When: 29th April 2017
Where: Camborne, Cornwall
What is it?
Camborne’s Trevithick Day is a one day festival celebrating Cornish engineering and mining heritage. This community event has taken place on the last Saturday of April every year since 1984, and it is organised by a group of enthusiastic volunteers.
Highlights of this year’s Trevithick Day will be the morning dance, with Camborne schoolchildren dressed as bal maidens and miners; and the afternoon ‘Trevithick’s Dance’ for adults, wearing Cornish colours. Both are led by the Camborne Town Band who will be playing Trevithick’s Tune composed by Cornish musician and bard, Geoff Self. The children’s dance will begin at 10.15am and the adult dance will take place at 2.30pm.
A steam engine parade will commemorate the first trials of Trevithick’s Road Carriage in Camborne in 1801. An event immortalised in the Cornish ballad Going Up Camborne Hill Coming Down. These words can be heard throughout the day sung by Climax Choir and other Cornish choirs. Traditional Cornish music and dance is an important element of the celebrations. The founder of Trevithick Day, Trevor Dalley, was made a Cornish Bard for ‘services to Cornish Culture’ in 1994.
For the event every church and community hall will be hosting an exhibition, including arts, crafts, local history, engineering models, and a flower festival. In amongst the streets lined with stalls, there will be a diverse programme of entertainment by local Cornish-based people, suiting all ages and tastes.
Entertainment will include the Kernow King’s Trevithick Play, fairground engines, clog and Morris dancing, pipes and drums, music from local young bands, choirs, and hand bell ringers.
There will be entertainment taking place at the town square, the Top Hat Stage, the Nos Lowen Stage, and at the town clock. There will be steam engines and vintage vehicles on Basset Road and Union Street. The steam parade will begin at 3.15pm, starting at Basset Road and parading along Camborne’s streets.
More info: www.trevithick-day.org.uk