We are delighted to announce that the Green and Whitegold Festival of Clay, Gardens and conviviality will be coming back to St Austell’s town centre on 26th June with satellite events taking place in St Austell Bay throughout June and July.

The Green and Whitegold Festival programme showcases what makes the St Austell area so special – highlighting the strong horticulture (green) connection with the famous sub-tropical gardens close-by and its unique China Clay (whitegold) heritage.

We can’t wait to be able to bring an array of activities to St Austell, to celebrate what a special place this is – but also to help safely reconnect our community after the challenging months of lockdown.


There’s an exciting and diverse range of things to see, do and hear, including a choice of hands-on workshops, exhibitions, demonstrations, live music and roaming street performance, walks and talks.

We’ve selected some fantastic traders selling seeds, plants and ceramic crafts, interspersed with representatives of local attractions and projects passionate about horticulture, biodiversity, public art, ceramic and clay culture.

Take a deeper diver into the programme of events here on our festival 2021 pages and we look forward to welcoming you into St Austell soon!


Talks and Demos at the Whitegold Festival


Be there for the unveiling of the new Whitegold Ceramic art trail, which seeks to transform the town into a public art gallery – and has been two years in the making.  This exciting milestone in the Austell Project’s journey will showcase specialist ceramic artworks created especially for the town, by leading and world-famous artists.

We’ve also temporary exhibitions installed across town from Whitegold Prize artists and celebrated local makers.

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Come and meet some of the artists involved in public art projects around town and hear them talk about the process of making their work for St Austell.

Watch our live ‘open air’ horticulture and ceramic craft demos to be inspired by some of the skills and techniques used by expert makers and growers.

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Workshop at the Whitegold Festival
Live Music at the Whitegold Festival


Build a ‘Tree of Life’, decorate a Raku tea bowl, make an embossed tile, pick up some flower arranging tips…  a host of creative activities to keep your hands busy all day!

For the full workshop programme Find out more


St Austell town centre will be alive with performance-parkour, White River and Clay Country inspired stories, song and dance.

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Walks and Fieldtrips at the Whitegold Festival
Stalls at the Whitegold Festival


Take in some of St Austell Bay’s spectacular views on one of our clay country walks.   Learn more about St Austell’s clay heritage, what delicious edibles the land has to offer, meet new friends and walk for your wellbeing.

For information on walks and field trip dates and bookings Find out more



Browse our Green and Whitegold trader and information stalls; from local businesses and people passionate about gardening, growing, sustainability and biodiversity to high quality craftspeople and ceramic craft sellers.

Learn more about some of our partner organisations and projects, with stalls and activities from Wheal Martyn Clay Works, The Eden Project, Heligan and Cornwall College.

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We are able to offer a wealth of co-curated activities taking place across St Austell Bay in partnership with our local friends and colleagues.  Catch the free shuttle bus and take part in Cornwall College’s Open Day and to visit the Narrative Contemporary Craft Fair also on the college campus, drop in on our experimental brickworks at Blackpool Pit or take a trip to Wheal Martyn Clay Works for a tour around the museum and to take in Kurt Jackson’s exhibition of paintings inspired by Clay Country.  The town centre’s historic Market House and Holy Trinity Church are also opening their doors and joining in to make the offer to festival visitors even bigger and better than before.

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We are looking for a team of enthusiastic and dedicated local volunteers to help make the Green and Whitegold Festival a huge success.  Volunteers help contribute to a vibrant atmosphere whilst keeping visitors happy and safe; enabling everyone to enjoy the festival to the full.

To join our team Find out more

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All this year’s festival activities will be run in line with existing Covid-19 guidance.  All relevant precautions and health and safety measures will be taken to ensure your comfort, and to maximise your enjoyment of the festival.

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Our Festival Hub can be found in South Square, White River Place PL25 5AZ where you can pick up a programme and find out what’s going on where.

St Austell town centre is well served by public transport and we have a festival mini-bus linking onward to out of town activities.

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