The Whittlesea Straw Bear Festival 11th-13th January.
In Whittlesea, from when no one quite knows, it was the custom on the Tuesday following Plough Monday (the 1st Monday after Twelfth Night) to dress one of the confraternity of the plough in straw and call him a ‘Straw Bear’. A newspaper of 1882 reports that “… he was then taken around the town to entertain by his frantic and clumsy gestures the good folk who had on the previous day subscribed to the rustics, a spread of beer, tobacco and beef”. The custom was revived in 1980 and procession now contains over 250 dancers, musicians and performers from various parts of the British Isles
This years Whittlesea Straw Bear Festival will take place on 11th – 13th January
For more information go to http://www.strawbear.org.uk/