St Nicholas Hoodeners

Where: St Nichlolas at Wade at the Village Hall and often Sarre, Kent at the Crown Inn(see schedule on website link for full details)
When: Late December
Time: Evenings from 6pm


And there was light

Hoodening is a midwinter custom in Kent involving a hooden horse, a hobby-horse type head on a pole with the operator covered by a sheet. In the past Hoodeners used to visit houses and perform plays in return for largesse; nowadays you’re more likely to find them touring pubs and fund-raising for charity. Several revivals have taken place in modern times after the custom almost died out ; one of the best established is based at St Nicholas at Wade, where they perform a topical humourous play involving the traditional mumming themes of death and resurrection in the run-up to Christmas. Expect Dobbin the Horse with his Waggoner and a supporting cast with musicians. Carol singing follows with audience participation!

Helpful Hints

The Cherry Brandy from the Crown at Sarre is highly recommended!! The performance there takes place in the dining area.

In 2017 they performed for the public from 20th- 23rd December (they also do private performances). Check website link below for up-to-date venues and timings- 2018 dates are yet to be announced.

Click here for the event website with full schedule:

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