Beltain Festival

Picture1Thank you to all our visitors who joined us in April to celebrate Beltain Festival 2017!  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. Keep an eye on our Facebook page towards the end of the year when tickets will be on sale.

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 this year’s festival, all taken by Butser volunteer Eleanor Sopwith: