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The Pageant:

Now a firm tradition Axbridge's Pageant is held every decade on the August Bank Holiday weekend.

This spectacular historical re-enactment unfolds in the small Mendip town of Axbridge, near Cheddar.

Involving a cast of more than 400 local people, this once-in-a decade event brings two thousand years of history to life in a unique open-air costumed drama.

From the Saxon’s to the present day, the 2010 Pageant charts the centuries, celebrations, confrontations and controversial characters which have shaped Axbridge’s rich past.

The two hour long performances, staged in the town’s medieval square, span vibrant scenes including King John’s hunting party, the Monmouth Rebellion, the Elizabethan Charter, the Coming of the Railway and the impact of the World Wars.

‘Hanging’ Judge Jeffries deals with the Battle of Sedgemoor’s rebel army, Methodist reformer Hannah More takes the wicked and drunken ways of townsfolk to task and Glastonbury monk St. Dunstan clashes with Anglo-Saxon Royalty.

And there are depictions of bygone traditions like the bustling Lady Day Fairs and barbaric bull-baiting events.

First performed in 1967 to celebrate the opening of a by-pass along the former Strawberry Line rail track, the Pageant was such a success it has been held every ten years.

Click on the short video, cuttings & images pages for a flavour of our 2000 Pageant.

The next pageant is in 2020!

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