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 and our biggest fundraising event, attracting thousands of festival goers to welcome in the summer months.
Next years festival will take place on Saturday 2nd May 2020, 4.30 – 10pm. Tickets will be on sale in the autumn.
Thank you to everyone who joined us for our 2019 Festival and supported the farm, as our biggest fundraising event of the year your support makes a real difference and will enable us to do lots more research, activities and development in the year ahead.
Each year, visitors can expect a fantastic afternoon/evening of entertainment and refreshments culminating with the burning of the Wickerman at dusk. Entertainment for 2019 will include live folk music, Roman cooking, Ancient Wessex Network, axe throwing, warrior training, sea shanty singing, fencing, storytelling, Anglo-Saxon re-enactors, Hook Eagle Morris Men, the Butser IX Roman Legion, drumming workshops with the Pentacle Drummers, HantsAstro astronomy, various stalls and traditional skills demonstrating metalwork, leathercraft, hurdlemaking, flint knapping, willow weaving, spinning and weaving. There will also be a real ale bar, Celtic mead and hot food available, including a hog roast, BBQ, Vegan Dhal stall and sweet and savoury crepes.
Terms and conditions
ANIMALS: No animals allowed at the event, apart from assistance dogs.
ALCOHOL: No alcohol to be brought in to the event. There is a licensed bar available.
ACCESSORIES: No gazebos, tables or tents allowed. Low backed seating is acceptable.
CAR PARKING: The car park is on top of a hill – a quarter of a mile’s stunning walk downhill to the site – so please wear suitable shoes.
DISABLED CAR PARKING: There is a disabled car park for blue badge holders only at the festival site. Please pre-book your disabled car parking space in order to secure access to this area and guarantee a parking space.
CANCELLATION: This event will take place whatever the weather.
REFUNDS: We cannot offer any refunds on tickets.
Please contact the farm on 02392 598838 if you have any questions.
Do wrap up warm as it can get chilly in the evening.
It is also a good idea to bring a torch with you, as it will be dark when you leave.
Please bring cash for food and drink as there is no cash point on site.
We are committed to creating an environmentally friendly festival. Please see our Beltain Environmental Statment 2019 and help us be as green as possible by reducing plastic use, car sharing and not leaving litter.
Please see below for a selection of photos from 2019’s festival, all taken by Butser volunteer Eleanor Sopwith:
Here is an audio recording of parts of the 2019 festival by Petersfield Comunity Radio;