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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).

Callington OCS





Liskeard OCS

Fri 23 Jun 2017    

Mid Summer's Eve Bonfire


Bolitho Farm, Maudlin, Liskeard

Reenacting ageless tradition of prolonging summer

to guarantee a bountiful harvest. Cornish/English

Free to all





Madron OCS

Bull's View, Madron

23rd June 2017 20.00 to 22.00

Come along to the Madron OCS Midsummer Bonfire to enjoy this ancient ritual, in Cornish and English. To get to the event drive through Madron about 1 mile on the road forks signed left to Newbridge, park along here. Walk up the right fork a short distance and the bonfire is there.





Redruth OCS

Midsummer bonfire Friday 23rd. June  Pencoose Farm Stithians ( kind permission farmer Paul Gluyas ) entertainment on the field before & after lighting ceremony pasty & cup of tea available for purchase, ample parking all welcome, you do not have to be a member, come and meet some friendly natives !

Paul has informed us that this year will be a bonfire to beat previous ones ( and they have been huge ! )





St Columb OCS

Friday 23rd June

Midsummer Bonfire at Castle an Dinas. Lighting at 9.pm





The St Ives OCS

St Ives OCS will be holding its Midsummer bonfire celebrations on Friday 23rd June 2017 at 9 p.m. on the top of Carnstabba hill, courtesy of  Mr Vaughan Bennett. There is parking in the Halsetown Inn car park which is on the B3311

St Ives to Penzance road.

The postcode of the inn is TR26 3NA.  

All welcome of course!




St Just & Pendeen OCS

Friday 23rd June


Location - Carn Brea.   This is Carn Brea near the airfield at St Just.   There will be signs giving directions at various points around St Just.


Coming from St Just turn left after the airfield, and continue up the hill, and turn right into the car park.   If car park is full park on the road.


If coming from Penzance on the A30 continue along past Catchall, and the left turning to St Buryan, and a bit further along TURN RIGHT at Crows an Wra, which is on a bit of a bend.   Continue up a winding road and Carn Brea is at the top on the left.


We have a ceremony which will commence around 7.30 p.m., prior to the lighting of the bonfire.   The bonfire is traditionally lit by the Mayor, and then the Lady of the Flowers hurls her bouquet of wild flowers on the fire.


Pasties are available after the ceremony.


We welcome visitors very much to this event.   The location is excellent giving marvellous views of both the Atlantic Ocean and the English Channel.


Pamela Winterbourne (Mrs)

Secretary of The St Just and Pendeen Old Cornwall Society

01736 786140

Tansys Golowan 2017 Bonfire on Beacon (4)