Cornwall LivingIssue #73
Celebrate the seasons
Celebrate the turning of the seasons this year at the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic for a truly enchanting experience.
The Museum of Witchcraft and Magic is located on Boscastle’s harbour, and was originally set up here in 1960 because of the areas tangible connection to magic.
“…the soft glow of candlelight illuminates objects; heightening the mystery and creating a beautiful atmosphere.”
The wheel of the year is always turning, and the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic marks the changing of seasons with its immersive calendar of events. The height of the summer represents a mystical time of change and has been celebrated for centuries. Falling on the 23rd June this year, the Museum is hosting its second annual midsummer celebration. Giving you the chance to embark on a day filled with traditions and Cornish legend. Dust off your dancing shoes and take to the floor with Merv Davey, who will lead you in the art of traditional Cornish dancing. Listen to the sound of the Cornish Pipers playing songs on their bagpipes, and watch as harvest folk art is created outside the museum.
Enjoy a walk with a difference when you visit the museum this year by joining the weekly-guided folklore and magic walks around the picturesque village. Walk in the footsteps of the sea witches and take in Boscastle’s rugged cliffs and coast. Or, tread the path of the saints through the oak woodlands and on to Valency valley. The Museum is open daily and sometimes even at night! On these special evenings, the soft glow of candlelight illuminates objects; heightening the mystery and creating a beautiful atmosphere. The evenings are taking place throughout the summer; see the “discover more” box for exact times and dates. The museums 2018 exhibition “Dew of Heaven: Objects of Ritual Magic” explores magic that derived from the Ancient World, with sections on John Dee and Aleister Crowley. The exhibition is accompanied by monthly curator talks in the Museum library, allowing you to hear about the themes of the exhibition in greater detail. So, if you’re entranced by the mystery of magic, then get down to the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic this summer, and learn more about the captivating world that the museum displays.
Did you know?
On the 27th October, the museum will be hosting its Halloween celebration. Acknowledging the coming of the darker months with more dancing; then, as night falls, the torches will be lit and the creatures will come out!
"...the soft glow of candlelight illuminates objects; heightening the mystery and creating a beautiful atmosphere."