These days this is a very colourful procession, with children and adults carrying 'Rushbearings' decorated with rushes and flowers. Accompanied by Burneside brass Band, the procession takes the historic route through the streets of Ambleside, stopping in the Market Place to sing the Rushbearer's Hymn, and to lift the bearings up high for a super photo shoot! Arriving at Church, the bearings are carried in to be displayed over the weekend and a short service follows. After the service the children who walked in the Procession will receive a piece of gingerbread. They will also be given an identification band to enable them to collect a packed snack and enter the sports. The afternoon is rounded off with the sports and prizes on the school field, the highlight being the final race - The Fell Race- up and down Todd Cragg on Loughrigg Fell.
The bearings are made using fiels rushes which may be found in many damp places. For ideas on how to decorate bearings please check the rushbearing website at www.amblesiderushbearing.org.uk
Large wooden bearings in the shape of crosses, circles, harps etc are also carried in the Procession and these are decorated with moss, rushes and flowers by the people who are to carry them. This takes place from 9.30am on the Saturday morning of the Rushbearing outside St. Mary's Church, where lots of people will be on hand to help.