'Celebrating Cornwall' on Saint Piran's Day 5th March

Here are a few ideas for a Cornwall themed CST session to celebrate 'St Piran's Day' on 5th March.

Start by asking members if they have enjoyed any holidays in Cornwall and what their favourite places there are?

Then there is a short 'Music and Picture Quiz' below.

FACTOID. The Cornish flag is dedicated to St Pirran. The Cornish word for Cornwall is Kernow.

ROUND 1. Places

1. What is the cathedral (and only) city of Cornwall?

When do you think the Cathedral building was completed?

a. 1710

b. 1810

c. 1910

2. Name this North Cornwall fishing village (the biggest in the UK)?

Which TV chef started his career here?

Here he is ...

3. Name this island?

Which French place is it twinned with?

4. Name this North Cornwall castle/tourist attraction?

Which mythical King is associated with this place?

Here he is:

5. Name this 'biblical' Cornish garden?

What is inside the domes?

6. Name this 'Lost Garden'?

Having become 'lost to the brambles of time' in World War 1 due to 9 of its men dying in battle, in which year were they 'rediscovered and reawakened'?

a. 1940

b. 1960

c. 1990

7. Name this Newquay surfing beach (the lead surfing beach in the UK)?

Apparently, Newquay is a popular destination for parties for brides and husbands to be. What are they called?

8. Name this famous Cornish holiday resort?

Answer the famous riddle: "On my way to St. Ives I saw a man with 7 wives. Each wife had 7 sacks. Each sack had 7 cats. Each cat had 7 kittens. Kittens, cats, sacks, wives. How many were going to St. Ives?"

9. Name this open air Cornish theatre?

Near Porthcurno beach, to the east of this headland, there is a museum dedicated to what?

a. Rowena Cade, who created the theatre

b. Telegram Cables from America

c. Shakespeare

10. Name this Cornish village that was flooded in 2004? Amazingly, no lives were lost.

There is another museum here. Is it?

a. Pilchard fishing museum

b. National Trust

c. Witchcraft

SONG BREAK. 'The Floral Dance', Terry Wogan - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OlH1af4siKQ

11. What was the name of his most popular TV quiz show?

ROUND 2. Food & Drink

12. Name this Cornish pie?

Which type of fish are looking skywards?

13. Name this Cornish savoury treat?

For which group of workers was the dish originally created for?

14. Nearly all Spider Crab caught in Cornwall (85%) are exported to European market. Cornish fishermen have changed the name to increase its appeal to UK customers. What is it now called:

a. Cornish King Crab

b. Southerly Succulent Crab

c. South West Super Crab

15. Name this dense Cornish cake?

What five simple ingredients do you think are used in making it?

16. True or False. 'Cornish Cream Tea' has clotted cream on top. Devon has it on the bottom?

What type of jam do you use?

17. What is the main ingredient of Cornish Mead?

a. Fermented honey

b. Molasses syrup

c. Pressed apples

18. From around 1750 to 1880 Pilchard Fishing was a thriving industry, but after this date it went into an almost terminal decline. Why?

a. Overfishing

b. Pollution

c. Disease in the fish

19. Cornish smuggling was rife in the 18th century. If smugglers were caught with contraband they could be put to death by hanging. How many gallons of French Brandy were smuggled per year at its peak?

a. 50,000 gallons

b. 100,000 gallons

c. 500,000 gallons

SONG BREAK. 'I Am A Cider Drinker', The Wurzels - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=72U3UbfJG40

20. How many apples make a pint of cider?

a. 3

b. 13

c. 30

ROUND 3. Art & Literature

21. In this GWR 'Famous Five' advert, where were they headed (the most southerly and westerly station in the UK)?

Who wrote the 'Famous Five' books?

Here is the advert - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2sQvlBPFZgE

22. Who wrote the novel about smuggling called 'Jamaica Inn'?

On which moor would you find the inn?

23. Name this doctor?

Who played him?

