Hallaton vs Medbourne Bottle Kicking – Easter Monday 9th April 2012 – Local Traditional Events

Bottle-kicking is an old Leicestershire custom that takes place in the village of Hallaton each Easter Monday.

Records of bottle-kicking date to the late 18th century, but the custom is thought to originate much earlier, from before the Christian era.

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When: 9 April 2012 (Easter Monday)
Where: Hallaton, Leicestershire

Bottle Kicking order of events 2012: (Times & events may vary slightly)

9:30am Band parades through Medbourne
10:30am Children’s parade led by the band from the Bewicke Arms to St. Michael’s church, Hallaton.
11:00am Bottle Kicking Service in St. Michael’s church.
From 12:00 Refreshments available in Stenning Hall
1:00pm Band plays at the Village Green (weather permitting)
1:45pm Parade of the Bottles and Hare Pie from the Fox Inn to the church gates.
2:00pm Cutting up and distributing of the Hare Pie at the church gates.
2:10pm Dressing of the Bottles at the Village Green and distribution of the Penny Loaves.
2:45pm Bottle kicking march from the Fox Inn to Hare Pie Bank.
3:00pm The Hare Pie scramble and the start of the bottle kicking contest at Hare Pie Bank.
Later The victors of the “best of three” contest celebrate their victory at the Buttercross.

Bottle Kicking Video


Local Links

The Bottle Kicking Cider Company

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