Murdoch DayMurdoch Day

Date for 2015 is Saturday 13th June
More information to follow.

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 2014 – 14th 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 Penryn Street, bears right up Cross Street, right onto Fore Street, all the way to the top of Fore Street, left at Shoot Row, Left down Ford's Row, Left onto Green Lane, continue over to Alma Place, continue over to 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 and Redruth Town Band accompany them.  This is followed by processional artwork that the children have helped create on the theme of 'Mining' 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 Daz sponsored by 'Big Fat Cake Company'.  The stage is located in the middle of the town by the Town Clock and iconic Miner Statue. 

Line up on the Main Stage:
12-1pm The Dharma Buns (Folk)
1-2pm Steve Heller (Resident DJ at The Zone) 
2-3pm Hanterhir (Cornish Folk Rock)
3.30-4.3pm The Scarecrows (Cover band)

An afternoon dance, processing at 3pm from the bottom of Fore Street to Flowerpot Chapel car park. Unique music and dance especially scripted for Murdoch Day 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 Large Marguee with stage and outside bar, Screech Owl Sanctuary, Bouncy Castle, Sweet Stall, Face Painting, Rodeo Pig and Large Patio Area.

Line up at St Rumon’s Club and Garden
11.30 "Black Rock" Jazz Band (Gardens)
11.30 "RedYouth" Dance Group (Club Marquee)
1pm "Paul Dewhurst" Acoustic Guitarist (Club Marquee)
2.30pm "Raise the Ruth" Community Choir (Gardens)
3.15pm "Rock n Roll Outlwas (Club Marquee)
5pm "Rudi's Message" Ska (Club Marquee)
7:00pm till late: Spacetech Disco inside ALL WELCOME

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

 RedYOUth – community dance group

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 by artist, Yvonne Carter, and photographs of Beautiful Buildings of Redruth.  Also, drop in for children’s FREE craft sessions all day.

The  theme  for  The  Redruth Story  Group  Exhibition  at Murdoch  House  on is  “Medical History of Redruth”.  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  11th  June  will  start  at  7:00pm – 9:00pm.  Light refreshments will be available.

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 a model exhibition including railways and other models, 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.

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 and Murdoch Flyer.  Seek out REDRUTH AMATEUR RADIO DEMONSTRIONS at Gweal An Top School, East End from 10 till 4pm, 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