Friday 27 April 2012

Pagan Events Over Beltane in London and Elsewhere

Here are highlights of pagan events in London and elsewhere over Beltane, or May Day. To see future events, click on the events link at the top of the page.

Now to Sunday 9 September; Mummers, Maypoles and Milkmaids. Free exhibition based on the book of the same name, bringing together 50 photographs of regional rituals performed throughout the year from Cornwall to Northumberland to mark the changing seasons and celebrate nature's bounty. Location: Horniman Museum, 100 London Road, Forest Hill, London SE23 3PQ.For more details, visit You can read the book review here:

Friday, 27 April; Research into Lost Knowledge Organisation (Rilko) Members AGM from 6.45pm to 7.15pm to be followed at 7.30pm by The Robert Cowley Memorial Public Lecture: Metaphysics and The Media: A Consideration of the Spiritual In Contemporary Culture. Lecture by Michael King. Venue: Theosophical Society, 50 Gloucester Place, W1U 8EA. Admission £7 non-members, £5 members.

Friday, 27 April 2012 - Sat 27 Apr 2013; Signs, Symbols, Secrets: An Illustrated Guide to Alchemy. Free exhibition of images and writings about the quest for the philosophers’ stone. Venue: Science Musuem, Exhibition Road, South Kensington, London SW7 2DD. For more details visit:

Saturday 28 April; Sigil Magick: A Half-day Intensive with Mark Smith. Venue: Treadwells, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7BS. Time: 1pm to 5.30pm. Tickets £25. Reserve a place by emailing

Sunday 29 April; Mysteries of Beltane: Intensive Day Course on Symbol, Folklore, Magic with Suzanne Corbieh. Venue: Treadwells, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7BS. Time: 11am to 5.30pm. Tickets £35 (£20 deposit in advance). Reserve a place by emailing

Sunday, 29 April; Anderida Gorsedd Beltane open ritual at the Long Man of Wilmington, Sussex. Meet near the car park between 1.30pm and 2pm for a walk up to the chalk hill figure at 2pm. Afterwards back to the Giants Rest pub in Wilmington for a social drink together.

Monday, 30 April; Awakening to Intimacy. Talk by Eli Buren. Organised through Alternatives, The Conference Room, St James Church, 197 Piccadilly, London W1J 9LL, London. Time: 6pm. Tickets: £10/5 concs. Advance booking through Alternatives on

Monday 30 April; Shinto: An Unbroken Pagan Path?. Lecture by Dr Aidan Rankin at Treadwells, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7BS. Time: 7.15pm for 7.30pm start. Tickets £7. Reserve a place by emailing

Tuesday, May 1 - Monday May 7: Week-long Jack in the Green festival in Hastings, to celebrate its 30th anniversary. Events including Morris dancing, music and processions are taking place all over Hastings, in Sussex, throughout the week. For more details, visit:

Tuesday 1 May; Fowlers Troop and the Deptford Jack in the Green will be out and about in Borough and/or The City of London this May Day. Everyone is welcome to come along. For more details, visit the Deptford Jack website:

Tuesday, May 1; Open Beltane Ritual at Chertsey. Meet in the Golden Grove Public House, Ruxbury Road, St Annes Hill, Chertsey at 8.30pm to go on the short journey to the ritual site on St Annes Hill in convoy. It is strictly over 18s only event, but all over-18s are welcome. Dress for the woods and the weather. Bring food or drink to share if you want to. To reserve a place or for more details,contact Sue on 07746365980

Tuesday 1 May; Mayday Festival at Chalice Well World Peace Garden, in Glastonbury. Gather at noon at the well head for a meditation on the lawn at 12.30. This is a free event, although normal admission prices to the garden apply from noon. For more details, visit the website

Wednesday 2 May; Floralia Beltane Rite with Introductory Lecture by Caroline Wise and Friends. Venue: Treadwells, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7BS. Time: 6.45pm for 7pm start (earlier start time than usual). Tickets £10. Reserve a place by emailing

Wednesday 2 May; Atlantis Bookshops Presents The Moot with No Name. Talk at Milfords, 1 Milford Lane, Covent Garden, London WC2R 3LL. Milford Lane is the street parallel to Essex Street. Meet from 7.30pm, event starts at 8pm. Admission £5. Visit

Thursday 3 May; Pagan Federation London Beltane Open Ritual with The Catuvellauni Druid Grove. A celebration of fertility to honour the Green Man and the May Queen. Venue: Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, Holborn, London. Turn up by 7.30pm for pre-ritual social. The ritual starts at 8pm. Entrance: PF members/conc £5. All others £6. Please bring seasonal/home-made food and drinks to share at the feast after the ritual. For more information, visit the PFL website at

May 5, 6, and 7; Brentwood Mind Body Soul Experience. Three-day event with 150 exhibitors as well as experience sessions in things such as yoga and belly dancing. The Brentwood Centre, Brentwood, Essex. Tickets cost £6 per day or £14 for all three days. For more details, visit:

Saturday 5 May; Foraging for Herbs: A Guided Teaching Walk for Aspiring Hedge Witches with Natasha Richardson. Price: £8 in advance. Time: 12.45pm for 1pm departure. Meet at Regents Park tube station. Tickets can be bought at Treadwells, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7BS. Reserve a place by emailing

Sunday 13 May; Pagan Belly Dance Workshop to celebrate Beltane. Explore the ritual aspect of this ancient dance and work with elemental energies to create a group dance for the season. Workshops facilitated by experienced dancer, teacher and co-founder of Norse Belly Dance, Polly Hallam and Clare Wood (South East London Folklore Society and former local PF co-coordinator). All levels of ability / experience. Time: 1.15pm-3.15pm Venue: Bellenden Therapy Rooms, 147a Bellenden Road, Peckham, London SE15 4DH. Peckham Rye rail or bus 12, 37, 63, P13. Suggested donation £6 - £9. Bring soft shoes or sticky socks, wear loose comfortable clothing, bring a small natural object for the seasonal altar. Advance booking advised: contact Polly: or Clare: to reserve your place.

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