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May Day Festival - Hawkwood's Open Day! Mon 01 May

  • Arts

Monday 1 May 10am – 5pm

Hawkwood's annual May Day Festival is a fun day out for all the family. As well as live music, bbq, bar, ice-cream and children's activities, including face painting, storytelling, maypole dancing and a treasure hunt we offer some free taster workshops and stalls from local suppliers and tutors from the hawkwood programme. Last year we welcomed around 1,000 people to this event. Come and join the fun!

Free entry - £3 for car parking


Experimental acoustic music by The Ark Ensemble  http://www.theartinlistening.com

Celtic folk fusion band Spiracy and local singer songwriter Genevieve Miles.

Fresh from Morocco's Fes Festival of World Sacred Music comes music to mesmerise by Alchemist's Wardrobehttp://www.thealchemistswardrobe.co.uk/

Traditional  folk dance  tunes will accompany maypole dancing at 2 pm, then sacred singing with choir leader Celia Hart is at 3pm.

Kaines, a duo from Bristol bring mellow cello, guitar and vocals.

Popular 10-piece band The Raga Babas singing upbeat Indian-style songs and chants that every one can dance to. 

Click here for our 2017 programme (subject to change)

May Day 2017 timetable

Please note- You can only sign up for the workshops on the day at the welcome desk. 

Main House

Coffee Shop • Exhibits by tutors • Information Point • Stalls in the Hall • Hawkwood Partners • Golden Fleece Trading Co • Homeopathy • Textiles • Jewellery 

Dining Room

Buffet Lunch

Patio Area

BBQ • Ice-cream • Bar

Upper Drive & Old Stables

Workshop spaces • Amber Sculpture Studio • Blacksmith demonstrations 


Children’s Activities • Maypole Dancing • Bush Craft • Walled Garden Open • Garden and Orchard Tour • Woodland Sanctuary • Guided Meditation • Table Tennis

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"Hawkwood has all the ingredients we look for when running events and meetings –their ethical approach, from the fantastic food they serve to the way they manage their land, works perfectly for us. It’s a relaxed environment which is conducive to creative thinking and open dialogue, and the staff are so helpful."

Helen Browning, CEO at Soil Association