The basic route of the day's event has remained the same since
the play's inception in 1967 with the first performance at one end
of Middleton and stopping at most pubs on route before ending up
at the Ring o'Bells.
In earlier times the performances used to start at about 10.30
and finish at 3pm, racing to meet the 3pm Last Orders. Around the
time of the Millennium the route was shortened by cutting out Rodes
and making the first performance the Dusty Miller at midday. This
was due to the fact pubs now have more flexible opening hours, which
means they no longer shut at 3pm and as a result it is rare to see
much of crowd on the earlier performances.
The current route is as follows:
Possible outside Performance dependant on Weather
Old Boar's Head
Ring o' Bells
Other pubs we have previously performed
The Bricklayers, the White Hart
The Who'd a Thowt it'