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Child eating giant at large in Cornwall…

By March 13, 2014April 23rd, 2021No Comments

Among the many strange customs and traditions of Cornwall that are celebrated is one relating to marauding giants running riot in the county; among them the child-eating monster Bolster, hence the St Agnes Bolster Festival which takes place May 2 to 5 2014.

The festival celebrates the demise of Bolster, whom legend has terrorising the Cornish folk living on the north coast. The annual pageant begins with a lantern procession, bonfire and barbecue on the first day, while on the next a re-enactment sees the Knight Sir Constantine and his drummers searching the streets for the effigy of Bolster, a huge puppet, culminating in a cliff-top confrontation.

Spectactors follow the procession up to St Agnes Beacon; a landmark owned by the National Trust with exquisite views of the Cornish coastline and, on a clear day, as many as 32 church towers.

At the bonfire, clay houses are fired and these symbolise the village in the 2nd day events. After the re-enactment, the musicians and dancers perform in the car park at Chapel Forth beach where refreshments are available from Robin’s café.

Visiting Cornwall in early April? St Agnes has a new event introduced only last year, The Outsid’er weekend (April 11-13) , with fun activities, arts and crafts, music and sports included, celebrating the natural environment and encouraging everyone to get outdoors and get stuck in!

St Agnes sits in both a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and a World Heritage Site on the north coast of Cornwall. It is under an hour’s drive from CLC World resort CLC Trenython Manor.

Picture credit: avail