WE WILL BE
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.
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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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
MAYORAL ADDRESS FOLLOWED BY THE VIRTUAL PROCESSION
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
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.
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.
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!