Wednesday 30 April 2014

Pagan Events over Beltane and May Day Bank Holiday

Here are some of the pagan events and open rituals taking place over Beltane, the May Day Bank Holiday weekend and the week ahead, mostly in London but a few in other parts of southern England:

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; Beltain celebrations in Avebury 2014. Venue: Avebury Stone Crcle, Wiltshire. Time: 4.30am (before dawn). Meet outside the chapel (the old Tourist Information Centre)at 4.30am for a sunrise procession of the Maypole to the sun circle for the Maypole dancing, followed by well dressing at the Red Lion pub. Free event, all welcome, bring greenery and flowers.

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

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:

Saturday 3 May; City of the Dead - midnight storytelling adventure in London with London Dreamtime in the area of St Paul's Cathedral, London EC4M 8AD London. Time: 11pm. Cost £3 per person, booking essential email

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.

Sunday 4 May; 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 5 May; The British Magical Renaissance 1888-1910. Lecture by Peter Jennings. Venue: Treadwells, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7BS. Time: 7.15pm for 7.30pm start. Tickets £7, advance booking recommended. For further details:

Tuesday 6 May; The Way of the Sacred Woman. Lecture with Christine Page. Venue: The College of Psychic Studies, 16 Queensberry Place, London SW7 2EB. Time: 7pm-8.30pm. Cost: £10/£12 Advance booking advised. For details call: 020 7589 3292 or visit

Tuesday 6 May; Cobwebs and Cauldrons Moot with a talk about Beltane by Drew Miles. Venue: White Horse, 118 High Rd, Chadwell Heath, London RM6 6NU. Doors open 7.30pm, talk starts 8pm. Cost: £4 donation.

Wednesday 7 May; The Salon of the Third Eye - Here Be Dragons. Venue: The Lost Theatre, 208 Wandsworth Road, London Sw8 2JU. Time: 7.315pm. Details:

Wednesday 7 May; Divine I Am Transmissions: Alignment and Expansion with Vaz arranged through the London College of Spirituality. Venue: Conference Room, Canterbury Hall, 11 – 18 Cartwright Gardens, London WC1H. Start: 7pm. Cost: £15. For more details and to book places visit

Thursday 8 May; Museum In The Pub. Talk 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. Meetings are the second Thursday of each month. To guarantee a seat, email

Thursday 8 May; Tantric Lovers. Talk and book signing with Hanna at Watkins Books, 19-21 Cecil Court, London WC2N 4EZ. Time: 6.30pm-7.30pm. Free event. For more details Tel 020 7836 2182 or visit the website

Thursday 8 May; Aecerbot and Anglo-Saxon Rites. Lecture by Peter Jennings. Venue: Treadwells, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7BS. Time: 7.15pm for 7.30pm start. Tickets £7, advance booking recommended. For further details:

9 May - 11 May; Tribal Weekend With Neil Burridge and Will Lord at Caer Corhain Shamamic Development Centre of the Isle of Sheppey, North Kent. Cost: £100. For more details and information on how to book, visit

Saturday 10 May; May in a Day. Children's traditional May activities including a May Pole Dance at Cecil Sharp House, 2 Regent's Park Rd, London NW1 7AY. Time: 2pm. Tickets: £6.

Saturday 10 May; Make Your Own Witch Hat. Day Workshop with Val Thomas. Venue: Treadwells, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7BS. Time: 710.45am-5.30pm. Tickets £55, advance booking and deposit essential. For further details:

Sunday 11 May; Herbs for May Time. Day course with Natasha Richardson. Venue: Treadwells, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7BS. Time: 710.45am-5.30pm. Tickets £45, advance booking and deposit essential. For further details:

Sunday 11 May;  HP Blavatsky - Priestess of Isis. Talk by Colyn Boyce. Venue: The Theosophical Society, 50 Gloucester Place, London W1U 8EA. Time: 6pm. Fee £7, TS members: £5. Website:

Sunday 11 May; Woodland Wicca Circle - an introductory-level Wiccan ritual with some basic instructions in Wicca, witchcraft and ritual magic, suitable for newcomers and beginners to the Craft. These rituals are part of a monthly training programme facilitated by Gardnerian HP Mani Navasothy of Pagan Frontiers and take place outdoors at London locations including Richmond Park, Trent Park, Queen’s Woods, woods in Croydon, Hyde Park and riverside locations by Thames. The events are free but small donations to running costs are appreciated. For more details and to reserve a place, visit:

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