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This Saturday November 19, St Austell, just a short drive from our luxury hotel in Fowey, marks the beginning of winter. The celebration in the china clay capital of Cornwall sees live bands, music and dancing in addition to the Torchlight Carnival parade through the town.

see the St Austell Torchlight Festival near our luxury hotel in Fowey

The town comes to life with the celebrations which take place all day at various places across St Austell, and culminate with the spectacle which is the Torchlight Carnival parade.

The popular annual event is heralded as the start of festive season, and the parade which welcomes over 1,000 people to join includes spectacular lanterns, colourful floats, torch lights, dancers and lively music. Every year the parade gets bigger and better, so any visitors to the festival this year will be in for a treat.

The parade starts at 6pm and all are welcome to join in; it will end at One Stop Shop where prizes will be presented out to those with the best costumes, lanterns and floats.

The events starting at 10am on Saturday morning include samba dance workshops, circus skills, live music including local band Ukeability, theatre performances, and choirs at Market House, Fore Street and White River Place.

Did you know?

St Austell, besides being well known for the Eden Project and Lost Gardens of Heligan, grew in size due to the discovery of valuable china clay, known as white gold, in the area. Initially, the clay was used in pottery, but today Cornwall's china clay is shipped all over the world. It is also used as an additive in a variety of products from tyres to toothpaste!

After a day at the festival, be sure to head to our luxury hotel in Fowey and warm up with delicious food from our fantastic menu, featuring local produce and seasonal ingredients.

Other posts on our blog you may enjoy reading:

Cornwall is the best place for a winter break - and here's why

Don't miss out on the fantastic Fowey Christmas Market this December

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