Flying Man Festival - History

Pocklington was long renowned for its annual fairs, first granted by royal charter in 1245, when people flocked to the town from miles around. And the most popular of Pocklington's ancient gatherings always centred on All Saints.

The focus of the Flying Man Festival is Thomas Pelling, a travelling showman who toured the country performing his dare-devil acrobatics. He came here in 1733 when crowds turned out to watch him 'fly' head-first from the church tower down to the Market Place. But his assistants and equipment failed him, hitting the edge of the chancel and coming to a premature end. His memorial is on the church's east wall.

Each May we remember him at the Flying Man Festival, people once more coming to All Saints from near and far for a festive weekend. The church, dubbed 'The Cathedral of the Wolds', has been at the centre of Pocklington life for over a thousand years, and the Flying Man event is a vital fundraiser for its upkeep.

Once again, welcome, thank you for your support, and we hope you find plenty to enjoy, entertain and interest you at the 2017 Flying Man Festival.

Pocklington Flying Man Festival Committee