The Great Torrington Cavaliers are a voluntary group who raise money for charities and good causes through high profile public events. They also carry out various duties in the town such as erection of the town’s Christmas lights.

Formed in 1970, they’re most famous for their giant themed bonfires. The Houses of Parliament, the Great Fire of London, and HMS Victory are just a few of the creations that have been built on Torrington Common. Thousands of spectators then come to watch these spectacular events and thousands of pounds are raised and given away to charity.

A replica of the Mayflower was due to be burnt in 2020 in commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower sailing and to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Cavaliers, but the Covid-19 pandemic put a stop that event! It’s rescheduled for August 2021. Look out for details on the events page.

If you’d like to get in touch with the Cavaliers, please email You can also follow them on their Facebook and Twitter pages.

Great Torrington Cavaliers