Trevithick Day, Camborne, traditionally on the last Saturday in April

Camborne in West Cornwall hosts Trevithick Day annually on the last Sunday in April.

Camborne was the birthplace of prolific inventor, mining engineer and early pioneer of steam powered transport, Richard Trevithick (1771-1833). A statue of Trevithick stands outside the town library.

Each year the town celebrates the contribution Trevithick made to the local mining industry that was formerly so important in that area of Cornwall.

In 1801 Trevithick built a steam road locomotive called the ‘Puffing Devil’. On Christmas eve he carried 6 passengers up Fore Street in Cambourne in the first demonstration of transport powered by steam.

Camborne hosts a day of dancing, singing and parades, including vintage steam engines. The streets are closed to traffic for the celebrations, which start at 10.15am and include:

Attractions at Trevithick Day

  • Brass bands
  • Traditional Cornish costumes
  • Processions
  • Trade stalls
  • Buskers
  • Flower festival
  • Live theatre
  • Clowns
  • Street party
  • Mini steam railway
  • Vintage vehicles
  • Bunting
  • Fairground rides
  • Choirs
  • Covered stages
  • Model boats
  • Story telling
  • Food stalls

There’s plenty of well signposted parking around the outskirts of the town, including park and ride.

More about Trevithick Day here.

Find out about the life of Richard Trevithick here.

Trevithick Day 2018 date

We do not have the date for Trevithick Day 2018 yet but if it is the usual date of the last Saturday in April it will be on 28 April 2018. Glen Valley Holiday Cottage is, at the time of writing, available from the Saturday before when Trevithick Day 2018 is expected to be. Please check our holiday booking availability calendar or contact us.

We will post confirmation of the date for Trevithick Day 2018 when we have it or you can check for updates at the Trevithick Day website.

Trevithick Day 2019 date

As usual Trevithick Day 2019 in Camborne is on the last Saturday in April. So that’s the 27th April 2019 Trevithick Day website.