Bodmin Lights Up!

Updated: Nov 18, 2019

The spectacular Bodmin Lights Up! returns to Bodmin on Friday 29th November with a whole host of festive activities from the incredible clock tower projection, to Santa’s grotto and carols on Mount Folly.

Bodmin Lights Up projection in 2018. Photos used with kind permission from Bodmin Camera Club

Bodmin Christmas Lights Committee are again working with intoBodmin to build on the success of last year’s event. intoBodmin are excited to announce we’ll be working with artist Amanda Lorens and the international video mapping company The Colour Project again, as well as local primary school children on a brand-new projection lightshow, which last year attracted feedback such as:

“It was a real WOW moment for Bodmin with the whole community being spell bound by what they saw... people were still talking about it weeks after the event with smiles on their faces. Brilliant event!”

Fin Irwin said: “To have such high-quality art being made by professional artists in local schools and working with a company who represented the UK at the Guinness World Record breaking International Festival of Light in Moscow, is what intoBodmin is all about. About demonstrating that amazing things can happen in Bodmin and that local people can be part of those amazing things and hopefully take inspiration from them.”

Part of the spectacular projection on the town's clock in 2018. Photos used with kind permission of Bodmin Camera Club

The projection is just one part of this incredible event, which will begin with a magical lantern and light procession, led by Piper Merv Davey, and will end with Bodmin Town Band and carol singers on Mount Folly. In between, there will also be a Christmas Grotto in Honey Street, and festive refreshments available on Mount Folly, as well as the Christmas light switch on – and this year Pirate FM’s Neil Caddy will be assisted in the switch on by local youngster, Jacob Comertoglu.

The much-loved Christmas trees on the main street will be returning this year, and any traders in Fore Street may purchase a 3ft tree for their premises. The Christmas Lights committee are also working with St. Petrocs Church to enable them to light up the outside of the church each Christmas. The window competition is also being reinstated and local businesses are being encouraged to create festive window displays for a chance to win prizes, including a fruit/veg hamper donated by Celtic Produce and two tickets to the intoBodmin and Ha-Hum-Ah Theatre Christmas show, Oh No It Isn’t! at The Old Library.

After last year’s event, locals left comments online, such as:

“It was fabulous and bought all the community together in the experience. Never seen so many people turn out in years.”
A great turn out for the Bodmin Christmas Lights Switch On in 2018. Photos used with kind permission of Bodmin Camera Club

The running order for Bodmin Lights Up! on Friday 29th November is as follows:

6pm: Lights procession departs from The Old Library, through Fore Street to Mount Folly

6pm: Dance perf