Traditional May Day Celebration at Avoncroft Museum

Be a part of a centuries’ old rural tradition to celebrate the arrival of spring at Avoncroft Museum’s special May Day event from 10.30am on Monday 2nd May 2016.

Everyone is welcome to come along and join in the celebrations at the popular annual event to herald the beginning of spring, which will include Maypole and Morris dancing.  Coventry-based theatre company ‘The Fabularium’ will be presenting their Robin Hood mummers play in which the Sherwood outlaw encounters strange and wonderful folk including the Green Man of Mercia.

There will be lots of country crafts and demonstrations around the Museum’s 19-acres and all ages are encouraged to take part in the traditional Maypole dancing.   Like Robin and his merry men, you can have a go at firing a bow and arrow, ride on a pony, and be entertained by the marvellous Monty the Jester.

While there’s lots going on outside, visitors can explore more of the history of the buildings by chatting to historical re-enactors in the houses and watch blacksmithing and chainmaking demonstrations in the forges

There will also be lots of things to do to keep everyone in the family entertained with live music, a blossom ceremony, have-a-go welly-wanging, food and local cider stalls, and Avoncroft’s popular miniature train which will be running until 3pm.

After all this activity, visitors are welcome to sit back and relax with a picnic or take a break in Avoncroft’s award-winning Tea Room.

Entry to the May Day event is the standard Museum admission price: £8.80 (including Gift Aid) for adults, £7.70 (including Gift Aid) for seniors and £4.50 for children.  Details of all forthcoming events at Avoncroft Museum can be found at: www.avoncroft.org.uk/whats-on/events-programme

 

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