2014 Maypole Festival

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Barwick Maypole Festival 2014

Thank you to everyone that made the 2014 Maypole Festival such a huge success! Despite earlier forecasts of rain, the weather held and we had an absolutely fantastic day (with possibly a record crowd for recent years). We’ll be bringing you lots of photos over the next few days, or if you’re on facebook, please visit:-


You can also see highlights from the day on our video page.


2014 Festival

Join us for the triennial Maypole Festival!

The Maypole Trust is delighted to be able to confirm the details for the 2014 Maypole Festival. The fun starts with the raising of the pole from 10.00am and concludes with Chris Brown our Maypole climber attempting his ascent of the pole at around 5.00pm. It will be a fun packed day for all, and we really hope to see you there. All we need to do now is cross our fingers for some sunshine!

What’s on?

Street Market

The ever popular street market takes place on Elmwood Lane and will feature a range of stalls, including craftwork by local artists, jewellery, toiletries, greetings cards, cakes and more! The stalls tend to get quite busy, so you are advised to arrive early to get the best choice!

Should you get hungry or thirsty, a variety of refreshments will be available from both local businesses (including a newly refurbished pub) and Barwick All Saints Church.

The street market is free to access for all.

Barwick Street Market

Maypole Raising

The Maypole raising commences at 10.00am when the pole needs to be carried from it’s temporary home in Hall Tower field to it’s raising location next to The Gascoigne Arms. It’s only short distance, but it’s a very heavy Maypole (especially at the bottom!). Once again we will need a number of hardy volunteers to help with this process. The support and involvement of all villagers is positively encouraged! Why not come be a part of local history?

The Maypole raising is free to watch for all.

Maypole Queen’s Procession

The Maypole Queen’s procession will assemble at Chapel Lane at 12.30pm and and will make its way down Main Street from 1.00pm. The procession will be led by Maypole Trust Committe chairman Nigel Trotter and will feature local organisations, vintage vehicles, the Harrogate Band, and of course the local school children who will be performing later.

The Maypole Queen’s procession is free to watch for all.


Childrens’ Maypole Dancing

Did you know that we actually have three Maypoles in the village? The tallest is simply too tall for traditional ribbon dancing, so two other poles are used in its place. Children of various ages from Barwick-in-Elmet C of E School will be performing a variety of traditional maypole dances in Hall Tower Field, with their parents proudly looking on from the steep slopes of Hall Tower Hill.

A wristband is required to view the Maypole dancing.

Kids’ Climbing Wall

Could your child be a Maypole climber of the future? Why not let them have a practice to find out? Don’t worry, we won’t be letting them loose on the actual Maypole, but a 9 metre climbing tower in Hall Tower Field. All ropes, helmets and harnesses etc will be provided and the activity will be properly supervised by a qualified team .


We’d like to extend our thanks to Paul Prince and the kind folks at Leeds City Council’s Herd Farm Activity Centre (at Eccup Resevoir) for making this possible.

A wristband is required to view or participate in the climbing tower activities.


Kids’ fun fair

A mini fun fair will be taking place in Hall Tower Field and various stalls and attractions will no doubt put smiles on your little ones faces! Attractions include ‘Lucky Buckets’, the ever popular ‘Hook a Duck’, and a number of rides. Should your kids get hungry, there’ll also be a variety of hot dogs, ice creams, and candy floss too!

A wristband is required to visit the fun fair.

Barwick Maypole Fun Fair

The Harrogate Band

We’re really pleased to be able to welcome back our friends at the Harrogate Band who will be playing a number of First World war themed pieces (in commemoration of 100 years of the event).

The band will both be participating in the procession, and also playing around the base of our famous Maypole (at around 4pm).

Due to popular demand, the band will once again be performing the famous theme tune Barwick Green from Radio 4’s the Archers… a Maypole dance named after our village by Yorkshire composer Arthur wood in 1924.

The video opposite give a nice intro to some of the band members who, as well as being highly talented, have a great sense of humour too!


The band will be performing at The Cross, and viewing is free to all.

The ‘Four Hundred Roses’

Making their first outing at Barwick’s famous Maypole festival will be ‘The Four Hundred Roses’. Easy to watch, but difficult to describe, this group of ladies from across the North of England offer a unique blend of ‘UK folk music and dance with Tribal style bellydance’. We’re really unable to put this into words, so why not check out the video opposite for a taste of what to expect?


The dancers will be performing at The Cross, and viewing is free to all.

‘Calverley Chasers’ Flyball Team

‘Flyball’ is an extremely fast paced relay race where dogs race over hurdles, retrieve a ball from a spring loaded box and turn to race back. It’s gaining popularity quickly, and now also features at the annual Crufts dog show in London.

As well as taking part in the procession, the Calverley Chasers will also be performing two twenty minutes sessions (exact times to be confirmed closer to the time). If you’re a dog lover, then this is not one to miss.


The ‘Chasers’ will be performing at ‘Jack Heaps Field’ and viewing is free for all.

Chris Brown – Maypole climber ‘fox spin’

The climax to the festival will be the ascent of the maypole by local lad, Chris Brown. Cheer Chris on as he attempts to make it to the top of the 86 foot pole to spin the fox weather vane (a local superstition thought to bring good luck to the village). Despite some concerns about a very ‘wet and slippery’ Maypole in 2011, the sun finally shone, allowing Chris to make the climb (appearing on BBC Look North as a result). Will Chris be able to repeat his success 2014? Join us to find out!

Viewing Chris’s attempt at the pole is free to all.


Please note that all timings are approximate and are subject to change at short notice. In the event of bad weather, some activities may be cancelled or postponed. A full event programme will also be on sale on the day.

08:00           Street Market stallholders to set up
09:00           Road closures implemented
10.00           Street market opens on Elmwood Lane
            Volunteer ‘pole carriers’ to assemble at entrance to Hall Tower Field
11.00           Raising of the Maypole ceremony
            Hall Tower Field attractions open
12.30           Maypole Queen procession assembles (Chapel Lane)
13.00           Maypole Queen processsion (to Hall Tower Field via Main Street)
14.00           Crowning of the Maypole Queen
14.15           Maypole ‘ribbon dancing’ by local school children E Primary School
15.00           The ‘Four Hundred Roses’ dancers perform in the centre of the village
16.00           Performance by the Harrogate Brass Band around the Maypole
17.00           Maypole climber Chris Brown attempts his ascent
17.15           Street market closes
17.30           Festival ends
18.00           Roads re-opened

Admission to Hall Tower Field

Once the maypole is erected, the focus of the festival moves to Hall Tower Field. This year we’ll be doing things a little differently, and entrance will be by wristband. These can be bought on the day, or in advance at The Maypole Deli’ on Main Street, the Barwick School Office, or the Barwick Cricket Club Gala on Sunday 25th May. All proceeds from the sale of the wristbands go directly to the Maypole Trust and will help to cover the cost of holding the festival.
Those visiting Hall Tower Field will have access to:

  • Crowning of the Maypole Queen
  • Childrens’ Maypole dancing
  • Kids’ rides & Attractions
  • Kids’ climbing tower
  • Food & drink concessions
  • Toilets
  Admission Prices
Children under 12 FREE
Children aged 12-17 £1
Adults £2
Senior citizens (65 or over) £1

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The next Barwick Beer Festival is on Saturday 17th October 2015.
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