SHEEP DRIVE & LIVERY FAIR, Southwark Bridge – 26th September 2021, 10am to 4pm
WE ARE HUGELY EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE THAT AMANDA OWEN, THE YORKSHIRE SHEPHERDESS, WILL BE LEADING THE ANNUAL SHEEP DRIVE 2021!
Best-selling author of four books and star of Channel 5’s “Our Yorkshire Farm”, Amanda will be swapping her 2000 acre hill farm in Swaledale, North Yorkshire, one of the most remote places in England, for the City of London for the day. Amanda will accompany the Lord Mayor of London, The Right Honourable William Russell, and hundreds of the City’s Freemen, becoming river shepherds for the day to practice their ancient “right” to drive sheep over the Thames and into the City.
“When the Sheep Drive & Livery Fair invited me to be their guest, saying yes was an easy decision to make. This event is so prestigious to be involved in, one which carries years of history and I’m so proud to be able to lead the first drive of sheep across Southwark Bridge on 26thSeptember. Sheep are central to my life and this celebration of them will be a day to remember.” Amanda Owen, The Yorkshire Shepherdess
We are also delighted that Amanda will be signing her latest title: “Tales From the Farm” at the Waterstones book stall at 11.30am!
Now into its 9th year, hosted by the Worshipful Company of Woolmen, the 2021 Sheep Drive and Livery Fair will take place on historic Southwark Bridge, which will be traffic-free for the day – and open to the public to enjoy the full atmosphere of the event Free of Charge!
With the Sheep Drive and Livery Fair situated together on the bridge (ideally located between St Paul’s Cathedral north side and Shakespeare’s Globe on the Southbank), this opens up endless opportunities for a wonderful day out for the whole family.
WATCH THIS SPACE… for further updates and check out our social media where we will be following updates from the team – both two legged and four!
A splendid day of Livery fellowship which also showcases the enduring relevance of wool as a sustainable and versatile material in today’s world.
The Livery Fair will include many Livery companies demonstrating their skills from trades ancient and modern, with colourful and interactive displays, along with a variety of stalls specialising in all things wool, textiles, arts & crafts and food & drink.
Truly a unique family day out invoking the memory of life on London’s bridges in years gone by, in aid of the Woolmen’s Company Charitable Trust and The Lord Mayor’s Appeal.