Historical Event, Sat 17 Jan 2015
A traditional 'Day of the Dance' which takes place every year on the Saturday following Plough Sunday which is always the first Sunday after epiphany.
The day starts at 9.00am with a parade through the village and the dancing starts at 10.00am outside most of the houses in the village and end up at Beckhole about 4.30pm This is followed by the "Rosh" (a roast beef dinner) at the Inn on the Moor at 7pm
The Goathland Plough Stots is one of Yorkshire's traditional long sword teams, if not the oldest, still dancing their own dance as performed as far back as the early 19th century.
The Plough Stots were revived by Frank. W. Dowson in 1922 with the help of his good friend Cecil Sharp after a lapse of 40yrs. 2yrs after their search for manuscripts the Plough Stots danced their 1st outing in Jan 1923
The Plough Stots dance 5 dances each with an accompanying tune. These 5 dances require a team of 6 sword dancers, however there is a 6th dance which uses a further 2 dancers (No Mans Jig).
Each of the dances results in the dancers forming a "lock".
The gentleman, old Isaac, the fool and the musicians accompany the dancers. This also began in Pagan times when the young men were pulling the plough and a play came into being. In time a "Gentleman" and "Lady" appeared at the head of the company with collectors ("Toms") and old couple "Isaac" and "Betty" (T'awd man" and "T'awd Woman") brought up the rear.
|Sat 17 Jan 2015||09:00 to 16:30|
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Heading out of Whitby on the A169 signed for Pickering. Follow signs to Goathland.
By Public Transport:
840 Yorkshire Coastliner bus between Whitby and York calls in at villahge of Goathland. Also the North York Moors Steam Railway between Grosmont and Pickering runs a limited service to Goathland.
: 9 miles from Whitby station