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Event: Littleborough Rushbearing Festival 2019

Saturday 20 July 2019 - Sunday 21 July 2019
Various times, see description



There is a parade through Littleborough on the Saturday that ends in Hare Hill Park where there are demonstrations, games, sports, and stalls of various kinds.

On Sunday the parade passes from Hollingworth Lake into the village where the musicians and dancers demonstrate their skills.

Rushcart Parade - Saturday 20 July
9.45 Muster at the King Bill & Rushcart
10.15 Dancing at the King Bill
11.00 Parade with Rushcart down to St Barnabas Church
11.30 Blessing at Church
12.00 Parade & Rushcart leaves Church
12.15 Dancing will start in The Square
12.30 Parade & Rushcart arrives in The Square
13.15 Parade & Rushcart leave The Square for Hare Hill Park
13.30 Parade & Rushcart arrive back at Hare Hill Park
13.30 Turn & Turnabout Dancing outside Hare Hill House until 3.15

Entertainment in Hare Hill Park – Saturday 20 July
11.30 Littleborough Band - bandstand - 1 hour
12.30 Punch & Judy & Tricks for Treats Dog Show
13.00 Vikings
13.30 Rushcart Parade arrives & Adam Perrot Storyteller – outside Hare Hill House 
13.50 Sing Littleborough - bandstand
14.20 Punch & Judy & Tricks for Treats Dog Show
14.45 Adam Perrot Storyteller
14.50 Tracey Ray Dancing
15.20 Vikings
16.00 Punch & Judy

Throughout the day you can take part in Morton Sports Obstacle Course, crafts with The Star Tree Studio or meet some pigs and owls.

Rushcart Parade & Entertainment - Sunday 21 July
10.00-10.30 Meet at The Wine Press.
Dancing outside Wine Press

11.15 Rushcart Parade sets off to The Waterside
Holy Trinity Church opens from 11.30am for refreshments

11.45 Littleborough Band in The Square
12.15 PA Music
12.45 Rushcart Parade arrives in The Square
12.50 Littleborough Band in The Square
Turn & Turnabout Dancing

15.30 Rushes to be taken to Holy Trinity Church for Service 

Littleborough Rushbearing was revived in 1991 by Rochdale Morris. The project was successfully achieved with the help of Littleborough Action Group and has become an important part of Littleborough’s calendar of events.

It is now organised by LEAF in conjunction with Littleborough Oakenhoof Cloggers.