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The Hoodeners (St Nicholas with Sarre Hoodeners) [Website]


Folk Play-only Group

Home Town:

St Nicholas-at-Wade, Grid Ref.: TR2666, Lat.& Long.: 51.3519, 1.2533


Hoodening has gone on for over 200 years in East Kent, featuring Hooden Horses (wooden heads on poles with a sack-cloth 'coat'). It is performed in the week before Christmas / Winter Solstice. Songs are an important part; dance not at all.




Forthcoming: None registered


Past events:


GMap 23-Dec-2003

1. - 22:00

Bell Inn, The Street, St. Nicholas at Wade, Kent, CT7 0NT, England


GMap 22-Dec-2003

1. - 20:00

Village Hall, The Length, St. Nicholas at Wade, Kent, CT7 0PW, England

2. - 21:00

White Stag, Monkton St, Monkton, Kent, CT12 4JF

3. - 22:00

Gate Inn, Boyden Gate, Marshside, Kent, CT3 4EB


GMap 19-Dec-2003

1. - 20:00

Crown Inn, Sarre, Kent, CT7 0LF, England

2. - 22:00

King's Head, Sarre, Kent


GMap 20-Oct-2003

1. - 22:00

Sun Inn, The Street, St. Nicholas at Wade, Kent, CT7 0NP, England


Other past years: 2002 (5), 2004 (4), 2005 (4), 2008 (6), 2009 (4), 2010 (4), 2011 (2), 2013 (6), 2019 (6), 2022 (6)

Media Links:

1. Christmas horseplay in east Kent - Validated link
BBC - Video [6min 53sec], Hamish Reid, 14-Dec-2009


Ben Jones (, Phone: 01843 847701 (Work)


There have been gaps of several years without any active hoodeners, but the current troupe has been performing regularly in pubs and private houses around Thanet since around 1966.

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