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The cheapest way to get to Mousehole is to walk, and there are good views, pubs, and a few small shops along the way, but once you've done that you can also take the First Bus from one of the stops in Penzance, Newlyn, or Marazion. The bus drops off and picks up right in the center of Mousehole. It's cheap (I think it costs just over a pound) and comfortable. Visit the website below to plan your trip or see the times.
Updated Jan 20, 2006
Phone: 0845 600 1420
West Cornwall has an extra Christmas celebration on the 23rd December, known as Tom Bawcocks Eve.
Mousehole man Tom Bawcock lived about two centuries ago. During a bad winter of storms with Christmas coming up, the fisherman of Mousehole had not managed to gather in any fish being too afraid to take their boats out. On the Eve of Christmas Eve, with the gale still blowing, Tom gathered his crew together; "Come on, me sons, let's see if we can get us some Christmas denner."
They were the only boat to set sail into the storm. The tradition goes that they had a good catch and bought back seven different types of fish.
On Tom Bawcocks Eve this is celebrated by the baking of Starry Gazy pie which has seven types of fish baked under a crust, with the heads sticking out a hole in the middle.
A merry place you may believe
Was Mouzel on Tom Bawcocks Eve.
To be there then who wulden wesh
To sup o sibm soorts o fesh.
When morgy brath had cleared the path,
Come scences for a fry,
And we had a bit o scad
And starry gazy pie.
Next came fairmaids
Bra thusty jandes
As maade our oozles dry.
And ling and haake
Enough to make
A raunin' shark to sigh.
An aich we'd clunk
As health were drunk,
And when up came Tom Bawcocks name
We pris'd un to the sky.
Written Mar 11, 2003