Lowender Peran is famous for its dances which go on throughout the day and continue into the early hours. In most cases there is a caller to guide you through, and in others you pick them up as you go along. Experience not necessary, the more the merrier! In addition to our wall to wall ceilidhs in the evening, we have the following special social dance events:

The Beastly Ball

7.30 – 10.30pm, Balllroom - Thursday 31st October

Our Thursday evening troyl will be an extra special one this year, a ‘Beastly Ball’ brought to us by Cornwall’s own Tros an Treys in celebration of Nos Kalan Gwaf (Winter’s Eve) and All Hallow’s Eve. An opportunity to don your Guize Dance masks and mock posh costume. There is also rumour a special guest will be sprung from Bodmin jail especially for the evening... watch out for the ritual resurrection of Beast of Bodmin! 

Tots’ Troyl

1.30 – 3pm, Ballroom - Friday 1st November

Aimed at the under 5s and their parents/carers, but open to families with kids of all ages. A Troyl is Cornwall’s answer to the Scottish Ceilidh – a  traditional social dance event. It’s great exercise and a fantastic way for you and your children to be part of a Cornish music and dance tradition that generations have enjoyed. No previous experience or special footwear neccessary. There will be a live band and a caller to guide you through all these small-people friendly dances.


Come over to the Ballroom to hear some great bands and soak up the festival atmosphere from 6pm Friday to Saturday, and 5.30pm on Sunday evening. Food and drinks served at the Ballroom Bar.


Beginners/Improvers Sessions

Celtic session tunes played at a steady pace, led by local accordionist Matt Bray from 7.30pm - 8.30pm in the Little Dining Room on Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd November.

Classic Session Tunes

These sessions are a one-hour blast of music led by our visiting and local groups, purely with tunes from their country. No manuscript will be available for these events, which are aimed at musicians who enjoy picking up tunes by ear. Anyone is welcome to join in. Sessions will take place from 2 - 5.30pm on Saturday 2nd November and 11.30am - 3pm on Sunday 3rd November in the Cocktail Bar.

Cocktail Bar Sessions

On Friday, Saturday and Sunday night, sessions in the Cocktail bar will be kicked off by Greta Curtin, The Stowes and Krelys respectively. These sessions are designed to get the party started, and are open to all.

Open Sessions

While there are a number of programmed sessions, we encourage people to start up their own impromptu music, song or dance sessions during the weekend. The Small Dining Room, Little Lounge, Cocktail Bar and Beneden Room are all great locations for sessions you’re welcome to strike up. Please check the programme for any events first.

Tune/Song Swap with Vrï and Bagas Crowd

Join pioneers of Welsh chamber-folk music, Vrï, and Cornwall’s own prolific fiddle community group, Bagas Crowd, for a session of Welsh and Cornish tunes and songs. The session is open to all, and all instrument types and voices are welcome. This session is from 11am – 12pm in the Cocktail bar on Saturday 2nd November 

Newquay Rowing Club Singing Session  

Now a firm festival tradition, head down to Newquay Rowing Club where the Rowing Club singers will be singing a selection of popular songs in the Cornish and English language, hosting Cor Clwb Rygbi Aberteifi Choir who will be singing some of their own repertoire of Welsh songs. Also joining the event will be Jerry O’Reilly from Ireland, and Catherine Tinney from Scotland. Everyone is welcome to attend and join in this fun and informal session.

2.30 – 4.30pm, Newquay Rowing Club -Sunday 3rd November


Enjoy day-long rolling dance displays and music in the Main Dining Room on Saturday and Sunday, with live music and colourful costumes.

11am – 5.30pm, Main Dining Room, Saturday 2nd November

11.30am – 4pm, Main Dining Room, Sunday 3rd November


We have handpicked some fantastic acts for this year’s programme of concerts, featuring:

The Winding World

The Winding World is based on a true tale. A baby found in the snow in a Cornish cove, a love story and a community with all its oddities, secrets and humanity. The story is told with original stories, songs and a soundtrack written by Anna Maria Murphy and the musicians of Bagas Degol.

