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Bringing both spectacle and theatre to the streets of the festival this year, we are delighted to welcome back the wonderful Harvey’s dray Horse that our lovely friends and beer brand partners Harvey’s of Lewis have kindly arranged for us.
You can see these gentle giants on Monday 26th August from around 3.00pm outside the Butter Market which is located directly below he Georgian Town Hall on Market Street within the heart of the Citadel and near to the festival’s free outdoor music stage.
We may well have live music on the dray on the day so watch this space! The dray will also make a trip around the town and stop at other locations during the afternoon!
Harvey’s of Lewis are turning back the hands of time and its magnificent horses are becoming a firm favourite with people at the many events and festivals that they attend in the South East.
Dray’s were once a familiar sight in our towns and cities and most breweries used dray horses to deliver barrels of beer to pubs and ale houses, but sadly they were made redundant by mechanised horse power.
Stabled at White Horse Farm, Harvel, Stephen Smith, 29, is their qualified driver and they are groomed to shiny perfection by Nathan Cuthbert, 22. While Harvey’s is best known for its bitter, there’s nothing but sweetness with these two gentle giants, who love a bit of fuss.
The Shire horse is a British draught horse, thought to originate in Lincolnshire and Cambridgeshire, although like many old breeds, its exact foundations are unknown.
It is believed to have descended from “the Great Horse,” a popular war mount from the Middle Ages. However, the invention of gunpowder eliminated the need for a heavy horse in combat, and as cavalries turned to lighter mounts, the larger horses were increasingly used in agriculture or for pulling heavy carts.
Harvey’s Brewery is the oldest independent brewery in Sussex. A family business, the brewery has been in the guardianship of seven generations of John Harvey’s descendants since 1790.
The festival would like to thank Harvey’s of Lewis for their continued support and partnership of the festival and for more information about Harvey’s and their fantastic range of beers and products please click here
The heart of this beautiful medieval town, bustling streets filed with unique boutiques and wine bars will be filled with music throughout the weekend.
Performers will meander through the streets of Rye and stop off at various locations in the afternoon. You will hear these guys coming and see the crowds following DAT Brass Acoustic Soundsystem on Sunday and the majestic Harvey’s Dray Horses on Monday!
Rye High Street
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