Jill in the Green

The BoA Green Man Fest is unique in having both a Jack and a Jill in the Green. Jill’s historic costume with green garland and floral hat reminds us of an almost forgotten local Wiltshire historic folk garland dance and of other historic women’s folk dances like the 18th century merry milkmaids who danced with their milk pails piled full of flowers and ribbons balanced upon their heads. Jill in the Green celebrates our town’s gardens and gardeners, our local tree planting and wild flower borders, she loves our Cotswold countryside and loves loves bees. As you can see she literally has ‘got a bee in her bonnet’. If you see her go and say hello.

Jill hopes that lots of people and children will enjoy wearing something green at the festival or perhaps even making a festive floral headdress to wear. 

Jill will be touring all our dance locations between 10am and 2.30pm and, as she is shorter than Jack, she can get though doors so she’ll also make appearances in most town centre pubs. Her itinerary is flexible but you can definitely catch her at:

10.40am Lamb Yard Jack’s grand entrance into Lamb Yard was a very popular part of 2019 and 2020 so get there early for a front row seat, try Pablo’s Bistro and The Mill Cafe. Jack and Jill will parade noisily into the yard with the Ganderflankers, wild beasts and local Morris dancers. Lots of photo opportunities.

2.00pm Abbey Mills – a special visit for the residents.

3.00pm The Tithe Barn.

From 3pm you can listen to the great Kaboozle samba band, enjoy a drink from our bar, have a poke around the fabulous shops in the Tithebarn Workshops, or relax with a coffee at The Coffee Barn.

At 3.30pm (ish) Jack and Jill in the Green, their beasts and the Ganderflankers will lead a parade of all the dancers and musicians into and around the Tithe Barn farmyard followed by a massed dance of all the dancers. This is a real spectacle and not to be missed. Wear something green and join in the procession.