Cornish Easter Traditions

Going Triggin at Easter

Going Triggin at Easter

Good Friday in Cornwall was not kept a day of mourning but as a feast and was known as “Goody Friday”. In West Cornwall it was, and is still common for young people to go on walks to recreational spots such as St. Michaels Mount and more popularly Lamorna. These walks are still undertaken by people of all ages and the Lamorna cliff path can also be particularly busy over the Easter period.

Trigg meat

Trigg meat

In all Cornish communities the eating of cakes, buns and spiced breads was extremely popular, sometimes being sold at informal markets by local people such as the one that was held in Penzance near the Quay area. The Helford river is a favourite spot for gathering “Trigg Meat”, i.e. Cornish dialect for the shell fish found at the point of low tide.

If you are planning on going trigging in any area of Cornwall please leave all Cockles smaller than a 20p piece as they are undersized. This ensures that future generations can enjoy this activity by protecting our natural heritage.