Brief Information about St Piran
Piran is also known as the patron saint of tin miners.
He is the most famous of the saints to come to Cornwall from Ireland.
Fell out with the king and was chucked off a cliff tied to a mill-stone.
Then he managed to navigate the lump of granite across the Celtic Sea and landed in Perranporth (1 hour, 15 minutes from Bude)
His first disciples were a badger, a fox, and a bear.
He had the gift of miracles
He ‘rediscovered’ tin-smelting (tin had been smelted in Cornwall since before the Romans’ arrival, but the methods had since been lost).
Upon smelting his black hearthstone, the tin formed a white cross – an image used for the Cornish Flag.
Legend has it he lived until he was 200 years old.
I hope these points have given you a better understanding of St Piran and some tradition of Cornwall. Now onto the next part of this blog, how can you celebrate this day with us in Bude?.
What’s on in Bude?.
Make sure you prepare for a day full of pasties, ciders, music, and singing as we have two events running in Bude this year celebrating St Piran. This is a day many people in Cornwall mark as the first day of Spring, so let’s hope for a sunny day to make those celebrations even greater.
St Piran’s Day Walk
The first event to mention is St Piran’s Day Walk the Walk. This will begin at the Bude Surf Life Saving Club (Bude SLSC) and will depart at 5 pm. The walk will be led by a local Piper over Summerleaze Downs then back to the Bude SLSC for tea and biscuits. Following on from this you will go to The Barrel Bude for beer, pasties and a Cornish Sing-Song.
St Piran’s Day Celebrations at The Brendon Arms
Go along to the Brendon Arms Pub and celebrate St Piran’s Day. They are offering a Traditional Cornish Pasty and a pint of either, Offshore, Rattler, or Trelawny for only £6.50. These are great traditional Cornish brews and I would recommend you try them during your visit here. As well as the great food and drink on offer, at 7:30pm there will be music by the “The Countryman Band” to keep you entertained throughout the night. The Brendon are using this day to help a great cause, £1 of every pint sold from the above ales will be donated to the charity MIND.
Another great feature worth noting about these events is The Trewlawny Shout will be performed at 9 pm, this is the national anthem of Cornwall (You may have heard it on Fishermans Friends). The time is 9pm for every event in an attempt to have people across Cornwall singing the anthem all at the same time. If you are looking for more events available to celebrate on St Piran’s day around Cornwall, click here.