Change to Dark Gathering Line Up

There is only one thing that you can guarantee in life – and that is that all things will change!

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We live in interesting times and the Dark Gathering has not been immune to these fluctuating events.  Sadly I have to announce that our Guest Side, Wild Hunt Bedlam Morris have reluctantly had to cancel their appearance this year due to unforeseen circumstances.  We were very disappointed by this and we hope that Wild Hunt will be able to appear at a Gathering at some point in the future.

Needless to say this caused some avid searching around for a replacement side and we found and decided upon an intriguing act – Huginn and Muninn.

They have been described as ‘Ragnarock ‘n Roll’ and are advertised as ‘a contemporary surrealist two person Border Morris side.  They dance tales of Huginn and Muninn’s adventures from the pantheon of Norse myths, ably kept in check by the music of Odin himself.’  We are hoping that everyone will be well entertained by such…

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New Page to All Hallows Dark Gathering Website

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This is a quick post to let folks know that we have a new page to our Dark Gathering Website.  In pursuit of funding initiatives we have created a Merchandise page which we will add to as and when.  We aim to create high quality items at an affordable cost,  whilst at the same time adding to our funds.

Once again we give thanks to our in-house graphic designer, Chris White.  🙂

Merchandise Page

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Line Up for Dark Gathering 2019

After a lot of ducking and diving, I’ve eventually got my line-up of performers for the Dark Gathering 2019. Read all about them here:

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The sixth annual Dark Gathering has yet again an exciting line-up with something, hopefully, for everyone.  So it’s time to give a bit more detail and introduce the performers to you.

The day will kick off with spooky tales from  Lisa Schneidau who is an experienced storyteller and environmentalist from Dartmoor.  She will bring together her love of nature and the Land with a magical flair that I’m sure will enchant all who attend the session.

Lisa Schneidau

Here are the details:

Wise Women and Witches
Stories from the Isles of Britain

The venue will be the library at the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic.  Given the rarity of some of the books, there is an absolute ban on any food and drink being brought into the library with no browsing of books permitted on this occasion.

There will be two shows, 10am and 11am (running time 50 minutes).  Suitable…

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Dark Gathering 2018 – Part Three

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This year saw a brief, unexpected and not-to-be-repeated Boscastle Derby which involved the Mari Lwyds in a race down to the harbour!

Even the most well ordered event can suffer from blips, miscommunication and things getting lost in translation. Our Lantern Procession this year managed to include all of these! Fortunately, we were well able to absorb all this and managed to carry on, according to most onlookers, seamlessly(!) – the worst that happened was that timings got mangled.

The Dark Gathering, which has been recently described as Cornwall’s Annual Halloween event, has almost outgrown itself in popularity.  Sometimes I think that folk forget that Boscastle is a small fishing village and treat it like a town in some ways.  The locals do their level best to accommodate most people’s requirements and I feel that this needs to be remembered when visiting, whether as a performer or an audience member. …

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Dark Gathering 2018 – Part Two

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Over the years the Dark Gathering has gathered momentum and has been supported in its endeavours by generous donations from both the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic and Boscastle Chamber of Commerce.  We feel it is time for us to start finding our own ways of funding the event through other means as well so we have begun to look at selling merchandise.  This year we set that particular ball rolling by selling badges, and being rather theatrical types, we wanted to produce a specific character to sell them.  Enter the Pedlar!

I chose one of our friends who had offered help, Michelle Elliot aka Selkie Shell to be the Pedlar and she was brilliant!  She created a wonderful character who I believe met quite a few people over the afternoon as she had sold out in a couple of hours!  However, if you wanted to buy some badges as…

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Dark Gathering 2018 – Part One

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I had a strong feeling that the Dark Gathering 2018 would be an emotional experience, and I wasn’t wrong!  There were all sorts of things going on behind the scenes that I won’t bore you with but take my word for it, everyone involved did the very best they could under trying circumstances and limited resources.  As a consequence there were a few logistical hiccoughs but nothing that completely ruined the day for others, even though it gave the organisers a few stressful moments.

Just before we were about to set off to Boscastle the day before the Dark Gathering we received the following poignant message:

For the last few years my amazing husband Matt Geoffrey and I have attended the gathering in Boscastle. We were all booked for this year it’s always the highlight of our year. Sadly on Monday Matt lost his battle with cancer, he fought like…

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Breaking News for the Dark Gathering!

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After months of negotiations with various Boscastle residents I am delighted to announce that this year we will have a Park and Ride scheme in operation.  This will go a long way to alleviate the growing problem we have had each year of parking for people wanting to attend the Dark Gathering.  The details are as follows:

Above is a screenshot of the field designated for the shuttle service.  This service will operate between 10.30 am until 6.30 pm and will leave the field at half past the hour, and return from the main car park at quarter to the hour.

For those wishing to stay on for the evening, there is a break of one hour from the performances from 5 pm until 6 pm for those who wish to move their car and try to park in the main car park.  Those who may be staying overnight will…

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Update for the Dark Gathering 2018

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There a couple of items that need updating in this year’s line up at the Dark Gathering.  Firstly, the Mari Lwyd Workshop will not be taking place this year after all.  However, we hope that we can reintroduce this again at a later date.

The other main change to the schedule is that sadly, the Boscastle Buoys are unable to perform for us this year.  In their place will be a demonstration of traditional Welsh dancing by Cwmni Gwerin Pontypwl.

Given these changes the Programme of Events will be as follows:

2 pm – Warm up act from the Salt Sisters.

3 pm – Dark Morris performances from Beltane Border Morris, Domesday Morris and this year’s Guest Side, Wolfshead & Vixen

4 pm – Display of Welsh Dancing

4.30 pm – Dark Morris performances

5 pm – Comfort Break

6 pm – Procession leaves from main car park

6.20 pm…

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Dark Gathering Latest – A Website!

 

See poster for this year’s line-up:

It was a long and protracted labour but now I am delighted to say that we have at last the All Hallows Gathering website – see link:

All Hallows Gathering Website

Now we have a central point to field all enquiries and share information, so tell all your friends – or anyone else who likes something a little bit different…  😉

Enjoy!

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