7.30pm, Main Dining Room - Thursday 31st October

Vri & Pete Berryman

Traditional music comes to the concert hall! BBC Radio Two Folk Awards and Welsh Folk Award nominees  Vri  perform their ‘Folk Chamber’ style music, alongside Cornwall's own guitar virtuoso Pete Berryman.

7.30pm, Main Dining Room - Friday 1st November

Gwenno & Krismenn

Fresh from performances with Jools Holland and a tour with the Manic Street Preachers, Gwenno performs Cornish language tracks from her electro-pop album Le Kov, alongside Krismenn – trailblazer of Breton language rap and beatboxing.

7.30pm, Main Dining Room - Saturday 2nd November

Sole Music Step Dance Showcase

Bringing together step dancers from across the Celtic world, this concert celebrating percussive dance is the definition of toe-tapping! Featuring performances of traditional step dances from Ireland, Scotland, Wales, the Isle of Man and Cornwall. 

4.30pm, Ballroom - Sunday 3rd November

Project Smok

A power house of traditional music featuring multi award-winning musicians; Ali Levack (Pipes & Whistles), Pablo Lafuente (Guitar) and Ewan Baird (Bodhrán).

7.30pm, Main Dining Room - Sunday 3rd November


Magic Mirror / Mirour Hus

Come and have your photo taken on this giant full length interactive ‘selfie’ mirror, and learn one or two words of Kernewek – the Cornish language – at the same time. Grab some  props and say ‘keus!’ (Cheese) with a whole host of speech bubbles with different phrases in Cornish. Printouts available for a donation, so you can take home a souvenir of your day. 

11am – 2pm, Little Dining Room - Saturday 2nd November

#BiliKernow Pebble Painting

Have a go at painting your own #BiliKernow pebbles. ‘Bili’ means pebbles in the Cornish language. #BiliKernow has been inspired by the hidden rocks phenomenon encouraging children and families everywhere to get creative and get outdoors. The twist with #BiliKernow is that all the rocks have a word or message in the Cornish language on the back. Splann! (Superb!). As well as adding a bit of magic to someone's day, we hope finding these rocks will inspire curiosity about Kernewek, the Cornish language. There will be help on hand to help give inspiration for pictures to paint as well as translations.

11am – 1pm, Beneden Room - Saturday 2nd November

Kids’ Singing Workshop

Come and enjoy a good old Cornish sing-song led by Bronnie Gibbons.

11.15am – 12pm - Saturday 2nd November

Storytelling from the tales of Morgowr – The Cornish Sea Giant

First sighted and reported in 1876, Morgowr (Cornish for ‘Sea Giant’) is believed to live in Falmouth Bay and Helford River Estuary. Morgowr (a Plesiosaur) tells her own story of how her family survived the Cretaceous extinction of the dinosaurs, why she came to Cornwall and where she has been hiding for the past few years. Join this ancient and magical creature on her adventures read by the book’s multi award-winning author, Judy Scrimshaw.

12.30 – 1pm, Beneden Room - Saturday 2nd November

Face Painting

Tying in with the Morgowr stories, come and enjoy FREE face painting on a sea creature theme; sea serpents, mermaids and many more!

11am – 2pm, Beneden Room - Saturday 2nd November

Dress Up

Come and dress up as a Bal Maiden or a Tin Miner and take your photo taken against a Cornish mining landscape.

