The Gazetteer


Abbots Bromley - Horn Dance, September. This custom has evolved over 1000 years. Now on Wakes Monday (the first Monday after the first Sunday after 4th September), two sets of three dancers wearing reindeer horns painted in different colours enact a mock stag fight. This is repeated in a 20 mile tour of the parish with a hobby horse, Maid Marion, musicians and others. Contact +44(0)1283 840224.

Green Men of Staffordshire
Betley has morris dancers including Robin Hood as the May King, Maid Marian and Friar Tuck painted on a glass window. 

Lichfield - Shrovetide Fair & Pancake Day Races, on Shrove Tuesday, February - The 300 year old Shrovetide Fair is opened by the Town Crier's proclamation in the Market Square at noon. The 'pan on bell' then sounds from St Mary's church and children who follow the mayor onto the funfair rides can have their first go free. The pancake races are held along Bore Street, after which the civic officials go to the Guildhall for a toast to the fair and a slice of simnel cake. On St George's Day (Apr 23rd), the city hosts St George's Court, a light-hearted re-enactment of the ancient manorial court held in 1548 when manorial rights of Lichfield were transferred by charter to the Mayor, Councillors and citizens (or as was, the Bailiffs, Burgesses and commonality). Contact the City Council on +44(0)1543 250011.

Parish Maps of Staffordshire

Alstonefield, Aston by Stone, Banky Field, Barlaston, Bradley, Burston, Chorley, Eccleshall, Farewell, Gnosall, Haughton, Hopwas, Kinver, Leek Frith, Oulton, Pelsall, Penkridge, Sandon, Swynnerton, Weston, Wiggington.

Apple Day, October 21st

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