Friday 26 April 2013

Pagan Events Over May Day and Beltane Week

Now to 18 May; Modern Witchcraft Exhibition, curated by Juan Bolivar with Objects of Superstition and Antiquity from the Cuming Museum and Southwark Art Collection. Venue: ASC Gallery, Erlang House, 128 Blackfriars Road, London, SE1 8EQ. Free event. Open: Monday to Saturday 1.30pm - 5pm. Tel: 020 7274 7474. Website:

Sat 27 Apr; Signs, Symbols, Secrets: An Illustrated Guide to Alchemy. Last day of a free exhibition of images and writings about the quest for the philosophers’ stone. Venue: Science Museum, Exhibition Road, South Kensington, London SW7 2DD. For more details visit:

Saturday 27 April; Beltane: Symbolism, Folklore, Custom, Magic. One-day workshop including a full ritual at the end of the day with Suzanne Corbie at Treadwells, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7BS. Tickets £45 (£25 deposit, balance due on the day). Time: 11am to 5.30pm. Booking essential and limited places. Tel: 020 7240 8906 or email:

Saturday 27 April; Outdoor Beltane Celebration with May Pole Dance and Picnic at Trent Park, North London. Time: from 1pm onwards. No experience needed, free event, just turn up and join in. Nearest tube: Cockfosters on the Piccadily line. Map reference:

Saturday 27 April; Caer Cohrhain Beltain Celebration including dancing the Maypole, a hunt for the Green Man and sacred ceremony. Venue: Caer Corhain Shamamic Development Centre of the Isle of Sheppey, North Kent. For more details visit

Saturday 27 April; Druidic Beltain ceremony at Stanton Drew Stone Circle, Somerset. Starting at 11am. For further details email Nina Milton:

Saturday 27 April; The Goose and the Crow, walking workshop with John Constable. Ends at Crossbones Graveyard in Southwark with a ritual to honour the dead. Book tickets at Treadwells, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7BS. Price: £20 advance booking essential. Time: 1.45pm for a 2pm start.

Sunday 28 April; Treadwells Social Sunday: A chance to socialise with a cup of tea and cake and at 2pm and 4pm there Eli Jay will give a short demonstration of a basic pagan skill. Venue: Treadwells, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7BS. Shop open from noon. Free social event, but contact the shop in advance to reserve a place and refreshments.

Sunday, 28 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 29 April; Loveability: Knowing How to Love and Be LovedTalk by author Robert Holden at Alternatives, St. James's Church, 197 Piccadilly, London, W1J 9LL. Time: 7pm to 8.30pm. Tickets £10/£5 concs. Advance booking essential. To book tickets and for more info visit the Alternatives website:

Monday 29 April; Leonardo the Heretic. Talk by Lynn Picknett and Clive Prince about Leonardo da Vinci and mysteries associated with him. Venue: The Moot With No Name. Venue: The Bell, 50 Middlesex Street, London E1 7EX. Time: 7.30pm for 8pm start.

Tuesday 30 April; Chertsey Moot. A social moot held on the last Tuesday of the month at the Golden Grove pub, Ruxbury Road, St Annes Hill, Chertsey, Surrey, KT16 9EN. All welcome. From 8pm to 11pm. For more details, email:

Tuesday 30 April; The Crystal Palace Moot. A social moot held on the last Tuesday of the month at the basement bar, Lucius Italian Bar/Kitchen, 128 Gipsy Hill, Upper Norwood, London SE19 1PL. Time: from 6.30pm. Free event. For more details, email

Wednesday 1 May; Beltane on the Beach with Coven of the Bright Isle, Broadstairs, Kent. The Coven of the Bright Isle, a normally closed Wiccan group based in Thanet, is holding an open Beltane Ritual to which all pagans are welcome. The ritual is timed to coincide with May Morning sunrise. Meet at Broadstairs pier car park. The ritual will start on Viking Bay beach by the pier at 5.30am as the sun rises. There is plenty of parking by the pier, which is at the bottom of Harbour Street.

