BIKELIGHTS 2019 in Wadebridge & Bodmin

BikeLights, the illuminated bicycle procession for all the community, boasts twin events this year for the first time, in both Wadebridge AND Bodmin, and with a rather special theme that links the two towns.

As part of the wider FIRE & STEAM project from Wadebridge Creative Hub, supported by The National Lottery Heritage Fund, Arts Council England, FEAST and a range of local partners, BikeLights 2019 celebrates and is inspired by our unique railway heritage. The Bodmin & Wadebridge Railway Company line, which opened in 1834, was one of the earliest lines to launch in the UK, and the first one south of Liverpool to use a steam locomotive! We actually had a railway before London did. Imagine that!

Each BikeLights procession is a one-hour, circular route with stewarded road closures around each town, followed by a lap of honour and a spectacular finale with fireworks, a special performance with music, and street food. Everyone is welcome to join in: all you need to do is get inspired by our theme, illuminate and decorate your bikes, scooters, strollers or wheelchairs, and join us and our artists’ and schools’ creations for this wonderful community celebration in your town! You can even get help with your bike decorating at our FREE community workshops! See full details below.

Wadebridge BikeLights: Saturday 12 October
Gather at Lidl from 6pm, procession 6.45pm. Ends approx 8.30pm
All welcome, entry by donation

Bodmin BikeLights: Sunday 13 October
Gather in Priory Park from 6pm, procession 6.45pm. Ends approx 8.30pm
All welcome, entry by donation
Artist creations can also be previewed at Bodmin & Wenford Railway’s home, Bodmin General Station, on Sunday from around 4pm as they get ready for the procession!

The Light Railway Ride with the ‘Coasters Camel’: Camel Trail, Sun 13 October
Depart Guineaport Wadebridge 4.45pm, return Bodmin at 9pm
A special part of the weekend’s proceedings sees a magical, illuminated ‘steam train’, the ‘Coasters Camel’ – built by the Wadebridge Coasters Cycling Club on six bicycles and a tandem – travelling along the old railway line, from Wadebridge to Bodmin and back, on Sunday October 13, in order to participate in Bodmin’s BikeLights!

Please note: participation in both BikeLights and the Light Railway ride is at the public’s own risk. Wadebridge Creative Hub and its partners accept no liability for personal injury or loss. Please also note that the Light Railway ride is a substantial undertaking and only for very strong riders. The return journey from Bodmin to Wadebridge will also be in total darkness. We therefore recommend a MINIMUM age of 11 years for this ride. Under 16s MUST be supervised by an adult.

In case of bad weather, events may be postponed to same times/venues on the following weekend, 19 & 20 October. See Facebook @WadebridgeBikeLights for alerts!

We’re offering a series of FREE, artist led open community workshops to help you decorate your wheels or your gardens! Bring a bit of cash for lights; all other materials are provided!

Advance BikeLights workshops to create bike decorations and installations!
Wadebridge: Sat 5 Oct 10-4pm Concern Wadebridge, The Betjeman Centre
Bodmin: Sun 6 Oct 10.30am – 2.30pm at Beacon ACE Academy & Sustrans Fun Palace

On-the-day BikeLights Workshops to help you decorate your bikes and with free safety checks!
Wadebridge: Sat 12 Oct 11am-4.30pm, POP Café, Goldworthy Way, Wadebridge
Bodmin: Sun 13 Oct 11am – 4.30pm, Bodmin Town centre, venue to be confirmed, for details check social media channels!
Facebook @WadebridgeBikeLights

FIRE & STEAM is kindly 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 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

Photos attached: credit Simon Stuart-Miller 

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