Bodmin riding FESTIVAL

Friday 3rd - Sunday 5th July 2020

Due to Covid-19, the Bodmin Riding Festival in 2020 took place online.

If you missed the events shared live on our Facebook page, you can catch up with the highlights on this page. Click the links in the titles to visit the Facebook or YouTube page for each video. 

Welcome | Blewack Koynt

A short clip of Merv Davey opening the festival with Blewack Koynt, more commonly known as the Bodmin Riding Tune.  

A Welcome from our Chair, Hannah Irwin

Just a quick hello from the festival committee, and an introduction to our small, alternative celebrations to mark Bodmin Riding 2020.

intoBodmin & the Kernow Bedroom Choir:

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We've been following our friends intoBodmin and Dan Woodfield's incredible work creating a virtual choir for these strange times. Who better to perform for our online Riding Festival than the Kernow Bedroom Choir! Have you been taking part? You can find a link to each of the Choir's tracks created during lockdown above. We're hoping that the Bedroom Choir might join us in person for a 'real world' performance at the festival next year! 

Bodmin Youth Band - Slaidburn

A big thank you to Bodmin Youth Band for Kindly making a special recording for the 2020 Riding Festival. Bodmin Town Band have been ardent supporters of the Riding Festival for many years. We hope you enjoy hearing what the youth of Bodmin are capable of. 

KBSK - Festival Rewind | children's dance

One of the most iconic elements of Heritage Day is the Children's Dance, which many of you will have taken part in over the years. We can't wait to see the children of Bodmin dancing through the streets again, but in the meantime our friends from KBSK Performing ARTS have created this special 'Festival Rewind' featuring footage from Bodmin Riding 2019 - and they've managed to keep dancing at home too! Thanks to Adie and the team, and well done guys!

The Helliers - Hunting on the Moor

When something beastly plagues Bodmin Moor only the Helliers can stop it. Using their beast-hunting skills, the young warriors must track it down before it reaches Bodmin. But can they defeat this strange creature before it offends the townsfolk? Join the hunt and celebrate an "alternative" Bodmin Riding Day from the comfort of your own home.

The Ragadaziow - Highlights from 2019

A look back at some of the Ragadaziow's antics leading up to the Trial of the Beast during the 2019 celebrations. The Ragadaziow meet annually on Bodmin Riding day to perform the historic procession of St. Petroc’s bones through the town, but proceedings are interrupted by news of a rampaging Beast threatening to upset the ceremony. The Helliers are called upon to find and capture the Beast and present him for trial, and the Ragadaziow’s procession and the Helliers’ hunt for the Beast continues throughout the day. The Beast's trial is due to begin on Mount Folly at 15:49, but will he be found guilty of any crimes? 

Woodfield Davey Trethewey - Special performance for Bodmin Riding 2020

40 mins | A specially created performance by well loved folk musicians. Daniel Woodfield, Cas Davey and Richard Trethewey. The trio play a range of both traditional and contemporary Cornish folk with their own unique and sometimes jazzy twist. Expect driving rhythms, soulful singing, beautiful melodies and awkward silences because of the lack of live audience! 

Daniel Woodfield - Whistles, Tenor Sax, Vocals | Cas Davey of Davey Mandolins - Guitar | Richard Trethewey of The Rowan Tree - Fiddle, Cittern, Vocals


Bodmin Hand Bell RingerS

As they were unable to perform as part of the festival this year, here's Paul Scoble at home on the hand bells, another recording made especially for Bodmin Riding 2020. 


2020's Bodmin Riding Festival was marked with a series of alternative celebrations which included a Beastly competition, a community award and an assortment of online offerings. 




Nominate your Riding Rebel favourite by email or via social media by the extended deadline: 2nd July 2020. 

The Riding Rebel Award for 2020 is designed to celebrate and say thank you for the contribution of someone in our community who has gone above and beyond to help others during these challenging times. We’ve watched with pride at the extraordinary things Bodmin residents have done to support each other and we wanted to mark that with our award, which we’re opening up to the community for nominations. These can be made on social media or by emailing us at getinvolved@bodminridingandheritage.org.uk before the deadline.. There are so many worthy nominees we’re already aware of, it is going to be an enormous challenge for the committee to choose just one, but we’ll be announcing our 2020 Riding Rebel on Saturday 4th July.

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Not sure what to expect? Take a look at the gallery from the 2019 Bodmin Riding Festival, or see the line up of events, activities and entertainers.



We have great opportunities for businesses and local organisations to get involved in the Festival, ranging from zero cost to saviour status! When we've finalised the offering you'll find the details here, but for now, you can take a look at an example sponsorship pack to see the kind of things which may be available. Click the image below to download a copy. 




Deadline: 5th July 2020 

Submit entries via email, Facebook or Twitter with the hashtag #BodminBeast2020

Don't forget to put your beasts on display in gardens or windows over the Festival Weekend!

Residents young and old are being asked to create their own mythical Bodmin Beast. The town has numerous historic associations with creatures from myth and legend ranging from dragons to piskies and of course the iconic beast of Bodmin. There is no limit on how creative you can be. It could be made from clay, knitted, drawn or junk modelled - we know some people are going to have spare toilet rolls lying around at home! We can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with. Share your pictures with us on social media using the hashtag #BodminBeast2020, or send pictures by email to getinvolved@bodminridingandheritagefestival.org.uk and we’ll share our favourites and announce the winners after the festival.

We also want everyone to put their creation proudly on display for the festival weekend. Whether this is a mini-beast in your window or a sculptural scarecrow in your garden, hopefully they’ll bring a smile to people's faces. 

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Join the celebration on social media! Follow us on Facebook and click 'interested' or 'going' in our Facebook events to be notified of updates as soon as they're posted, or find us on Twitter @BodminRiding or watch our latest videos on our YouTube page.



During 2020, our friends at intoBodmin secured funding to run an exciting project of activities as part of the Festival, and ran a weekly drawing challenge inspired by Bodmin's fascinating history. Find out more on the intoBodmin website.



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Stallholders / Traders / Entertainers
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Filming & Press
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