The start of May is being celebrated at Avebury with a traditional May Day celebration and a host of other activities on Monday 2 May.
For centuries people have celebrated the changing seasons and rhythms of the year. Spring in particular has always been a time for rejoicing as we look forward to the hopes and bounty summer brings.
Building upon these traditions, on Monday 2 May visitors to the National Trust at Avebury will be able to celebrate the beginning of May at Avebury with activities in the Old Farmyard and a floral exhibition in the Manor Garden as well as seasonal floral workshops.
The Old Farmyard at Avebury, next to the Museum, will be home to a May Pole and children’s activities. There will be dancing around the May Pole, a chance to make a May Crown or follow one of the May Queen’s processions. Morris Dancing performances will also be taking place from 1pm.
Avebury Manor Garden will be host to a range of floral displays created by local florists, growers and floral groups. From beautiful wreaths and May garlands to a sculpture of the May goddess Flora, visitors can admire these displays in the context of the garden’s beauty and tranquillity.
The National Trust’s Events and Programming Officer, Hazel Barry-Scott shares her excitement: ‘The whole day should prove to be a whirlwind of laughter and colour – what a wonderful way to celebrate the beginning of May. I’m particularly looking forward to seeing the garden bedecked with the floral displays.’
Cared for by the National Trust, Avebury offers a rich and diverse landscape. From awe-inspiring monuments to the quieter beauty of Avebury Manor and Garden, there is a sense of pervading mystery as well as the warmth of lives long past.
Visitors also have the chance to enjoy one of two seasonal floral workshops taking place at 10am and 2pm. Under the guidance of local florist Sue Scott, enjoy making a beautiful hand-tied floral bouquet to take home and admire. A delicious cream tea is included in the workshops and prior booking is essential.
The May celebrations are open to the public from 11am to 5pm on Monday 2 May. The children’s May crown activity has a small charge. Booking is essential for the floral workshops and can be made via the website or by calling 0844 2491895.
More information is available on www.nationaltrust.org.uk/avebury