All Hallow’s Eve Gathering 2017

We are at the end of a busy summer so it won’t be long until Boscastle’s annual celebration of winter’s beginning: the fantastic and now world-famous All Hallow’s Eve event on Saturday 28th October.

The village will be visited by the Mari Lwyds or ‘Grey Mares’ – traditional hobby osses – there will be the Dancing of the Dark Morris, the traditional pwnco ceremony outside the Museum of Witchcraft & Magic, and a Candle Lit Evening in the Museum.

But this year will be bigger and better than ever. An exciting troupe called Mr. Fox will perform a torch-lit dance and the Mari’s will also process down Old Road (let us know if you want your house to be visited!) In addition, there will be a work-shop for kids (and adults) at the top of the Village in the Village Hall near Gunpool Lane, where you can make your very own miniature Mari Lwyd! We will also have traditional Cornish songs sung in the Harbour by Boscastle Buoys.

We are very happy to have the full support of the National Trust and the Boscastle Chamber of Trade & Commerce, and hope that as many locals as possible can attend. If you live in the village and want to come to the Museum, then please do, it is free to residents! Also – residents and businesses of Old Road – if you would like the Mari Lwyd’s to knock on your door and ‘bless your home’ for the year (as is custom) then email the Museum at, or ring Peter on 01840 250 111. It is customary to give the Osses a Soul Cake (google it!) and a drink. It is like trick or treating, but better!

The Mari Lwyd workshop will commence around 10am until the early afternoon, dancing in the Harbour from about 3pm. People are encouraged to assemble at the main car park at 5.45pm to accompany the Osses to the Museum. This is a celebration of the end of summer and the start of winter and everyone is welcome – come down in fancy dress, bring a carved and lit pumpkin or turnip lantern as these will be displayed along the Harbour and outside the Museum. The Candle Lit Evening in the Museum will be from 8pm.

We are also looking for volunteers who can help steward the event. Please get in touch if you could spare us a few hours on the day, email or telephone 01840 250 111. We had huge crowds last year and many businesses in the village reported that it was their busiest day of the season. Hopefully this year will be just as good and we hope to see you there!