Our giant Jack in the Green is back for 2021, bigger than ever, and he’ll be touring the town all day with the Ganderflankers, his entourage of dancers and musicians, greening visitors and generally causing mayhem. Stop him for a photo!
9am Waking Jack at the Tithe Barn. Come down early to help us with the traditional raising of Jack from his winter slumber. There will be some dancing but most of all you’re needed to make a lot of noise to get him out of the Tithe Barn where his spirit dwells though the winter. The Coffee Barn Cafe will be open serving welcome hot drinks and bacon butties.
11am Grand Procession Into Lamb Yard. This was a very popular part of 2019 so get there early for a front row seat. Jack will process noisily into the yard with his Ganderflankers. Lots of photo opportunities and a chance to talk to Jack about his tradition and construction.
12pm Join Jack’s Circle Dancing in Westbury Gardens. Everyone, particularly children, is encouraged to join Jack and the Ganderflankers in a stately circle dance. Get there early to make willow wands and head circlets ready for the dance.
1pm Gathering of Beasts We’ll have lots of Morris beasts ready to entertain you – hobby horses, prancing badgers, Welsh Mari Lwyds and other fanciful creatures to entertain you. Help us choose the best one.
3.30pm Closing Procession @ The Tithe Barn. Jack’s time is almost done as he and the Ganderflankers lead the procession of up to 420 dancers into and around the Tithe Barn yard. This is a real spectacle and not to be missed. Wear something green and join in the procession. Get there early and have a poke around the shops in the Tithebarn Workshops.
4pm Stripping Jack. Jack is the herald of Summer and to serve his purpose it is traditional that he must be stripped of all his greenery by everyone present. Keep your leaves safe to ensure we have a good Summer. Holt Morris will mark his passing and the approach of Summer with their haunting “Signposts” dance, rarely performed anywhere else in the country. Jack’s death will be mark the birth of our May Queen. Whenever you pass the Tithe Barn in future listen carefully, you may hear Jack as he slumbers waiting his rebirth.