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Heritage Day - Saturday 2nd July 2011


This year is the 25th Anniversary of the revival of the ancient Riding Day celebration which began more than 500 years ago.

On Saturday Fore street will be lined with stalls, children from the five local primary schools will be competing in the Riding Dance in processions through the main street accompanied by local bands and led by Bodmin Town Band.

There will be lots going on throughout the town including the search for the Beast of Bodmin, its probable capture and trial on Mount Folly. New this year will be The Beastly Row former Helliers who have retired from hunting the Beast of Bodmin plan to create as much noise as they can muster in support of the young Helliers. The Craft Fair will be held in the Shire House whilst the public rooms will be filled with model exhibitions. Bodmin Veterans Football team will be playing a match against an invited team, the Priory will also be the site of the fairground rides.

Entertainments, music and dancing will be happening all day through Fore Street and on Mount Folly. So come into town and join in the festivities. All car parks except Priory car park will be open as usual.

On Sunday the age-old Riding Service takes place starting at 9:45 with a procession from St Marys Church to St Petrocs Church for the blessing of St Petroc’s Bones. In the afternoon from 2pm to 4pm the Cornish Wrestling Association will be holding a tournament in Priory Park, supported by students from Bodmin College.

Street entertainments throughtout the Saturday will include:

- Cornish Piper Fairground Organ
- Dartmoor Border Morris
- The Cornish Wurzels
- Jumping Out Jazz Band

There will also be an exhibition by Friends of St Petroc's Church opposite Chapel an Gansblydhen


General Itinerary

Time: Event: Location:
6.30 am Streets Close  
9.00 am - 5.00 pm Street Stalls open Fore Street, Priory Park
9.00 - 4.00 pm Hornby Railway Model Exhibition opens Public Rooms
9.00 am - 4.00 pm Craft Fayre - Traditional and modern crafts
for sale
Shire House Suite
9.00 am - 4.00 pm W.I. Refreshments BCA Rooms
9.00 am - 4.00 pm The Ragadaziow Meet - Followed by
Muster of the Helliers
Mount Folly
10.00 am All Day Fair opens Priory Park
10.00 am The Beast is sighted - The Helliers hunt the
Beast
Mount Folly
10.30 am Heavy Horse - Dressing up Priory Park
11.00 am Renaissance Historical Dance Group Mount Folly
11.00 am Miniature Steam Engine Exhibition Priory Park
11.30 am Band of the Folly Mount Folly
12.00 pm Town Criers Competition - 1st Cry Library
12.15 pm Dartmoor Border Morris Dancers Mount Folly
1.00 pm Children's Procession and Dance -
From Town Wall to Priory Park
Town Wall
1.30pm Children's Tea Treat -
Band Members Refreshments
Priory Park
Bandstand
1.40 pm Prize-giving Ceremonies Priory Park
Bandstand
1.45 pm - 2.15 pm Renaissance Historical Dance Group -
Regency costume and dance
Mount Folly
2.00 pm The Beast is captured and arraigned
for trial
Bodmin Jail
2.20 pm Town Criers Competition - 2nd Cry Mount Folly
2.30 pm Football Match - Bodmin Veterans vs
Invitation side
Priory Park Football Pitch
3.00 pm - 3.30 pm Bodmin Town Band Mount Folly
3.30 pm The Beast is processed to
Mount Folly for trial
Town Wall
3.40 pm Town Criers Competition - Prize Giving Mount Folly
4.00 pm - 4.45 pm Trial of the Beast Mount Folly
5.00 pm Streets re-open




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