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May Day Festival at Hever Castle &Gardens

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Participatory Event

Hever Castle and Gardens


Hever Castle
Hever, Nr Edenbridge


Tel: 01732 865224

Participatory Event

Join the Lord and Lady of the May on the Castle forecourt and see the crowning of the May Queen. Visitors are invited to dance around the Maypole with brightly coloured ribbons intertwined. This age old custom is followed by demonstrations of May Day Dancing accompanied by 16th century music.

Meet the mythical Jack-in-the-Green and follow the Green Man from folklore in a customary May Day procession through the gardens as he wakes up the plants for summer with the help of children and their magical May bells. There’s also a Green Man trail through the Castle.


May Day Activities

Traditional May Day dancing & playlet: on the Castle forecourt watch traditional May Day dancing with Morris dancers and the Lord and Lady May, and see a playlet about the traditional story of the battle of the seasons. See timings below.

Jack in the Green procession: commencing on the Castle forecourt, join Jack as he visits the gardens to wake up the flowers and plants for spring. Children are given magical May bells to help. See timings below.

May Day activity hand-out: collect your free activity hand-out on entry and enjoy some May Day Festival activities, including the Green Man hunt around the grounds.

Green Man trail in the Castle: available to collect at the Castle entrance, enjoy a Green Man trail through the Castle (Castle ticket required).

May Day Activity Timings:

King’s musicians, playing 16th century music: 10:30 – 17:00 
Arrival of Lord and Lady May: 11:30 
Celebration May Day dancing: 11:35 
Playlet: Battle of the seasons: 12:00 
Jack in the Green procession: 12:30 
Traditional May dance: 13:30 
Celebration May Day dancing: 14:00 
Playlet: Battle of the seasons: 15:00 
Jack in the Green procession: 15:30 
Traditional May Day dancing: 16:30 



Ticket Information

Please see website for details. Activities are included in normal admission prices unless otherwise stated.

Opening Times

Season (29 Apr 2017 - 1 May 2017)

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