Annual events in Draycott area

Some events in Draycott in the Moors come back every year.  These are some of them.
To see what’s on this month and the exact dates of these annual events, check our What’s On page

NB – be aware that in 2020 most of these events have been cancelled ot postponed



Blythe Cricket Club AGM


First meetings of the Summer Fayre Organising Group

Lent Lunch at St Mary’s RC Church in Cresswell


The ‘Draycott Dole’ – a 500 year old tradition – is distributed at St Margaret’s Church.   The gift, from the estate of an ancient will, is handed out to ‘the poor’ on Mothering Sunday (two weeks before Easter).

The ‘Parish Assembly’/Village Assembly for Draycott & Cresswell & Totmonslow. (This is NOT a meeting of the parish council, but a forum in which the village’s electors come together themselves and set the agenda). There are usually reviews of the past year given by the various representatives, which must be followed by an open forum to question them.  All village community organisations are also invited to ‘display their wares’ at this event.
It must be held in either March, April or May.

The Great British Spring Clean from late March to early April. All village councils are called upon to encourage their residents to do tidy-ups in their area.


St Margaret’s Church is open to visitors interested in its heritage from 2pm-4pm on the first Saturday of the months of April, May, June, July, August and September

Quorn Family Tennis Tournament at Draycott Sports Centre : teams of family doubles, using ‘red balls’ – any child aged 10 & under plays with an adult family member. Free for members; £5 per player for non members.

‘Frugal Lunches in Lent’ at Methodist Church Hall in Blythe Bridge

The ‘Annual Meeting of All Parishioners of Draycott-le-Moors’ takes place at St Margaret’s Church, usually followed by the AGM of the Draycott Parochial Church Council (PCC).  Although it is to discuss church matters only, any resident of Draycott whose name is on the electoral register is entitled to attend (tho they are not entitled to stand for any posts unless they are church members).  There are elections for churchwarden posts and for membership of the PCC.
(This event took place in October, in 2020)
Publication of the St. Margaret’s Church Trustees Annual Report.

‘Cricket Force’ Weekend at Blythe Cricket Club

Blythe Cricket Club season opens

Tennis season starts for the Draycott teams in the City & Suburban Tennis League One – home matches at the Draycott Sports Centre

The season opens for Checkley Outdoor Bowls Club (whose green is in Cresswell)

The Colin Dawson Trophy Tournament at Blythe Cricket Club.

Easter Multi Sport Camps at Draycott Sports Centre


Draycott in the Moors Parish Council has its Annual Meeting (Parish Council Annual Meetings are by law always held in May).  This is a completely different meeting to the village assembly (see above)

The Draycott-in-the-Moors Scarecrow Festival takes place

All Stars Cricket Sessions at Blythe Cricket Club – cricket for boys & girls from 5-8 years old.

Draycott Sports Centre has its Annual General Meeting

Moorlands Guided Walks programme starts

Our-Lady May Devotions take place at St Mary Catholic Church


AGM of Fulford (& Draycott) District Community First Responders

Pre-Stars Grand Prix Dance Festival at the Quick Quick Slow Dance Studios in Cresswell. A major event in the regional dance calendar – come and see the stars of the future in action!

Open Days at Heath House Stately Home, Tean

Hog Roast & Garden Party at St Mary Catholic Church


Tennis Festival to mark Wimbledon Fortnight takes place at Draycott Sports Centre

‘Saturday Night Live!’ in the St Margaret’s Marquee – a curtain-raiser to the Summer Fayre

St Margaret’s Draycott Summer Fayre takes place

Multi-Sport Camp Days – for ages 6 to 18 – at Draycott Sports Centre

Open Day (part of the Great British Tennis Weekend Project) at Draycott Sports Centre

Hilderstone Village Summer Fair    and     Milwich Music Festival and Duck Race


‘Draycott Open’ Tennis Tournament at Draycott Sports Centre

Raw Fest – the folk & rock music festival at Foxfield Railway, Blythe Bridge

Summer Sports Camp Days at Draycott Sports Centre

Blythe Cricket Club Summer Camp Days

Hollington Fayre at the Raddle Inn

Cider & Sausage Festival at Draycott Arms


Final match of the season for Checkley Outdoor Bowls Club at their Blythe Business Park green

The Anchor Inn’s ‘Flower Veg & Home Produce Show’ takes place in Teanford. All the produce is auctioned off at the end of prize-giving!

CloggerFest –  the free Beer, Rock & Folk Festival – used to take place at  Blythe Cricket Club up until 2018; BUT now re-located

The St Thomas’ 7-Mile Road Race takes place in Upper Tean

Greg Bradshaw Memorial Cup  Tennis Tournament at Draycott Sports Centre

Annual Team Match at the Quick Quick Slow Dance Studios in Cresswell


Club Tennis Championships at Draycott Sports Centre

William Amory Primary School & Nursery Open Day

Harvest Supper at Draycott Church & Community Hall

Multi Sport Half-Term Holiday Camps

Christmas Craft Fayre at Draycott Church & Community Hall (in Church Lane) – knitted & quilted goods, preserves, cards and much more!  Presented by the Draycott Craft Club

Reception Open Day at William Amory School in Blythe Bridge

Michaelmas Lunch at Blythe Bridge Methodist Church once a week throughout October

Draycott Community Pumpkin Fest

Halloween Ball at the Quick Quick Slow Dance Studios in Cresswell


Fireworks Spectacular  at Forsbrook Primary School
Bonfire & Fireworks Display at Great Wood Primary School in Tean

Remembrance Sunday
At St Margaret’s Church the 10.45am Service will include the reading-out of names from the war memorial and the laying of a poppy wreath.
The Blythe Bridge Remembrance Parade will start from Blythe Bridge Village Hall at 10.30am, and march to the War Memorial opposite the library to be there in time for the 11am two-minutes silence and the laying of the wreaths.
The Tean Remembrance Parade will start from Tean High Street at 10.30am, and march to ChristChurch to be there in time for the 11am two-minutes silence.

‘Lobby Lunch’ at the Draycott Church & Community Hall

Catholic Mass in the Draycott Family Chapel at St Margaret’s Church.  To remember the medieval Catholics buried there

BBC Children In Need Day


Festival of Lights on Tean High Street. Organised by Checkley Parish Council

Annual Decorated Christmas Trees Festival at St Margaret’s Church – the church is open each day.  All the comunity is invited to enter a decorated Christmas tree for this festival (see details of rules)

Annual Coffee Morning & Crafts Sale at Hilltop Farm to raise funds for St Margaret’s Church

Kids Christmas Party at Draycott Sports Centre

Christmas Fair at Draycott Church & Community Hall. Organised by 1st Draycott Brownies

Christmas Fayre at William Amory Primary School in Blythe Bridge

Christmas Dance Awards at the Quick Quick Slow Ballroom Studio

Children’s Christmas Party at Draycott Sports Centre

Christmas Carol Service (9 lessons and carols) at St Margaret’s Church

Christmas Eve Crib Service at 4pm at St Margaret’s Church in Draycott

Christmas Carols On The Lawn with the Salvation Army, in York Close in Forsbrook on Christmas Eve from 6.30pm. Details from Joe Bate

Christmas Eve Service at St Margaret’s Church in Draycott

New Year’s Dance with Duncan & Hannah at the Quick Quick Slow Ballroom

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