May Day Merrymaking

Our May Day celebrations were a roaring success this weekend! For three days, 130 of our wonderful Tudors turned the manor into a hive of activity, as celebrations centered on making noise to wake up spring and encourage crops to grow over the coming year.

Highlights of the weekend included the crowning of the May Queen and her grand procession on horseback, followed by her garlanded attendants and flag-bearing well wishers.

We were lucky enough to have glorious sunshine for the best part of the weekend, which added to the feeling of festivity!

Each day a new May Tree was selected from the woods, which was processed to the Barn Sward and later raised by strong and sturdy men of the manor, hauled up by rope. Crowds of Tudors and visitors then danced around the decorated tree with lively music to accompany them.

It was a fantastic weekend of festivity, music, dancing, plays and processions!

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