Rushbearing Festival 2020

Culture & Heritage, Disabled Access, Events & Festivals, Family : Sowerby Bridge

Rushbearing Festival 2020

Starting 5th Sep 2020 See all Dates for this event

Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th September 2020


(NB these dates are provisional at the moment but the Festival take place on the first weekend in September)


The Sowerby Bridge Rushbearing Festival brings you a packed weekend of Rush-related tradition and tomfoolery!


The Rushbearing Festival is the only one of its kind in Yorkshire. Over the course of the weekend, the festival sees the progress of the Rushbearing procession around seven towns and villages, visiting many churches and local hostelries along the way. the focal point of the procession is the sixteen feet high, two-wheeled handsomely decorated and thatched rushcart.


A team of young ladies take turns to ride on top of the cart as it is pulled by sixty local men dressed in Panama hats, white shirts, black trousers and clogs. Accompanying them are a group of supporters in Edwardian dress along with some of the region's finest musicians and Morris dancing teams to provide entertainment for the crowds.


By the nature of this event timings over the weekend may vary slightly!


For full route details for the Rushcart and approximate timings, please visit the Rushbearing website

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Rushbearing dates back several centuries to a time when church floors consisted of little more than stone flags or beaten earth and rushes were used as a winter covering.

Each year, in late summer the rotten rushes were cleared out and new ones were taken to the churches in carts. Human nature being what it is, this annual custom developed into an excuse for celebration involving revelry, music, morris dancing and much drinking of string ales.

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Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th September 2020

(NB these dates are provisional at the moment but the Festival take place on the first weekend in September)

The Sowerby Bridge Rushbearing Festival brings you a packed weekend of Rush-related tradition and tomfoolery!

The Rushbearing Festival is the only one of its kind in Yorkshire. Over the course of the weekend, the festival sees the progress of the Rushbearing procession around seven towns and villages, visiting many churches and local hostelries along the way. the focal point of the procession is the sixteen feet high, two-wheeled handsomely decorated and thatched rushcart.

A team of young ladies take turns to ride on top of the cart as it is pulled by sixty local men dressed in Panama hats, white shirts, black trousers and clogs. Accompanying them are a group of supporters in Edwardian dress along with some of the region's finest musicians and Morris dancing teams to provide entertainment for the crowds.

By the nature of this event timings over the weekend may vary slightly!

For full route details for the Rushcart and approximate timings, please visit the Rushbearing website

Type Culture & Heritage, Disabled Access, Events & Festivals, Family
Location Sowerby Bridge
Event Date 5 Sep 2020
Event End Date 6 Sep 2020
Event Dates 5th September 2020, 6th September 2020
Address Sowerby Bridge & Ripponden various locations
Web Address www.rushbearing.com
Recharge Point No
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Rushbearing Festival 2020

Sowerby Bridge & Ripponden various locations

Accessibility

To ensure we offer impartial advice we have provided a link to  ‘Euan’s Guidewhere you'll find detailed access information to many venues across Calderdale and the UK: accommodation, attractions, shops, pubs, restaurants and more.  

VisitEngland lead training provider and contributor in accessible tourism, Visits Unlimited is a Calderdale-based national operator offering a range of accessibility-related services across the UK and abroad.  Visits Unlimited support businesses in not only meeting legal obligations stated within the UK Equality Act 2010 but in exceeding customer service expectations for all customers including those with specific needs.  Services provided include accredited hospitality training and disability awareness training, access auditing, mystery shopping and strategic accessibility planning. 

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