Beltain Festival

Picture1 Beltain is the ancient Celtic celebration to mark the beginning of summer, with music, dancing and the burning of the giant Wickerman. This sell-out event is the highlight of the Butser year, attracting thousands of festival goers to welcome in the summer months.

Next years festival will take place on Saturday 4th May 2019, 4.30 – 10pm

Ticket information and booking will open in the Autumn.

Each year, visitors can expect a fantastic afternoon/evening of entertainment and refreshments culminating with the burning of the wickerman at dusk. Other entertainment from 2018 included Roman cooking, Ancient Wessex Network, Falconry, Warrior Training, maypole dancing, storytelling, Anglo-Saxon re-enactors, Hook Eagle Morris Men, the Butser Roman Legion, HantsAstro, various stalls and traditional skills demonstrating metalwork, leathercraft, hurdlemaking, flint knapping, willow weaving, spinning and weaving. There is also a real ale bar, Celtic mead and hot food available.

Please see below for a selection of photos from 2018’s festival, all taken by Butser volunteer Eleanor Sopwith: