Friday 3 May 2013

Pagan Events Over May Day Bank Holiday Week

Friday 3 May - Monday 6 May; Hastings Jack-in-the-Green Festival. Tradtional annual event to celebrate May with music, a procession, Morris Dancing, a May Queen and Jack-in-the-Green. For full details visit the festival website:

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 May Day (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.

Sunday 5 May; Beltane at Butser Ancient Farm, Chalton Lane, Chalton, Hants. The event starts at 4.30pm with music and festivities, ending with the burning of a Wicker Man at sunset. Pre-booked tickets: £13 adults/£7 children; at the door: £15 adults/£10 children. For more details, call 02392 598838 or visit

Sunday 5 May; Celebration of the Beltane. Wheel of the Year ritual drawing from Celtic earth/pagan traditions at Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel, 3 Pilgrim's Place, London NW3 1NG. Time: 7pm. Tel: 020 7433 3267.

Monday 6 May; Treadwell's Open Circle. Wiccan-style ceremony for those with some experience led by Lisa Grace and Ellie Hughes. Venue: Treadwells, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7BS. Time: 7.15pm for 7.30pm start. Tickets £7, advance booking recommended. For further details:

Wednesday 8 May; Ickenham Moot. Venue: Coach and; Horses, High Road, Ickenham, UB10 8LJ. Nearest tube stations Ickenham; W. Ruislip. Time: 7.30pm start. Monthly moot on the second Wednesday. All welcome. For further details email Gina:

Wednesday 8 May; Tantra: The Sacred and The Wild organised by Roxana Hewett. Venue: Conference Room, Canterbury Hall, 11 – 18 Cartwright Gardens, London WC1H 9EE. Time: 7pm to 9pm. Entry by donation, suggested amount £10. To reserve a seat and for more information visit the London Spiritual Movement Meetup website:

Thursday 9 May; The Occult - western occult beliefs founded in astrology and alchemy and the ‘occult revival’ of the 19th century that fostered esoteric societies such as the Theosophists and the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. Talk by Ross MacFarlane, Research Officer, Wellcome Library. Venue: Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road, London NW1 2BE. Time: 3pm-4pm. Tickets are free from the Information Desk from 1.30 on the day. For more details, visit

Thursday 9 May; Carl Jung: Wounded Healer of the Soul.Talk and book signing by Claire Dunne at Watkins Books, 19-21 Cecil Court, London WC2N 4EZ. Time: 6.30pm. Free event. For more details Tel 020 7836 2182 or visit the website

Thursday 9 May; London's Lost Worlds Of Sound. Rarely-heard and never-heard archival recordings of vanished customs and daily life from the 1920s to the 1950s at South East London Folklore Society (SELFS). Venue: The Old King's Head, Kings Head Yard, 45-49 Borough High St, London SE1 1NA. Entry: £2.50 / £1.50 concessions. No need to book in advance. Meetings are the second Thursday of each month.

Friday 10 May; One-Day Drum Making Workshop with Lynn Gosney and Jonathan Weekes. Venue: Caer Corhain Shamamic Development Centre of the Isle of Sheppey, North Kent. Start time 9.30am. Cost £180 (includes materials for making the drum). For more details visit

Friday 10 May; Walking Taurus The Kingston Zodiac with Rosemary and the Limelight Essences. Meet at the car park by the Diana Fountain in Bushey Park, Hampton, at 11am. Wear appropriate footwear. This is not a suitable walk for bringing dogs. The suggested donation is £10. Please reserve your place on the walk in advance by emailing

Friday 10 - Sunday 12 May; The Magical Faerie Festival 2013. A weekend of live music by Inkubus Sukkubis, Pythia and more, workshops, a large faery market, camping and more. Special guest is Kit Berry, author of the Stonewylde fantasy series. Location: Findon, near Worthing, West Sussex. Adult weekend tickets are £50 before 1 March, £60 if bought afterwards and day tickets are £25. For more details visit This event is organised by The Magical Times Magazine -

Saturday 11 May; Loving Ourselves - Loving Another, One-day workshop with Priestess and Interfaith Minister Rebecca D’arcy. Venue: Atlantis Bookshop, 49A Museum Street, City of London, London, WC1A 1LY. Time: 11am – 5.30pm. Cost: £45. For details and to book a place email

Saturday 11 May; ThetaHealing Talk with Andy Cruickshan. Venue: Mysteries of Covent Garden, 11 Monmouth Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2H 9DA. Time: 4pm - 6pm. Free event, but advance booking essential. Call 020 7240 3688 to register.

Sunday 12 May; Treadwells Social Sunday: A chance to socialise with a cup of tea and cake and at 2pm and 4pm there will be a reading from a pagan classic book. 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.

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