May Day (Monday, 7 May 2012 11am-4pm)

Did you know that May Day is supposed to signal the end of the ‘unfarmable’ winter half of the year?

It was thought that all of the seeding would have been completed and so farm labourers could enjoy a day off to spend with their families, in their hamlets, villages and small towns.  Ribbon dancing, circling the village Maypole, the giving of May baskets to friends and neighbours … all traditions that are now largely lost in modern day society.

Celebrating outdoors, welcoming warmer weather in spring, bringing a return to a more comfortable life for all without the need to wear heavy clothes, work to keep warm or huddle indoors.

Music is an essential part of the festivities    discussion will be charms, songs and dances (and sometimes entire operas!) connected to May festivals.

Well, we can’t guarantee that the sun will shine or even that you’ll be able to dance around a Maypole but at our great May Day Celebrations there will be plenty to entertain the children.

There will be music from fine local talent, workshops and stalls alongside other attractions.

There will be the animal pens, the bird watching area and the woodland and meadows to enjoy.  There are picnic areas or you can enjoy anything from a cream tea to a full cooked meal in our Farmyard Cafe.

Where will you find all of this great entertainment?  Why, Northycote Farm and Country Park, of course.

Venue:

Northycote Farm and Country Park
Underhill Lane
Bushbury
Wolverhampton
West Midlands
WV10 7JF
 
Tel:  01902 397906
email:  northycotefarm@wolverhampton.gov.uk 
 

Site:

  • Free entry
  • Toilets/disabled/baby change
  • On-site catering
  • Picnic areas
  • Large free car park
  • Overflow free car park
  • Free disabled car park
  • Well behaved dogs on leads are welcome with their owners (though animal enclosures are excluded), quick detour around to the tea rooms for a brew and a bowl of water
  • No parking/dropping off in the farmyard as this is where the event will be taking place.
Find us online:

Links for more information:

http://piereligion.org/mayday.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/May_Day

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Wilf is the online presence of Wolverhampton Parks and is written by members of the Parks Team. We are passionate about our parks and we love to meet all of the people that it belongs to. After all, we are only the custodians of all of our green and open spaces.
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