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Scuttlebrook Wake was named after the Cattle brook which flowed through the Leasebourne end of the High Street until it was covered in 1831. Chipping Campden's Scuttlebrook Wake has been held annually on the day following the Dover's Hill Games for at least two centuries. In the Evesham Journal in 1886 it was reported "last week it entered into the minds of several inhabitants of this town to revive an old Wake which many years ago was annually celebrated in the Leasebourne, but which has not taken place for 17 years. The programme included climbing a greasy pole, a donkey race, a married woman's race, a smoking contest, jumping in sacks, plus men's and boy's race. Some of the items ,which in the present day have the charm of novelty, created much amusement, and among these was a ' gorging contest', 2s.6d. and 1s.to the first and second who shall consume half a quartern loaf of bread and a quart of ale in the quickest and cleanest manner."

The World's Fair newspaper described the scene in 1962; the 'fair was built-up in the main street of the town and it was an interesting sight to see in the evening the coloured lights of the amusements and in the background the old grey stoned church and buildings looking down on the merry-makers.' In 1938, the Wake was extended to create the modern format, which includes the crowning of the Scuttlebrook Queen, a fancy dress parade, Morris, Maypole and Country dancing.

The Scuttlebrook Wake always follows on the day after the Robert Dover's Olimpick Games. There is a procession of the Scuttlebrook May Queen from Littleworth to the square, pulled on her cart by the Chipping Campden Morris Men, accompanied by her four attendants and a page boy. She is followed by decorated floats and a fancy dress parade and all shops and houses along the route are encouraged to enter a window competition. The queen is crowned in the square and then she presents prizes to the followers with the best fancy dress. After this the square is filled with entertainment from Maypole Dancing, Country Dancing and Morris Dancing. For the rest of the day it is the fun of the fair with Leasebourne full of traditional fair rides and stalls.

Events:

  • 12:30 Fancy Dress Parade with Floats assemble at Littleworth Estate 
  • 1.45 pm - Judging of the Fancy Dress at Littleworth. All entrants are invited to join the procession to the Square.
  • 2.30 pm - Procession from Littleworth to the Square headed by Bretforton Silver Band. The Campden Morris Dancers will draw the trolley bearing the Queen-elect and Attendants.
  • 3.00 pm - The new Queen is crowned by the retiring Queen. There follows the prize-giving by the Queen. Children from St Catharines school do some country dances and the Maypole will be danced by the children from St James’. After that the Campden Morris Men will perform. After the dancing, the band leads the parade to the Almshouses, where the Queen and her attendants dismount. The Parade is then brought back to Scuttlebrook, where the Queen officially opens the Fair.
  • The fair remains open til midnight

Event details

Event Type
Family focussed
Website
Address
Leysbourne, Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire GL55 6AD, UK
Organiser
the Deputy Chairman Paddy Sexton
Organiser Details
Tel 01386 841979
Acccessibility Info
Parking: Visitor parking over the weekend for Dover’s Games and for Scuttlebrook is not straight forward, as the town’s central car park is taken over for the weekend’s events together with much of the High St and Leysbourne roadside parking. Visitors are recommended to find roadside parking away from the centre of the town and to walk in. However the following areas are available:- 1) Chipping Campden School – During the weekend from around 3pm Friday til midnight on the Saturday, this can only be accessed from the Aston Road or Northern end of the town. When Leysbourne is reached the fairground will be evident and you are directed left into Cider Mill lane and access to the school will be seen on the left