A celebration of the seasons, weather and food, this wonderful event mixes ancient seasonal customs and contemporary festivity with performance and music.
Enjoy our first live stream of October Plenty 2022:
October Plenty is a wonderful Autumn Harvest celebration, beginning on Bankside, SE1 near Shakespeare’s Globe Gates and processing to Southwark’s historic Borough Market for a day (Sunday 23rd of October) of festivity and fun.
Leading the event was the extraordinary Berry Man, the autumnal Green Man, decked with wild fruits & foliage. Borough Market’s bright Market Hall came alive with festivity whilst savouring and sampling the food, cider and apple juice on offer from this famous food market.
Enjoy our second live stream of October Plenty 2022:
The October Plenty events & highlights:
THE CORN QUEENE
Heavy with wheat, fruit & vegetables, the magnificent CORN QUEENE appeared in procession in front of the Globe with many actors, along with the traditional HOBBY HORSE.
THE PROCESSION, MUSIC & DANCING
Leading the procession of music, flags and spectacle through the streets to the historic Borough Market, was the extraordinary Berry Man, the autumnal Green Man, decked with wild fruits & foliage.
This year the Lions part heartily welcomed The Fabularium with their boisterous Fabularium Fables the release of their Flock of Sheep into the Market.
MUSIC & DANCING
We saw the Ravensbourne Morris dancers amidst the festivities, the time honoured Redding Moreys and Shakespeare’s Goddesses in splendour.
We watched the infamous EXECUTION OF JOHN BARLEYCORN and danced the Hay followed by the traditional stripping of the CORN QUEENE.
THE STORY ORCHARD
All afternoon a little orchard of young apple trees created a space for storytelling for children of all ages about food, magic & harvest.
At the end of the festivities the organisers visited and decorated the extraordinary gates of Crossbones Graveyard in Red Cross Way and contemplated the quiet of the Graveyard.
Enjoy our third and last live stream of October Plenty 2022:
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