St. Piran’s Day in Bude

The 5th March is St Piran’s Day, the national day of Cornwall.  The day is named after one of our patron saints, Saint Piran, who is also the patron saint of tin miners.

  • Piran is the most famous of all the saints to have come to Cornwall from Ireland
  • The heathen Irish tied him to a mill-stone and tossed him out to a stormy sea.  The sea immediately became calm and he safely floated across and landed at Perranzabuloe in Cornwall.
  • His first disciples were a badger, a fox, and a bear.
  • He became a hermit, and won veneration from his sanctity and austerity.
  • He had the gift of miracles.
  • He was joined by many of his Christian converts and founded the Abbey of Lanpiran, with Piran as abbot
  • He ‘rediscovered’ tin-smelting (tin had been smelted in Cornwall since before the Romans’ arrival, but the methods had since been lost).
  • Upon smelting his black hearthstone, the tin formed a white cross – an images used for the Cornish Flag.

There are several St. Piran’s Day events in Bude
There’s an evening of music, pasties, beer and singing at the Brendon Arms or a piper-led walk over the cliffs with tea and biscuits and then pasties, singing and beer at The Barrel.

Whichever event you attend, you’ll be able to participate in the 9pm Trelawny Shout – when people across Cornwall all sing the Cornish National anthem at the same time.

It’s absolutely mandatory to wave the Cornish Flag on St. Piran’s Day.  Pop into the Bude Tourist Information Centre or buy online via 

These events will involve beer!  If you need a hotel or B&B for the night within easy walking distance, we have double/twin rooms from £70, single rooms from £39 and self-catering cottages from £213.  Click here for information…

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