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Discover Cornwall’s traditions at St Piran’s Day

The 5th of March will mark the regional St Piran’s Day, offering those staying in Cornwall’s holiday parks the opportunity to enjoy some of the county’s most unique historical customs.

St Piran’s Day began as one of the public holidays observed by Cornwall’s tin miners in the 1700s. The day is particularly acknowledged in Cornish mining tradition, as St Piran is believed to have passed on special secrets about the production of tin to their ancestors.

Starting on Friday, Cornwall will play host to an array of colourful pageants celebrating this all-important patron saint of tinners until the 6th of March.

For the true Cornish experience, visitors can head to Bodmin’s St Piran’s Day Parade on Friday the 4th, conveniently located for those on holiday in Looe.

The Bodmin celebrations begin at 11 am with a procession through the town commencing at the Library. Visitors are invited to join in the parade all the way to Mount Folly Square, where the town’s dignitaries will address the crowd. Eagle-eyed holidaymakers will notice the distinctive Cornish yellow, blue and black tartan worn by the town band.

Children from the local schools will then perform the songs and dances they’ve been practicing ready for the big day, before making their way to St Petroc’s Church to present their special contributions to St Piran.

There’s only one way to finish the day in true ‘Kernow’ style and that’s with a traditional Cornish pasty served up at the event. Visitors can also join in the fun and games with locals or browse the stalls on offer.

St Piran’s Day will be observed across the county with several events in Cornwall happening near Looe, so if you’re staying with us at Tencreek Holiday Park this week, why not take advantage of this chance to explore a little more of Cornwall’s ancient culture?

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