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2017 Hallaton Hare Pie Scramble & Bottle Kicking

2017 Hallaton Hare Pie Scramble & Bottle Kicking

2017 Hallaton Hare Pie Scramble & Bottle Kicking Details

17 April 14:00-16:00
Fox Inn
Hallaton, Leicestershire

An ancient custom with two parts. First a charity dole & second a mass “ballgame” played with small wooden casks called bottles. Beginning with a procession from the Fox Inn through the village, led by the Warrener, his attendants with baskets of bread & the eponymous Hare Pie. At the church gate, the pie is blessed & shared around the crowd. The procession returns to the centre of the village, then back to the Fox.

A break follows, then the festivities start up with another procession to Hare Pie Bank where the game will be played. The game is between the villagers of Hallaton & their neighbours from Medbourne & the goals are set a mile apart. Injuries are common as the scrum heaves over fields, fences & streams in its path. Play can continue until after dark & the game is decided by the best of three bottles.


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Start: 04/17/2017 14:00

End: 04/17/2017 16:00

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