There are loads of wonderful events taking place all over the UK to celebrate May Day, or Beltane, in traditional and pagan ways. Here are some of the things going on over the next week or so - mostly in London, because that's where I am based, but some in other parts of the UK including the famous Edinburgh Beltane Fire Festival, Rochester Sweeps and the Hastings Jack-in-the-Green Festival.
Now - 30 April; Exhibition of Dr. Cagliostro's Cabinet of Curiosities. Venue: The Atlantis Bookshop, 49a Museum Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1A 1LY. Exhibition is free to view during shop opening times, Monday to Saturday from 10.30am-6pm. Telephone: 020 7405 2120. Website: http://www.theatlantisbookshop.com/
Wednesday 26 April; Let's Meditate - group meditation. Venue: Buddha on a Bicycle, Covent Garden, London. Starts 6pm. Donations of £3 recommended. Details: http://www.meetup.com/meditation-trust-london/
Wednesday 26 April; The Secret Garden Sharing Circle - women only. Location in Little Venice. Cost £15. Time: 7.15pm. You must be a member of the Goddess Space meetup group and reserve a place in advance. https://www.meetup.com/The-Goddess-Space/
Wednesday 26 April; Hertford Pagan Moot..Venue: White Horse Pub, 33 Castle Street, Hertford, Herts SG14 1HH (45 mins from central London). The pub does not have disabled access. This moot meets on the last Wednesday of each month at 8pm. contact via Facebook page Hertford Pagan Moot.
Thursday 27 April; Meetup with Jo Dunbar, author of Spirit of the Hedgerow, to talk about Medical and Spiritual Properties of Common Hedgerow Plants. Venue: 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 http://www.watkinsbooks.com/
Thursday 27 April; Evolution, Involution and Revolution. Talk hosted by Gnosis London. Venue: Rudolf Steiner House, 35 Park Road, London NW1. Time: 7pm. Details: http://www.gnosis.org.uk/
Thursday 27 April; PF-London Beltane Open Ritual with Woodland Witches. 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 http://london.paganfed.org/ or https://www.facebook.com/events/1895274874044084/
Thursday 27 April; Living with Ghosts - talk by geographer Dr Caron Lipman at London Fortean Society. Venue: The Bell, 50 Middlesex Street, London, E1 7EX. Tickets £4/£2 plus online booking fee. Time: 7.45pm. Details: https://www.facebook.com/LondonForteanSociety/
Friday 28 April - 1 May; Hastings Jack-in-the-Green Festival - traditional annual event to celebrate May with music, a procession, Morris Dancing, a May Queen and Jack-in-the-Green. Full four-day festival programme culminating on Bank Holiday Monday with the Jack in the Green parade itself. For full details visit the festival website: http://www.hastingsjitg.co.uk/
Friday 28 April - 1 May; Beltane Fire Festival hosted by Intothewild. Venue: Coombe Wood, Broomlands, Cowden, TN8 7EA. Details and tickets: https://www.intothewildgathering.com/beltane-fire-festival-2017
Friday 28 April; Rilko AGM followed by lecture: The Lost Technology of Ancient Egypt. Venue: Rilko (Research Into Lost Knowledge). Public lecture. Venue: Rudolf Steiner House, 35, Park Road, London, NW1 6XT. AGM: 6.45pm (members only), lecture starts 7.30pm (non members and members welcome). Entrance: £8/£10. http://www.rilko.net/EZ/rilko/rilko/home.php
Friday 28 April; Earthstars Group Meeting. The Celtic Tree Calendar and its Significance for Today.
Talk by Jackie Queally. Venue: Rudolf Steiner House, 35 Park Rd, London NW1 6XT. Time: doors open 7pm, talk at 7.30pm. Entry £12. https://www.facebook.com/Earthstars-Sacred-Space-104790729559515/
Friday 28 April; Alexandrian Witchcraft Beltane Soirée. Venue in London. Time: 8pm. Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/235267073607880/
April 29 – May 1; Rochester Sweeps Festival. Community event with entertainment. Starts 10am. Venue: Rochester High Street, Rochester, Medway, ME1 1PY. https://www.facebook.com/events/1702021780111618/
Saturday, 29 April; SPR Study Day - New Approaches to Ghost Hunting. Day of Lectures. Venue: Society for Psychical Research, 1 Vernon Mews, London W14 0RL. Time: 9.30am-5.15pm. Members £38/£34, nonmembers £42. https://www.spr.ac.uk/
Saturday, 29 April; Forming a Deeper Connection with Trees. Workshop hosted by Earthstars Sacred Space. Venue: Rudolf Steiner House, 35 Park Road, London NW1 6XT. Time: 10am - 4.30pm. £65, includes copy of a book. Details and tickets: formingadeeperconnectionwithtrees.eventbrite.co.uk
Saturday, 29 April; Sacred Godddesss, Sacred Sexuality Workshop (women only). Venue: Wicca Moon, 50 Well Hall Rd, London, SE9 6SH. Tickets: £39.99. Time: 11am-5pm. For details or to book a place email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 8850 7803.
