What links together a West Yorkshire village, a local legend, and a cuckoo? Marsden’s quirky annual spring festival!
This year’s Marsden Cuckoo Day Festival will take place on Friday 26th and Saturday 27th April, in and around the West Yorkshire village.
The festival springs from an old local cuckoo legend. Legend has it, that the people of Marsden were aware that when the cuckoo arrived, so did the spring and the sunshine. So, the local residents tried to prolong the sunshine by making the cuckoo stay longer. They built a wall around the bird, but 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 Day Festival now takes place annually. This year’s festival will begin on the Friday with a Catch the Cuckoo Walk organised by the National Trust and a folk night where all are welcome to join in, or simply listen. On the Saturday, there will be an acoustic event in the library with music from young local bands, and a bottle bar available. There will also be a Cuckoo Day procession, a duck race and stalls.
When: 26th – 27th April 2019
Where: Marsden, West Yorkshire
£: Free admission (there is a small fee for some special events)
More info: www.facebook.com/MarsdenCuckoo