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
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
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!