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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 23-Dec-2013

1. - 22:00

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


GMap 21-Dec-2013

1. - 21:00

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

2. - 22:00

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


GMap 20-Dec-2013

1. - 18:00

Harbour Cafe, 10 The Parade, Margate, Kent, CT9 1EZ, England

2. - 19:30

Village Hall, 120 Monkton St, Monkton, Kent, CT12 4JQ

3. - 21:00

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

4. - 22:00

Wantsum Community and Sports Association, Bell Meadow, St. Nicholas at Wade, Kent, CT7 0PX


Check for updates


GMap 19-Dec-2013

1. - 19:00

All Saints Church, The Square, Birchington, Kent, CT7 9AF, England

2. - 20:30

Red Lion, Canterbury Rd, Wingham, Kent, CT3 1BB


GMap 18-Dec-2013

1. - 20:00

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

2. - 20:45

Crown Inn, Sarre, Kent, CT7 0LF


GMap 14-Dec-2013

1. - 15:00

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

2. - 16:00

Great Tree, 1 Margate Rd, Ramsgate, Kent, CT11 7SP


Other past years: 2002 (5), 2003 (4), 2004 (4), 2005 (4), 2008 (6), 2009 (4), 2010 (4), 2011 (2)

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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