during July, the Sea Salts and Sail festival celebrates life on the open water, with visiting boats, seafood, stalls and entertainment.
Open Studios Cornwall
Open Studios gives you a unique chance to take a look around some of Cornwall’s most acclaimed artists’ studios for one week every year.
Penzance’s literary links
Guides and Trails
As Penzance gears up for its literary festival, we take a look at some of the town’s most fascinating connections with the world of books.