Marking Day on 13 May
Spring has always been an important time for the graziers, and there's one day of the season in particular that holds more importance than most others – Marking Day on 13 May. Join us for a free event to celebrate this special day.
The history of Marking Day
Traditionally 13 May is the day when the cows are brought from the overwintering fields and sheds and released back onto the commons to roam and graze.
From as far back as anyone can remember, livestock owners would gather with their animals beside The Old Lodge on Minchinhampton Common where each cow would be tagged – or marked – for identification before being released. It's no surprise that this day became known locally as Marking Day.
Celebrating Marking Day in 2023
This year we will again celebrate at the Old Lodge pub in Minchinhampton, on 13 May from 11am to 3pm. There will be guided walks, crafts for children, and a display with rare film footage. Experts will be on hand all day to answer your questions about the Commons. And all of it is free!
The walks will take place at 11.30am, 12.30pm and 1.30pm, to learn about nature, history and the tradition of Commoning. We will also look for orchids and wildlife as we stroll.
We are grateful to the Minchinhampton and Rodborough Commons Advisory Committee for making sure though that the tradition isn't forgotten, working with the National Trust and partners from Stroud Valleys Project and Butterfly Conservation to put on this annual event.
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