Beltain Festival 2016


DATE: Saturday 30th April 2016

TIME: 4.30 pm – 10 pm

PRE-BOOKED PRICE:      Adults £15.00        Children: £10.00

Online booking is only available until 4.30pm on Friday 29th April.     

CASH PRICE ON THE DAY at the gate from 4.30pm:    

Adults £20.00 Children:  £15.00

Tickets available HERE

Please note that the farm will be closed during the day on Sat 30th April and Sun 1st May.  It will reopen for general visitors on Mon 2nd May.

What is Beltain?

Beltain (or Beltane) is an ancient Celtic celebration of the beginning of summer, with music, dancing and the burning of the giant Wicker Man.

What happens at Beltain?

You can expect a pleasant afternoon/evening of entertainment and refreshments culminating with the burning of the giant Wicker Man at dusk. Gates  to the festival open at 4.30pm.  The event finishes at 10pm.  Please be aware that it will be dark when returning to your car, we suggest you bring a torch.  Please bring enough cash with you for the night. There are no cash points on site. The Wickerman is lit at dusk (normally around 9pm). Please note that the farm will be closed to public visitors on Sat 30th April and Sun 1st May.  It will reopen for general visitors on Mon 2nd May.


  • New to Beltain, singer songwriter Ed Goodale and his brother Ollie will open proceedings, setting the atmosphere of the evening with honest, thought provoking songs.
  • Later on, the irresistible beat of lively Irish band Feckless will once again have everyone up on their feet dancing on the grass.
  • The Pentacle Drummers, voted a unanimous success at their Beltain debut last year, will be back again appealing to our tribal instincts with resounding rhythms resonating round the site as the Wickerman goes up in flames.
  • This year we are delighted to welcome Mythago Morris, an exciting team of dancers, musicians and story tellers from Sussex.

Other entertainment includes Falcon High birds of prey, Roman cooking, Ancient Wessex Network, Ancient Musicians, roaming entertainers, storytelling, Roman gladiators, Anglo Saxon re-enactors, Hants Astro with their telescopes, an artistic maze, various stalls and traditional skills demonstrations in metalworking, leather craft, hurdle making, flint knapping, spinning and weaving.

What should I bring with me?

  • Cash! There is no cash point on site
  • Keep an eye on the weather and dress accordingly.
  • There is little shelter from rain or sun.
  • A torch for the walk back up to the car park
  • Something to sit on
  • Warm clothes for when the sun goes down
  • Waterproofs/umbrella if it looks like rain


There will be a licensed bar with local ales and cider, and hot and cold drinks. Please note that no alcohol will be allowed into the festival due to licencing restrictions.

A range of food stalls will be available including hog roast, BBQ, posh sausages, paella, dhal and vegetarian food and a cake stall.

There are a number of portable toilets dotted around the site, as well as toilets, including one disabled toilet in the visitor centre.

Please note there are no baby changing facilities.

St John Ambulance will be based within the shop.

Are there any restrictions?

No animals other than assistance dogs will be allowed on site during the festival. No alcohol is to be brought onto site.
There is strictly no smoking anywhere near the thatched buildings.

The main car park is situated on top of the hill, a stunning 15 minute walk downhill with exceptional views of Butser Ancient Farm and the surrounding countryside. This can be reached easily from the A3.  Please see below for directions to the event.

There is a disabled car park on site, which is reserved for blue badge holders only.  Places are limited and booking is strongly recommended.  You must have your blue badge ready to show at the gate.

Drop off/pick up point

The drop off point is at the end of the track to Butser Ancient Farm off Chalton Lane.  This will be clearly signposted.

Cars/taxis will not be allowed down the track, but people can be dropped off here and walk along a special event path on the right of the track.

Pick up point at the end of the evening is at the same place.  People will be able to wait in an area next to the gateway to the farm track until their lift arrives.  Cars will be able to pull in to the side of Chalton Lane to wait their turn to pick up passengers.  This area will be supervised by traffic trained members of a security company.

How to get there

The event takes place at the farm, five miles south of Petersfield in Hampshire, just off the A3.  Take the Clanfield and Chalton exit and follow the brown signs to Butser Ancient Farm.

Where to stay

Nearby pubs/hotels: In Clanfield: The Hampshire Hog, The Rising Sun In Horndean:  The Ship & Bell, The Premier Inn In Buriton:  The Five Bells In Petersfield: Premier Inn For more information call the tourist information centre on 01730 268829           Camping, yurts, hostels: The Sustainability Centre: 01730 823166 The Meon Springs Yurt Village: 01730 823134

All photos on this page courtesy of Philip Watts