Ambleside Rushbearing 2017

Saturday 1st July 2017 - This event has finished

Ambleside Rushbearing

Time: 2:30pm
Email: raychen1211(at)
Venue: Meet outside Ambleside Primary School
Address: Vicarage Road
Town: Ambleside
County: Cumbria
Postcode: LA22 9DH
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Ambleside Rushbearing is a traditional rushbearing procession and ceremony when Ambleside re-enacts a tradition dating back over 400 years, when fresh rushes were gathered to strew on the earthen floor of churches and other important buildings. This was intended to insulate them and keep them sweet smelling, with rushes being a general term for rushes, reeds and sweet smelling grasses. Today rushes are cut from nearby lake shores and are decorated with mosses, flowers and greenery. The bearings in the procession vary from large ornate devices, such as hoops, staves and crosses, to simple sheafs carried by children.

The decorating of the large wooden church bearings takes place from 9:30am outside St. Mary's Church. The procession led by Burneside Brass Band gathers from 2:15pm outside Ambleside Primary School for a 2:30pm departure. Visitors, as well as locals, are invited to participate in the procession, as long as they carry a decorated bearing. The procession ends with a short service back at the church at approx. 3:30pm and all who have walked are rewarded with a slice of gingerbread, followed by tea for the children. Rushbearing Sports on Kelsick Sports Field (next to Rothay Park) then follows, which includes the Loughrigg Fell Race.

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