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The Hoodeners (St Nicholas and 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 21-Dec-2011 - Provisional

1. - 19:30

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


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GMap 17-Dec-2011 - Provisional

1. - 15:00

The Ramsgate Brewery, Pysons Road Industrial Estate, Ramsgate, Kent, CT10 2YD, England - QV

2. - 16:30

Margate Museum, Old Town, Margate, Kent, CT9 1ER - QV

3. - 18:00

The Lifeboat Ale & Cider House, Market Street, Margate, Kent, CT9 1EU - QV

4. - 21:00

Wantsum Sports Association, Bell Meadow, St Nicholas at Wade, Kent, CT7 0PX - QV


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Other past years: 2002 (5), 2003 (4), 2004 (4), 2005 (4), 2008 (6), 2009 (4), 2010 (4), 2013 (6), 2019 (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


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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