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October Plenty 2018

in association with The Borough Market’s Apple Day

Took place on Sunday 21st October
on the Bankside
outside Shakespeare's Globe.

The procession of the Corn Queene and Berry Man
to Borough Market’s wonderful Apple Day

The magical Fabularium in the boisterous “There be Monsters”
With “The Execution of John Barleycorn”

Dancing, Music, Games, Apples, Pedlars, Bees,
Conkers, and Cider, The Hobby Horse and Story Orchard.

Photos from the 2018 event can be viewed here

View our photo gallery of past October Plenty events

October Plenty is an Autumn harvest celebration held annually in Southwark. Beginning on the Bankside, by Shakespeare's Globe, October Plenty mixes ancient seasonal customs and theatre with contemporary festivity, joining with historic Borough Market, Southwark and Borough Market's Apple Day.

October Plenty is a collective celebration of the seasons, weather and food, in a public place, with access to everyone. The event is free, and happens whatever the weather.

Donations for our festivals

We are raising money now for our next festival October Plenty in the Borough Market the fourth Sunday of October! Many of you sent questionnaires back to us after 12th Night and said that you would be willing to pay for our festivals if you could buy tickets. We do not sell tickets but you can donate. Click through to the Virgin Giving page here and make a donation. That way you will ensure a sustainable future for the Lions part. Just think of it as buying a ticket or buying a stake in the festival which will remain free at the point of contact.

Thank you!!

Woodcut of apple scrumping

The October Plenty events & highlights:

The Corn Queene

A huge Corn Queene effigy heavy with 'Plenty' - wheat, barley and other grains, and apples, root vegetables and foliage from the Borough Market - appears in a procession around the front of the Globe, Bankside, with the Company of actors and the time-honoured Hobby Horse in attendance, strung with cakes and loaves and led by the Berry Man.

The Berry Man

The Berry Man - our Autumn incarnation of the original Green Man - decked with wild fruits and foliage, leads the company. He carries an Apple Tree to where it will be placed within the Bankside area, with general songs and music on the street for all.

The Procession

After gathering the crowd from the Bankside, we move through the streets to the Borough Market to join in their Apple Day festivities. There is time to savour the delights on offer: soul cakes, apple biscuits, conker fights, cider from the New Forest, apple bobbing, a great beer selection and the wonderful market stalls as well as more Music and song.

The Play

Woodcut of dancers

The play we perform changes from year to year. for 2013 we chose

The True Tales of Robin Hoode

Always especially adapted for October Plenty and spiced with festive spirit and song, these plays are performed in Southwark where Chaucer's pilgrims first gathered - sit back with cider and pies and enjoy!

The Story Orchard

The Story Orchard

We create a little glade of young English apple trees as a space for children to gather. There they can decorate and re-clothe the trees with green wishes (paper apples) and listen to stories about apples, markets, harvest time, bees and many an autumnal tale!


The Apples

There is a tasting table of old apple types from London and the regions supplied by Brogdale Horticultural Trust and other private donors. Discover & explore the apples of old England before they all disappear! Tastes of the old, the rare, the local & the downright odd. Bring your own mystery apples & see if our Apple Doctor can identify them.

The Cries of London

View our October Plenty photo gallery

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