Saturday, 29 April; A Woman's Century; the Art, Life and Wisdom of Florence Farr. Day of talks and performances marking the 100th year since her death. Venue: Theosophical Society, 50 Gloucester Place, London, United Kingdom. Tickets £22. Time 11.30am-5.30pm. Details and tickets: https://awomanscentury.yapsody.com/event/index/62923/a-womans-century
Saturday, 29 April; Beltaine Festival at Butser Ancient Farm, Hampshire. Prebooked ticket: Adults £17.50, children: £12.50; at the gate £25/£20. Includes vegetarian meal. Time: 4.30pm – 10pm. Call 023 9259 8838 or visit www.butserancientfarm.co.uk.
Sunday 30 April; Online Beltane Festival with the Pagan Federation England and Wales. Online talks, discussions, videos, pictures and blog posts. Details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1875614176060029/
Sunday 30 April; Meditation at Russell Brands Trew Era Cafe, 30 Whitmore Road, London N1 5QA. Starts 10.15am. Free event. Details: https://www.meetup.com/meditation-trust-london/
Sunday 30 April; Beltane Public Sabbat with the The London Wicca Meetup Group. Venue: Meet at Rose and Crown, 55 High Street Wimbledon, London SW19 5BA at 1pm to walk to the site at 2pm. You must reserve a place in advance. Details: https://www.meetup.com/The-London-Wicca-Meetup-Group/
Sunday 30 April; Beltane Gathering and Dedication Rite organised by London Practical Witchcraft Theory and Practice. Venue: Bookham. Time: 2.30pm. Donations welcome. https://www.meetup.com/Grove-of-The-Green-Goddess/
Sunday 30 April; Beltane Celebration. Evening service led by the Wheel of the Year Group at Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel, 3 Pilgrim's Place, London NW3 1NG. Time: 7pm. http://www.rosslynhillchapel.com/
Sunday 30 April; Beltane Fire Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland. Venue: Calton Hill, Edinburgh, Scotland (entrance by Waterloo place). Gates open at 8pm. Performance starts at sunset. Event ends at 1.30am. Tickets £8 in advance, £10 on the gate. Details and bookings: https://beltane.org/
Monday 1 May; Wheel of the Year Festival - Beltane at Chalice Well World Peace Garden, in Glastonbury. The gardens open at 6am for morning meditation around the Beltane fire at 7am. Maypole dancing at 8:30am, accompanied by live music. Gather at the well head for midday meditation until 12.30pm, followed by conversation on the lower lawn. Refreshments on sale 6am to 1:30pm. Free admission to the gardens from 6am to noon. For more details, visit the website http://www.chalicewell.org.uk/
Monday 1 May; Ecstatic Dance London: Beltane Bloom. Meet at Hampstead Heath Railway Station, Southend Road, London, NW3 2QD at 6pm. Tickets:
£5.90 – £11.21. Details and booking: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ecstatic-dance-london-beltane-bloom-tickets-33783970766?
Monday 1 May; Moonlight Goddess Gathering - monthly event organised by Anoushka through Funzing. Venue: Clifton Gardens, London, W9 1DT. Time: 7.15pm. Tickets: £20. Details and bookings: http://uk.funzing.com/funz/2940?
