Marsden Imbolc Fire Festival

Where: Standedge Tunnel and Visitor Centre, Marsden - starting at the old goods yard.
When: 1st Saturday in February every other year
Time: 7pm



Imbolc is a pagan festival marking St Brigid’s Day and the end of winter ; this relatively recent event started in the 1990s as a community celebration to embrace the turning of the year. There is a procession, dance performances,music & drumming, stilt walking, lanterns, pyrotechnics and, of course, fire! Jack Frost and the Green Man battle for supremacy in a mummers play symbolising the triumph of spring over winter followed by fireworks and dancing. All are welcome; the festival is popular with all ages and attracts large crowds – it goes ahead whatever the weather.

Helpul Hints.

Unless you arrive early (before 6 pm) the road to the Standedge Tunnel car park will be closed for the event so you’ll need to park in town. There’s plenty of room for everyone to watch the event, but for access reasons you must follow the procession from the Tunnel Carpark opposite the Railway Inn to the fire site. Don’t be in too much of a hurry to leave after the Green Man chases off Jack Frost – when we went in 2014 a large part of the crowd vanished at this point and sadly missed the fire dances by Mr Fox & Co at the Goods Yard carpark, which were well worth seeing.

In 2018 it will be on Saturday February 3rd.

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