Penlee House Gallery & Museum, Penzance
The artistic heart of West Cornwall's history

What's On
at Penlee

To see what's been happening at some of the events held at Penlee House please click here to visit our events gallery.  

Quizzes and trails will keep the young'uns happy on their visit, as well as the colouring table in the local history gallery... also, don't miss:

Golowan - All at Sea

Saturday 24 June: It's Mazey Day!

Celebrate Penzance's Mazey Day by joining us for some sea-themed crafts, drop-in to the Gallery from 2.30 - 3.30pm. Free - all welcome.

Penzance Literary Festival Fringe at Penlee

We're joining in with Penzance LitFest with some fringe events at Penlee House.  

Saturday 1 July, 2.30pm - 3.30pm: Build-a-book

Words can be spoken, written or sung, but many of our favourite stories are found in books.  Get ready to celebrate the Penzance Literary Festival by creating your very own hand-made book.  Design a cover, bind with a ribbon, and fill with ideas, stories, poems or prose. 

FREE; drop in any time. Children must be accompanied by an adult

Saturday 8 July, 2.00pm - 3.30pm: Meet the author

Come along and meet award winning writer Sharon Tregenza, author of Tarantual Tide and The Shiver Stone, and hear all about her work. Try mazes and muses and dot-to-dots and whatnots - lots of fun things to do for all the family. There will be prizes!

FREE; drop in any time. Children must be accompanied by an adult 

Thursday 6 July, 2.00pm - 4.30pm: Pisky-led: a guided walk with stories

Stories run deep in the Cornish landscape.  Almost every hill, carn and rock has a tale to tell.  Join Adrian Rodda and Lucy Cooper on an expedition into the wild moors and tales of West Penwith.  Step off the map and enter the uncharted realm of folktales and faerie.  

Visit the Hooting Carn where a dark rider wrestles other-worldly opponents.  Discover secret portals to fairyland.  Hear tales of handsome, mysterious Bob of the Carn, and of fairy feasts and revellery.  Prepare to be pisky-led on a merry dance on a tour of tales from the area’s rich folklore, taking in fairy mounds, wild moors, and ancient megaliths along the way.  

Meet at the North Road car park on the junction of Pendeen and Trewellard Roads (SW 3934 3337)

Booking essential; please phone 01736 363625

Costs: £5.00 adults; £4.00 concessions

To find out more about all Penzance LitFest events please visit

Drop-in family events in the Gallery - get arty!

Look out for drop-in family art and craft activities every Saturday afternoon from 2.30pm - 3.30pm in the exhibition galleries. Be inspired by the pictures on show in the current exhibition and have a go at making something to take home. There's a different activity every week and all materials are supplied. FREE and open to all - including grown-ups! (children must be accompanied). DOWNLOAD THE MAY/JUNE PROGRAMME HERE

Penlee House Gallery and Museum is now an accredited Learning Destination for the Children's University in Cornwall - attend any workshop and get one stamp for your Passport to Learning! Don't forget to bring your passport on the day.

Tick-Tock-Time for Little Fingers!

Free creative outreach sessions for pre-school children aged from two and a half upwards and their parents and carers, run by educator Jo Lumber. Enjoy stories, rhymes, making and doing. N.B. Not all sessions will take place at Penlee House:

For more information, please call 01736 363625 or email

Friends' Lecture Programme 2016/2017

Lectures take place at 7:30pm at Penlee House (unless otherwise stated). Admission: Members £2.00, Non-members £3.00. BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL: Tel. 01736 363625.