Butser Beltain Festival and Wicker Man

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.

Helpful Hints

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 2018 it will be on Saturday 5th May.

Click here for the event website : http://www.butserancientfarm.co.uk/


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