Wath Bun Throwing & Festival

Where: Wath-upon-Dearne, Yorkshire at All Saints Church on Church Street
When: Saturday of May Day Bank Holiday Weekend
Time: 12 noon

 

Wath Festival takes place over the May Day Bank Holiday weekend and features folk artists & musicians, morris & maypole dancing and everything you could want from a spring celebration  as well as a unique bun-throwing event. The vicar, attired in historical costume, reads out the will of local resident Thomas Tuke before ascending the church tower. A basket of bread is winched up outside while dancing takes place and as the clock strikes twelve noon, a barrage of buns descends from on high onto the assembled crowd below. The origins of the event lie in the early-nineteenth century bequest by Mr Tuke to distribute loaves to the needy on St Thomas’ Day in December but the current revival moved date to a more clement season which fits in with the folk festival, running now for over thirty years.

Helpful Hints

In 2017 the Festival will take place over the weekend of Friday 28th April to Monday May 1st with the bunthrowing on Saturday 29th April.

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

Thanks to Ross Parish for draing my attention to this one!


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