BikeLights, the magical, illuminated bicycle-based procession that began in Wadebridge in 2014, is coming to Bodmin for the first time this October, celebrating our unique local railway heritage through its 2019 theme of ‘FIRE & STEAM’.
Wadebridge: Sat 12th Oct at 6:45pm | Bodmin: Sun 13th October at 6:45pm, starting from Priory Park and finishing with the 'Fire & Steam Finale' back at Priory Park. For all details see www.wadebridgecreativehub.co.uk or Facebook @WadebridgeBikeLights
Exciting twin processive celebratory events for all ages are to take place at 6.45pm on Saturday, October 12th in Wadebridge, and 6.45pm on Sunday, October 13th in Bodmin, thanks to support from The National Lottery Heritage Fund, Arts Council England, FEAST and a range of valued local supporters and partners.
intoBodmin have been working with Wadebridge Creative Hub and other partners including Bodmin Town Council to plan the logistics for the Bodmin event, which will begin gathering in Priory Park from around 6pm on the evening of October 13th, ready to depart at around 6.45pm.
A ‘Coasters Camel’ illuminated bicycle-based ‘steam train’ is set to come from Wadebridge along the Camel Trail, arriving in time to join the Bodmin procession on the Sunday, and a spectacular FIRE & STEAM finale with some exciting surprise elements will also take place straight after the procession ends back in Priory Park – so don’t rush straight off at the end! The whole event should be finished by around 8.45pm when the ‘Coasters Camel’ departs again for Wadebridge.
As well as some advance schools workshops, free community workshops are also taking place in Bodmin to help local people decorate their bikes, scooters, walkers, wheelchairs or prams, in order to participate in the procession. One workshop is part of the Beacon ACE Academy & Sustrans Fun Palace on Sunday October 6th from 10.30-3pm, and another will be on the day itself, October 13th, from 11am - 4pm, at the Shire House Suite. All materials are free, just bring a bit of cash for lights and batteries!
ABOUT THE EVENT
The original Bodmin & Wadebridge Railway linking our two North Cornwall towns opened in 1834 thanks to the innovative thinking of a small group of local people - in particular Pencarrow’s Sir William Molesworth - and was one of the earliest UK steam railways in operation, before London could boast its own line, and when local engineers were also winning prizes at the Great Exhibitions of the day.
BikeLights brings hundreds of local people together, no matter their age, ability or background, to celebrate their town after the summer visitors have departed. It was first introduced in 2014 by a group of creative people living in Wadebridge and surrounds, and it has since grown into a substantial and much-loved annual community event.
Exciting FIRE & STEAM heritage themed visits, workshops and other engagements over the coming year are also planned with a host of partners, who will be working together to bring the railway’s heritage to life for a new generation. Schools and groups wishing to participate in BikeLights and other activities can contact the team on 07966 862630 for more information.
Extreme weather fallbacks are pencilled for the following weekend just in case on 19 & 20 October; full information on this and all further FIRE & STEAM activities as they unfold will be at http://wadebridgecreativehub.co.uk, in the press and on social media.
FIRE & STEAM: BikeLights 2019 is supported by The National Lottery Heritage Fund, Arts Council England, FEAST, St Breock Windfarm Community Fund & WREN, Wadebridge Town Council, ASDA Foundation, Coop Community Fund’s Good Causes, C&H Crane Hire, Verfacil Ltd & Wadebridge Coasters. Thanks also to LIDL Wadebridge, Camel Trail Cycle Hire, Kernow Fireworks, Wadebridge Bike Shop, Bridge Bike Hire and Wild Bake. Project partners include IntoBodmin CIC, Bodmin & Wenford Railway, Bodmin College FdA Digital Media Unit, Bodmin Town Council & Museum, Pencarrow Estate, Wadebridge & District Museum, Concern Wadebridge & Wadebridge Dementia Action Alliance