The Filly Loo
The Filly Loo at Ashmore, near Shaftesbury, a great annual free event outdoors around the village pond. A celebration of the longest day, held on a Friday near to June 21st, when villagers dance beside this singular village pond. Starts at around 7.30pm when The Hambledon Hopstep Band play and call from a cart decorated in greenery to the crowd, dancing in the street.
A Green Man arrives in a procession and takes part in the first dance to start the evening. There are display dances followed by public dancing, then at dusk, the celebrations reach their climax with the Abbots Bromley Horn Dance. This is a torchlit procession with six antlered deer-men and four other costumed characters: a Maid Marion, a bowman, a hobby horse and a fool. The procession and dance is accompanied by a haunting solo melody in a minor key which is very atmospheric. The celebration finishes with the torches in the ground around the pond and everyone holding hands around the pond for the last dance.
Telephone 01747 811413 for more details.