It has been six months in the planning but Penryn's annual heritage festival, Kemeneth, is now just over a week away and promises an action-packed programme of events.

The two-day event begins on Saturday, October 14, a day full of local history, Cornish theatre, giant puppets, music, dance, song from 11am until 11pm. The live music kicks off on a purpose-built stage outside Penryn Methodist Church where there will be food and drink stalls

Penryn-based duo Jon and Alfie will then lead into the procession at 1pm, from the top of Quay Hill. This year's theme is a historical timeline of Penryn, and will include giant puppets, local Brazilian band Dakadoum and their dancers, and Falmouth Marine Band, to name a few.

The music will then take over from 2-3pm in the centre of town, beginning with local folk duo Salt and Sky and ending with Josh Knuckles.

Part of Glasney College's legacy is the Cornish Ordinalia or Mystery Plays, believed to be written by the monks who lived and worked there. The Mystery Plays are based on biblical stories and were performed in the Plen-an-gwarry tradition. They were last performed in Penryn 300 years ago until Kemeneth 2016.

This year the Ordinalia performance begins with The Prologue and Creation of the World at the top of Lower Market Street at 3pm, and continues with The Garden of Eden, the Great Flood, the Crucifixion, and finally the Resurrection in Glasney College Field.

Guy Watson said: "We're having so much fun bringing these ancient texts to life. I've loved these scripts for the last three years and it's amazing for me to see a cast of over 20 local people engaging and enjoying being part of this project."

Claire Ingleheart (Wildworks, Suitcase Singers) has been commissioned to write a Penryn Song, which will be performed between the acts, and sung by the audience, as the show processes through the town.

Characters in the Ordinalia will be carrying live willow branches. Legend has it that Bishop Bronescombe founded Glasney College in the 13th century, inspired by a vision he saw in a dream. God told him to build the college on a site along the River Antre (Penryn River as was) where there was a swarm of bees in a willow tree, and Kemeneth will be weaving a willow piece to honour this legend.

As part of Kemeneth there will be performances outside the Methodist Church from 11-3pm and then from 4.30pm the music and merriment will continue into the night in the Famous Barrel beer garden.

On Sunday there will be a community picnic, focused around the weaving of the willow tree. Inclusion Cornwall are providing tea, and all are welcome - meet at Glasney College field at 10.30am, and bring your lunch.

The Kemeneth team are looking for stewards to help on the day. You would be helping for two hours and will be paid in Granite Rock beer (or a soft drink). Email if you would like to help. The stewarding slots are 9-11am, 11–1pm, 1–3pm, 3-5pm.