All Hallow’s Eve Gathering at The Museum of Witchcraft and Magic

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Date(s) - 28/10/2017
All Day

Boscastle Harbour

All Hallow’s Eve Gathering will be on Saturday October 28th.  Things will probably start in the afternoon.  Please book accommodation etc. early as this is going to be very popular.

For more information and videos from last year, see

The Museum of Witchcraft and Magic is hosting a series of events on Saturday October 28th 2017 for our fourth annual All Hallows Eve celebration. Hopefully, you will see these events as entertaining and good for the village, its residents and visitors. We certainly hope they will create a unique atmosphere for people to enjoy near Halloween! Unfortunately, there may be a little inconvenience to you so we just wanted to alert you to it and do what we can to minimise disruption and make this as positive an experience as possible.

Before the 28th October
We are encouraging people to dress up and to carve pumpkins to decorate the Harbour area. We aren’t running a pumpkin carving competition this year but we would love to see the Harbour looking festive so if you can put one out somewhere in the village that would be amazing. We would be happy to have any at the Museum.

Events on 28th
From 10am – At the top of the village in the Village Hall (Gunpool Lane), David Pitt will run a drop in workshop where kids and adults can make their very own miniature Mari Lwyds (Grey Mares) or ‘osses. It is free to attend and materials are provided. Donations welcome.

10.30 – 2.30 – Acapella folk singing in the Harbour (with Morwenna)

From 3pm – Morris dancing in front of the Museum, including appearances from ‘Mr Fox’ (a torchlit dancing troupe) and Boscastle Buoys. A local resident Angie, will also set up a face-painting tent on the grass verge opposite the Youth Hostel from about 4pm.

4.00 – 4.30 ish – Mari Lwyds will visit Dunn Street and Old Road – New for this year: the Mari Lwyds will visit people’s homes as they process down Old Road. If you would like the Maris to visit you please email or ring 01840 250 111.

5.45pm – People are encouraged to assemble at the main car park for a lantern/torchlit parade into the Harbour. Bring your own lantern (maybe a carved pumpkin or turnip, maybe a jar with a candle in it, maybe even a torch).

6pm – Dancing and pwnco ceremony will take place outside the Museum.

8pm-11pm – The Museum will be open by candlelight for a unique Halloween experience. Entry is free for Boscastle residents (just bring some proof of residency please!)

Implications for residents:

Noise and crowds: There will be people in the Harbour area outside the Museum until around 6.30pm.

Access to the Harbour: It may be difficult to drive to your property if it involves going in front of the Museum/Harbour Lights area. The area will probably be a little congested from 2pm onwards.

Parking in the Harbour – it would be advised for staff of the Museum, the National Trust Visitor’s Centre, Harbour Light Café and the Youth Hostel to park somewhere else from around 12pm until around 6pm. The Museum staff will speak to the affected businesses and we are happy to pay for their parking during this time.

Businesses – might wish to open slightly later as there should be a good crowd around until about 6.30pm.

Many thanks to the National Trust, Cornwall Council and Boscastle Chamber of Trade and Commerce for supporting this event so enthusiastically.

If you have any questions, queries or comments please do not hesitate to come and speak with us in the Museum,