Cancellation of the Dark Gathering 2021

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It is indeed sad news that the Dark Gathering has to be cancelled for the second year running.  I had been working on trying to create a viable and manageable version that might go ahead for this year, and had been up until now, cautiously optimistic that we might be able to have a some sort of event at Boscastle this year.

However, I have now heard from the National Trust, via the Museum and Boscastle Chamber of Commerce, that they are unable to grant the appropriate licences for events this year due to the strain on their resources as a result of the pandemic.  They hope that this will be a temporary measure only and that by next year their resources will improve enough to give permission to go ahead as before.

Obviously this is a huge disappointment, but the matter is out of my hands as the Dark Gathering completely relies upon the goodwill and co-operation of all concerned within Boscastle.

Let’s hope that very soon the global pandemic that is effecting so many will eventually run it’s course and be manageable enough for people to return to some degree of freedom with the return of our much loved community events and festivals.

So, for now the next Dark Gathering will be:

Saturday 29th October 2022

Stay well and stay safe!

Gathering Poster 2022

Latest Update

I am delighted to confirm that we will be able to have the same line up of Morris sides as previously advertised.  In other words, Beltane Border Morris, Mythago Morris and special Guest Side, Boggart’s Breakfast!  

Here’s some footage of next year’s performers just to whet your appetite.

Beltane Border Morris dancing Cross Tree, Totnes, Devon for St Georges Day 28th April 2019 – YouTube

Mythago Morris – Thor’s Hammer – 300619 – YouTube

Boggarts Breakfast Dance Monkey Island as part of Hartlepool Folk festival October 2019 – YouTube

3 thoughts on “Cancellation of the Dark Gathering 2021

  1. We partly expected this to happen again Cassandra, however there are pros and cons to the situation, many people are uncomfortable attending gatherings in the present situation, hopefully life will have returned to some type of normality by 2022 when we will have TRIPLE the celebration to make up for the two years we have missed. Onwards and upwards 🙂 x


  2. I just want to add that we are still looking forward to visiting Boscastle on the Samhain weekend with a group of good friends to mark this special occasion. Im sure others will join us 🙂 xx


  3. So, so very sorry to hear this news. We will keep our fingers, toes and everything else crossed for 2022 John & Jeannie Adey


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