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May Day Festival – 5th May 2014

Step back in time this May Bank Holiday Monday at Middleton Hall and enjoy a variety of May Day traditions. Have a go at dancing round the May Pole, you will be guided expertly to avoid getting in a tangle. Enjoy the revival of traditional Lichfield Dances from Green Man’s Morris, accompanied by live music, see them at Middleton before they lead the Lichfield Bower Procession. Immerse yourself in more live music traditions with entertainment from an organ grinder and a strolling minstrel.

Renowned speaker Judy Stevens, celebrated in U3A circles, will be delivering 2 talks to tie in with the May Day themes, May Day Merriment at 12 noon and Our Pagan Heritage at 2pm, both free of charge. Judy never fails to entertain with her humorous style.

Children can enjoy May Day Festival craft sessions and follow the trail of the Green Men hidden in the glade. Visit the working Smithy and help pump the bellows to keep the fire alive, maybe buy a lucky horse shoe and see what luck it brings.

There are lots of traditional food stalls on offer too, from popcorn, to crepes, from ice cream to jacket potatoes.

A day full of traditional fun for all the family.

The day runs from 11am to 4pm. Entry for adults is £5, concessions £3.50 and children £1.

All the proceeds from the day go to support the restoration and conservation projects at Middleton Hall, safeguarding seven centuries of local heritage.

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