**Important update on our Crowdfunder**
We are very pleased to say that we’ve been granted an extension of two weeks to our campaign by the team at Crowdfunder. They can see the support we’ve had to date and the importance of what we’re trying to do, and so we’ve got the opportunity to keep raising money to meet our target. It was always ambitious but so are our plans for this year’s event, and we know we can get there. Thank you to all those Bodmin legends who have contributed so far. Please continue to spread the word, and check back for updates on our progress. We’ve got some very exciting announcements coming soon about pledges of support, partnerships and collaborations, upcoming pre-festival events and what’s on as part of this year’s happenings, so watch this space...
In 2018 Bodmin’s Riding & Heritage Day didn't go ahead, and we, along with the community of Bodmin, were devastated. This ancient festival deserves to be celebrated each year with all the excitement, vibrancy and joy with which our ancestors celebrated it - and we want to make that happen again!
We're the new committee, the Busy Rebels, and we have promised to bring Bodmin Riding back - bigger and better than before - and that’s exactly what we’re going to do.
We want the Bodmin Riding Festival to be free, welcoming, and accessible for all the community. It's your festival as much as it is ours, so donate now and help us to make it something really amazing!
This year the festival will take place over THREE DAYS – including the Friday Feast on the 5th July, a day of celebration (including dancing, processions, dressing up, entertainment, live music and fun) on Heritage Day, Saturday 6th July, and a sports and activities day on Sunday 7th July - PLUS a series of free events and workshops for you to enjoy in the run up to the event.
We want to make sure that Bodmin is recognised as the vibrant and beautiful place that it is, and that its unique history and special place in Cornwall’s heart is not forgotten for generations to come.
Already we’re in talks with numerous groups, organisations and businesses who are all eager to get involved and support the Bodmin Riding Festival 2019 - but we can't do it without you! The more support we have the better the festival will be.
We estimate that a festival on this scale will cost around £5,000 to run. This includes 3 days of festivities and a series of community workshops leading up to the event which will be open to anyone, free of charge. If we reach our target we can make all of these things happen and more. If we exceed our target, the additional money will go towards making the Bodmin Riding Festival bigger and better in 2020 and beyond.
According to Google, Bodmin's population is over 12,000. If everyone gave just £1 we'd reach our target in no time! But we're not asking for £12,000 - just £3,000 to cover our costs and to create the festival we know Bodmin deserves.
We've a fabulous team of individuals on board this year, we're absolutely committed to making this happen - but there is lots to be done and we can only do it with your support.
This is Bodmin's unique legacy and we can't let it die. Support us now and you'll be playing your part in the survival of something spectacular!
What is Bodmin Riding?
Bodmin Riding is a Cornish festival which takes place on the first weekend of July each year. It’s a celebration of the unique history of Bodmin, our Cornish identity and our community. Festivities include the ancient tradition of the floral garlands, the procession of St Petroc’s bones, the Riding Ale and the Trial of the Beast of Bodmin!
Did you know...?
Bodmin Riding is so ancient that we don't even know where it began? It was an ancient event in 1469, the first time it was recorded on paper. Like Padstow's Mayday, it's a unique celebration of a place and its people, and through it, we intend to keep the rich traditions of our Cornish heritage alive.
Meur Ras (Thank you)
If you're thinking of donating or sharing this Crowdfunder to help support us, Thank you! You're contributing to our success and we appreciate every penny, and every share!
Find out more on our website: www.bodminridingandheritage.org.uk
If you've never experienced the Bodmin Riding Festival, take a look at this video of the 2005 festival, from Golden Tree Productions.