St Piran’s Day at Cornwall Gold

St Piran was the patron saint of tin, so what better way to celebrate our local history than with a trip to Europe’s last working tin mill right here at Cornwall Gold!

St Piran’s Day takes place across Cornwall on Tuesday the 5th of March 2024, with more festivities the weekend before. With lots of free activities and history to be discovered, here are our favourite things to do at Cornwall Gold during the St Piran’s Day celebrations.

Discover the history of tin milling

Learn how rock from local tin mills was pulverised, read the human stories behind this last working link to Cornwall’s past and see ingenious machinery up close, all in our free interactive exhibition. Plus kid’s can have fun dressing up in authentic Tin Miller and Bal Maiden costumes to get a feel for what life was really like!

Enjoy a Cornish Cream Tea!

Jam or cream first? Whichever way you eat it, come and cosy up in the award-winning Pantry and enjoy a traditional Cornish Cream Tea to celebrate St Piran’s. Homemade scones and locally sourced ingredients – it doesn’t get better than this!

Treat yourself

Shopping at Cornwall Gold is unlike anywhere else as you are surrounded by history everywhere you turn.  Remember your trip with a piece of jewellery from the heart of Cornwall; all our Tolgus Jewellery contains a touch of tin from our very own, ancient tin mill.

Step inside a real tin mill

Imagine what life would have been like working in a tin mill in the heart of Cornwall and discover the process of tin streaming in this 500-year-old mill, the last remaining in Europe!

Did you know? The Tolgus Mill used to smash rock into tiny pieces, removing the tin ore from the stone, and then employing a host of inventions to separate the valuable tin.  For generations, Tolgus tin was exported all over the world and now finds its way into our Tolgus jewellery collections which then supports the regeneration of the mill from the jewellery sales!

Enjoy a local festival

Redruth’s St Piran’s Day festival takes place on the 2nd of March 2024 at 10am in the town centre. Why not pop along to us after for a spot of homemade lunch? Free parking and dogs welcome.

Who is St Piran?

Legend has it that St Piran was originally an abbot in Ireland in the 5th century who miraculously survived being tossed into the Irish Sea and washed up on the beach at Perranzabuloe in Cornwall. After many years he is said to have discovered black rock that oozed a white liquid – tin! The Cornish flags waved today represent this, with tin being the white cross and the stone being the black background.

It’s free to enter Cornwall Gold but if you don’t want to book your visit in advance we will give you a £5 jewellery voucher! Book here

Please note the Tolgus Tin Mill is closed on some days due to the historic roof restoration project taking place. Please call ahead to find out more 01209 203 280

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