October Plenty is an Autumn harvest celebration of seasons, weather and food, held annually, free to the public, in Southwark. Beginning on the Bankside, by Shakespeare's Globe, October Plenty mixes ancient seasonal customs and theatre with contemporary festivity.
The October Plenty programme:
October Plenty, Berry Man
The Corn Queene
A huge Corn Queene effigy, heavy with wheat, barley, apples, root vegetables and foliage processes around the front of the Globe, Bankside, led by the Berry Man with the Company of actors and the Hobby Horse. The Berry Man, our autumn incarnation of the Green Man, carries an Apple Tree.
We move through the streets to the Borough Market to savour soul cakes, conker fights, cider from the New Forest, apple bobbing, a great beer selection, the market stalls and more dancing.
The company performs a play from the 16th or 17th Century. Then, apples cascade out into the crowd as the Corn Queene is opened up at the end of the play and this is followed by the celebrated Execution of John Barleycorn.
The Story Orchard
A glade of young, English apple trees creates a space for children to gather. There they can re-clothe the trees with green wishes (paper apples) and listen to stories about apples, markets, harvest time and London sparrows.
There is a tasting table of old apple types from London by Brogdale Horticultural Trust with decorations created at Roots and Shoots, the Lambeth community gardens environment project where the Corn Queene is created.
Photographs are provided by the Lions part.