Musgrave Rushbearing 

Rushbearing was held on Saturday 1 July 2017

July 2017

Rushbearing 2017

July 2016

Children with crosses and crowns take part in Musgrave’s traditionalrushbearing service.


July 2015

Youngsters wore floral crowns and carried rush crosses at the annual Musgrave rushbearing.

July 2014

The children scatter rushes on the earthen floor of a barn near St. Theobald’s Church before moving on to the service.

July 2013

Some of the young people who took part in the annual rushbearing ceremony at Great Musgrave.

C&W Herald

An illustrated talk Episodes from Rushbearing at Musgrave and Warcop by Richard Willcock about the history of Rushbearing, especially in Musgrave and Warcop, can be downloaded here. This was given by Richard Willcock at a Local Studies Day on Westmorland Folklore and Customs in Brough Memorial Hall on Saturday 14 November 2015, organised by the Upper Eden History Society.       

Watch videos of the 2014 Rushbearing and the 2009 Rushbearing in Musgrave.

See photographs of the 2011 Rushbearing in Musgrave.

Other Rushbearings in Cumbria in 2017 are in Warcop (29 June), Ambleside (1 July), Grasmere (8 July) and Urswick.(1 October).

Videos of other Rushbearings can be seen on Rushbearing: YouTubeRushbearing: Vimeo, and Rushbearing: Calendar Customs.