Penzance is a working harbour, home to fishing boats, leisure boats, sailing boats (both classic and modern), the cargo ship ‘Gry Maritha’ and the RMV Scillonian. Close to both the railway and bus stations, the harbour has toilet and shower facilities, water, electric, fuel and recycling are available. It is close to the town centre, with shops, supermarkets and Post Office nearby. Harbour gates are open from 2 hours before HW to I hour after. The Harbour Office is contactable on VHF Channel 12. There are harbourside cafes, pubs and a marine engineers and chandlery. The port has a rich maritime heritage, and is a favourite with yachtsmen either wishing to take in the glorious sailing to be had in the wide waters of Mounts Bay, from the Lizard to Lands End, or as a stopping off point on the way to the Isles of Scilly. Marine life is plentiful, as are the coastal walks and sandy beaches.
From Thursday 25th of June until Sunday the 28th, Penzance harbour in Cornwall will be the venue for “PZ 2015”, a traditional boat festival, running in tandem with the well-established and much loved Golowan Festival. Owners and crews of traditional style boats are invited to come and enjoy the atmosphere and pageantry of the Golowan festival from this scenic harbour arena, situated in the heart of historic Penzance, with music, dancing, cabarets, a multitudinous variety of entertainments and ample opportunities to sample local cuisines and beverages in the waterfront hostelries. There will be sailing opportunities, with a race and a parade of sail for the energetic souls who wish to explore the beautiful waters of Mounts Bay, and for those who wish to sit back, relax and soak up the atmosphere, most of the world will seem to pass by their harbour viewpoint at some time during the weekend. The event can be incorporated as a stopping-off point for those vessels heading for the other festivals.
There will be stalls, maritime craft displays, exhibitions and opportunities to meet and mingle with other crews at a crew supper. Penzance is home to a variety of heritage and traditional boats (luggers, gaffers, pilot gigs, ketches, crabbers and toshers), the owners of which, look forward to welcoming friends old and new, to historic maritime Penzance. Gates to the Wet Dock open 2 hours before high water and until 1 hour after. Free berthing courtesy of, and at the discretion of the Harbour Master.