Friday Night Live

A Great Big Fundraising Ceili!

St Petroc's Church - Church Square, Priory Road, Bodmin, Cornwall PL31 2DP

intoBodmin and Bodmin Riding & Heritage Festival present

Friday Night Live: A Great Big Fundraising Ceili!

The second Friday Night fundraising collaboration will be a family-friendly evening of live music and dancing with the brilliant North Cornwall Ceilidh Band.

A Ceilidh or Ceili is a social event with celtic folk music, singing and traditional dancing. Join us and join in!

The North Cornwall Ceilidh Band draw largely from the social dance traditions of Scotland, Ireland and Cornwall, but also include dances from the Isle of Man, Wales and Brittany as well as wider Europe and America. Two of their most popular dances are the Newlyn Reel and the Cornish Serpent dance – you might have spotted these being used as the Village dances in the BBC's Poldark series. Some dances are easy some energetic and all are fun!

The dances from Cornwall are easy to learn, great fun and always go down well. Traditionally in Cornwall the term for a Barn dance is “Troyl”. It comes from the Cornish word for a whirl, spiral or a reel - a good description of barn dance!

There will be a cash bar on the night. Come along, help us raise funds and get in the mood for this year's Bodmin Riding & Heritage Festival!

Tickets £8, and children (under 18) come for free.


About the Bodmin Riding & Heritage Festival:

What is Bodmin Riding?

Bodmin Riding is a Cornish festival which takes place on the first weekend of July each year. It’s a celebration of the unique history of Bodmin, our Cornish identity and our community. Festivities include the ancient tradition of the floral garlands, the procession of St Petroc’s bones, the Riding Ale and the Trial of the Beast of Bodmin!

Did you know...?

Bodmin Riding is so ancient that we don't even know where it began. It was an ancient event in 1469, the first time it was recorded on paper. Like Padstow's Mayday, it's a unique celebration of a place and its people, and through it, we intend to keep the rich traditions of our Cornish heritage alive.

The 2019 Festival

The Bodmin Riding & Heritage Festival committee say "This year the festival will take place over three days – including the Friday Feast on the 5th July, a day of celebration on Heritage Day, Saturday 6th July, and a sports and activities day on Sunday 7th July - plus a series of free events and workshops for you to enjoy in the run up to the event.
We want to make sure that Bodmin is recognised as the vibrant and beautiful place that it is, and that its unique history and special place in Cornwall’s heart is not forgotten for generations to come. We want the Bodmin Riding Festival to be free, welcoming, and accessible for all the community. Take a look at our website and help us to make it something really amazing!" 

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