Axbridge Pageant: Britain’s last historical pageant

Pageant cancelled due to Coronavirus crisis

The pageant was set to take place from August 29-31 but will now be rescheduled to be performed on August 28-30, 2021.

Over the last half a century, Axbridge Pageant has become a key part of Somerset’s rich tradition of carnivals and community events.

Now the last historical pageant left in the United Kingdom, the performance is a spectacular re-enactment celebrating 2,000 years of Axbridge through to the present day.

The next one will be held over the last weekend of August 2020, and a cast of upwards of 400 local performers will be supported by over 100 volunteers… all of whom who give their time, experience and skill to ensuring this unique event goes from strength to strength.

First performed in 1967 to celebrate the opening of the by-pass along the former Strawberry Line rail track, the Axbridge Pageant was such a success it was decided to repeat it… and since then has been held every ten years. We’re now busily planning the 2020 event.

Tickets are about to go on sale – so click here to find out more.

And there is still (just!) time to register your interest to take part. Do that by emailing

And we are still keen for businesses to help us with sponsorship – the ticket sales alone don’t cover the enormous costs of staging this event. Find out more here.

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Latest News

Pageant Cancelled

At a crisis meeting held last night in the town the committee that organises the Axbridge Pageant made the decision to postpone this year’s August production for 12 months.

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Casting has begun!

As we continue to ratchet up the intensity of work required to make Axbridge Pageant 2020 a success, to that end, on Sunday, 16th February, in the Town Hall, we held auditions for the third key Narrator role or Chronicler as she/he is known, and other key speaking roles.

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Axbridge Progressive Supper raises cash for the Pageant

One of the biggest sources of funds for the Pageant is Axbridge Progressive Supper, and the Committee in November, when 116 people in the town took part, raising £1,400 for the 2020 pageant.

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Images of previous Pageants