Welcome! – to the 56th World Coal Carrying Championships – Easter Monday 22nd April 2019 and the 145th Gawthorpe Maypole Feast & Procession – Saturday 4th May 2019

Hello and welcome to Gawthorpe Maypole site, the home of the Gawthorpe Maypole Procession and World Coal Carrying Championships.  Gawthorpe is situated just off the A638 approximately halfway between Junction 40 of the M1 and Dewsbury. It not only holds its annual Mayday celebrations on the first Saturday in May, it also hosts the World Coal Carrying Championships every Easter Monday.

The Coal Carrying Championships are recognised by The Guinness Book of Records and currently sponsored by Eric F Box Funeral Directors Limited.

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The Coal Race is now a registered group on Facebook where you can find the latest information on all our events. Just click on the ‘f’ below and it will take you straight to our site!


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