|Where:||Butser Ancient Farm , 4 miles south of Petersfield, Hampshire|
|When:||Saturday nearest May Eve (May Eve is the night of 30th April into morning of 1st May)|
|Time:||4.30pm onwards - burning at sundown|
The ancient festival of Beltane is revived and celebrated annually at the reconstructed Iron-Age village of Butser in Hampshire (they spell it Beltain here). A huge wicker man is constructed and he is burned at sunset following the Celtic tradition – luckily the organisers are peace-loving folk so no people are sacrificed inside! Beltane is associated with Bel, god of light, fire and the sun and is a fertility rite linked to the turning of the year to ensure a fruitful harvest.
You probably need to buy tickets in advance for this event -£13 each for adults in 2012 – though entry at the gate is available if numbers allow. Food & drink available onsite. It’s an uphill walk back to the carpark – you’ll need appropriate footwear and a torch is useful.
In 2017 it will be on Saturday April 29th.
Click here for the event website : http://www.butserancientfarm.co.uk/
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