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Rushbearing Festival – Sowerby Bridge

September 7, 2019 - September 8, 2019

A day out with a difference!
This festival in Sowerby Bridge celebrates Rushbearing, a tradition dating back several centuries when people took rushes to churches to make winter coverings for their floors.
The annual custom evolved into a celebration involving revelry, music, morris dancing and much drinking.

Over the weekend, the festival will see the Rushbearing procession around seven towns and villages, visiting churches and local hostelries along the way.

The procession includes a 16 feet high, two-wheeled handsomely decorated and thatched rushcart, with young ladies taking turns to ride on top of the cart as it is pulled by sixty local men. Supporters in Edwardian dres will accompany them, along musicians and Morris dancing teams.
For full route details, visit www.rushbearing.com.


September 7, 2019
September 8, 2019


Sowerby Bridge
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