Hallaton & Medbourne Bottle Kicking - Easter Monday 2nd April 2018
One of Leicestershire's most historical annual events - Hallaton & Medbourne Bottle Kicking, is taking place this Easter Monday 2nd April 2018. The parade through the village will be led by Nene Valley Pipe Band. The history of the Hallaton Bottle Kicking and Hare Pie Scrambling has links that could well date back over 1,000 years to Pagan times & the event carries many of the centuries old customs and practices to this day. The event sees Hallaton and nearby village Medbourne go head to head kicking ‘bottles’ (kegs) to reach the goal post first.
The day will run as follows:
9.30am: Band will play at Medbourne
10.30am: Children’s parade led by the band from The Bewicke Arms to the parish church
11:00am: Service in the parish church. Hymns played by the organist. The Uppingham Band ensemble will also be playing all morning
1.00pm: Band will play at the Cross - weather permitting
1.45pm: Hare pie parade from The Fox Inn to the church gates
2.00pm : Cutting up and distribution of hare pie at the church gates
2.10pm Decorating of the bottle at the village green, followed by the parade to the top of the village
2.45pm: Bottle kicking parade from The Fox Inn to the hare pie bank, when the contest between Hallaton and Medbourne begins
After the contest, see the conquering heroes celebrate at the Cross, and have a few drinks at The Bewicke Arms!
Please note: The organisers of the event do so on traditional grounds and cannot accept any liability for injury, loss or damage to anyone or their property attending this event. All participants and spectators are advised to take extreme caution during the actual Bottle Kicking contest as serious injury can occur. The landowners do not give any consent to enter the fields where the event takes place and anyone entering the land does so at their own risk and acknowledges that neither the organisers nor the landowners can accept any liability for injury, loss of damage to anyone or their property.