06 01 2013 02 19 Main aisleOver 6,000 daffodils have now arrived ready for the Mawgan Daffodil Festival which takes place this weekend in the 12th Century listed churd of St Mawgan in Meneage.

From Saturday, February 14 to Monday, February 16, the church will be filled to the brim with the bright golden flowers.

One of the organisers, Wendy Bailey said: “The display challenge is greater this year as the cold has stopped the daffodils growing so there are fewer varieties available. However there will still be a spectacular show.Whatever happens we shall celebrate the wonderful industry that surrounds us in west Cornwall and the delightful and varied daffodil by decking the church with thousands of yellow trumpet daffodils to give all your senses a treat with the sight and smell of the cheerful blooms.”

As well as the flowers, there will be the opportunity to view equipment used over 50 years ago, listen to music from local musicians and admire displays of paintings, photographs and embroidery with a daffodil theme. The music includes Christin Robertson playing dulcimer and singing medieval and folk music on Saturday morning, Cornish Male Voice group Thraw’d Together on Saturday afternoon, classical guitarist Richard Collington and harpist Jade Hamzelou at lunchtime on Sunday and the Maen Voes Choir from St Keverne and Andrew Woods playing organ on Sunday afternoon.

There will also be a large display by children from Garras School who have produced 56 paintings and poems on a daffodil theme especially for the event.

Over the three days the festival will be open from 10.30 am to 4.30 pm each day and is free to enter. Light refreshments will be available including pasties from Gear Farm and homemade soup at lunchtime on Saturday and Sunday and tea/coffee and cakes all day every day

To start the festivities off on Saturday, the bells will ring and Curate, the Revd Heather Aston will give the opening blessing at 10.30am. On Sunday there is a Celtic evening service at 5pm, taken by the Rector, the Revd Lesley Walker, at which the Bishop of St Germans, the Rt Reverend Chris Goldsmith will be the preacher.

This year for the first time the festival will be open on Monday.

Wendy added: “We are grateful to the many local businesses that have sponsored this event, a full list of which will be available in the programme and in the church.”