story of Bolster Day has been acted out high above St Agnes Chapel
at Chapel Porth cove for the past 13 years by street theatre groups.
day festivities began on Saturday 9th and 16th April with clay model
and lantern workshops being held in nearby St Agnes. A lantern and
torch procession from Churchtown Square to St Agnes beacon was followed
by the Bolster bonfire and barbecue on Saturday 30th April.
Bolster Day procession and pageant kicked off on Sunday 1st May
from the village and hostelries and finished at Chapel Porth cove
where the reinactment of the story began. The Bolster Drummers and
the Knight Sir Constantine led the procession in search of the giant.
of people gathered on the cliff side to watch the giant, Bolster,
make his appearance, bear his heart and face the challenge of local
dignitaries and heroes.
Bolster Day legend
The story of Bolster the giant begins with an evil giant who ate
children and people at random. He makes his wife, Mrs Bolster carry
boulders on her back day and night. The giant falls in love with
a beautiful young girl called Agnes who steals his heart.
Knight Sir Constantine and local dignitaries search for the Giant
Bolster to face him in a fight to the death. He overcomes the challengers
at Chapel Porth in a showdown. But it's young, sweet Agnes who finally
topples the giant.
asks him to fill a nearby pool with his blood to prove his love
for her, knowing full well that there is a hole in the pool which
runs out to the sea, finally killing the giant.
annual Bolster day event is is great day out of the whole family
and the nearby National Trust cafe and car park ensured the crowds
were well looked after and catered for all day.