Bodmin Riding & Heritage Day

Where: Bodmin, Cornwall - town centre with Capture at the Jail, Trial at Mount Folly and Wrestling in Priory Park; Riding service procession from St Mary's to St Petrocs church
When: First Weekend in July
Time: Saturday all day from 9am with Capture at 2pm, Trial at 4 and Wrestling at 5.15; Sunday Riding service 11am followed by Riding Ale



Bodmin Riding and Heritage Day is an event with its origins in medieval times involving local trade guilds. It used to commemorate the hanging of the Mayor in the fifteenth century,but while the procession tradition and medieval fair continue, the focus has moved to the less sinister hunting of the Beast of Bodmin play. Expect morris and historic dancing, music and entertainments including Cornish Wrestling; the capture and trial of the fearsome Beast take place on Saturday afternoon.  There are also craft sales, fairground rides, other sports and exhibitions. The Riding service is on Sunday morning and it commemorates St Petroc, whose bones are carried through town to St Petrocs Church and St Thomas’ Chapel after which Riding Ale is drunk.

Helpful Hints

In 2018 it will be on Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th July (to be confirmed) .

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