Advance Notice: Changes to Sowerby Bridge Rushbearing for Sunday 7th September 2014. Read more →

Following the Rushbearing Service at St. Peters Church Sowerby, the Cart will go to St. Peters Cricket Club, not the Rushcart, arriving at 11.55. After the visit to the Cricket Club the Cart will proceed through Sowerby Village and continue up Rooley Lane towards Cottonstones and NOT travel through Hubberton.

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Join us for two full days of rush-related tradition and tomfoolery. The Sowerby Bridge Rushbearing...


First held in 1977, the festival is the only one of its kind in Yorkshire.

Rushbearing dates back several centuries to a time when rushes were simply a floor covering in churches. Each year, it was out with the old and in with the new. Over many years this tradition has gradually turned into a celebration and a holiday involving music, morris dancing and revelry. There are many ways to be part of the festival. Don’t be one of the missing ingredients! More history »

Where does the fun happen?
Sowerby Bridge, Halifax, West Yorkshire, England.


Sowerby Bridge is a market town that lies within the Calder Valley, in the district of Calderdale, West Yorkshire, in northern England. Sowerby Bridge is situated on the edge of Halifax, about three miles from its centre.


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