My regular look ahead to events happening next month that would probably be in my events guide, if only they weren’t happening outside the psychological barrier of the M25 motorway.

Festival of Wormcharming 1st May
Contest where people try to charm earthworms out of the ground in an array of bizarre methods. Blackawton, Devon

Maldon Mud Race 1st May
Several hundred people race (!) through the low-tide mud of the Rover Blackwater. Maldon, Essex

Beltane at Thornborugh 1st May
Each year, people gather at Thornborough Henge for the Celtic Festival of Beltane. A celebration of the arrival of Summer in the merry month of May. Ripon, North Yorkshire

‘Obby ‘Oss Day 1st May
Huge annual May Day festival, with the 6ft wide Obby Oss paraded through the streets. Padstow, Cornwall

Riding the Bounds 1st May
Ancient ceremony where locals ride around the parish boundary to reassert their rights over the land. Berwick upon Tweed, Northumberland

World Pilot Gig Championships 1st May
Rowing boat races around the islands Isles of Scilly

May Morning Choir at Oxford 1st May
For over 500 years, the choir of Magdalen College climb to the top of a tall tower and sing at 6am to greet the rising sun. Oxford, Oxfordshire

Abingdon Air and Country Show 1st May
Three hour classic air display above a traditional country fair with static aircraft displays. Abingdon Airfield, Oxfordshire

Abbey Hill Steam Rally 1st-2nd May
Large display of steam engines and road vehicles, as well as usual fun fair attractions. Yeovil, Somerset

Jack in the Green 1st-2nd May
Traditional May Day events with Morris Dancers recreating the Jack in the Green parade through the town centre. Hastings, East Sussex

Springfields Festival and Tulipmania 1st-2nd May
The weekend will feature bulb displays in the gardens, a craft fair, trade stands and other displays. Spalding, Lincolnshire

Rushden Cavalcade of Historical Transport & Country Show 1st-2nd May
The Rushden Cavalcade brings together over 1,000 different exhibit’s from all over country. Rushden,
Northants

Llandudno Transport Festival 1st-2nd May
Held in conjunction with the Victorian Extravaganza, costume, vintage fairground and a host of attractions combine in a unique annual celebration of transport and entertainment heritage within the town. Llandudno, Conway, Wales

Rochester Sweeps Festival 1st-2nd May
More than 50 Morris dancing sides, free music in pubs and ars, fun children’s activities and Jack -in-the-Green. Rochester, Kent

Scarecrow Festival 1st-2nd May
Each year 45–50 scarecrows are made by families, groups and individuals in the village. This is the oldest such festival in the county. Urchfont, Wiltshire.

Randwick Wap 1st-7th May
The WAP is a series of events during spring which culminates in a traditional procession and festival dating back to the Middle Ages. Randwick, Gloucestershire

Stilton Cheese Rolling 2nd May
Teams compete in rolling Stilton cheeses down the main street. The event is also a village festival, and includes Maypole dancing, live music, ‘Molly’ dancing and other entertainment. Stilton, Cambridgeshire

Bristol Jack in the Green 7th May
Bristol’s Jack in the Green welcomes the Summer each year, in a lively procession through the city’s streets, accompanied by
musicians and dancers.
Bristol

Helston’s Flora Dance 7th May
The whole town is decorated with flowers as parades, mumers plays and parades take place thoughout the town in a spring festival. Helston, Cornwall

Harwich Kichel Throwing 19th May
The newly elected mayor of Harwich will stand at an open window of the council chamber in the town’s guildhall and will throw specially baked torpedo-shaped currant buns to the waiting crowd. Harwich, Essex

Mayor Weighing 21st May
A tradition that can be dated back to 1678, the current Mayor is publicly weighed on their last day in office to check they haven’t got too fat on the public purse. High Wycombe, Bucks

The Hunting of the Earl of Rone 27th – 30th May
Over four days, the Grenadiers, Hobby Horse, Fool and villagers hunt through the village for the ‘Earl of Rone’, finally finding him on the Monday night. He is mounted back-to-front on a donkey and paraded through the village to the sea. Combe Martin, Devon

Castleton Garland Day 28th May
An ancient parade through the town with a garland – a beehive shaped head-dress, covered with wild flowers and greenery, which is worn by the May King over his head and shoulders. Castleton, Derbyshire

Gloucestershire Cheese Rolling 30th May
World famous chasing of cheeses rolling down a perilously steep hill. Coopers Hill, Gloucestershire

Tetbury Woolsack Races 30th May
Teams race through the village whilst carrying a 60lb sack of wool – up and down a hill that reaches a gradient of 1 in 4 Tetbury, Gloucestershire

Charing Hooden Horse 30th May
Following the local church service, a wooden horse controlled by the Morris Dancers chases and snaps at onlookers. Charing, Kent


Article last updated on July 18th, 2019 at 08:40 pm

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