Wednesday 1 May; Flowering Wheel of the Year Festival at Chalice Well World Peace Garden, in Glastonbury. Gathering at the Well Head at 12pm for celebration and meditation until 12.30pm, then gather around the fire on the lower lawn for quiet conversation. Free admission from 10am until noon, then normal price admission. For more details about Chalice Well, visit the website

Wednesday 1 May; Fowlers Troop and the Deptford Jack in the Green will be touring the streets and pubs of Deptford and Greenwich. Schedule: Midday depart from Dog and Bell, 116 Prince St,  London, SE8 3JD; 12.45 Rose and Crown, 1 Crooms Hill, Greenwich, London SE10 8ER; 13.45 Star and Garter, 60 Old Woolwich Rd, SE10 9NY; 14.25 Plume of Feathers, 19 Park Vista, SE10 9LZ; 15.25 Richard I (the Tolley), 52/54, Royal Hill, SE10 8RT; 16.10 Ashburnham Arms, 25 Ashburnham Grove, SE10 8UH. For more details visit the website: also see previous post:

Wednesday 1 May; May Day in Ballad and Song. Performance by Lisa Knapp at Treadwells, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7BS. Price: £10. Time: 7pm for a 7.30pm start.

Wednesday 1 May; Cobwebs and Cauldrons Moot and Beltane Ritual. Venue: The Sun pub, 47 London Road, Romford, RM7 9QA. Start: 8pm. Entry £3.

Thursday 2 May; Druid Order Open Introductory Evening. A chance to learn more about at The Druid Order (A.D.U.B.) at an evening with talks and a meditation. Venue: Treadwells, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7BS. Time: 7.15pm for 7.30pm start. Price: £7. For more details, call Druid Order on 020 8659 4879.

Thursday 2 May; Pagan Threads - a monthly coffee shop moot for newcomers, seekers, solitaries and young people at a Central London venue. Time: 6pm – 8pm. This meets on the first Thursday of each month. Entry £1. For more information email

Thursday 2 May; The Pagan Munch - a friendly social event for pagans interested in exploring their kinks and fetishes including BDSM. Venue: The Old Nick, 20-22 Sandland Street, London WC1R 4PZ. Time: 6pm-11pm.

Thursday 2 May; PFL Ostara Open Beltane Ritual by Goddess Enchantments. Venue: Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, Holborn London. Time: 7.30pm for 8pm start. Ritual ends around 9pm followed by feasting until 10pm. Entrance: £6/£5 PF members. Please bring seasonal food and drinks to share at feast after ritual. For more details, visit

Saturday 4/Sunday 5 May; Hern's Tribe Beltane Camp in Epping Forest, London. Exact details still to be confirmed. For further information visit:

Saturday 4 May; Druidic ceremony to celebrate Beltaine at Avebury stone circle in Wiltshire. Meet at the Red Lion pub from Noon for ceremony around 1.30pm. The ritual should end at 3pm, then back to the pub. Offerings of bread, mead and song or poetry welcome. Overnight camping is allowed in the overflow car park.

Saturday 4 May; Beltaine Sabbat Rite organised by the London Wicca Meetup Group. A traditional Wiccan rite to celebrate Beltane at a location in Wimbledon. The group meets in a pub at 3pm for a meeting before the short rite. It will finish by 5pm. For more details visit

Saturday 4 May; Hendon Heathens Moot. The Greyhound, Church End, Hendon, London NW4 4JT. 6pm until 9pm (then over the road at a blues and rock club until the early hours). This moot meets on the first Saturday each month.

Sunday 5 May; Druidic MayDay (Beltane) Celebration on Primrose Hill with the Loose Association of Druids. Gather in the Hawthorne Grove at Primrose Hill, London, NW1 8YH, between 12.30pm and 12.45pm to prepare the site ready for a prompt 1pm start. Nearest tube: Chalk Farm. Bring a small contribution of food and drink to share. All are welcome.

Sunday 5 May; Meeting to discuss the future of the London Forum Meetup Group. Venue: The George Pub, 213 Strand, London WC2 1AP. Free event intended as an EGM.

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