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Children's Activity Event, Sat 1 Jul 2017

Ambleside Rushbearing

Ambleside Rushbearing


This is an ancient tradition going back to the early 1800’s when the old rushes that were used to keep the floor warm in winter were thrown out and new ones brought in. It is a very colourful Procession with children and adults carrying bearings decorated with moss, rushes and flowers. Accompanied by Burneside Brass Band, the procession takes the historic route through the streets of Ambleside, stopping in the Market Place to sing the Rushbearing Hymn and lift the bearings for a magnificent photo opportunity. Arriving at St Mary’s Church the bearings are placed around the church to stay over the weekend and a short service follows..

After the service everyone who took part in the Rushbearing is given a piece of yummy gingerbread, the children a packed snack and a drink. Following this is the Rushbearing Sports eligible to every child who has carried a Rushbearing, the highlight is the Fell Race up to Todd Cragg Loughrigg and back, for which consent is required from a parent/guardian, without this written consent (available off the website) no child will be permitted to take part.

The Rushbearings are made from field rushes available in damp places of which there are many! For ideas on how to decorate them take a look at our website. Large and small Church wooden bearings in the shape of crosses, circles, harps etc are carried by adults and children.

Anyone who wishes to carry one of these please contact or message

The flowers and rushes will be provided but you are expected to help decorate them with the flowers on the morning of the Rushbearing at St Mary’s Church & Parish Centre from around 9.30 am. It takes about an hour to decorate them. Children are encouraged to walk unaccompanied & in their age relevant groups. They will all be very closely marshaled. Although not required by our insurance company The Rushbearing Team do ask that all unaccompanied children’s parent/guardian fills out a consent form from the Carlisle Diocese Safeguarding available on the website or we can
email one out.

EVERYONE is welcome to join our wonderful Rushbearing but please be respectful of our wonderful village Tradition and carry a bearing with rushes & flowers.

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Dates Times
Sat 1 Jul 2017 14:15

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