Ottery St Mary Pixie Day is back!

28th August 2021

Pixie Day normally takes place on the Saturday nearest to Midsummer’s Day, due to Covid it had to be postponed but we are excited that it will be taking place on Saturday September 25th!

So what is Pixie Day?  The Ottery St Mary website explains the story:

“While the current event dates back to the mid twentieth century, its origins are believed to go way back to the fifteenth century. The legend goes that pixies once lived in Ottery, but were driven out by human occupation and in particular the building of the church and the ringing of its bells, as a pixie death occurred  every time the bells were rung and they couldn’t abide the noise. Eventually the pixies took the bellringers prisoner and kept them in a cave; luckily they escaped and Pixie Day was founded so that the events were not forgotten.”

Pixie Day begins with a fete in the afternoon and during the evening children dressed as pixies fill the town.  They re-enact the story and capture the bellringers at the church, they take them to the “Pixie Parlour” in the square.  Eventually the bellringers escape, but not before lots of dancing, fun, running around and much excitement!

It’s a massively fun event, Ottery St Mary are well known for the Tar Barrell and this is another of their extraordinary calendar events.  Pixie Day raises funds for the Scout and Guide associations that are exclusively within the OSM boundary

As a visitor to the event you can expect lots of family entertainment.  If you are looking to go the event starts in the early afternoon with a fete and entertainment at the Land of Canaan. At around 6.30pm the Pixies’ Revenge takes place in the square and then the celebrations continue down at the Land of Canaan, with entertainment barbecue and bar.

Pixie Day is one of the year’s highlights for those at our Ottery St Mary office, we can’t wait for this years event and are delighted to be able to continue with our support of the event.