WHAT'S ON

WHAT'S ON

Whittlesea Straw Bear

WE WILL BE


BROADCASTING EVENTS ALL WEEKEND

15th - 17th January 2021

We are working hard to bring you an online experience that recreates all the best bits of the Whittlesea Straw Bear Festival.


Events will be broadcast via our new YouTube Channel and our Facebook page. There will also be live events over the weekend via Zoom. Please register in advance for Zoom event tickets. Sessions here and the ceilidh here.


Straw Bear is known for bringing the community together. This time join in virtually: Use #strawbearonline


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UPCOMING EVENTS

Granny's Attic

15TH JANUARY 2021

FRIDAY NIGHT CONCERT

Our special guests

Don't let the winter blues get you down, cosy up and tune in to our virtual treats in the Friday Night Concert.


Brown Boots, Granny's Attic, Tim Van Eyken and more very special guests including our very own home grown artists.


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Photographer Ben Potton. Strawbear Hug with Selam Adamu

16TH JANUARY 2021

STRAWBEAR SATURDAY

We'll hug again...

It just wouldn't be the same without you.


Gather round a screen, subscribe to our social media channels and get involved with your Straw Bear friends via #strawbearonline.


There is a packed schedule of events for you to sit back and enjoy. A welcome from the Mayor of Whittlesey, to the history of the bear and even how to build a bear.


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Photographer Ben Potton. Straw Bear Burning on Sunday 2020

17TH JANUARY 2021

STRAWBEAR SUNDAY

Warming winter burning

What has now become tradition must continue, it wouldn't be Strawbear Sunday without burning the Straw Bear in the virtual company of friends.


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LIVE EVENTS

Photographer Ben Potton. White Rose Morris on the Market Place

16TH JANUARY 2021

MUSIC AND SONG SESSION

White Rose Morris


Doug Eunson and Sarah Matthews

16TH JANUARY 2021

ZOOM CEILIDH

Doug Eunson and Sarah Matthews with Martyn Harvey

Tom and Sarah Sennett

17TH JANUARY 2021

MUSIC AND SONG SESSION

Tom and Sarah Sennett

A ceilidh, also referred to as a Barn Dance is usually had in person on Straw Bear Saturday. This year, we're doing things a bit differently, but you can still have lots of fun. 


With other members of your household, or if you live alone you can still join in the fun! Grab the nearest cuddly toy or even a broom to be your partner. Come and dance, or just listen to the music live to your living room!


Sarah and Doug are two fantastic musicians who will transform the evening in to a joyful throng, along with the brilliant Martyn Harvey to give you all the moves to dance along.


£6 Buy tickets now.

Stalwarts to Whittlesea Straw Bear, Tom Sennett's first appearance as a Little Bear was in 1994. Both Tom and Sarah are fully imersed in the festival music and dancing scene. Both are members of Frog on a Bike ceilidh band and they will bring you lovely music and the occasional song to this live event.


Come and join in with other Straw Bear friends in this interactive zoom session. 


Register now.

Here are the events that are planned for the weekend. Keep an eye on the website as more events will be added as they are confirmed.

EVENT LISTING

Usually found in the Letter B pub into the small hours of the morning over the festival weekend, the White Rose Morris Men know how to get a session going. This year using the medium of Zoom. 


Grab yourself a beverage, an instrument and/or your voice and come and join in the virtual pub session experience.


Register now.


FRIDAY 15TH JANUARY 2021

CONCERT

20:00 GMT


Relax at home and tune in to a feast of music and songs from some of the country's best artists and some home grown talent from our own Straw Bearers.

ZOOM CEILIDH (BARN DANCE)

19:30 - 22:00 GMT


Dance the night away at home with your household to the wonderful music from Sarah Matthews and Doug Eunson with caller Martyn Harvey. This is the only paid for event of the whole online festival! Please support the festival and purchase a ticket and have a brilliant evening to brighten up the depths of winter.

SATURDAY 16TH JANUARY 2021

MAYORAL ADDRESS FOLLOWED BY THE VIRTUAL PROCESSION

10:30AM GMT


Every Straw Bear Saturday is started by the Mayoral address to the dance teams prior to processing through the town. This virtual year keeps that tradition and we will see the best of the processions of years gone by.

LIVE MUSIC AND SONG SESSION

14:00 GMT


White Rose Morris host the first of two music and song sessions. This event is hosted on Zoom, so you need to sign up to this event here to obtain the log in details. Members of White Rose Morris will lead the session and you can play along (on mute due to the lag in the sound) or just listen for your enjoyment and use the chat function to connect with the other participants. Creating that bit of community despite of current circumstances.

STORY TELLER SESSION 

TIME TO BE CONFIRMED


Gather round the screen with your family and tune in to our story tellers 

Photographer Ben Potton. Strawbear Sunday

SUNDAY 17TH JANUARY 2021

LIVE MUSIC AND SONG SESSION

12 NOON GMT


Tom and Sarah Sennett will host the second of two music and song sessions over the weekend.This event is hosted on Zoom, so you need to sign up to this event here to obtain the log in details. Tom and Sarah will lead the session, you will have the opportunity to lead a tune should you wish. See our FAQs for how the zoom session will run.

Photographer Ben Potton Straw Bear entertaining crowds at the Falcon

HOW TO BUILD A STRAW BEAR

TIME TO BE CONFIRMED


Ever wondered how the Straw Bear is built? Here is your chance to find out!

MUSIC, DANCING AND SONG CONCERT

13:30 GMT


Returning to YouTube/Facebook for this concert, the best performances of what Straw Bear Sunday has to offer, with special guests including Hex, Pete Coe and Colin Cater among plenty of other Straw Bear friends contributing.

STRAW BEAR BURNING

14:30PM GMT


The thing that tops it all off - although it wasn't originally, but has now become tradition to 'burn the Bear'.