Camborne Trevithick-Day Camborne Trevithick-Day

Camborne Trevithick-Day is an annual celebration of the heritage and mining heritage of the area, with the focus on Richard Trevithick, pioneer of high pressure steam-power.   This takes the form of a community festival of free entertainment in the main streets of Camborne, which are closed for the day.  

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Camborne Trevithick-Day was established in 1983, and the community event has quickly become an important part of the Cornish calendar, attracting some 25,000 to 30,000 visitors.   The aim was to provide a day of free entertainment to celebrate Camborne's links with Trevithick and celebrate the local industrial heritage.  All the main street are closed to traffic for the day, and the major components of the annual Trevithick-Day are as follows-

  • Bal Maidens & Miners Dance
  • -  leaves Basset Street at 10.15am.
    led by Camborne Town Band, involving an average of eight schools and 240 children (maximum practical number for management) dressed in traditional costumes of miners and bal-maidens

  • Trevithick's Dance
  • -  leaves Basset Street at 2:30pm.
    adults processional dance, led by Camborne Town Band.  Dancers dressed in Cornish colours.

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  • Indoor exhibitions
  • -  i.e.  schools competition entries, Centenary Church Flower Festival, display on the life of Trevithick, model exhibition (trains, steam vehicles etc)

  • Static Displays
  • -  steam vehicles, fair organs, stationery engines, vintage vehicles, etc.

  • Free Street Entertainment
  • -  e.g.  from locally based performers Climax Male Voice Choir, Fourlanes Choir, Camborne Town Band, and buskers, musicians, jugglers, theatre groups etc.

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  • The Annual Steam parade
  • -  leaves Basset Road at 3:15pm.
    engines steam up for a parade along Camborne Streets.



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