DetailsRushbearing 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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Short Description 1st & 2nd September 2018 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. Type Events & Festivals, Family Location Sowerby Bridge Event Date 1 Sep 2018 Event End Date 2 Sep 2018 Event Dates 1st September 2018, 2nd September 2018, Address Sowerby Bridge & Ripponden Web Address www.rushbearing.com Recharge Point No
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Rushbearing Festival 2018
Sowerby Bridge & Ripponden
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