Trevithick Day

Trevithick Day Quick Facts

2021 Date24 April 2021
Trevithick Day

Trevithick Day History

Trevithick Day seeks to commemorate British inventor Richard Trevithick and his contributions. Trevithick was an early 19th century inventor and engineer from Cornwall. His most notable inventions were the high-powered steam engine and the railway steam locomotive. This day is a celebration of Trevithick’s link with the town of Camborne as he debuted his steam engine there in 1801. This day recognizes Trevithick’s inventions and the town’s local industrial heritage. Celebrations include a festive atmosphere of costumes, music, and parades.

Trevithick Day was established in 1984 in the town of Camborne. It is observed annually on the last Saturday in April.

Trevithick Day Facts

  • There were 25,000-30,000 visitors in Camborne for Trevithick Day in 2019.
  • Over 20 steam engines paraded through the streets of Camborne in 2019.
  • Richard Trevithick finished his locomotive engine in 1801. On Christmas Eve, Trevithick, his cousin Andrew Vivian, and several friends rode the steam engine up the Camborne Hill. Called the Puffing Devil, the steam engine remains a iconic part of Trevithick Day.

Trevithick Day Top Events and Things to Do

  • Take part in the celebration. Participate in scheduled dances, hold your own stall, or create decorative models.
  • Help support the celebration of Trevithick Day by donating and becoming a friend of Trevithick Day.
  • Watch a recap of the 2019 Trevithick Day parade. Due to Covid-19, Trevithick Day was cancelled in 2020 and 2021. See what the next Trevithick Day will be like after we've overcome the pandemic.

Trevithick Day References and Related Sites

trevithickday.org.uk: Trevithick Day

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