Towns in the Cotswold region
Painswick Ancient Clypping Ceremony
The Painswick Ancient Clypping Ceremony dates back to Anglo Saxon times with the Old English word ‘Clypping’ meaning ‘embracing.’ The ceremony involves local children carrying around a small bunch of flowers and holding hands around the church.
It is thought to date back to 1321 when it formed part of the village fair celebrations and is still enacted today as a Christian service of re-dedication of the church which was adopted from the Druids.
The churchyard of Painswick is famous for its 99 yew trees. Folklore suggests that a one hundredth tree cannot grow as every time one is planted it is ‘torn out by the Devil.’
Nearby Towns: Stroud
Similar Cotswold Attractions: Broadway Tower, Cheltenham Gold Cup, Cotswold Wildlife Park, Hidcote Manor, Medium Distance Walks (50-100 miles), Randwick Wap, Shorter Distance Walks (less than 10 miles), The Cotswold Falconry Centre, The Rollright Stones, Badminton Horse Trials, Cheese Rolling at Cooper’s Hill, Cotswold Olympic Games, Golf Courses, Long Distance Walks (100 miles+), Oxford Botanic Gardens, Short Distance Walks (11-50 miles), St Briavels Bread and Cheese Dole, The Rococo Gardens, Woolsack Races
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