Barwick Maypole Celebrations

Where: Barwick in Elmet, Yorkshire on the Green
When: Spring Bank Holiday Monday (end of May) every three years (not annually)
Time: All day from 10 am


The Maypole at Barwick in Elmet is one of the tallest poles in the country and is the focus of major celebrations triennially. The pole is taken down on Easter Monday for refurbishing and is re-erected on the Spring Bank Holiday Monday, freshly painted, gilded and decked with new garlands. Processions take place during the day with floats, morris dancers, maypole dancing and a Maypole Queen with the focus of the festivities being the raising of the Pole. Filling in the backfill around the base takes some time so be prepared for a long wait if you volunteer to hang on to one of the ropes used to keep the pole upright. Later in the day a brave man will attempt to climb the pole and spin the weathervane at the top!


Helpful Hints

The event happens every three years, not annually – the last one was in 2017. The next Maypole raising will take place in 2020 on Monday 25th May. Look out for details on the excellent Facebook page.

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