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These events were very much part of the British hockey scene in the 20th Century, mainly being a relaxing way to end the winter hockey season. Different festivals catered for men’s, women’s or mixed teams (some for all three) and teams were of all standards. The majority of festivals took place over the Easter weekend, but gradually they began to get organised in the warmer months. In the days of grass hockey and with most clubs playing on cricket outfields, it was usually not possible to encroach on the cricket season. There were also some early season festivals to help throw off the cobwebs of summer.

Many events were attended by regular club sides and matches could be of the highest standards, some events would even attract international sides playing under pseudonyms. A tradition of ‘festival teams’ also developed, teams that only got together to go ‘on tour’, either in Britain, or increasingly to events held in countries like Holland, Belgium and Spain. 

This list of British Festivals below is purely from the Curator's memory and is certainly not complete. If you know of any others, large or small, men's, ladies' or mixed, then please let us have the name and ideally a few details. Also, if anyone has any information, programmes, photos or anecdotes about the festivals on the list we would love to hear from you. Please contact The Hockey Museum Curator using our online form.

  • Barnstaple
  • Birmingham Muncipal
  • Blackpool
  • Bournemouth
  • Canterbury
  • Cardiff
  • Chelmsford Plum
  • Clacton
  • Edinburgh
  • Folkestone
  • Fort Dunlop
  • Glastonbury
  • Guernsey
  • Islanders (Portsmouth)
  • Isle of Man
  • Jersey
  • Leamington
  • Llandudno
  • Lowestoft
  • Motorways (Birmingham)
  • Medway
  • Newquay
  • Northern
  • N.P.L.
  • Old Silhilians
  • Pelicans
  • Penguins (Worthing)
  • Penzance
  • Pickwick
  • Sonning
  • Southampton
  • Southgate
  • Spalding
  • Thames (Staines)
  • Thanet
  • Torbay
  • Wayfarers (New Forest)
  • Weston Super Mare
  • Weymouth
  • Worthing


A Selection Of Four European Festival Programmes

Two International Festival Programmes


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