Cornish Piper and Grand Bard of Gorsedh to visit Museum of Witchcraft and Magic

Cornish Piper and Grand Bard of Gorsedh to visit Museum of Witchcraft and Magic
Museum of Witchcraft and Magic

By: Judith Hewitt
Added: 04 June 2017

The Museum of Witchcraft and Magic, Boscastle is really pleased to have Merv Davey, Cornish Piper and Grand Bard of the Cornish Gorsedh, coming to lead the dances for our Midsummer Day Celebrations on June 24th.  

The event is taking place in front of the Museum and in Boscastle Harbour.  Plans for the day are taking shape, so here is what you have to look forward to:


From 10.30am

Museum open as normal.  Floral displays and well dressing outside the Museum for visitors to see.  Visitors can bring coins and pins to throw in the wishing well and also flowers to decorate it if they like.  These are customary and propitious things to do on Midsummer’s Day. 


From 3pm

bring out the midsummer tree decorated with ribbons and topped with a golden cockerel

circular dances with music around the tree; we would love lots of audience participation in this so please bring your friends and familly!


Around 3.30pm

a serpent dance around the Harbour: process from the Museum to the bridge and back down the other side of the river.  NO KNOWLEDGE OF DANCING IS NEEDED: JUST A DESIRE TO TAKE PART!


Around 4pm

the dunking of  “John the Baptist” in the stream to bring us good weather for the year.  Gillian Nott has made us a traditional figure of grass, branches and herbs which will be dipped in the stream to remind us that although the sun is being celebrated, we also need water.  Midsummer Day is also The Day of the Nativity of St John the Baptists in the liturgical calendar.


How to take part:

Just turn up, everything is free and taking place outside the Museum (weather permitting).   


Things you might want to bring with you to make the day a success/to fully take part:

Flower garlands to wear around neck and body 

Coins and pins to throw into our wishing well, flowers to decorate it with

Seeds to scatter while dancing


Hope to see you there!   Contact the Museum if you have any questions ( or 01840250111).

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