Taking place in one of Cornwall’s most popular seaside towns, watching the hurling is an intriguing insight into one of Cornwall’s most ancient traditions. Take a ring side seat near the beach and cheer for your favourite participant, some of whom dive into the chilly sea to escape with the ball. The feast day falls on February 9 and starts off with the mayor’s civic procession for the blessing at St Ia Well near Porthmeor Beach followed by the start of the boisterous hurling of the silver ball when participants attempt to win the ball off each other around the town. Whoever returns the ball to the mayor on the steps of St Ives Guildhall on the stroke of midday receives a silver coin. In the afternoon, pennies are proffered from the balcony by town councillors to the waiting children on the Guildhall forecourt.
Why not co-ordinate your visit to take in one of our special events? We guarantee everyone will have fun!
With guided walks and talks, garden spring clean events, Gardeners' Question Time and a Spring Fair.
A full schedule for 2015 will be posted on the Festival website.
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Over the centuries many pilgrims have visited the site of St Piran's Oratory or Chapel in the towans at Perran Sands. On the nearest Sunday to his special day, March 5, hundreds of people come from all over Cornwall and beyond come to remember and honour him. St Piran’s Tide occurs surrounding the date March 5 and has evolved around St Piran’s Day to provide a week-long event of festivities taking place throughout Cornwall. A highlight of the week are colourful processions with music and dance though Bodmin and Truro on St Piran’s Day itself, and also a re-enactment of St Piran’s arrival in Cornwall on Perran Sands, Perranporth, on the Sunday closest to the 5th of March - St Pirans Play.