The first known reference to Liskeard was in the Domesday Book in 1086. In 1240, the first of eighteen charters was granted to the town, thus permitting the holding of markets which have continued to the present day, cattle markets being held on alternate Thursdays.
Few towns the size of Liskeard can boast two sets of public buildings. The Guildhall, with its clock tower, was built in 1859, replacing the former Town Hall, and was used until recently as the Magistrates Court. The Public Hall was built in 1890 and provides a venue for a range of community activities as well as housing the Town Council Offices. Foresters Hall (1896) houses the Town Museum and Information Centre.
The town lies above the Looe river valley, some 14 miles west of the Tamar river. The main London to Penzance railway line and the A38 trunk road provide Liskeard with rapid access to Plymouth and the motorway network, and the rest of Cornwall.
Liskeard Light Up
Liskeard Lights Up is an all day event, as darkness falls the town will gather for the lights switch on, lantern parade and carols.
Liskeard Lights Up are pleased to be supported this year by FEAST, a programme to make great art happen across Cornwall.
This year the artistic team behind Liskeard Lights Up intend to create an illuminated interactive installation in the Cattle Market in Liskeard inspired by this year’s theme for our lantern procession ‘Under The Clock’.
Work is already well under way to recreate Liskeard in lanterns. Community artists Mark Gregory, Biddy Daniel, Carol Whibley and Carol Allan are working with six local schools and a range of community groups making lanterns that will join in with the lantern parade on Saturday 30th November through Liskeard. Community lantern making sessions are also taking place each Saturday at Liskerrett Community Centre from 10am to 1pm, and everyone is welcome to join in. Materials and guidance is provided free of charge. However children must be accompanied by an adult.
Exciting plans are progressing for the future developments on the Cattle Market site and our installation will be a fun interpretation of the buildings in the town and the sort of things that go on ‘Under The Clock’, our beautiful and distinctive town clock.
The installation will be erected on the Cattle Market during the Lights Up day and will be available to view as it is intended once night falls.
What's happening on the day
Thanks to Cornwall Council there will be free parking in Liskeard’s main car parks on Saturday 30th November so you can enjoy all the fun at a leisurely pace.
11 am – 1 pm: Family Christmas Trail: Lergh Nadelik Teylu starting at Stuart House, follow a map and clues to hunt the white stag ‘helghi di an karow gwynn’ around the town. Answer simple questions in Cornish and collect stickers, then enjoy a celebratory ‘cakey tea’ at the Public Hall. Last registration at 12.30pm.
11 am – 1 pm: The Wild Hunt: An Helgh Gwyls an expedition around the town with Dando and his Dogs mummers play, singing in the Cornish language. The final performance will be at the Public Hall during the ‘cakey tea’. All welcome.
5.30 pm: Lights Up Parade and Fireworks: Keskerdh Lugharn Ha Tanweyth leaving from the Cattle Market Car Park, the lantern parade weaves its way through town via Pike Street and Fore Street. This year the theme is ‘Under the Clock’. Then gather outside Webb’s House, listen to the Silver Band and see the switch on of the town’s Christmas lights and a fireworks display.
6.30pm: Party: Gool Nadelik Free Yuletide party in the Public Hall. Music from the Cornish Groove Collective and Rubber Band Inner Tube. Cornish Guise dancing with Scoots Kernow. Food is supplied by the Real Junk Food Project on a pay as you feel basis and there will be a cash bar.
There is no need to book or register in advance for any of the events, just turn up!
One and all welcome!
Liskeard Christmas Lights