An annual May celebration of Oak Apple Day
Date: 29 May 19 — 29 May 19 | Report this event.
Entrance Price free Per person
The men of the village must go to Grovely very early, and collect their own bough (with oak ‘apple’) which will be carried in procession later in the day. Meanwhile, the women of the village are decorating their cottages with flags and bunting. A coach takes a party of villagers to Salisbury, where small group of women dancers, in traditional costume, perform a dance in the precincts, symbolizing women who protested when the lord of the manor threatened to take away their right to gather wood. The ‘refrain’ is then shouted at full volume in the cathedral. Later there is a dinner and a fair, the whole thing organised by the Oak Apple committee.
To celebarate there is maypole dancing, stalls and food available.
The dance starts at Salisbury Cathedral at 10 am with the procession starting at Great Wishford at 2pm