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.

Next year’s festival will take place on Saturday 5 May 2018.
Tickets can be booked online here.

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 2017 included Roman cooking, Ancient Wessex Network, maypole, storytelling, Anglo-Saxon re-enactors, Hook Eagle Morris, 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 last year’s festival, all taken by Butser volunteer Eleanor Sopwith: