Whittlesea Straw Bear Festival :: Shared Description

The ancient Fenland tradition of plough boys collecting money and gifts in the streets on Plough Tuesday has now evolved into a week-long festival in the market town of Whittlesey (Whittlesea) in Cambridgeshire. On the second Saturday in January each year, a Straw Bear and a couple of smaller bears parade around the market square and streets on a route that encompasses many of the public houses in the town. Numerous and diverse folk dance teams and entertainers fill the streets and vast quantities of drink are consumed, causing many of the eccentric merrymakers to be even more eccentric. See the official web site here LinkExternal link
Assorted videos of this annual festival can be found in these pages LinkExternal link
by Richard Humphrey
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TL2797 : A feathered hat - Whittlesea Straw Bear Festival 2013 by Richard Humphrey
TL2797 : The bear and the plough - Whittlesea Straw Bear Festival 2013 by Richard Humphrey
TL2797 : Pig Dyke Molly on The Market Place - Whittlesea Straw Bear Festival 2019 by Richard Humphrey
TL2697 : Black and blue dancers - Whittlesea Straw Bear Festival 2013 by Richard Humphrey
TL2797 : Large crowd on The Market Place - Whittlesea Straw Bear Festival 2014 by Richard Humphrey
TL2697 : Crosskey Clog dancers outside The Black Bull - Whittlesea Straw Bear Festival 2014 by Richard Humphrey
TL2697 : Mortimer's Morris - Whittlesea Straw Bear Festival 2013 by Richard Humphrey
TL2797 : Colourful characters on the Market Place - Whittlesea Straw Bear Festival 2018 by Richard Humphrey
TL2697 : Dancing in the street - Whittlesea Straw Bear Festival 2013 by Richard Humphrey
TL2797 : Sussex Junction Morris dancers - Whittlesea Straw Bear Festival 2019 by Richard Humphrey
TL2797 : The multi-coloured menace of The Fens - Whittlesea Straw Bear Festival 2019 by Richard Humphrey
TL2797 : Baby bear - Whittlesea Straw Bear Festival 2013 by Richard Humphrey
TL2696 : There's nowt as queer as folk - Whittlesea Straw Bear Festival 2014 by Richard Humphrey
TL2797 : The bear needs a drink - Whittlesea Straw Bear Festival 2013 by Richard Humphrey
TL2797 : Crowd on The Market Place - Whittlesea Straw Bear Festival 2018 by Richard Humphrey
TL2797 : Dancing in the street - Whittlesea Straw Bear Festival 2017 by Richard Humphrey
TL2696 : Rivington Morris at Letter B - Whittlesea Straw Bear Festival 2014 by Richard Humphrey
TL2696 : Tyler's Men at The Boat - Whittlesea Straw Bear Festival 2017 by Richard Humphrey
TL2697 : Head of the parade - Whittlesea Straw Bear Festival 2014 by Richard Humphrey
TL2797 : Feathers and flowers at The New Crown - Whittlesea Straw Bear Festival 2014 by Richard Humphrey
TL2797 : Bears leave The Market Place - Whittlesea Straw Bear Festival 2014 by Richard Humphrey
TL2797 : Whittlesea Straw Bear festival by Tiger
TL2797 : Too much beer bear? - Whittlesea Straw bear Festival 2013 by Richard Humphrey
TL2797 : Bourne Borderers Morris on The Market Place - Whittlesea Straw Bear Festival 2014 by Richard Humphrey
TL2797 : Red Leicester Morris Men leave The Market Place - Whittlesea Straw Bear Festival 2017 by Richard Humphrey

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Created: Wed, 18 Jan 2017, Updated: Thu, 31 Jan 2019

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