Appleton Thorn Bawming the Thorn

Where: Appleton Thorn - starting at the Village Hall
When: 3rd Saturday in June
Time: From 12.45


Bawming the Thorn

The village of Appleton Thorn hosts a unique ceremony every June called Bawming the Thorn. The hawthorn tree in the village centre is decorated by school children who perform their Bawming Song then dance around the tree. You will have to travel a very long way to find tidier and better dressed children and their dancing skills are pretty good, too.The tree is  a descendant of the famous Glastonbury Thorn and the custom may date back hundreds of years ,though it lapsed during Victorian times and was revived in the 1930s and again in the 1970s after which it has continued annually ever since.

Helpful Hints

A well signposted free carpark is available in the village just a short level walk from the tree. Programmes are available from the Village Hall area on the day (the words for the Bawming Song are included) and there are stalls, refreshments and a variety of entertainments.

In 2018 it will be on Saturday 16th June.

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