Perranporth, St Piran's Play, 5th March
Sunday 5th March 2017, St Piran’s Day, at Gear & Penhale Sands. Free entertainment for all ages.
The promenade play will start at 2 p.m. from Piran Point, Perran Sands, near Perranporth. It will take about 90 minutes. Scenes will include St Piran’s oratory and the old church.
Free parking in the car parks at Perran Sands Holiday Park.
Meeting at Piran Point, Perran Sands Holiday Park, TR6 0AQ, near Perranporth for the Grand Procession to St Piran’s Oratory and Church to celebrate the re-excavation of St Piran’s Oratory from Penhale Sands. The procession will be led by Falmouth Marine Band to the Oratory where there the audience will be invited to sing along with invited choirs.
James Gossip, head archaeologist on the excavation, will give an update on the plans of St Piran Trust and Cornwall Archaeological Unit in connection with the site.
Refreshments may be available from a bar at Perran Sands Holiday Park where there will be toilets.
Held on the nearest Sunday to St Piran's Day, the play produced by the St Piran Trust, takes place in Perranporth, where according to legend the revered saint was washed up on millstone from Ireland in the 5th century AD. Crossing the dunes to St Piran's Cross, hundreds of people gather, generally dressed in black, white and gold, the colours of Cornwall, carrying the Cornish Flag.
You can take part in this celebration of Cornwall’s distinct identity by joining the spectators who walk over the dunes and watch the play acted out in three parts. Dozens of actors and musicians portray the stages of St Piran’s life from his birth in Ireland, his arrival in Cornwall, his miraculous discovery of tin and his Christian ministry in Kernow.
For further details see Perranporth Tourist Information Centre or call 01872 575254