Beltain Festival 2017

Picture1  THE ANCIENT FESTIVAL TO CELEBRATE THE START OF SUMMER

DATE: Saturday 29th April 2017

TIME: 4.30pm – 10pm

PRE-BOOKED PRICE:
Adults £17.50       
Children: £12.50
Online booking is only available until 4.30pm on Friday 29th April.     

CASH PRICE ON THE DAY at the gate from 4.30pm:
Adults £25.00 Children:  £20.00

Tickets available HERE

Please note that the farm will be closed during the day on Sat 29th April and Sun 30th April.  It will reopen for general visitors on Mon 1st 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 so we suggest you bring a torch.  Please bring enough cash with you for the night. There are no cash points on site. The Wicker Man is lit at dusk (normally around 9pm). Please note that the farm will be closed to public visitors on Sat 29th April and Sun 30th April.  It will reopen for general visitors on Mon 1st May.

Entertainment

  • 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 band Yeehaa Granma will have everyone up on their feet dancing on the grass.
  • The Pentacle Drummers, voted a unanimous success at their first Beltain debut, will be back again appealing to our tribal instincts with resounding rhythms resonating round the site as the Wicker Man goes up in flames.

Other entertainment includes Roman cooking, Ancient Wessex Network, maypole, storytelling, Anglo Saxon re-enactors, Hook Eagle Morris, the Butser Roman Legion, Hants Astro with their telescopes, an artistic maze, various stalls and traditional skills demonstrations in metalworking, leather craft, hurdle making, Iron Age cooking, face painting, flint knapping, willow weaving, Westcotts Coppicing, storytelling, medical herbalist, Celtic life demonstrations, spinning and weaving. Plus more to be confirmed!

Cash! There is no cash point on site

What should I bring with me?

  • 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

Refreshments/facilities

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, 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.

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.
No gazebos, tables or tents allowed. Low backed seating is acceptable.

Parking
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