Time to Celebrate Montol 2017
The great thing about this time of year is the chance to take part in a variety of festivities and parties. One of our favourites, simply for the sheer fun of it all, is Penzance’s Montol. Put simply, a reinvention of a traditional Cornish mid-winter customs and practices.
In 2017, Blacks of Chapel Street is delighted to have been asked to help sponsor towards the event. We would like to invite you to join us at the bar and dining room in Chapel Street to watch the afternoon and evening unfold.
First up is the Sundown Procession from the top of Causewayhead which will lead to a gathering for ‘Fire and Song’ in Chapel Street.
The choosing of the Lord of Misrule will happen just above Blacks of Chapel Street, outside the Union Hotel.
Then the main procession will commence at 1800 from Chapel Street with the evening culminating with the late night procession and ‘Chalking of the Mock’ outside the Admiral Benbow at about 10 pm.
So keep yourself energised and warm by visiting Blacks of Chapel Street. We have plenty of mulled cider/wine, hot teas & coffees, mince-pies and our full range of food and drinks available. Check our drinks menu here
Come and mingle and watch a delightful evening’s entertainment in Penzance.
If you are interested in the history of Montol and are looking for a good external reference site, consider the following here
The Facebook page for Montol is located here
The 2015 Montol Festival will be using Chapel Street as the venue for many of the day’s events. We’re really excited as this means that you can watch much of what is going on while enjoying a great selection of food and drink from the warmth of Blacks – ring side seats!
The main program can be found on the website www.montol.info but here’s a summary:
**New** 4pm Sundown Proclamation Procession. The members of the Guise Guilds and other costumed guisers will meet just after sun down at 4pm at the top of Causewayhead leading a procession to Chapel Street.
4.30pm – Programme of entertainment in Chapel Street. Including fire display from Circo Inferno and music from Dakka Doum and Land and See
5.40pm – Selection of the Lord of Misrule outside the Union Hotel
6pm Main Procession – On the stroke of 6pm the Raffidy Dumitz Band will lead the people of Penzance up through Causewayhead to the Princess May Recreation Ground for the Midwinter fire.
6.15pm – Midwinter fire at the Princess May Recreation Ground.
6.45pm Return procession finishing at the Ritz.
7pm The Montol Revels
From 7.15pm – The Guise Guilds.
From 7.30pm – Community celebration with entertainment at the Ritz.
7.30pm The choosing of the Master of the Splendid League of Physicians outside the Dolphin Tavern.
7.35pm The choosing of the Grand Vizier of the Noble Company of the Turk’s Head at the Turk’s Head.
7.40pm – The choosing of the Master of the Glorious Company of the Egyptian House at the Egyptian House.
8pm The Choosing of the Master of the Corn-Market at the Market House.
8.20pm The Choosing of the Master of the Melodious company of Peccadilloes at the Fountain Tavern.
From 8pm – Programme of Entertainment in Chapel Street.
10pm – Torchlit procession and chalking of the Mock