When: 24th & 25th April 2015
Where: Marsden, West Yorkshire
What is it?
Marsden Cuckoo Festival will take place on Friday 24th April and Saturday 25th April 2015, in and around the West Yorkshire village.
The festival springs from an old local cuckoo legend. The people of Marsden were aware that when the cuckoo arrived so did the spring and the sunshine. The people tried to prolong the sunshine by making the cuckoo stay longer. So they built a wall around the bird. Unfortunately the wall wasn’t high enough to keep the cuckoo in and it flew off.
To celebrate the coming of spring and the cuckoo connection, the Marsden Cuckoo Festival now takes place annually. This year’s festival kicks off on the Friday with a Catch the Cuckoo Walk, organised by the National Trust, followed by the Black Joak Folk Night at Marsden Band Room. Musicians and performers will be welcome to join in on the night.
On the Saturday there will be plenty of entertainment taking place throughout the day at various locations. All day entertainment includes crafts, stalls, children’s rides and vintage engines. In the morning there will be a cuckoo making workshop, face painting, donkey rides, the Mucky Pups Ukelele Band, Marsden Infant School Choir and Community Zentangle Drawing. In the afternoon the events continue with Frumptarn Guggen Band, craft and activity sessions, the Spiral Dancers Maypole Team, the Marsden Belly Dancers, and a duck race. More events will be taking at Standedge Tunnel & Visitor Centre.
In addition there will be cuckoo making workshops on Saturday 25th April from 10am to 12pm and 1.30pm to 2.45pm at Marsden Library.