Littleborough Rushbearing Festival 2013

Rushbearing Festival

Rushbearing began in the 10th century when Pope Gregory decreed that rushes should be taken to church on its Saints Day to cover the earth floor for warmth. At Grassmere the rushes are still carried in procession, but in Lancashire and parts of Yorkshire the procession became more elaborate with the rushes being conveyed on decorated carts.

The tradition continued in many areas until Victorian times when it was banned for encouraging "drunkenness and lewd behaviour". Littleborough Rushbearing was revived in 1991 by Rochdale Morris. Since 2012, The Thieving Magpies from Marsden have co-ordinated the festival in conjunction with Littleborough Events and Associations Forum.

The Littleborough Rushcart Festival has grown over the years into a full weekend of fun and activities for all the family.

Download your own Rushbearing timetable here.

Please note:
Activities and events are subject to change.  Please check back here for updates.

Saturday 20th July 2013

Littleborough Rushbearing Festival

The festival will centre around Hare Hill Park which will have fairground rides, fun activities and attractions for all the family.

This year there will be Donkey Rides around the park and the Inter-Diciplinary Rugby Match between Littleborough Rugby Union and Littleborough Rugby League will take place on the fields next to the Cricket Club.

Unfortunately, there will be no Rushcart Procession on Saturday but the Cart will be in the park.

All times are subject to change.  Please check back here for updates.

Fun in the Park from 11:00 am to 4:00 pmTricks4Treats Dog Display Team

  • 11:00 am - Morris Dancing
  • 11:30 pm - Punch & Judy Show
  • 12:00 pm - Taiko Drummers
  • 12:30 pm - Tricks4Treats Dog Display Team
  • 1:00 pm - Morris Dancing
  • 2:00 pm - Performance by Littleborough Band
  • 2:30 pm - Taiko Drummers
  • 3:00 pm - Punch & Judy Show
  • 3:30 pm - Tricks4Treats Dog Display Team
  • 4:00 pm - Performance by Littleborough Band

Plus:

  • Donkey Rides
  • Morton Sports obstacle course
  • Skylight Circus from 12:30 til 3:30 pm
  • Charity, Craft and Farmers' Market Stalls
  • Fun fair
  • Littleborough Rugby League vs Littleborough Rugby Union 2pm til 4pm

Sunday 21st July 2013

Littleborough Rushbearing Festival

Sunday sees the Rushcart procession start at The Mooorcock Inn on Blackstone Edge. The procession will then stop off at the The Rake Tapas before heading down to The Red Lion and then to the centre of Littleborough.

The festival will centre around Littleborough Square which will have music, dancing and attractions for all the family. 

All times are subject to change.  Please check back here for updates.

 

Rushcart Procession Times

  • 11:00 am - The Rushcart starts at the Moorcock Inn, Halifax Road
  • 12:00 pm - The Rushcart makes it's way to The Rake Tapas
  • 1:30 pm - The Rushcart makes it's way to The Red Lion
  • 2:00 pm - The Rushcart makes it's way to Canal Street
  • 2:30 pm - Rushcart sets off to Littleborough Square

The Morris Teams will dance at each of the stop offs. (They will break for lunch at The Rake Tapas)

Dancing in the Square 12:00 pm to 4:00 pmLittleborough Rushbearing Festival

  • 12:30 pm - Performance by Littleborough Band
  • 1:15 pm - Az Kabile Totally Tribal belly dancers
  • 1:45 pm - Turners Dance
  • 2:15 pm - Performance by Littleborough Band
  • 2:30 pm - Az Kabile Totally Tribal belly dancers
  • 2:45 pm - Rushcart Arrives
  • 3:00 pm - Morris Dancing

Plus:

  • Stalls
  • Children's Rides

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In association with

Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council  Littleborough Events and Associations Forum