May Day Festival

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Mon 06May

Hawkwood's Open Day

Come and celebrate the arrival of spring with us at our annual May Day celebration on Monday 6th May! A free day for our local community where you can try our taster workshops and enjoy music all day long!

Free event but voluntary donations to support our charity are appreciated – suggested donation £5. Carpark is free of charge this year, but come by bike or on foot and reduce your carbon footprint!

See our timetable for the day here!

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

See our timetable for the day here!

There will be live music from local artists throughout the day on the patio area where you will be able to enjoy an organic bite to eat from the barbecue, have a drink from the bar which includes beer from Stroud Brewery or treat yourself to a delicious Winstone’s ice-cream.

There are children’s activities throughout the day which include face painting, storytelling, nature and art, maypole dancing and a treasure hunt around the grounds.

For the adults, there are free taster workshops and talks from our programme offering a chance to try writing workshops, yoga, gong baths and many more!

In the main hall, there will be an array of stalls from local suppliers and some of our tutors will be demonstrating their work and selling items.

Tours of the biodynamic gardens and the community agriculture farm are given from the main forecourt.

Gates open at 10 am with a welcoming at 10.30 and runs until 5 pm. 

Hawkwood is a registered charity and in order to put on events for the community, we rely on donations to make it work! May Day Festival is a free event but this year in order that it continues well into the future we need the help of our loyal attendees. A donation of just £5 per person would contribute towards putting on the festival, arranging the events and letting you know all about them. If you cannot afford to pay – that’s ok but consider supporting our 2020 May Day Festival!

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£5 Suggested Donation


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“Being an independent charity, Hawkwood has had to be adaptable and flexible, demonstrating and meeting the current need for sustainability and positive change, all of which is very much part of the Stroud ethos”

- Mayor Kevin Cranston

"As the world becomes increasingly volatile, we need oases of calm and well-being, where challenges can be addressed in creative ways.
It’s our mission as the Centre for Future Thinking to provide this in our work, residencies and course programme.”

- Alicia Carey, Hawkwood CEO