Wellow Maypole Celebrations

Where: Wellow, Nottinghamshire at the Maypole on Maypole Green
When: Spring Bank Holiday Monday
Time: From 12 noon with Crowning at 2.45

 

The permanent 60-foot Maypole at Wellow is one of the tallest in the UK and is the focus for the Spring Bank Holiday revelry in the village. The May Queen and her white-frocked Maids of Honour process around the village accompanied by attendants such as Herald,  Bugle  Blower, Train  and  Posy  Bearers and Crown and Bouquet Bearers. The procession starts at the Church and is followed by the Coronation of the May Queen by the retiring Queen from the previous year. The new Queen then presides in state over ribbon dancing around the maypole interspersed with mayhem from Wellow Jack and his team of Bogies. Records for the event go back to the nineteenth century and it has evolved into one of the biggest single day festivals of its kind. Expect plenty of musical entertainment, Punch and Judy, displays, stalls and lots more – in 2014 we were treated to dancing dogs and a Spitfire flypast!.

Helpful Hints

The event is free of charge, with plenty of free parking nearby – just follow the signs. Seating is provided around the maypole area.All are welcome and plentiful food & drink are available on site including some very tasty icecreams.

Look out for the Millennium Window in St Swithin’s Church which features the Maypole.

In 2018 it will be on Monday 28th May.

Click here for the event website : http://wellowmaypole.moonfruit.com/#

and here for the event Facebook page : https://www.facebook.com/pages/Wellow-Maypole-Celebrations/367751373318701

Many thanks to Joy Allison for her fantastic photos!


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