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Lammas Ritual Celebration


The 2018 Open air Lammas Ritual will take place at approximately 16.30 on Sunday 29th July

What is Lammas?

The word Lammas comes from the old English 'Loaf Mass' It is a celebration of Earth's bounty, traditionally held on 1st August, in which bread made from the first cut of corn is blessed. The First known clebration was before the 12th Century.

Lammas is a good time to give thanks for the abundance we have in our lives and to be greatful for the food on our tables. Lammas is a time of transformation, rebirth and new beginnings.

John Barleycorn Dance

The John Barleycorn dance is written and performed by Hunters Moon Morris. The dancers wear the colours associated with the four elements that John Barleycorn needs in order to live and grow: EARTH - Green/Brown AIR - Yellow/White FIRE - Red WATER - Blue

John Barleycorn invokes these elements and the dance begins. The dance culminates when John Barleycorn is fully grown and is slain to provide the harvest. He is then revived and the cycle of grown, death and rebirth begins once again.


All are welcome to join our celebration which is held on the festival Sunday following the last main stage perfomance. Please see the Festival programme or ask at the information tent for timing.