Monday 1 May; Archaeology of Spells: A Case Study from Karanis, Egypt. Lecture by Dr Drew Wilburn . Venue: Treadwells, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7BS. Time: 7.30pm. Ticket price £8. Tel: 0207 419 8507 or email: email@example.com http://www.treadwells-london.com/
Monday 1 May; Beltane May Day Festival with London Wellness Meetup. Venue: Henry the 8th Hotel, 23 Leinster Gardens, London W2 3AN. Free Public event - all are welcome. Doors open 7.30pm. https://www.meetup.com/London-Spiritual-Classes-and-Workshops/
Tuesday 2 May (date tbc); Enfield Town Circle Pagan Moot. Venue: Crown and Horseshoes pub, 15 Horseshoe Lane, Enfield, Middlesex EN2 6PZ. Time: 7.30pm. For more details join the Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/EnfieldTownCircle/
Tuesday 2 May; Witches' Inn Beltane Gathering. Venue: Red Lion, 48 Linkfield Lane, Redhill, RH1 1DP. Starts at 8pm. Moots are the first Tuesday of each month. For more details visit: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Witches-Inn/1568424150049437
Wednesday 3 May; Healing With the Tao. Talk with Mantak Chia organised by Alternatives. Venue: St James's Church, 197 Piccadilly, W1J 9LL, Doors open 6.30pm. Event starts: 7pm. Tickets £10/£15 online. For more details and to book tickets http://www.alternatives.org.uk/
Wednesday 3 May; The Ancient Wisdom Teachings. Venue: The Theosophical Society, 50 Gloucester Place London, W1U 8EA. Time: 7pm. Entry: Donations welcome. Details: https://www.meetup.com/Theosophical-Society-in-London/
Thursday 4 May; Soul Story:Evolution and the Purpose of Life. Talk and book signing with Tim Freke. Venue: 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 http://www.watkinsbooks.com/
Thursday 4 May; Tantra and Trance Possession Tantra History Lecture 2 with Phil Hine. Venue: Treadwells, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7BS. Time: 7.30pm. Ticket price £8. Tel: 0207 419 8507 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.treadwells-london.com/
Friday 5 May; Unconditional Self-Love: The Key to Healing, True Love. Lecture by Blake Bauer at the College of Psychic Studies, 16 Queensberry Place, London SW7 2EB. Time: 7pm. Cost: £14/£16. Advance booking recommended. For details call: 020 7589 3292 or visit https://www.collegeofpsychicstudies.co.uk/
Saturday 6 May - Tuesday 23 May; Hay House World Summit 2017. Series of free online talks on mind, body, spirit subjects. For more details and to sign up visit: https://www.hayhouseworldsummit.com/
Saturday 6 - Sunday 7 May; For Good or For Ill: How Has Religion Shaped Society? Weekend of talks, part of a year-long festival called Belief and Beyond Belief about what it means to be human. Venue: Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX. Weekend tickets £25. More details and booking: https://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whats-on/festivals-series/belief-and-beyond-belief
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Saturday 6 May; Chants for Enchantment - Afternoon Mini-workshop with Hannah Sanders. Venue: Treadwells, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7BS. Time: 3pm. Ticket price £20. Tel: 0207 419 8507 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.treadwells-london.com/
Sunday 7 May; Beltane/May Day on Primrose Hill with the Loose Association of Druids. Open ritual hosted by Jeremy Morgan, the Druid of Wormwood Scrubbs. Venue: The Hawthorne Grove, Primrose Hill, Regents Park, London NW1. Gather at 12.45pm for 1pm start, ends at around 2.30pm. Nearest tube: Chalk Farm.
Meet at The Woodmans' pub garden from 1pm then go to the woods at 2pm. Cost £3. You must be a member of this group and reserve a place in advance. Wear outdoor clothes and bring food and drink to share. Details and bookings: https://www.meetup.com/London-Woodland-Witches-Outdoor-Pagans/
Sunday 7 May; The Ageless Wisdom For Everyone. Venue: The Theosophical Society, 50 Gloucester Place London, W1U 8EA. Time: 2pm. Entry: Donations welcome. Details: https://www.meetup.com/Theosophical-Society-in-London/
Sunday 7 May; Let's Meet Up in the Dance with the Movement Medicine Women's Circle, Venue: Siobhan Dance Studio, 85 St George's Rd, London SE1 6ER,. Time: 3pm. Entry £15. https://www.meetup.com/Movement-Medicine-Womens-Circle/
I do not organise any of the events listed on this page. I try to make sure that the information given is accurate, but do check with event organisers as times, ticket availability and other details can change. If you know of an event that you want listed, please email the details to me at email@example.com.