Penryn is Celebrating 800 Years

In 1216 Bishop Simon of Exeter saw that a small community was forming in Penryn, he supported this community by developing the area, separating it from the rest of the wider manor of Treliever, and laying the foundations for future Bishops and Royalty to grant a number of charters that  would see the Borough become a thriving Market Town and prosperous Port. 800 years later,  the people of Penryn invite you to join us as we celebrate some of the milestones and moments that helped shape our beautiful Town.

May 13th - Stuart Stephens Memorial Hall - 10 am - 5 pm

Connected Communities Exhibition

Work and design proposals resulting from a number of workshops run by Falmouth University Architecture Students and Penryn community members, to discuss ways to connect Commercial Road with the town centre.



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May 28th - June 1st - St Gluvias Church - 10.30am - 5.30 pm

'Oooh ECK', Exhibition

ECK are here and ready to party !! - Eck (Eclectikus Collectikus Kreativikus), are a new Creative Collective of 18 highly talented individuals based in Penryn, Falmouth and beyond. Their first group exhibition takes place during Penryn800 with their, 'Launch Party', taking place on Sunday 29th of May. This is a fantastic opportunity to meet the artists from 11.30 am AND enjoy a free cream tea and cake, while they have any left! There will be participatory collaborative art projects and happenings along  with a performance at 1pm by musician / artist member Olive Haigh.

Definitely not to be missed!




JUNE 9th


Join the Penryn Picture House, for a visually thrilling evening of short films made by Falmouth University Animation BA students and inspired by the Penryn 800 celebrations PLUS the the award winning 2015 eco-documentary Racing Extinction, all complemented by delicious thaali made by Maha Masala Spice Company.

At The Temperance Hall, Lower Market Street, Penryn

Doors open at 6.45pm for food and live music

The screenings start at 7.45pm

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JUNE 19th

Tremough Gardens Open Day

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11am - 3pm

Penryn Campus

Celebrating Penryn 800 and the site's rich heritage, visitors are invited to enjoy the award winning Tremough Gardens at the Penryn Campus at an open gardens event this Fathers’ Day.

Blending historic sub-tropical planting with newly created landscapes, the gardens are both visually stunning and a haven for a diverse range of plant and animal species.

On offer for visitors is a chance to talk to our gardeners, explore the many features of the gardens, and find out more about historic Tremough. Plants and light refreshments will be on sale.

Tremough Gardens, whose grounds team won 14 first prizes and the coveted Chamber of Commerce Silver Cup for shrubs and flowering shrubs at this year’s Falmouth Spring Flower Show, are open for all to enjoy.

Amongst the many features for visitors to experience are the walled garden and the Italianate garden and terraces. See the impressive 18th Century lime avenue and parkland. Stroll down the old drive with pinetum, fernery, native woodland, visit the WW2 grotto and star pond and see the historic rare rhododendrons, cultivated on the site in the Victorian era and still considered to be one of the most important collections in the country

Entry and parking is free, and many public footpaths lead through the campus for visitors on foot from neighbouring areas.  Dogs on leads are welcome, and dog waste bins are provided throughout the gardens.



11th July

Tea Dance - The Temperance Hall - 12 pm

Sports Evening - Glasney Field - 6.30 pm

 Plen an Gwari - The Playing Places of Cornwall - Penryn Town Hall - 7.30 pm

Entertaining and informative illustrated talk by Will Coleman from GoldenTree Productions about the importance of Penryn and ancient Glasney College in the writing and the performance of the Cornish Ordinalia plays.

Including book signing by Will Coleman and tea and saffron buns

 12th July

Heritage Walk with John Kirby - Meet at the Town Hall - 2 pm

 Heritage Walk with Chaz Wenmoth - Meet at the Town Hall - 7.30 pm

 13th July

 Penryn Pop-Up in the Town Hall - 13th, 14th, 15th & 16th

9am - 5pm

The very popular Penryn Pop-Up will be packed full of delicious produce, hand-crafted gifts and home furnishing, clothes and art. 


 Quiz Night -Penryn Athletic FC - 7.30 pm


 17th July

The Burghers' Burger Of The Borough Competition

The Famous Barrel Pub



YOUR burgers could turn you into a burgher in a special cooking contest which is taking place as part of the Penryn 800 celebrations.

