Like so many things in Camborne, the Camborne Show has its roots in Cornish mining – and in particular, or famous local engineers the Holman family.
The family started the show in 1941 as a way of raising money for the Red Cross during the war… and it has been a big part of tradition in Camborne ever since.
The first show, in 1942, saw carpenters from Holman building all the exhibition stands, and the company’s wagons helping to cart everything to the ground, making sure exhibitors from the local community had everything they needed to give Camborne a really good shindig.
In the early days it was mostly horses, cattle and horticulture on show, but as the years have gone on, goats, sheep, rabbits, and even llamas have joined the lineup, along with horse and dog displays, trade stands, children’s entertainment, music, and more.
Sadly, Holman Brothers are no longer trading, and since 1986 the show has been a registered charity, keeping this great community event going so future generations will be able to join in with this part of Camborne’s history.
After years at Camborne Recreational Ground, (and from time to time in the Rugby Ground) the show has now found a new home at Gwealavellan Farm, thanks to Mary and Ernest Bowden, and we hope it’ll go from strength to strength for many years to come.
You’ll find the farm just North of town, on the B3301 coast road at Coombe, between Portreath and Hayle… visit their website for more information.
“The judges described it as one of the best ever agricultural shows they had ever seen. I think this was down to the magnificent site and the natural beauty of the showground. ”
Colin Webb, Chairman