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.
If you would like to hold a stall at the festival, please
download and complete this form.
If you are a food vendor, you will be required to complete an additional form
for Rochdale Council. Stalls cost Â£10 for charities or Â£25 for traders.
Activities and events are subject to change. Please check back here