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Slaithwaite Moonraking Festival of Light

Held between 11th-18th February 2023

The Moonraking Festival is a yearly celebration of Slaithwaite’s rich cultural heritage and takes place from 11th to 18th February 2023. This vibrant festival is dedicated to celebrating the historic moon-raking tradition of Slaithwaite and features a diverse array of events and activities for visitors of all ages.

The Moonraking Festival dates back to the 19th century, when Slaithwaite residents used to rake up the moon’s reflection from the canals and rivers. This magical event was believed to bring good luck and prosperity to the village. Today, the festival has evolved into a week-long celebration of all things Slaithwaite and draws visitors from far and wide to experience the unique culture of this charming village.

Throughout the week, the festival features a range of activities including music and dance performances, historical walks, traditional food and drink tastings, and an array of arts and crafts stalls. The main event is the Moonraking Parade, where participants dress up in traditional costume and march through the streets of Slaithwaite, accompanied by live music and other festivities.

The festival is a true celebration of community spirit, with local residents and businesses coming together to host events and provide a warm welcome to visitors. Whether you are a local resident or a visiting tourist, the Moonraking Festival is a must-visit event that offers a unique insight into the rich cultural heritage of Slaithwaite.

So if you’re looking for a fun-filled week of traditional celebrations and cultural experiences, be sure to join us at the Moonraking Festival in Slaithwaite on 11th-18th February 2023!

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