Bishops Castle Midsummer Rejoicing

Where: Bishops Castle, Shropshire- procession from High Street to Church of St John the Baptist
When: Sunday in mid June
Time: 10.30 am Procession, 11am Service

 

Bishops Castle

Midsummer is the patronal feast of St John the Baptist and many churches with this dedication celebrate in mid June. At Bishops Castle there is a traditional village fete on the Saturday from 2pm-4pm while on the Sunday morning a rushcart procession forms with morris dancers, making its way to the Church for the special service at 11 am. Following the service, a barbecue and morris dancing take place in the churchyard, with further dancing later outside the Three Tuns. Rushcarts and rushbearing are usually typical of North Western England so this one is unusual.

Helpful Hints

In 2016 it was on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th June – 2017 dates are yet to be confirmed but are likely to be 24th & 25th June.

For the church & event website click here : http://ridgewaychurch.wordpress.com/

and here : http://www.shropshirehillsaonb.co.uk/mc-events/bishops-castle-midsummer-rejoicing-3/

Photo by Graham Tait.


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