Friday 24 April 2015

Beltane Pagan Events in London and Elsewhere

Here are events taking place over Beltane (May Day) and the early May Bank Holiday weekend in London and a few in other parts of the southern England that could be of interest to pagans.

Now - 31 May; Surreal England - Leonora Carrington, Pailthorpe and Mednikoff, Robin Ironside and Austin Osman Spare. Exhibition at The Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities, Fine Art and Natural History, 11 Mare St, London, E8 4RP. Museum open Wednesday - Sunday 11am - 10pm. Tickets £3. More details:

Now to Sunday 19 July. Numinous - photographic exhibition by Sara Hannant inspired by the tradition of offering votive rags at Cornwall’s Holy Wells. Venue:Forty Hill, Enfield EN2 9HA. Free to enter, opening times: Tuesday–Friday 11am–5pm, Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays noon–5pm. For more details, call 020 8363 8196 or visit:

Friday 24 April; The Evidence for Prehistoric Surveying. Annual Robert Cowley Memorial Lecture by Robin Heath at Rilko (Research Into Lost Knowledge). Venue: 50 Gloucester Place, London W1U 8EA. Doors open 6.45pm, lectures starts 7.15pm. Entrance: £8/£6.

Saturday 25 April; Mysteries of Beltaine. One-day workshop including a full ritual at the end of the day with Suzanne Corbie, creator of the Goddess Workshop meditations. Venue Treadwell's, 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 25 April; Caer Cohrhain Beltaine Celebrations at Caer Corhain Shamamic Development Centre of the Isle of Sheppey, 1 Southleas farm cottages, Lower Road, Minster, Sheppey ME12 3SW. Day of celebrations people of all ages with maypole dancing, a sweatlodge and other celebrations. For more details and information on how to book, call 07885682295 or 01795 874542, email or visit;

Saturday 25 April; The Peter Ackroyd Charity Pub Crawl- a guided walk lead by Robert Kingham Clerkenwell to St Giles. Tickets are £20 per person, 100% of which goes to Cystic Fibrosis Trust. Time: 2pm to 9pm. . For more details and to book tickets, visit,

Saturday 25 April; Magical Astrology workshop - The Ascendant and Your Chart Ruler with Cat Cox. Venue The Atlantis Bookshop, Museum Street WC1. Time: 11am-5pm. Cost: £55. Contact Cat on 020 7377 0563 or the Atlantis Bookshop on 020 7405 2120 to reserve a place.

Sunday, 26 April; 45-minute Viking Workout with Eugene Weldon Natural of THA Arts on Clapham Commom. on Clapham Common, London, SW4. Time: 1pm. Details:

Sunday, 26 April; Learn to Meditate. Venue: Kadampa Meditation Centre London, 1a Ashridge Way, London SM4 4EF. Time: 10am to 1pm. Tickets: £15.

Monday 27 April; Tales of the Marvellous and News of the Strange. Ancient Arabian storytelling by Robert Irwin at the The Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities, Fine Art and Natural History, 11 Mare St, London, E8 4RP. Time: 6.30pm - 10pm. Tickets £10/£5 concessions. More details and to book tickets:

Monday 27 April; Your Life's Calling.Talk and book signing by Nancy Canning at Watkins Books, 19-21 Cecil Court, London WC2N 4EZ. Time: 6pm. Free event. For more details Tel 020 7836 2182 or visit the website

Monday 27 April; Pathlands. Talk by TV vicar Peter Owen Jones. Venue: Alternatives. Venue: St James's Church Piccadilly, 197 Piccadilly, London, W1J 9LL. Time: 7pm - 8.30pm. Tickets £12/£8 online. For more details and to book tickets:

Monday 27 April; Qi Gong: Power-Start Your Week. Weekly class with Lidija at the London College of Spirituality. Venue: Latvian House, 72 Queensborough Terrace, London, W2 3SH. Time: 7pm. Cost: £10. Details:

Monday 27 April; Tarot Meditation: The Hermit, with Marysia Kolodziej. Venue: Treadwell's, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7BS. Time: 7.15pm for 7.30pm start. Tickets £10. Advance booking required. Call 0207 419 8507. For further details:

Tuesday 28 April; Meditation and Yoga. Free weekly meetings hosted by Ruth, Katka and Galya. Venue: Phoenix Community Centre, 66 Westow Street, Crystal Palace, SE19 3AF. This takes place on Tuesday mornings from 11am - 12pm. Free event, just turn up.

Tuesday 28 April; Sound Meditation. Venue: Goose Green Clinic, 57 East Dulwich Road, London SE22 9AP. Time: 10.45am. Cost: £10. More information and booking:

Tuesday 28 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 29 April; Songs for Beltane with Hannah Sanders. Venue: Treadwell's, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7BS. Time: 7.30pm - 9pm. Tickets £10. Advance booking required. Call 0207 419 8507. For further details:

Thursday 30 April; London: Legend Magic and Myth. Storytelling for adults at Richmond Library, London TW9 1QL. Time: 7pm. Price: Free, but booking essential. Visit

Thursday 30 April; Beltane Eve Celebration with Eathstars Open Group. Led by Chris Street. Venue: Rudolf Steiner House, 35 Park Road, London NW1 6XT. Time: Doors open 7pm, event starts at 7.30pm. Donations on the door.

