Midsummer Event coming soon!

On June 24th, we are hosting an event for Midsummer.  The event will be led by Merv and Alison Davey.  

Our next door neighbour, Claire at Harbour Lights Cafe spotted a couple of articles in a magazine (I think it was Cornwall Life) about other events Merv Davey has been involved in so we thought we would share them here to give you an idea of what to expect.


Our event is taking place in front of the Museum and in Boscastle Harbour.  

Plans for the day are taking shape, so here is what you have to look forward to:

From 10.30am

Museum open as normal.  Floral displays and well dressing outside the Museum for visitors to see.  Visitors can bring coins and pins to throw in the wishing well and also flowers to decorate it if they like.  These are customary and propitious things to do on Midsummer’s Day. 

From 3pm

bring out the midsummer tree decorated with ribbons and topped with a golden cockerel

circular dances with music around the tree; we would love lots of audience participation in this so please bring your friends and familly!

Around 3.30pm

a serpent dance around the Harbour: process from the Museum to the bridge and back down the other side of the river.  NO KNOWLEDGE OF DANCING IS NEEDED: JUST A DESIRE TO TAKE PART!

Around 4pm

the dunking of  “John the Baptist” in the stream to bring us good weather for the year.  Gillian Nott has made us a traditional figure of grass, branches and herbs which will be dipped in the stream to remind us that although the sun is being celebrated, we also need water.  Midsummer Day is also The Day of the Nativity of St John the Baptists in the liturgical calendar.

On Wednesday, Gillian Nott presented us with this fantastic figure of St John the Baptist.  Here are some photos of him including one where he is sitting near the wishing well (he is looking forward to being in the water soon!)  Thanks so much to Gillian for another amazing creation for the Museum!

Around 8.30pm

a midsummer bonfire on the cliffs as the sun sets to “put the sun to bed” as the founder of the Museum, Cecil Williamson, used to do every night (although this won’t be his ritual as the details of that are unknown).  

How to take part:

Just turn up, everything is free and taking place outside the Museum (weather permitting).   

Things you might want to bring with you to make the day a success/to fully take part:

Flower garlands to wear around neck and body 

Coins and pins to throw into our wishing well, flowers to decorate it with

Seeds to scatter while dancing

Herbs and stones to throw into the bonfire at the end of the day.

Hope to see you there!   Contact the Museum if you have any questions (museumwitchcraft@aol.com or 01840250111).