It’s the day of the year when local engineering genius and inventor Richard Trevithick (1771-1833) gets the recognition he deserves and Camborne celebrates its importance as a major player in Cornwall’s former mining industry. Lots of spluttering steam engines, singing, dancing and parades.
All over the town of Camborne the streets play host to local trade stalls, choirs, brass bands, clowns to entertain the kids, buskers, musicians and dancers including hundreds of children from local schools traditionally dressed as traditional Bal Maidens and Miners, along with live theatre, and an impressive display and celebratory convoy of vintage vehicles, model exhibitions and fairground rides making it a great day out for the whole family.
How can I take part?
Camborne is located on the main A30 through Cornwall, and on Trevithick Day the main streets are closed to traffic in order to host the attractions. There is plenty of well signposted parking on the outskirts of the town. Get a ringside position for the main events of the day which starts with the children’s dance winding through the town at 10:15am followed by the adults dressed in Cornish black and gold at 2:30pm and ending with the Parade of Steam Engines at 3:15pm following a route around the town with the Mayor of Camborne taking the salute at Trevithick’s statue outside the town’s library.
Did you know?
Richard Trevithick was prolific inventor and among his many triumphs at the dawn of the industrial revolution was the “Puffing Devil”, built in 1801 and the first ever steam driven vehicle which terrified local people on the streets of Camborne. Two years later he demonstrated his steam locomotive in London taking eight passengers on a bumpy ride along the streets of London through Paddington and Islington heralding a new chapter in mass transportation.
NEW and what's happening where in 2016
- Five entertainment hubs, each with its own covered stage.
- Park and ride.
- Set in the grounds of Cornwall College
- One marquee, in the Church grounds (to house a model boat exhibition)
- The Old Clink, nostalgic Cornish story telling Cecil Norman Centre a model railway exhibition.
- Trevithick Surgery Car park, a small steam railway.
- Basset road , Rodda's Cream Teas, Rodda's are giving CTD a trailor of cream teas to sell in aid of our funds. !Cross street, children's entertainment and more besides!!
- Chapel Street, Pageant Wagon Sent from my iPad Rather than the large hot dog stands there will be street food and all stall holders are being told to decorate with Cornish bunting.
Plus the usual display of Steam Locomotives, miniature steam locos, Choirs, one of the best bands in the UK, exhibitions in every available space. And don't forget the children's dance in the morning and the adults dance in the afternoon. And of course the Steam Parade. They hope to take the steam parade through Trelowarren Street this year and as the engines go up through the street this will be followed by more entertainment creating a street party to finish the day.