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May Day preparations underway at Hever Castle as it gets ready for a weekend of activities

PUBLISHED: 10:25 18 April 2017 | UPDATED: 10:25 18 April 2017

Maypole

Maypole

Alison Bailey

The castle will host many customs including the Maypole

May Day at Hever CastleMay Day at Hever Castle

Celebrate May Day at historic Hever Castle over the early May Bank Holiday.

The May Day Festival runs from April 29 – May 1 with a host of customs and activities.

May Day has been a traditional day of festivities throughout the centuries originally signalling the first day of summer.

Join the Lord and Lady of the May on the Castle forecourt and see the crowning of the May Queen.

May Day at Hever CastleMay Day at Hever Castle

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 May Day trail through the Castle.

At this time of year the award winning gardens and grounds are a feast for the eyes, with delicate blossom of pear, apple and cherry trees.

For more information visit hevercastle.co.uk

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