May Day Festival


See below for activities and timings.


Activities are included in normal admission price unless stated.

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May Day Festival

May Day Festival –  April 29 – May 1

Celebrate May Day at Hever Castle with a weekend of fun family activities and traditional May Day customs.

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 Festival

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 

Always check details before travelling. Hever Castle reserves the right to close all or part of the Castle and grounds and to change or cancel events.

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