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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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
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