Thursday 24 April 2014

Beltane Pagan Events in London and Southern England

Here are some of the pagan events over the next week, including rituals to celebrate Beltane or May Day. Most of them are in London but I've listed a few big events in other parts of southern England.

Friday, 25 April; Rilko AGM plus lecture by Malcolm Stewart: Geometry and Illumination. Venue: Research into Lost Knowledge Organisation (Rilko), Theosophical Society, 50 Gloucester Place, W1U 8EA. Doors open 6.45pm. Admission £8 non-members, £6 members.

Saturday 26 April; Beltane: Lore And Magic. Day Workshop with Wiccan priestess Suzanne Corbie, creator of the Goddess Workshop meditations.Venue: Treadwells, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7BS. Price: £45 (£25 deposit, balance on the day - advance booking required). Time: 10.45am arrival for 11am start, ends 5.30pm. Call 0207 419 8507 or book online. For further details:

Saturday 26 April; An Introduction to Soul Midwifery with Storm Bower and Lyn Baylis. Venue: The Atlantis Bookshop, 49a Museum Street, London WC1A 1LY. Time: 11am — 5pm. Cost: £45. To book a place call 020 7405 2120 or email

Sunday 27 April; Intro to Witchcraft and Wicca run by Shamanic Spirit at a venue in Croydon, South London. Time: 2pm-7pm. Cost £40. For details and to book places call Megan on 07952 041444. For more information, visit

Sunday 27 April; Dawn of the Oak (MOVED TO AVOID CLASHING WITH BELOSTRA FESTIVAL). Pagan moot on the third Sunday of each month. Venue: Upstairs at The Castle, 34-35 Cowcross Road, Farringdon, London EC1M 6DB (near Farringdon tube). Time: 3pm-6pm.

Sunday 27 April; Beltane Sabbat Rite with the London Wicca Meetup Group. Meeting at a pub in the Wimbledon area for training and to celebrate Beltane. Time: from noon. For full details, visit:

Sunday, April 27, Embody an Egyptian God Goddess for enhanced living. Meditation organised by Modern Mystery School Europe meetup group. Venue: Anestasia Place, 12 Pied Bull Court, Galen Place, London WC1A 2JR. Starts 6pm. Cost: £20. Full details and booking:

Monday 28 April; Psychedelic Plants, Psychic People. Lecture by Dr David Luke. Venue: Treadwells, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7BS. Time: 7.15pm for 7.30pm start. Tickets £7, advance booking recommended. For further details:

Monday 28 April; Psychic Circle run by Shamanic Spirit at a venue in Croydon, South London. The circle is held on Mondays fortnightly starting at 7.30pm. Cost £5. For more details and to book places call 07952 041477. For more information, visit

Tuesday 29 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:

Wednesday 30 April; The Cauldron of Cerridwen (Chertsey) open ritual for Beltane on St Annes Hill in Chertsey. Meet at the Golden Grove Pub, Roxbury Road, St Annes Hill at 8.30pm, to move to the ritual site in convoy. Please bring a torch, and suitable footwear for walking over rough ground. For more details call Debbie on 07799600880

Wednesday 30 April; The Circle of Ankerwycke Open Beltane Ritual. You are invited to join the Circle of Ankerwycke beneath the ancient Ankerwycke Yew for a magical Beltane Celebration not to be missed. Raise energy to welcome in the Summer and experience the magic of this beautiful and sacred place. Meet at 7.30pm, in Magna Carta Lane, Wraysbury, TW19 5AF. For further details contact Gina on 07735528320 or

Thursday 1 May; Fowlers Troop and the Deptford Jack in the Green will be in Deptford and Greenwich to celebrate May Day. The procession starts at the Dog and Bell, 116 Prince Street, London, SE8 3JD at 11.30am and finishes at the Ashburnham Arms, 25 Ashburnham Grove, London SE10 8RT at 5pm Free event, join in when and where you like. For full details, visit:

Thursday 1 May; Wheel of the Year Festival - Flowering Meditation - at Chalice Well World Peace Garden, in Glastonbury. The gardens will be open from 5.30am in preparation for May Day celebrations, with free admission between 5.30am and noon. Gather at the Well Head at 12pm for celebration and meditation until 12.30pm, followed by a chance to chat on the lawn. For more details about Chalice Well, visit the website

Thursday 1 May; PFL Beltaine Open Ritual facilitated by Christina Harrington and Treadwell's Friends. 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

Thursday 1 May - Monday 5 May; Hastings Jack-in-the-Green Festival. Starting with dancing in the dawn on 1 May and with a full festival programme from Thursday 2 May to Bank Holiday Monday, this is a traditional 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:

Friday 2 May; Sorcery, Magic and the Viking Mind. Lecture by Professor Neil Price of the University of Aberdeen. Venue: BP Lecture Theatre, British Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG. Time: 1.30pm-2.30pm. Free event but prior booking essential. For more details and online booking visit:

Friday 2 May; Why does Magic Work? Insights into the Illusions of the Mind. Talk by Gustav Kuhn at Greenwich Skeptics in the Pub, The Star and Garter, 60 Old Woolwich Road, Greenwich, London SE10 9NY. 7.30pm.

Saturday 3 May; Wicca Introduced. A one-day introductory Wicca course run by Children of Artemis. Venue: Treadwells, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7BS. Time: 11am until 5.30pm, with an informal question and answer session at a local pub from 6pm. CoA Members £22, Non Members £27. Register at (Pictured is The Real Witches' Handbook: A Complete Introduction to the Craftby Kate West, who has given talks at CoA events in the past)

Saturday 3 May; Free and Open Gorsedd of Caer Abiri Beltain Celebraton. 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 3 May; The Cauldron of Cerridwen (Upavon) open ritual at Avebury Stone Circle, Wiltshire, to celebrate Beltane. The event starts at noon, out in the stones opposite the Red Lion Pub, and welcome people of all paths. Come and join us, as we look forward to welcoming old friends and new. For more details call Sue on 07746365980

Saturday 3 May; Hendon Heathens Moot - free meeting open to all paths on the first Saturday of every month. Venue: The Greyhound, Church End, Hendon, London NW4 4JT. Time: 6pm-9pm at the pub, then over the road to Jammy Dodgers Variety Club for live blues and rock jam, dancing and more pints until 2am.

Saturday 3 May; Forest based ritual to celebrate Beltane with the London Wicca Meetup Group in a forest location in East Meon, Hampshire. Time: 7pm. Small-scale camping event for members of the meetup group. For details, visit:

Sunday 4 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.

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