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Beltain Festival 2017

Event date: 
Saturday, 29 April, 2017
Kind of Event: 
for Public

Beltain (or Beltane) is an ancient Celtic celebration of the beginning of summer, with music, dancing and the burning of the giant Wicker Man.

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.

New to Beltain, 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, storytelling, Roman gladiators, Anglo Saxon re-enactors, Hants Astro with their telescopes, an artistic maze, various stalls and traditional skills demonstrations in metalworking, leather craft, hurdle making, flint knapping, willow weaving, Celtic life demonstrations, spinning and weaving. Plus more to be confirmed!

What should I bring with me?
Cash! There is no cash point on site
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

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, posh sausages, paella, 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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo: Phillip Watts

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