Cornwall has many festivals and events that celebrates its distinctive culture and language, and one such of these is the annual “Tansys Golowan” or St John’s Eve Bonfire held on Kit Hill every 23rd June. The event, in both Cornish and English, is run by the Callington Old Cornwall Society and celebrates the middle of summer and also the feast of St John and is celebrated across Cornwall with a series of beacon bonfires from Cape Cornwall in the west to Kit Hill in the east.
The ceremony itself starts at 10pm but, weather permitting, entertainment normally starts at 8pm with singing and dancing before the atmospheric ceremony itself and the lighting of the fire by the Portreeve.
Entry is free so come along and enjoy an ancient Cornish event. If you’d like to know more about this event or would like to help, please contact:
Andrew Long KK/CC
Kelliwik Rann/Callington Division
Konsel Kelliwik/Callington Town Council
Konsel Kernow/Cornwall Council
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