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18 Apr 2025 - 18 Apr 2025

Good Friday Heptonstall Pace Egg Plays 2025

Price: Free

Event description

Heptonstall Pace Egg Play is a traditional Mumming Play performed in Heptonstall’s Weavers Square on Good Fridays, attracting hundreds of visitors to the village. The Pace Egg play is not unique to Heptonstall but it is one of only a few still performed today.

Performance times (NB 2024=5 times are TBC. These were the times from 2024)

11.15 am Heptonstall Pace Egg
12.30 pm Heptonstall Pace Egg
2.00 pm Heptonstall Pace Egg
3.00 pm Midgley Pace Egg
4.00 pm Heptonstall Pace Egg

The Hillmillies Morris team will be dancing between plays. The organisers reserve the right to change the times of, or cancel, any performances.

In the play St George takes on contenders such as Bold Slasher, the Black Prince of Paradine and Hector. The costumes, in particular the strange headgear comprising a towering edifice garlanded with flowers, peculiar to the Calder Valley; are as much a part of the fun as the action. Violent sword fights predominate but, as ever, good triumphs over evil.

Visitors are asked to not bring their cars into the village as parking is very limited. There are regular buses to Heptonstall from Hebden Bridge and visitors can walk up to Heptonstall via the Buttress, the steep cobbled pathway by Hebden Bridge Town Hall. (Please note this is a demanding walk!)

Event details

  • This event is at Heptonstall
  • Tickets are free
  • This event runs from 18 Apr 2025 - 18 Apr 2025.