Our own, local Celtic festival, Yn Chruinnaght, may have celebrated its fortieth anniversary earlier this year, but hot on its heels is the Cornish festival favourite Lowender Peran, which celebrates its own fortieth birthday at the beginning of November.
Recognised as a family friendly event, Lowender Peran is now firmly established at the Hotel Bristol in Newquay after many years based at Perranporth. Run by the Young family since 1927, the hotel retains some of its original art deco features alongside some of its contemporary in-house facilities; enjoying picturesque views of Tolcarne Beach from its cliff top position.
Organisers of the festival believe they’ve found a perfect home for the festival in the Hotel Bristol, which provides a range of large function rooms and bars to accommodate a burgeoning selection of events, as well as some session-friendly corners.
It’s a great opportunity to shrug off those darker evenings and enjoy an uplifting programme of events for the whole family, which features trusted favourites, such as workshops, dance displays, concerts and ceilidhs till the early hours. Additionally, there are Cornish language activities for families and a Drop-in Kids Art Session, as well as some unique pursuits such as bilingual gin tasting, a cultural expo and Cornish wrestling.
Links between the Isle of Man and Cornwall will be fostered this year by Manx dance group Perree Bane and local musicians The Lawrences.
Other entertainers at the festival with associations with the Island include Scottish harpist Rachel Hair and Welsh accordionist Jamie Smith.
© October 2018
(Courtesy of Manx Life)