In addition to the actual Rushbearing procession and Morris Dancing, there is a wide range of events taking place for you to enjoy over the Rushbearing weekend.


Friday night sees the traditional pre-Rushbearing get-together, this year at The Hogs Head brewpub on Stanley Street, Sowerby Bridge. There will be live music and many traditional ales.


On Saturday the focus of the entertainment is around the Sowerby Bridge Market in its central location on Wharf Street. The hugely popular Rushbearing charity and crafts market will be entertained with performances by the Friendly Brass Band. The Sowerby Bridge Horticultural Society will be holding their show at St Paul's Church.

This year we are very proud to announce that the procession will be accompanied through Sowerby Bridge by the West Yorkshire Police Band who will also perform at the Hogs Head in the evening.

There will be music and morris dancing displays at many locations, see centre pages for details. The weekend would not be complete without a visit to the ever-popular Norland Scarecrow Trail.


Sunday morning begins with the traditional Rushbearing Festival service at St. Peter's Church, Sowerby. During the afternoon, St. Bartholomew's Church will be hosting a village fete with charity stalls and games.

The weekend draws to a close when the Rushbearing procession arrives in Ripponden and at the end of the afternoon a Songs of Praise service will take place in St. Bartholomew's Church.