May Day Festival

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Mon 06May

Hawkwood is delighted to invite you to our lively and colourful May Day Festival. Nestled in the heart of the Cotswolds, Hawkwood is a sanctuary for nurturing creativity, sustainability, and wellbeing. As May flowers bloom and the sun shines brighter, we celebrate the return of life with a day of lively festivities.

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Event time: Mon 6th May 2024 at 10:00am - Mon 6th May 2024 at 5:00pm

A Day of Local Food, Live Music, Talks, Stalls, Creative Workshops, and Family Activities

Join us in celebrating community at our May Day Festival. This event is more than a festival; it’s a place for:


Engage with future thinking talks! Last year’s May Day Festival featured notable speakers like Mary Portas, Cindy Forde, and our CEO Alicia Carey. Enjoy live music throughout the day, including a captivating performance by our artist residency alumni.


Participate in creative taster workshops available throughout the day. Unlock your artistic potential, creativity & wellbeing.


Wander through our sustainably managed grounds in the picturesque Cotswolds, relish delicious local food, and explore local stalls. Hawkwood Cafe & Bar will be open, ensuring you’re well-fed and refreshed.


Grow connections with the community, learn from the workshops, the land, and each other. This is a day of growth and enrichment.


Dr Penny Hay
Dr Penny Hay

Professor Penny Hay is an artist, educator and researcher. Penny is a Professor of Imagination at the Centre for Cultural and Creative Industries, a Reader in Creative Teaching and Learning at Bath Spa University, and Founding Director of the House of Imagination. Her Signature projects include School Without Walls and Forest of Imagination. Penny’s doctoral research focused on children’s learning identity as artists.

Our Kid's Climate
Our Kid's Climate

A network of parent groups uniting for climate action to protect the kids we love from the climate crisis.

They act because we must for our kids, many of them too young to make their voices heard and to vote. They believe that working with parents on climate has the potential to move mountains – because that is what we do for our kids every day!

May Day Speakers
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Stalls, Food & Workshops include...

Coil Basketry Stall
Stall of Eco Home Products
Gong Bath - Aidan McIntyre
Print Making - Clare Walsh
Art Journalling - Jo Beal
Yoga - Mel Skinner

Full Programme Coming Soon!

Volunteer your time and help us give back to the community!

Help Us Make May Day Festival a Success

Our festival is run by our Hawkwood team but we also rely on the help of volunteers – which is a fun and rewarding way to experience our festival and give something to the community. Join the friendly Hawkwood team and make friends for life. There are several roles so there is something for everyone!

• Discount Voucher on our 2024 Programme*
• Training
• Meal & Drinks Vouchers
• Free Tea & Coffee
• Phone Charging
• Chance to Explore The Festival

*Discount applicable on any Day Course across our 2024 Programme


We have proudly brought back Hawkwood's May Day Festival and want to be able to provide this much-loved event for the community for years to come!

We don't want price to be a barrier to enjoying the event so are offering a "Pay What You Can" on entrance at our welcome desk.
So come on down with friends and family, bring your energy, and enjoy a day of local food, stalls, workshops, talks and more.

Our History

Hawkwood’s story began in 1947 when Lily Whincop and Margaret Bennell joined forces, creating an adult education college in this very place. For 76 years, Hawkwood has been a hub for learning and personal development, fostering new understandings and personal growth.

“Not only a place people come to learn, but a source of ideas, challenging dialogue, art and artistry, new understandings, personal growth and human development.”

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Release Agreement May Day Festival, Hawkwood

Official Hawkwood Photographers & Videographers are taking photos and videos of this event. By attending this event, you grant Hawkwood the exclusive rights to reproduce, distribute, display and use the original video or electronic imagery or any part thereof in any and all media or form of communication whether now existing or hereafter developed.

Can You Donate?
Your generous donations are crucial to supporting our charity's vital work for years to come! We rely on fundraising to support our work. If you can, please contribute below.

Hawkwood Team

Chief Executive of Hawkwood CFT, Alicia will be hosting and interviewing our guests.

Alicia is passionate about protecting our environment and supporting people to make positive change. Alicia shows how building trust, embodying values and allowing just the right level of risk enables opportunities to flourish. Collaboration, curiosity and warmth characterise her interactions at every level. In 10 years at Hawkwood CFT, Alicia's unique leadership style has brought financial abundance, ethical awareness, international recognition and creative zest.

Natali Martinez Riobo

Our Head of Marketing Natali, will be supporting the CEO in the main hall.

For Natali, creativity, self-expression and culture are what make life colourful. The centre of her vision is and has always been the richness and spirit of community. Born and partly raised within an impoverished village in the mountains of Colombia, she has lived within a richly diverse culture. Her inspiration of living outside capitalist societal standards and her deep passion & connection to the natural world was born from a young age as a consequence. Natali is passionate about bringing the spirit of Hawkwood's work to as many people as possible.

Yolande Goodman

Creative Onsite Programme and Residency Manager

Creativity and continuous learning are the linchpins of personal wellbeing, the development of our communities, and a better understanding of the world around us. With my role at Hawkwood, I facilitate people participating in what makes them feel alive! My background is in drama, and I find deep joy in trying new art forms and being outside in the garden.

Sarah Warner

Personal Assistant to Alicia Carey, CEO

I love how diverse our courses are and the people who attend them, I have learnt so much since being at Hawkwood. I’m passionate about the benefits of physical exercise and regularly enjoy running and the gym. I draw inspiration and further physical benefit from various yogas and long dog walks in my beautiful hometown of Stroud and the surrounding areas.