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St Piran's Day Redruth

Saturday 3rd march 2012
09:00 23:59

Originally a holiday observed by tin miners, St Pirans’ day is a celebration of Cornwall’s cultural identity. Reinstated by Celtic revivalists in the late 19th century, since the 1950s the celebration has become increasingly popular with many towns and villages in Cornwall holding special events to mark the day. Billed as the “Biggest St Piran’s Day Celebration in Cornwall”, entertainment in Redruth starts early with dance demonstrations and live music in the main street. During the day there is a procession through the town followed by more entertainment at the Rugby Club where there are also stalls, exhibitions and fairground rides.

Murdoch Day

Saturday 16th June 2012
10:00 21:00

Each year Redruth celebrates its most famous citizen, inventor William Murdoch (1754 – 1839) when the town is packed with events and entertainment throughout the day for the whole family. Murdoch, although not born in Cornwall, is revered locally as a mechanical genius who improved the efficiency of steam engines in Cornwall’s tin mines. He was also a pioneer of gas lighting and famed for building Britain’s first working model of a steam carriage which he demonstrated in and around Redruth in 1784.

Events include a children's dance and art procession, all day music and entertainment with local station Radio Cornwall, a street market with more than fifty stalls, an old time fair, locally themed exhibitions and a variety of live concerts and other events dotted round the town. Things kick off from 10am and all of the events are completely free! In the words of the organizers, Murdoch Day is Redruth's big day and really gets right to the heart of what the town is all about –its heritage, history, industry, but most of all community. Find a good vantage point to watch the spectacular parade when local schools process through the town carrying colourful art work they have made including giant ships, butterflies and dragons. Grab some local food from the all-day barbeque, browse the shops that put on special window displays and listen to live music in the ancient surroundings of St Rumon's Gardens. Some of the main streets will be closed to traffic but there is plentiful parking in the town.

 

 

 
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