When: 28th April 2018
Where: Camborne, Cornwall
£: Free. The best place to park is at Cornwall College Park & Ride which costs £5 (includes a free programme)
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, all 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 2.15pm.
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 the Holman Climax Male Voice Choir and other Cornish choirs. Traditional Cornish music and dance is an important element of the celebrations; and 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, suitable for the whole family.
Entertainment around the town will include the Carnkie Cloggers, Carn Brea Morris, Haylestorm Samba Band, Bash Street Bobbies and the Swamp Stilt-Walkers. There will also be entertainment taking place at the town square, the Top Hat Stage, the Nos Lowen Stage, and at the town clock. Acts will include The Singing Seagulls, Holman Climax Male Voice Choir and Black Eyed Nancy. There will be steam engines and vintage vehicles on Basset Road, on Union Street and at Rosewarne Car Park, where there will also be a fair.
The commemorative steam parade will begin at 3pm, starting at Basset Road and parading along Camborne’s streets, and there will be displays activities and refreshments at the Donald Thomas Centre throughout the day.
More info: www.trevithick-day.org.uk