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Date(s) - 07/07/2018
2:00 pm - 6:00 pm



Ambleside Rushbearing

An Annual Traditional event held on the first Saturday of July.  This wonderful tradition dates back to the 1700’s when the rushes covering the church floors were thrown out and replaced. 
These days it is a very colourful procession with (mostly) children and adults carrying Rushbearings decorated with rushes and flowers.   The procession takes the historic route through the village, stopping in the Market Place to sing the Rushbearing hymn and lift the bearings up for a spectacular photo opportunity.  Arriving at church the bearings are carried in to be displayed over the weekend and a short service follows.  After the service all the children who walked in the Rushbearing recieves a piece of gingerbread, collect a snack bag and proceed to Kelsick Field to take part in the Rushbearing Sports, the highlight being the fell race up to Todd Cragg on Loughrigg and back down again.
The bearings are made from field rushes, found in many damp places and decorated with flowers.  Large wooden bearings in the shape of crosses, circles, harps etc are also carried in the procession and these are decorated with moss rushes and flowers. People who would like to carry one of these can contact or phone 01539433917.  The ‘dressing’ of the bearings takes place on the morning of the event at St Mary’s Church from 9.30am; there are plenty of people on hand to help people decorate a bearing.
The children are encouraged to walk on their own, at the front of the Procession behind The Harp of David, closely escorted by marshalls.  Accomnpanied children walk behind the band and are followed by prams and pushchairs.  The World Rushbearing is at the rear of the procession.
EVERYONE is most welcome to take part in Ambleside’s wonderful Tradtional Rushbearing as long as they carry a bearing decorated with rushes and flowers.