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Tar barrels 2018

Tar barrels

Mon 5 Nov 2018

Tar barrels is a tradition that takes place around Bonfire night in Ottery St. Mary, Devon.

In the 12 months leading up to the event, barrels are lined and soaked with coal tar. On the night of tar barrels, the barrels are lit and carried through the streets of Ottery St. Mary while thousands cheer on the barrel-rollers.

The origins of the tar barrels are unknown however stories lead us to believe it began post the gunpowder plot of 1605 as a way of either fumigating cottages or as a warning of the Spanish armada.

Lighting barrels is a tradition that takes place in various locations in the South West however Ottery St. Mary is recognised worldwide for carrying the tar barrels on their backs.

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Monday (Monday 25 June 2018)
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Sunny day Sunny day Sunny day Sunny day Sunny day Sunny day Sunny day Sunny day Sunny day Sunny day Clear night Clear night
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23 ° 22 ° 21 ° 20 ° 21 ° 21 ° 21 ° 21 ° 20 ° 18 ° 16 ° 15 °
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph)
SSW 5 6 S 7 9 S 9 12 S 10 13 S 8 10 S 6 9 S 6 8 S 5 7 SSE 3 6 SSE 3 6 S 3 5 SSW 3 4
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor)
VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG
Humidity
48% 48% 47% 50% 50% 50% 51% 56% 63% 71% 80% 81%
UV index
7 8 7 6 5 4 3 1 1 1
Sunrise: 05:01 Sunset: 21:30 Moon phase: Waxing gibbous Air pollution: 4 Pollen: VH
Tuesday (Tuesday 26 June 2018)
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Temperature (°C)
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NNE 2 3 NNE 2 4 NNW 2 4 N 2 4 N 2 5 NNW 3 5 NNE 3 5 NNE 3 5 ENE 3 6 E 3 6 SSE 4 8 SSE 5 10 SSE 7 13 SSE 8 15 SSE 8 14 SSE 8 14 SSE 8 14 SSE 7 13 SSE 6 12 SSE 5 10 SSE 4 8 SSE 3 7 SE 3 8 ESE 3 8
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor)
VG VG G G G G G G G VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG
Humidity
82% 83% 84% 84% 86% 84% 83% 77% 71% 61% 55% 54% 54% 53% 54% 55% 57% 59% 61% 62% 65% 73% 77% 79%
UV index
1 1 3 4 5 6 7 9 7 6 5 4 3 1 1 1
Sunrise: 05:01 Sunset: 21:30 Moon phase: Waxing gibbous Air pollution: 4 Pollen: VH
Wednesday (Wednesday 27 June 2018)
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Clear night Clear night Clear night Sunny day Sunny day Sunny day Sunny day Sunny day Clear night
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14 ° 13 ° 12 ° 14 ° 17 ° 20 ° 21 ° 21 ° 16 °
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph)
ENE 3 7 ENE 4 7 NE 4 9 ENE 6 12 E 8 16 SE 8 17 SSE 5 14 SE 3 9 SSE 2 5
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor)
VG VG G VG VG VG VG VG VG
Humidity
82% 83% 88% 72% 54% 52% 60% 65% 84%
UV index
1 5 9 5 1
Sunrise: 05:02 Sunset: 21:30 Moon phase: Full Air pollution: 4 Pollen: VH
Thursday (Thursday 28 June 2018)
01:00 04:00 07:00 10:00 13:00 16:00 19:00 22:00
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Clear night Clear night Sunny day Sunny day Sunny day Sunny day Sunny day Clear night
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Temperature (°C)
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13 ° 13 ° 14 ° 19 ° 24 ° 25 ° 24 ° 19 °
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph)
NE 4 7 NE 8 13 NE 9 17 NE 8 18 ENE 8 19 E 6 17 SE 4 11 E 3 6
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor)
VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG
Humidity
85% 74% 72% 63% 54% 50% 58% 77%
UV index
1 5 8 5 1
Sunrise: 05:02 Sunset: 21:30 Moon phase: Full Air pollution: 4 Pollen: VH
Friday (Friday 29 June 2018)
01:00 04:00 07:00 10:00 13:00 16:00 19:00 22:00
Warnings
Clear night Clear night Sunny day Sunny day Sunny day Sunny day Sunny day Clear night
<5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5%
Temperature (°C)
17 ° 16 ° 17 ° 21 ° 24 ° 25 ° 23 ° 19 °
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17 ° 15 ° 15 ° 19 ° 23 ° 24 ° 23 ° 18 °
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph)
NE 5 8 NE 9 14 NE 10 19 NE 11 23 ENE 9 22 E 7 19 ESE 6 14 E 6 10
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor)
VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG
Humidity
78% 79% 72% 60% 50% 47% 54% 71%
UV index
1 5 7 5 1
Sunrise: 05:03 Sunset: 21:30 Moon phase: Full Air pollution: 3 Pollen: VH
Saturday (Saturday 30 June 2018)
01:00 04:00 07:00 10:00 13:00 16:00 19:00 22:00
Warnings
Clear night Clear night Sunny day Sunny day Sunny day Sunny day Sunny day Clear night
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Temperature (°C)
16 ° 15 ° 16 ° 19 ° 22 ° 24 ° 23 ° 20 °
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15 ° 13 ° 14 ° 18 ° 21 ° 22 ° 22 ° 19 °
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph)
ENE 7 14 NE 8 13 ENE 9 16 ENE 10 19 E 9 21 E 9 20 ESE 8 15 E 7 13
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor)
VG VG VG VG G VG VG VG
Humidity
78% 78% 75% 64% 57% 55% 58% 70%
UV index
1 5 8 5 1
Sunrise: 05:03 Sunset: 21:30 Moon phase: Full
Sunday (Sunday 1 July 2018)
01:00 04:00 07:00 10:00 13:00 16:00 19:00 22:00
Warnings
Clear night Clear night Sunny day Sunny day Sunny day Sunny day Sunny day Clear night
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Temperature (°C)
18 ° 17 ° 17 ° 19 ° 22 ° 22 ° 21 ° 18 °
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17 ° 15 ° 16 ° 18 ° 21 ° 21 ° 21 ° 18 °
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph)
N 8 13 NNE 9 15 NE 9 17 ENE 9 18 E 8 18 ESE 8 17 ESE 8 15 SE 6 12
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor)
VG M M G G VG VG VG
Humidity
72% 78% 80% 75% 69% 68% 69% 80%
UV index
1 4 6 4 2
Sunrise: 05:04 Sunset: 21:30 Moon phase: Waning gibbous
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5 November - Check the Ottery St. Mary weather forecast if you are heading to tar barrels this bonfire night.

Tar barrels and the weather

Tar barrels takes place regardless of the weather, however weather conditions make a considerable difference to the number of visitors that come to the town. Tens of thousands of visitors arrive in Ottery St. Mary for the barrels each year and the numbers are steadily increasing.

Becoming a barrel-Roller

Becoming a barrel-roller is a highly sought after position in the town of Ottery. St. Mary. The tradition of becoming a barrel-roller has been passed through many generations of families from the area.

The evening consists of 17 barrels being lit across the town. The barrels in the late afternoon are the boy's barrels which are the smallest. The women's and youth barrels then take place in the early evening, followed by the men's barrels in the evening.

The barrels are lit from pubs and hotels across the town until the midnight barrel, which is the largest barrel and takes place in the town square.

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