Murdoch DayMurdoch Day

Each year, in mid-June, Redruth celebrates its most famous citizen, inventor William Murdoch, with an exciting programme of events including children's dance and art procession, all day music and entertainment, a street market, old tyme fair, exhibitions and a variety of live concerts and other events round the town.

Murdoch Day 2013 – 15th June – Full details:

Click here for a printable map of activities

The Murdoch School’s Parade sets off from Trewirgie Junior School at 10am.  The route follows Falmouth Road to West End, up Fore Street, bears right to pass the train station, into Bond Street and turns right into Treruffe Hill and ends at Trewirgie Junior School approximately an hour later.  11 local schools take part with children performing the Murdoch Spring Dance as the Illogan Sparnon Silver Band accompany them.  This is followed by processional artwork that the children have helped create on the theme of 'Festival of Colour' interspersed with the playing of the Golowan Band, Haylestorm Samba Band and a joint schools Samba Band.  It promises to be a colourful and lively parade! 

Live entertainment all day, with your compere - performer and broadcaster - Freddy Zapp.  The stage is located in the middle of the town by the Town Clock and iconic Miner Statue. 

Line up on the Main Stage:
11:00am:  “Crystal” Vocalist
12:00pm:  “Charlotte” Vocalist
1:00pm:    Line Dancing
2:00pm:   “Graham Hart” Male Vocalist and Sax
3:00pm:   “Pat Matthews” Elvis Tribute
4:00pm:  “Sugar Bulletts” Rock ‘n’ Roll

NEW TO MURDOCH DAY! An afternoon dance, processing at 2:30pm from the bottom of Fore Street to Flowerpot Chapel car park. Unique music and dance especially scripted for Murdoch Day 2013 by Bev-Lyn School of Dance.  Be sure to get a good viewing point for this new and unique event – a spot by the Tinner’s Hounds, or up near Flowerpot Chapel...

A full day and evening of entertainment and activities based at St Rumon’s Social Club on Penryn Street (close to the Regal Cinema).  Activities include Giant Space Balls; Children’s Rides; Bouncy Castle; Striker; Rodeo Bull; Face Painting; Ice Cream; Hot Food; Sweet Stall / Hot Doughnuts; Plant Stalls; 2 Bars Open All Day; Large Patio Area.

Line up on the St Rumon’s Club Stage:
12:00pm: Four Lanes Male Voice Choir Concert (*in the Gardens)
1:30pm: The Cornish Wurzells
2:30pm: I.S.K Academy Redruth – Martial Arts Demonstration
3:00pm: MIDRIFF-Great Rock / Pop Cover Band
7:00pm till late: Spacetech Disco inside ALL WELCOME

Also 7pm upstairs Pro DARTS Exhibition with PDC Player KEVIN `The Artist` PAINTER: Tickets £6

Community groups will be performing outside the Market Way entrance, close to the Town Clock.

Line up at Market Way Performance Area:
11:00am: Raise the Ruth - community choir
12:30pm - 2pm RedYOUth – community dance group
2:15pm - Zumba with Body & Soul Fitness

A full range of children’s rides and activities are available at the Old Tyme Fair throughout the day.  Located at Flowerpot Chapel car park, close to the main Post Office on Fore Street.


Located on Alma Place, close the Train Station and main bus stops, the Cornish Studies Library at the Cornwall Centre will be open from 10:00am – 4:00pm.  Visit the Library to discover fascinating facts about Cornwall and see the exhibition of photographs covering Cornwall’s Agricultural Past.  Also, drop in for children’s FREE craft sessions all day.

The  theme  for  The  Redruth Story  Group  Exhibition  at Murdoch  House  on is  “Visitations  to  Cornwall”.  It  will  be  open  from  10:00am  - 4:00pm and homemade  refreshments  will  be  on  sale  throughout  the  day.  As a precursor to the day, informal  evening entertainment  on  Wednesday  12th  June  will  start  at  7:00pm – 9:00pm.  Light refreshments will be available.


The Cornish Rebels, Cornwall's only Rugby League Club, will be playing the Plymouth Titans at Redruth RFC at 2.30pm with free admission. The Rebels currently sit top of the South West League in their first season.

Located at the top of Fore Street, the Chapel and Vestibule will be open from 10:00am – 4:00pm for sweet and savoury refreshments.  There will also be stalls and games, and you are warmly invited to chat to old friends, and make new ones; come in and look around this wonderful building, or just sit quietly and relax for a while.


Gaslighting Exhibition: 10:00am – 5:00pm
Venue 1 - CMR, Royal Circus Buildings, Back Lane West – between Fore Street and Fairmeadow car park.
Venue 2 - Former Arts & Graphics Shop, Fore Street, Redruth, Cornwall (Courtesy P. Williams) – by the Tinner’s Hounds
An exhibition produced in association with Freedom from Torture, showcasing work by invited international contemporary artists, based both in, & far beyond Cornwall.
CMR, Redruth’s local artist-led gallery and project space will be open to the public on Murdoch Day with Gaslighting – a free exhibition across 2 venues, which is part of a week-long programme of events aiming to raise awareness and create space for discussion about torture and its consequences. Gaslighting refers to a form of psychological manipulation involving the systematic erosion of a victim’s reality.  The term was coined from the famous 1940’s play and film ‘Gaslight’, and this exhibition, prompted by the annual celebrations for William Murdoch, who invented piped gaslight, invites us to reconsider our understandings of ‘torture.’
This exhibition is a result of collaboration between CMR and the West Cornwall Freedom from Torture Supporters Group, curated by Janet McEwan and Magda Tyzlik-Carver.
The exhibition will run from 14 – 21 June 2013.
For more information about the exhibition & linked events:

New to Murdoch Day!  'Nature as nurture' workshops and adventure events.  Aimed and children and families, the team will show how nature improves well being and learning in a fun way.  Look out for them on Fore Street amongst the Street Market and come and explore nature through hands-on learning using various methods.  Completely free of charge.

In addition to the main events above, make the short walk to ST ANDREWS CHURCH (near the public library) which is open from 10am onwards offering a bumper sale of toys, clothing and books, as well as light lunches and refreshments.  Visit the STEAM TEAM in Alma Place and find out more about these impressive engines.  Seek out REDRUTH AMATEUR RADIO DEMONSTRIONS at New Cut car park (to the rear of Wilkinson), and keep your eyes peeled to see if you can spot our new 6 foot tall mascot, TOLGUS THE LAMB!

There will be lots of different refreshments on offer and Redruth has plenty of cafes, bakeries and pubs which will all be open. Transport links are excellent and there is plenty of car parking.

Click here for a printable map of activities 

Murdock Day
Photo by David Wheeler