Open-air Lammas Festival

Sunday 4th August: 1100

On Sunday 4th August there will be an open-air service to celebrate the mediaeval Lammas festival.  It will be held at Martha’s Down between Hindon and Chicklade. From the Anglo-Saxon Hlafmaesse, Lammas celebrates the first-fruits of the harvest. In keeping with tradition, a specially baked wheat loaf from the harvest will be presented and used for the service. These photos were taken at the same event two years ago.


The service will be led by the Revd Mark Hayter (centre photo, right)  with music led by the Hindon/Chilmark choir and the church band from St John’s Church Tisbury. It will be followed by a picnic.

The Lammas ceremony ceased at the Reformation although reference to Lammas Day continued in the Book of Common Prayer calendar. The practice has been revived in recent years.


Martha’s Down (named after Martha above) situated between Hindon and Chicklade in Wiltshire, is a popular country venue for weddings.Martha’s Down website.