Earth Day is on 22 April and Beltane, the pagan fire festival that stands between the Spring Equinox and the Summer Solstice, is on May 1. Here are some of the events during that time that could be of interest to pagans. Most of those listed are in or near London, because that is where I live, but some are in other parts of the UK - including details of the famous Edinburgh Beltane Festival.
Wednesday 19 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 19 April; More Mead Moot promoted by Pagan FutureFests. Venue: Hope Pub, 48 West Street, Carhsalton SM5 2PR. Time: from 7.30pm. Meets on the third Wednesday of each month. https://www.facebook.com/Pagan-FutureFests-352385661439366/ http://www.meetup.com/Londonpagancommunity/
Thursday 20 April; Yoga for Healing. Venue: The Theosophical Society, 50 Gloucester Place London, W1U 8EA. Time: 11am. Details: https://www.meetup.com/Theosophical-Society-in-London/
Thursday 20 April; Living Tantra - The Dance of Transformation. Talk and book signing with Doug Ducan and Catherine Pawasarat. 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 20 April; The Genealogical Tree of Religions. Talk hosted by Gnosis London. Venue: Rudolf Steiner House, 35 Park Road, London NW1. Time: 7pm. Details: http://www.gnosis.org.uk/
Thursday 20 April; A Thelemic Rite: Star Ruby (Liber XXV). Evening Mini-Workshop with Luke Fleming Venue: Treadwells, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7BS. Time: 7pm. Ticket price £20. Tel: 0207 419 8507 or email: email@example.com http://www.treadwells-london.com/
Thursday 20 April; House of Heron Drum Circle to Shamanic Journey. Venue: Caer Corhrain, 1 Southleas farm cottages, Lower Road, Minster, Sheppey, ME12 3SW. Time: 7.30pm. This takes place on the third Thursday each month. For more information visit http://www.touchtheearthuk.com/
Saturday, 22 April; Introduction to Shamanism with Behind the Veil Shamanism. Venue: The Hall, St Philips Church, Earls Court Road, London W8 6QH. Time: 9.30am-3.30pm. Entry: £95. Details: http://www.meetup.com/Behind-The-Veil-Shamanism/
Saturday, 22 April; South London Red Tent Meetup. Women-only event and you must be a member of the group to attend. Venue: The Horse and Groom, 60 Streatham High Road, South London. Time: 11.30am. Details and booking here: https://www.meetup.com/South-London-Red-Tent/
Saturday 22 April: Great Southwark Dragon Quest, part of the Southwark Festival. Meet in Tabard Street piazza, London SE1 1JA - between the Church of St George the Martyr and the gardens (near Borough tube) at 11.15am for a prompt 11.30 start. Tickets: £3/£0, must be bought in advance: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/great-southwark-dragon-quest-tickets-32917369739
Saturday, 22 April; Pagan Future Fests - Belostra Festival 2017. Day of workshops, entertainment, a market, food and a bar. Venue: Stanley Halls, 12 South Norwood Hill, London SE25 6AB. Starts at noon. Tickets £15. Details: https://www.facebook.com/Pagan-FutureFests-352385661439366/ and https://www.meetup.com/Londonpagancommunity/events/236019820/
Saturday, 22 April; Awaken Your Magical Self - Afternoon Ladies Retreat with the The Happy Hummingbird Haven. Venue: Bridens Camp, Hemel Hempstead, HP2 6EZ. Time: 2pm. Tickets £22. Details: https://www.meetup.com/The-Happy-Hummingbird-Haven/
Saturday, 22 April; Heathen Blot for Spring. Talk and rite led by Andre and Amanda Henriques. Venue: Treadwells, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7BS. Time: 6.30pm. Ticket price £10. Tel: 0207 419 8507 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.treadwells-london.com/
Saturday, 22 April; Earth Day Meditation. London venue, details tba. Time: 7pm. Details and reservations: https://www.meetup.com/The-London-Wicca-Meetup-Group/
Sunday 23 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 23 April; Religion, Myth and Superstition in London's History - guided tour at the Museum of London. Venue: Museum of London, 150 London Wall, London EC2Y 5HN. Time: 2pm. Tickets: £12.50/£10. Booking and details: http://www.museumoflondon.org.uk/museum-london
Sunday 23 April; Children of The Wild Wood - Initiatory Study Circle: British Museum Visit organised by Grove of the Green Goddess. Venue: British Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG. Time: 2pm. Donations of £3 welcome. https://www.meetup.com/Grove-of-The-Green-Goddess/
Sunday 23 April; Learn to Read Tarot Cards with Elisabeth organised via Funzig. Venue: Great Titchfield Street, London, W1W (Exact address will be provided after booking). Time: 2pm. Tickets: £40/$20. http://uk.funzing.com/funz/9808
Sunday 23 April; Crossbones Vigil to honour The Goose and the outcast dead of Cross Bones Graveyard. Bring a flower, a ribbon, a totem or memento to tie to the shrine. Gather from 6.45pm for a 7pm start in Redcross Way outside the Memorial Gates, London SE1 1TA. For more details, visit http://www.crossbones.org.uk/ The new website is: http://crossbones.org.uk/
Monday 24 April; The 5 Side Effects of Kindness. Talk by Dr David Hamilton 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/
Tuesday 25 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: email@example.com
Wednesday 26 April; Hertford Pagan Moot - Spring Equinox meeting.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 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; 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; Beltane Gong Bath with Olaf Nixon at the College of Psychic Studies, 16 Queensberry Place, London SW7 2EB. Time: 7pm. Cost: £22/£20. Advance booking recommended. For details call: 020 7589 3292 or visit https://www.collegeofpsychicstudies.co.uk/
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; 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; 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, 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; 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; 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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.treadwells-london.com/
Note: I do not organise any of these events. Although I try to keep my events listing accurate you should always contact the organiser of any event you want to attend to check the details and ticket availability before going. If you know of an event that you want listed, please email the details to me at email@example.com.