Thursday 30 April; Following and Living Our Passion. Talk by Sahera Chohanat the London College of Spirituality. Venue: Latvian House, 72 Queensborough Terrace, London, W2 3SH. Time: 7pm. Cost: £5. Details:

Thursday 30 April; PF-London Beltane Open Ritual. 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 30 April; The Man Who Saw the Future: A Biography of William Lilly.Talk and book signing by Catherine Blackledge 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 30 April; Fortean London: The Derbyshire Mummified Fairy. Venue: Dirty Dicks, 202 Bishopsgate, London EC2M 4NR. Time: 7.45pm - 10pm. Tickets: £3/£2:

Thursday 1 May; Fowlers Troop and the Deptford Jack in the Green will be in Deptford and Greenwich to celebrate May Day. Annual free event, Starts at the Dog and Bell pub, SE8 at 11.30am, processing to Greenwich and visiting several pubs along the way, ending at the Ashburnham Arms at 4.30pm. Join in when and where you like. For full details, visit:

Friday, 1 May; May Day Shopping Event - a bit of a party with strawberries and champagne at Treadwell's Bookshop, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury London, WC1E 7BS United Kingdom. Time: 11am-7pm. Call 0207 419 8507. For further details:

Friday, 1 May; Wheel of the Year Festival - Flowering Meditation at Chalice Well World Peace Garden, in Glastonbury. Gather at the Well Head at noon for celebration and meditation until 12.30pm, followed by a chance to chat on the lower lawn. Free admission to the gardens from 10am to noon.

Friday 1-4 May; Hastings Jack-in-the-Green Festival. Starting with dancing in the dawn on 1 May and with a full festival programme, this is a traditional annual event to celebrate May with music, a procession, Morris Dancing, a May Queen and Jack-in-the-Green in Hastings, Sussex. For full details visit the festival website:

Friday 1-4 May; Beltane Fire Festival - Workshops for all ages, Dzogchen, Shamanism, Meditation, Yoga, Tantra, Singing, Dance, Talks, ceremony, Storytelling and much more. Venue: Broomlands, Cowden, near Hartfield, TN87EA, Early Bird tickets are £65 for adults, children (5-15) - £20,!beltaine/cm6w

Friday 1-4 May; Mind Body Spirit London Wellbeing Festival at London Olympia. One-day tickets booked online cost £9/£11. For more details and to book tickets, visit:

Saturday 2 May-4 May; Rochesters' Enchanted Fairy Market. Venue: Corn Exchange, Rochester, Medway, Kent. Time: 9am to 5pm each day. Free entry.

Saturday 2 May; May on the Docks: Magical rivers of London - family event exploring the historic myths and mysteries of the river with crafts, storytelling and family shows. Location: Museum of London Docklands, West India Quay, Canary Wharf, London E14 4AL. Time: 11am-4pm.

Saturday 2 May; Beltane in the Park - Social, Maypole Dancing, Ceremony and Picnic with the London Woodland Witches Wiccans EcoMagicians Outdoor Pagans. Location: Coombe Woods, Croydon. Meet Coombe Lane tram stop at 2pm for a walk into the woods. There will be a ritual at about 4pm. Event will last into the evening. Bring your own picnic and wear suitable clothes and shoes. To find out more and to reserve a place, visit:

Saturday 2 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 2 May; Hendon Heathens Moot, Venue: Greyhound Pub, Church End, Hendon, London, NW4 4JT. Time: 6pm. Hendon Heathens meets at this pub the first Saturday of every month.

Sunday 3 May; Scrying workshop with Cobwebs at Cauldrons at Unit 137, Romford Shopping Hall, 43 Market Place, Romford RM1 3AB. Cost £20, deposit £5. Contact Cobwebs and Caudrons for more details: Email:

Sunday 3 May; Sacred Walks and The Kingston ZodiacAdventure - walking Taurus in The Kingston Zodiac in Sunbury. Walks normally start at noon. Meeting place to be confirmed. Cost £10/£5, advance booking required:

Sunday 3 May; Anderida Gorsedd Beltaine 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.

Sunday 3 May; Druidic 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 3 May; Discussion and practical outdoor session - Wicca, Witchcraft, Spells and Rituals - with Global Wicca Earth Healing Temple London. Venue: Kensington Gardens,London. Meeting Point: 3.30pm/4pm at Physical Energy Statue (man on horseback) near Queens Temple at Kensington Gardens at 3pm. To reserve a place and for more information, visit

Monday 4 May; Trip to Hastings Jack O' Green Festival via train from East Croydon station organised by the London Woodland Witches Wiccans EcoMagicians Outdoor Pagans. Meet at East Croydon Station by 9am and travel together by train to Hastings. You will have to buy your own train ticket. For more details, visit:

If you know of an event that you want listed, please email the details to me at I try to make sure that all my listings are accurate, but I do not run any of these events - please email me if you spot any errors in my listings.

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