Event endedEditor's Choice Free
Although Tewkesbury’s two-day Mop Festival is named after the humble domestic utensil, this is not, as you might have thought, a curious celebration of cleanliness that Kim and Aggie would be proud of.
Instead the historic fair provides the setting for a fun-evening out for families from across Gloucestershire every year, with the annual celebrations being held again in October 2013.
Dating back to 12th century, according to the Tewkesbury Fair Society the Mop Fair’s name came about because farm workers, labourers, servants and craftsmen would take along an item to represent their trade to the fair.
When the workers had no specific skills they would carry a mop head to signify that they were for free for employment in the hope an employer would spot them in the crowds and give them a job – quite unlike today’s recruitment fairs, but an efficient way to find employment nonetheless.
While the modern-day organisers of Tewkesbury Mop Fair won’t be promising career advancements, the celebratory feeling of the street party has remained consistent to this very day.
The two-day festival in 2013 will see Tewkesbury’s Nelson Street packed with visitors, with fun fair rides, traditional games and stalls serving tempting snacks all open for business. Bringing along a mop is strictly optional, but may help with the street cleaning afterwards…
Friday 14 September 2012
Friday 25 to Saturday 26 April 2014
Landscape photographer, Sarah Howard, will be inviting aspiring shutterbugs to join her for a two-day workshop at Westonbirt...
Friday 25 to Wednesday 30 April 2014
The Convent members can enjoy an exclusive 31 Studio exhibition of unique platinum prints, by everyone from Lee Miller...
Friday 25 April 2014
Budding artists and nature lovers alike can hear Cath Hodsman discuss everything there is to know about butterflies, from...
Friday 25 April to Sunday 10 August 2014
See Rodin’s world-renowned sculpture The Kiss for yourself at The Wilson in Cheltenham, on display throughout 2014 to...
Friday 25 to Sunday 27 April 2014
Photographic prints of Gloucester landmarks, ancient and modern, natural and industrial all feature in Laurence Ash’s exhibition...
Most commented this week...
Gloucestershire Cheese Rolling [1 comment]
Herefordshire & Gloucestershire Canal Festival [1 comment]
Win a pair of annual memberships to The Convent [1 comment]
Stroud Farmers' Market photo gallery [1 comment]