Once the rain stopped yesterday we jumped in the car and drove to Thurgaton, a small village outside Nottingham, to catch up with the Gate to Southwell. This is an annual procession from Nottingham to Southwell by Morris Men, full details can be found here There is strong resemblance to a pub crawl as the dancers travel from village to village dancing outside pubs en route and sampling the beers on offer. Respite was offered by the WI at in the village hall in Bleasby where tea and scones were on offer.
On arrival at Southwell Minster, the Morris sides hand over the parish contributions for the building and upkeep of the Minster. These are the same amounts as originally handed over in 1109!!
We finished the day with a wander up to the folk festival site and just to include a touch of textile fun I bought a small set of weaving sticks to try out next week.