Saturday 21 January 2017

Tewkesbury Mop Fair

Event ended

Editor's Choice Free

Find out what the Tewkesbury Mop Fair is all about, where it got its strange name from and what’s in store during the two-day street party in 2015.

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 in October this year.

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 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 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…

Tewkesbury Mop Fair 2015
Nelson Street, Tewkesbury
Friday 9 October 2015; Saturday 10 October 2015
From 6pm on the Friday, from 11am on the Saturday
Free of charge
(01684) 855040

© SoGlos
Tuesday 26 August 2014

Your comments...

More events you might like...

Discover the life of Henry III at a fascinating exhibition at The Museum of Gloucester.

Henry III exhibition at Museum of Gloucester

Saturday 21 to Sunday 29 January 2017

Decide whether Henry III was misunderstood and benevolent or foolhardy and weak at a thought-provoking exhibition at the...

Catch this world-class exhibition in Gloucester. © Mats Andersson.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition

Saturday 21 January to Sunday 12 March 2017

A fascinating collection of photographs showing nature at its very best will be featured in the prestigious Wildlife Photographer...

Burns Night at Harry Cook Free House

Tuesday 24 to Saturday 28 January 2017

Celebrate all things Scottish when Cheltenham’s Harry Cook Free House offers a special Burns Night set menu, featuring...

Cheltenham Film Society screenings

Tuesday 24 January to Tuesday 25 April 2017

Cheltenham Film Society’s 71st season of screenings at Bacon Theatre, running until spring 2017, are sure to delight world...

Knitting know-how course at New Brewery Arts

Wednesday 25 January to Wednesday 8 February 2017

Try a new hobby or hone your skills during New Brewery Arts’ knitting know-how course, running for five weeks in the...

Unmissable highlights