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Midsummer Bonfires


The history of the Midsummer bonfire dates back to the times of Pagan rituals. The Church had to make a decision. It could either suppress such Pagan Festivals or use them for its own purpose. It decided the latter and the fires were allowed to continue and to occur on the Feast Day of John the Baptist. The Cornish name for the Festival is 'Golowan' translated from Cornish as Gol (feast) and Jowan (John).

Bonfire on Beacon (4)


ROCS Poster Midsummer bonfire 2019 (1) IMG_0657 (1)

St Columb OCS


Saturday, 22 June 2019 at 20:30


Castle an Dinas, St Columb Major..

St Columb

St Just & Pendeen OCS



St Just and Pendeen Old Cornwall Society will be holding their annual Midsummer Bonfire on Sunday, 23rd June, 2019, on top of Chapel Carn Brea, near the Land's End Airport.


We will be serving hot pasties from 8.30 p.m. and the bonfire will be lit at 9.00 p.m.   It is later than normal, but we decided to light it later, as often people were arriving after the Ceremony.


The ceremony will be conducted by our President, Mr Doug Luxford, with the Vicar of St Just, the Mayor of St Just, together with the Lady of the Flowers, Jane Adams.  

Music will be provided, as usual, by Mary and Roger King.


We look forward to welcoming you all.