Posted: Tuesday 1st May 2018
Of all the bank holidays, May Day is undeniably the most English of them all. It might be a celebration for the arrival of spring but when we think of May Day events we think of everything that is great about England – morris dancing, May pole dancing, tombolas, Punch and Judy, Pimms, live music and dog shows. It might not be everybody’s cup of tea, but these traditional community events are guaranteed to raise a smile with the whole family.
So you don’t miss out on the fun, we’ve shortlisted a selection of May Day events happening in Hertfordshire over the bank holiday weekend for you to enjoy. So keep your fingers crossed for sunny weather! But if not, bring a brolly and a stiff upper lip and you’ll be sure to have a jolly good time. Oh no we didn’t. Oh yes we did!
- Standon May Day, 7 May, Standon High Street, Standon SG11
This popular annual event prides itself on its “traditional village celebrations” which include Morris dancing, a main arena with entertainment, the crowning of the May Queen, May pole dancing by students from the local school, small fairground rides, stalls with local produce, a tombola, crafts, food, drink and games, as well as a wonderfully English rubber duck race on the River Rib. In the words of the organisers, it’s “fun for everyone – rain or shine.”
For more information visit www.standonmayday.co.uk
- Royston May Day Event , 7May, 12-4:30pm, Priory Memorial Gardens, Priory Lane, Royston SG8 9DX
Suitable for all ages, the Royston May Day fair will host fairground rides for children, a miniature train ride, a traditional Punch and Judy show, music, beer, a bouncy castle and a number of performances from local dance and martial arts clubs.
For more information visit www.roystontowncouncil.gov.uk
- Aldbury May Fair, 7 May, 12–5pm, Aldbury Village, HP23 5RT
The traditional May Day event held in Aldbury village promises a “great day out for all the family”. The events boasts pony rides, a bouncy castle, craft stalls, family activities, May pole dancing, Morris dancing and even invites you to “witness the drama of the Teddy Tower of Terry”. Well, I say!
For more information visit www.facebook.com/AldburyMayFair/?locale2=en_GB
- Lemsford Fete, 7 May, 12-4pm, St John’s C of E Primary School, Welwyn Garden City, AL8 7TR
First held in 1959, the event is described as a “True English country fete experience” and certainly offers the full English package with Maypole dancing, a coconut shy, merry-go-round, jazz band, Pimms tent, food and drink, music, games and local produce stalls. Entry is £2.00, under 16s free, senior citizens £1.00.
For more information visit www.lemsfordfete.co.uk
- Watford Celebration, 7 May, 11–4pm, Multi-Cultural Community Centre, Durban Road West, Free Event
Learn about the rich diversity of Watford town with a cultural take on the May Day celebrations. With music, drama, dance, costumes and food, the Watford Celebration promises a “wonderful afternoon of entertainment for the whole family”. Free parking is available at the Watford Boys Grammer School on Rickmansworth Road.
For more information visit www.watfordcelebration.com or call 01923 441525
- Kimpton May Celebration Event, 4–7 May, Kimpton Village, nr. Harpenden
The Kimpton May Celebration is more of a festival than a May Day afternoon. With four days of activity stretched across the whole bank holiday weekend, this event has something for everybody. The theme of the event is, ‘Around the World in 80 Ways’ and will present arts, crafts, a procession with drumming and dancing, arena performances, may pole dancing, falconry, May Queen prizes, history talks, a variety show, Pimms and jazz, a dog show, music, open air cinema, wine tasting, a Sunday evening music session, and finally a fun run on Monday. What doesn’t this fair have?
For more information visit www.kimptonmayfestival.co.uk