Witness this wonderful revival of the ancient Celtic fertility festival and kick off the summer with fun, frivolity and passion. You are invited to join the wild dance dressed in your own nature spirit costumes, animals and spirits of the season will come alive as we prepare for a great cavalcade through town.
11am – Meet at the Town Market Square where local musicians and performers will delight with song and dance to delight your day.
1.30pm – Together we will frolic up the High Street to the sacred waters on Wellhouse Lane.
2pm – Gathering at The White Spring followed by The Sacred Marriage of the May Queen and Summer King, Ceremony and Maypole Dancing at Bushey Coombe.
For your entertainment we have a wonderful array of unique and wild performers, drummers and musicians ready to play out the ancient mythology of the season. We have a some great musicians lined up to perform, and the town’s Crow Morris dancers will delight us with their sacred fertility dance. We will be inviting you to assist the Queen of the May as the Green Men compete for her favour, and asking you to join in with the cavalcade as we celebrate the summer. The Drummers of Avalon will mark our steps with the beating drums as we move from the centre of town to the White Spring on Wellhouse Lane. We request that you stay on the pavements and try not to spill onto the road.
Join us at the White Spring to witness the blessing of the red and white waters of Avalon upon the maypole and the fertile land. Here we pause to refresh, and listen to the Living Mythology of the Land. Then the cavalcade, with the Green men carrying the May pole, will parade up to Bushey Coombe. The festivities continue, with May pole dancing, the sacred union and a chance for you to share your songs or poetry.
We hope you enjoy our community celebration. May it bring you warmth, joy and fruitful abundance throughout the whole summer. Blessed be!