London Bankside Twelfth Night Celebrations

Where: London at Bankside (near the Globe Theatre)
When: Near 6th January
Time: 2.45pm


Twelfth Night at Bankside is a modern New Year celebration involving many ancient elements associated with the season, and is now well established having run for over 25 years. The Holly Man, bedecked in greenery, arrives by boat to the accompaniment of  Wassailers and mummers who perform a traditional hero/combat play featuring St George. After the play, cakes are given out and those who find the concealed bean and pea in thier cakes are crowned King and Queen for the day; a procession then makes its way to the George Inn on Borough High Street for more dancing, the Kissing Wishing Tree and storytelling. What more could you want from a winter festival?

Helpful Hints

The festival is free and goes ahead whatever the weather.

It’s always held near to Twelfth Night / January 6th but depending on how the holidays fall it can be on a Sunday or Monday (in 2010 it was Sunday 3rd, in 2011 Monday 3rd, in 2012  Sunday 8th January, 2013 Sunday 6th, 2014 Sunday 5th).

In 2016 it will be on Sunday 3rd January.

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Photo by Mr Jaded.

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