Banbury Mayors Sunday

Where: Formerly Banbury, Oxon - town centre
When: Formerly 1st Sunday in July
Time: Formerly 12 noon until 4pm


Every July the town of Banbury was overrun by an influx of unusual equines and their companions – the hobby horses had come to town! This was a relatively recent custom celebrating the ancient hobby horse of lore and legend; around 40 horses travelled from all over the country to take part. You could expect plenty of morris dancing, capering and neighing. Performances took place all around town, with the High Street Procession at 12.30 on Sunday from the Town Hall to the People’s Park and the Parade of Beasts at the People’s Park from 1pm until 4pm, followed by the erecton of a maypole and dancing. There were stalls and further entertainments at the Park. The event used to be over the whole weekend, then took place on the Sunday only and has now merged with Banbury Folk Festival in the autumn.

Helpful Hints

In 2014 the Banbury Hobby Horse Festival was taken over by the Town Council and changed to Mayor’s Sunday.

In 2016 Hobby Horses will be part of the Folk Festival on 8th-9th October.

Click here for the new Mayor’s Sunday event which runs from noon until 4.30 :

Click here for the event website :

and here for the Facebook page :

and here for the Folk Festival :

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