Sally Kindberg goes to Penzance

I decided to travel to Penzance for the weekend even though plans to run a Pirate workshop there had fallen through.  It had been difficult week in London including a visit to hospital and a leak from the flat above me, so a quiet couple of days in much loved Cornwall seemed like a good idea.  What I hadn’t realised was that it was Mazey weekend in Penzance – aka the Golowan festival , a midsummer celebration relating to the feasts of St John the Baptist and St Peter, the patron saint of fishermen.


Much dancing, music, and drinking takes place, and everyone releases their inner pirate or mermaid not that far below the surface it seemed …

My b&b room (with sea view) was close to the stunning Art Deco Jubilee Pool and its little cafe. The Mayor had just been in for his swim in its unheated sea water when I visited early one morning.

I had a wonderful time dipping into the festivities (even wearing a Mazey garland),  but best of all was walking along the quiet sea coast to visit Newlyn and its gallery, then to Mousehole, stopping many times to gaze at the sea, experiencing its smell and sound.  Heaven!

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