No, that’s not a typo. This event has been going on for almost 800 years.
The Abbots Bromley Horn Dance, performed at the Barthelmy Fair in August 1226 AD, is one of the few ritual rural customs to survive the passage of time.
The ancient fertility dance sees six men carrying reindeer antlers as they dance through the streets of Abbots Bromley.
Today the Horn Dance, which takes place annually on Wakes Monday, offers a fascinating day out attracting visitors from all over the world.
After collecting the horns from the church at eight o’clock in the morning, the Horn Dancers comprising six Deer-men, a Fool, Hobby Horse, Bowman and Maid Marian, perform their dance to music provided by a melodian player at locations throughout the village and its surrounding farms and pubs. A walk of about 10 miles. At the end of the day, the horns are returned to the church in the evening.
Attractions during the day include exhibitions, craft stalls and, of course, the local pubs.
What: Abbots Bromley Horn Dance
When: Monday, September 11, 2023
Where: Abbots Bromley village, East Staffordshire, England