Redruth is set for the return of its annual celebration of Murdoch Day next weekend. 

This year's event, celebrating the life and work of inventor and engineer William Murdoch, takes place on Saturday, June 15 and this year's theme for 2024, 'Engineering Heroes', is set to introduce several new elements.

New this year is The Engine Room, an exhibition at the Redruth Civic Centre that spotlights modern-day innovators.

Companies like Cornish Lithium are featured, as well as organisations working with the next generation of inventors and technologists, including Cornwall College.

The Art Room will host mini-automata invention workshops.

Fluxus Cornwall CIC will guide attendees in crafting their unique mini-automata creations.

Falmouth Packet: This year's event will see some new additionsThis year's event will see some new additions (Image: Redruth Town Council)

The Murdoch Day Parade remains a central event, featuring local school and group participants.

This year, it will include the Parade of Trades - a group of local independent businesses promoting local shopping under the Totally Locally banner.

Furthermore, a new Murdoch Furry has been created, and the parade music has been rearranged into a more upbeat tempo.

Alice Lamming, Redruth Town Council events and marketing manager, said: "Murdoch Day really is Redruth's big day out and we can't wait.

"This year, we have a mix of traditional attractions such as the market stalls, fun fair and parade together with exciting new things to enjoy.

"Everyone is welcome and we hope everyone has a great time."

Additional attractions on offer include vintage vehicles displayed near Redruth Wesley, the Murdoch Flyer at Murdoch House, and Freddy Zapp's live music stage at Green Lane.

The Redruth Youth Council will host a free silent disco at the library, while a Quiet Room returns for those seeking reprieve from the day's festivities.

Redruth town mayor Councillor Stephen Barnes said: "I can't wait for Murdoch Day this year as there's going to be so much going on.

"From live music to a Silent Disco and from a traditional funfair to a showcase of cutting-edge 21st-century technology, there really will be something for everyone.

"I hope to see you there."

The celebrations run from 10am to 4pm, with the parade commencing around 11am.

More details can be found on the festival's website and social media platforms or the Festival Guide, available online and at various venues around Redruth, including the library.

An information stand will also be set up near the town's Clock Tower.

In 1792 William Murdoch was the first person in the world to light his house in Cross Street, Redruth, as well as his office, by piped coal gas. This laid the foundation for the gas industry of today.