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.
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