There’s a carnival atmosphere in Camborne on Trevithick Day as its main streets are closed to traffic for the day and steam engines, street stalls, bands and entertainers take over the town. Rosewarne car park is transformed into a funfair and many of Camborne’s buildings are home to displays or offer refreshments.

The first Camborne Trevithick Day took place in 1984 and the event quickly became an important part of the Cornish calendar, attracting some 25,000 to 30,000 visitors. It is a day of free entertainment to celebrate Camborne’s links with Richard Trevithick and local industrial heritage. It is organised by the Trevithick Day Association, an unpaid group of volunteers. You may have seen some of them – those who can get away from their various duties – heading up the afternoon parade.

Here are some of the day’s highlights.

Bal maidens and miners

BAL MAIDENS & MINERS DANCE (Children’s Dance) 10:15am
Over 200 local schoolchildren dressed in traditional costumes of miners and bal-maidens dance through Camborne to the tune of Trevithick’s Dance led by Camborne Town Band and a miniature engine, with more following behind

Trevithick's Dance

TREVITHICK’S DANCE (Adult Dance) 2:15pm
A processional dance led by Camborne Town Band.  Dancers are dressed in Cornish colours. Anyone who lives or works in Camborne is welcome to take part

Steam up! Over 20 steam engines from all over the country parade through the streets of Camborne. It’s a magnificent sight, not to be missed!

Buskers, musicians, jugglers and theatre groups perform throughout the day

Steam vehicles, fair organs, stationary engines and vintage vehicle displays can be found around the town

Four sound stages rocking all through the day showcasing local bands.

Schools competition entries, displays on the life of Trevithick, model exhibitions and the Cetenary Chapel Flower Festival.