11am – 2pm, Ballroom - Sunday 3rd November

Get Creative Session with Blystra Arts

Enjoy arts and crafts for the whole family with this session led by Blystra Arts

11am – 2pm, Ballroom - Sunday 3rd November

Cornish Ice Cream Blind Taste Test

Put your taste buds to the test and learn a few words of Cornish. How does your ice cream taste? frutys (fruity)? hweg (sweet?) holanek (salty)? Can you guess what flavour it is? Pre-book one of the three blind taste workshops at 11am, 11.45am or 12.15pm. At the end of the session you’ll get a voucher for one free scoop of your favourite Cornish ice cream. If you can’t make the workshops but you’d still like an ice cream, you can buy a scoop separately from the ice cream cart in the Ballroom.

Workshops: 11am, 11.45am, 12.15pm, Little Dining Room - Sunday 3rd November

Ice Cream Cart: 11am – 2pm, Ballroom - Sunday 3rd November


Back with us for 2019 we’re delighted to be showcasing some of Cornwall’s finest makers, this time in the Ballroom at the Hotel Bristol in Newquay.  

11am – 4pm, Ballroom - Saturday 2nd November


Dance Workshops

2 – 5.30pm, Beneden Room, Saturday 2nd November
12.30 – 5pm, Beneden Room, Sunday 3rd November

Look out for our workshops where you can have a go at more complicated dances than you would normally get in a ceilidh, taken at a more considered pace with time for questions and picking up the dance style.

Beat Box and Rap Workshop with Krismenn

3 – 4pm, Tolcarne Room - Saturday 2nd November 

If you’ve ever wanted to try your hand at beatbox and rap in a minority language – now is your chance! Come and have a go yourself with Krismenn.

Morgannow – Cornish Sea Shanties Workshop

3.30 – 5pm, Little Dining Room - Saturday 2nd November

Thanks to Matt Blewett and Tir Ha Tavas ( Dee and Dave Brotherton) Lowender Peran’s Morgannow project reached far and wide this year. We even had Bodmin Play’s Ragadazio belting out shanties in Cornish during Bodmin Riding and Heritage festival in July. Matt, Dee and Dave will be leading the Cornish shanty session in the Little Dining Room from 3pm on Saturday 2nd November. Simple repetitive lyrics which are projected on to a screen make it easy for all to join in and if you want a taster beforehand visit the project website: www.morgannow.link


11am – 2pm, Ballroom - Sunday 3rd November 

Come and find out about what a host of organisations are doing to celebrate Cornwall’s rich cultural heritage with stands including An Daras, the Cornish Dance Society, Cornwall Heritage Trust and many more. During the afternoon you can also enjoy Cornish dance displays, wrestling demonstrations, music, songs and activities for all the family.


1.30 – 3pm, Little Dining Room - Sunday 3rd November

POETRY & DIALECT READINGS – ‘Lowsterin' 'nd Schemyin'

3.30 – 5pm, Little Dining Room - Sunday 3rd November

In between the politics and culture of a land defined by its language lies the means of communication which bridges Kernewek and English. Cornish dialect has known many expressions - from the secretive whisperings of resistance against Cromwellian imperialism to the assertion of difference by Cornish miners in the bars and chapels of America and Australia. And the habit of dialect, its playfulness, difference and usefulness fashion our speech today as much as ever. Join Bert Biscoe, Pauline Sheppard and Simon Parker for a celebration of dialect as a creative medium - prepare for surrealism, tragedy, wit, obscurantism and yarns.



10.30am – 12pm, Beneden Room - Sunday 3rd November

Argh Ilow Kernow (The Cornish Music Archive) is a collaboration between Lowender Peran and The Institute of Cornish Studies to create an archive and on-line database of Cornish music. As part of this project speakers are invited to Lowender Peran each year to talk on different aspects of Cornish music. This year’s symposium will take the form of conversations – keskowsow – between individuals representing different Cornish music traditions and how Cornish identity is celebrated and expressed within those traditions. Conversations will include Gwenno Saunders and Mark Trevethan, Cornish language lead at Cornwall Council talking about the Cornish language and popular music. Gwenno has taken the Cornish language into the mainstream with the runaway success of her Cornish Language album ‘Le Kov’.