Venues at a glance

The Penzance Literary Festival takes place at several interesting and quirky venues in the town. Click on ‘read more’ to see what’s happening at each place!

  • Acorn Theatre

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    The Acorn centre for the arts has quite the reputation in the west of Cornwall for an innovative – sometimes quirky – programme of events, encompassing theatre, dance, music, films, comedy, poetry, storytelling and more
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  • Hypatia Trust

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    The Hypatia Trust was formed to collect, and make available, published and personal documentation about the achievements of women in every aspect of their lives. Central to activities has been the care, development and re-distribution of the Hypatia Collection, a unique set of sub-collections of books, artefacts, and archives, by and about women. The Hypatia […]
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  • Newlyn Filmhouse

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    The recently opened Newlyn Filmhouse is a small two screen cinema in the heart of Newlyn. The Café Bar is open from 10:30am everyday, with a daily changing seasonal lunch and dinner menu and homemade cakes. Everyone is welcome and we strive to accommodate all dietary requirements. The Newlyn Filmhouse will be hosting special Litfest Fringe […]
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  • Penlee Coach House

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    Penlee Coach House is a returning venue for the 2017 Litfest. Turn towards Penlee Park from Morrab Road, through the gate and Penlee Coach House is on the left hand side through a small gate.
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  • Penlee House Gallery

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    Penlee House is a first class gallery and museum set within an attractive park.
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  • Penlee Park

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    Penlee Park Open Air Theatre – the theatre in the park in the heart of Penzance. A unique outdoor theatre space that has celebrated Cornish, national and international performers since 1948. Set in beautiful sheltered surroundings in Penlee Park, the theatre seats around 300 people. Come and enjoy an afternoon or evening of quality entertainment […]
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  • Redwing Gallery

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    Redwing Gallery is a not-for-profit social enterprise representing art and artists excluded from the mainstream commercial art world
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  • St John’s Hall

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    The newly-refurbished St John’s Hall hosts Litfest events in 2017.
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  • St Mary’s Church

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    A church has stood on this headland since the 12th Century.  The present church, which, was built in 1835.  Our  tower  acts as a Waymark to the sea faring community. St Mary’s  was re-ordered thirty years ago after a huge fire. Traditional church music is very important here.  The present grand organ comes from the university […]
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  • The Admiral Benbow

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    The Admiral Benbow is a unique pub and restaurant with a worldwide reputation and a famous history. It provides a great, quirky venue for some of the 2017 events.
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  • The Crown

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    Set on a quiet Penzance back street, The Crown is one of Cornwall’s hidden gems. You’ll find no distracting screens, jukeboxes or slot machines – just friendly local people savouring the ambience and hospitality of this renowned establishment.
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  • The Egyptian House

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    The Egyptian House is probably one of Cornwall’s most flamboyantly designed buildings. With its ornate lotus columns and stylised cornices, the building looks quite out of place in Penzance, as if by some miscalculation or time warp, the building was transported to Penzance instead of Egypt.
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  • The Exchange

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    The Exchange offers urban spaces in award-winning architecture within walking distance from Penzance bus and train stations. The glass façade spectacularly comes alive at night. The main gallery space is the biggest space across our two venues and can accommodate up to 200 people. The Exchange can host up to 300 people in total. The […]
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  • The Morrab Library

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    The Morrab is an independent library established in 1818, situated in Penzance’s Morrab Gardens overlooking the sea.
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