The borough is marking this special anniversary with a series of events and the next one, which will tantalise the town’s taste buds, is at the Famous Barrel pub.

So how could a burger – meat, fish or veggie – turn you into a burgher, which is defined as a member of the trading or mercantile class; a respectable citizen; or a  freeman of the borough?

The winners of each class in the contest will not only collect a prize and a certificate, they will be named as honorary burghers of the town for the rest of the year and will be able to take part in all the official Penryn 800 celebration events, including the Mock Mayor parade on October 1st.

There will be professional, amateur and junior (14 and under) classes for meat burgers (including fish flavours) and veggie versions.

All the burgers must be cooked on-site on the day of the event. It costs £2 per entry. Entry forms will also be available from the Famous Barrel pub in St Thomas Street and from the town council offices. You can also just turn up on the day.



Penryn Fair Day August 27th

Throughout the Town

One of the most popular days in the Town's calendar, Penryn Fair Day is packed full of lot's to see, do, hear and eat!


September 16th

800 Stormy Nights  at The Seven Stars


Celebrating the stories and sense of place that is 


STORMY NIGHTS is inspired by the idea that everyone and everything tells stories; that the telling of stories is woven into the fabric of daily life, and that truth is often stranger than fiction. This special edition, created to celebrate the 800th anniversary of Penryn’s Charter, is written, directed and hosted by Penryn based Katie Etheridge and Simon Persighetti with a little help from a mysterious medieval Italian Bishop who will read a 21st Century Penryn Charter, co-authored by the audience! 
A night of Short Acts and Tall Tales, 800 STORMY NIGHTS will shine light on some significant and seemingly insignificant episodes in the last 800 years of life in Penryn, through new writing and performance and a previously undiscovered volume of Diary of a Pub Cat, written in Cornish.
Stormy Nights© Jono Whitehead

Stormy Nights© Jono Whitehead


October 1st

Penryn Mock Mayor


For the first time in generations the return of the ancient anarchic Penryn Custom.of Mock Mayor also known as the Mayor of Mylor is returned to Penryn thanks to the Cornish Culture Association.

11am - Election of the Mock Mayor from among the "nutters" of the borough by the town mob. Location TBC

12pm - Mock Mayor procession. Led by his Worship the Mock Mayor dressed in regalia and riding his chair of office held aloft by his supporters. Joined by his officers of state including 2 mace bearers holding cabbages, the towns nutters, journeyman tailor, a large band of musicians and followers.

1pm - Meeting of the Mayor of Penryn at the Market House for the handing over of the town to the MOCK MAYOR as is the ancient custom. Followed by the imprisonment of the towm Mayor.

2.30pm - Grand Procession featuring the community of Penryn led by the Mock Mayor.

3.30pm - Mock Mayoral proclamations in the various taverns and public places of the town, THE ALE SHALL BE TESTED BY THE ANCIENT CUSTOM.

For more information take a look at the Penryn Mock Mayor 2016 on Facebook.


To celebrate 800 years of Penryn, Luxmuralis is creating a unique Son-et-Lumiere. 

Working with local schools and local people, a team of professional artists will create Sound and Light murals which will be displayed onto the historic architecture of Penryn for a once in a lifetime tribute to the town for everyone to enjoy.


October 8th

Penryn Kemeneth

12pm - Penryn Quay


Kemeneth (Community in Cornish), will include an opera on a sailing ship with a multicultural stage and trading market celebrating Penryn's rich trading past.

A procession of 20+ giant puppets , bands and dancers up through the town past the Cornish stage and stalls in the  Memorial Gardens, to The Heritage stage and Market in  Penryn Town Centre.

With music, heritage stalls and performances including a stunning high wire performance and an abseil dance celebrating Penryn's granite           industry down the clock tower itself!

The procession will then dance its way to Glasney College Field where a big top stage and surrounding side shows will provide celebration and cultural activities with an Ordinalia theme.

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Event's are being added and updated all the time so please keep checking back and don't forget to check our event's calendar for more local event's throughout the year.