24. Who is this? She lives in Fowey.

What was the name of her hit TV series where she played a female vicar?

25. Name this TV series?

Name the characters?

26. Which Gilbert & Sullivan operetta has a Cornish place name in its title?

27. 'The Admiral Benbow Inn' in Penzance sets the scene at the start of which book written by Robert Louis Stephenson in 1881?

28. Name this classic 1940 Hitchcock movie set in 'Manderley' near Falmouth?

Which characters are pictured here?

FACTOID. Dear Reader ... Whilst 'Manderley' is a fictional estate, it is actually based on a real place called 'Manabilly'. Shortly after the book was published Daphne Du Maurier moved here.

29. Name this 2004 movie set in 'Prussia Cove'?

Which two Dames starred in this movie about a young Polish violin player washed up on the beach?

30. Name the 2019 movie, about sea shanty singers from Port Isaac?

What flavour are the cough sweets of the same name?

SONG BREAK. 'What Shall We Do With The Drunken Sailor', 'Fisherman's Friends' - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=52g7ak47IZo

31. What type of songs are sung by this group?

ROUND 4. Bits & Bobs & A Bit Of Whatnot

32. Name this most southerly tip of the UK?

Nearest guess. How many miles is it to John O'Groats?

33. During the 18th century Cornwall was the mining centre of the world. What year did the last tin mine close (due to plummeting prices)?

a. 1898

b. 1948

c. 1998

34. What year was the total eclipse of the sun in the UK, seen in totality in Cornwall?

35. How do you pronounce 'Mousehole'?

a. Mouse-hole

b. Mous'ol

c. Muzzle

FACTOID. There is a popular children's book about Mousehole, based on the legend of Cornish fisherman Tom Bawcock and the stargazy pie, it tells the tale of a cat who goes with its owner on a fishing expedition in rough and stormy seas.

36. There is a living museum to this sculptress in St Ives. What is her name?

37. Name this St Ives art gallery?

38. Name the Duke & Duchess Of Cornwall?

What will she be called:

a. Queen Consort

b. Princess Royal

c. Mrs Mountbatten-Windsor

39. Where is this ship heading, from Penzance?

Can you name any of the islands?

40. And, leaving Cornwall behind, what river will you cross at Plymouth?

SONG. 'Padstow May Day Song' - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Yol4Y7rdew

FACTOID. The saying 'Pride Of Place' comes from the Manor House 'Prideaux Place' in Padstow?

SONG. 'Men Of The Sea', TV Theme - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0m9hxIC7N_I

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0BS8QeWPzi0 (Short TV intro)

Remember Chalky biting the microphone? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJX9V9M6xE4

FACTOID. This is why he named his lager 'Chalky's Bite'!





Right, weather allowing, we're going to the beach for the afternoon. Have members choose which items they will take with them and pack an imaginary bag. What beach shall we go to?

Or you could ask the group to list as many fish as they can and get drawing or painting.


It has to be fish and chips right? Get a takeaway in, if you can.

Who wants mushy peas, tartare sauce or tomato sauce?

Wash it down with a St Austell's brewery ale.


1. Truro / 1910

2. Padstow / Rick Stein

3. St Michael's Mount / Mont Sant Michel in Normandy

4. Tintagel / King Arthur

5. 'Eden' / The biomes contain tropical and mediterranean forest gardens

6. 'The Lost Gardens Of Heligan' near Mevagissey / C

7. Fistral Bay / 'Hen' and 'Stag Dos'

8. St Ives / One

9. 'Minack Theatre' / 1990

10. Boscastle / Telegram Cables

11. 'Blankety Blank'

12. 'Stargazey Pie' / Pilchards (a.k.a. Sardines)

13. 'Cornish Pasty' / Tin Miners (apparently the crust was thrown away for the rats in the mines because of toxic chemicals on miners hands)

14. Cornish King Crab

15. 'Hevva (Heavy) Cake' / Flour, Butter, Dried Fruit, Sugar & Milk

16. True / Strawberry