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Beltain Festival: Burning of the Wickerman

Date
Kind of Event
Demonstration
Workshop
Country
United Kingdom
Era(s)

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 while supporting our work.

Money raised during our Beltain festival makes a real difference to the farm and enables us to conduct more research, educational 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 from our last festival in 2019 included 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 more.