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  • Date: 04/02/2012
  • Time: 12:00 Noon - 12:00 Midnight
  • Location: Marsden, West Yorkshire
  • Public Transport: The A62 links Marsden with Huddersfield to the east and Saddleworth
  • Telephone: 01484 845595
  • Email: MarsdenInformationPoint@kirkle
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Marsden Imbolc Fire Festival 2011

Imbolc is a pagan festival celebrated on February the 1st. It marks the half-way point between the winter solstice and the spring equinox. The Marsden Imbolc Fire Festival takes place on the Saturday nearest to February the 1st, in 2011 it is on the 5th February.

The Marsden Imbolc Fire Festival

The Marsden Imbolc festival features an amazing torch lit procession, fire sculptures and fire circus skills, a theatrical battle between Jack Frost and the Green Man of Spring, and a finale a spectacular firework display.
In 2011 the festival takes place on the 5th February, the torch lit procession leaves the National Trust Goods Yard in the centre of the village at 7 pm. The goods yard postcode for Sat Nav users is HD7 6DH.
The procession follows the druids and drummers to the Standedge Experience at Tunnel End. From the Goods Yard to Standedge Experience is a distance of around 1/2 a mile, the route is primarily flat and suitable for pushchairs and wheelchair users.
Its on the grounds outside the Standedge Experience that the fire jugglers perform and the Green man of Spring battles Jack Frost. The whole crowd holds their breath hoping that the Green Man of Spring will be victorious so that the snows of winter will soon be receding to make way for the new shoots of spring.
The whole evening is finished with the lighting of spectacular fire sculptures and a fireworks display.
In the weeks before the festival the village is a busy place with community sessions every weekend, where attendees can make their own lanterns and costumes and even learn fire circus skills. This year workshops for willow and paper lantern making are taking place on the Saturdays of the 15th, 22nd and 29th January 10.30 – 12.30 and 13.30 – 15.30 at the Standedge Visitors centre. These workshops are free to attend and materials are provided, donations towards the funding of Imbolc 2012 are welcomed.

The Village of Marsden

High up in the Pennine Hills of Yorkshire the village of Marsden is a no nonsense Pennine mill town surrounded by beautiful National Trust moorland.
The village has a selection of pubs, cafe’s and a restaurant.
Other annual festivals held in Marsden are the cuckoo festival in spring and a jazz festival in October.

How to get to the Marsden Imbolc Festival

The village of Marsden is in the Pennine Hills of West Yorkshire. The A62 links Marsden with Huddersfield to the east and Saddleworth in Greater Manchester to the west. There is plenty of free on-street parking around the village.
Marsden has a train station. Generally trains stopping in Marsden run every hour from both Huddersfield and Manchester. The starting point for the Marsden Imbolc Fire Festival procession is alongside the station.

Where to Stay when Visiting the Marsden Imbolc Festival

Around Marsden accommodation is available at the Hey Green Hotel, the Tunnel End Inn and the New Inn. The Carriage House hotel is further out of the village and provides camping and caravanning facilities as well as rooms.
The neighbouring communities of Holmfirth, Saddleworth, Meltham and Huddersfield are easily reached and have a choice of accommodation providers.

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