Eastbourne Lammas Festival

Where: Eastbourne, Sussex starting at the Pier
When: Saturday near August 1st
Time: 12 noon parade, 5.30 Lammas Ritual

 

Lammas is an ancient celebration connected with the harvest and it falls on August 1st . Eastbourne Lammas festival is a modern celebration on a weekend near to Lammas with a parade along the seafront which includes dancers, morris men, drummers and musicians as well as the justly famous Eastbourne Giants, Herne and Andred (they’re constructed from wicker and papier mache and are apparently surprisingly lightweight) . The Lammas ritual ends the afternoon symbolising the life of John Barleycorn (the corn spirit and inspiration for the ancient folksong of the same name) and is performed by Hunters Moon Morris.There are also ceilidh events in the evening and further music & dance events during the Sunday.

Helpful Hints

Money collected is donated to the RNLI so give generously! Members of the public are encouraged to join in the parade and to wear fancy dress or flowers if they wish.

There are plenty of trade stalls on the Western Lawns with a wide range of products, many with ethically produced goods.

In 2017 it will be on Saturday 29th July with more on Sunday 30th.

Click here for the event website : http://www.lammasfest.org/

ande here for the Facebook page : https://www.facebook.com/groups/45707716449/

Photo by Bertie Bassett25.


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