Ways to celebrate May Day

cake to celebrate May day

Almost May Day. One of my favourite holidays. The nearest Monday to May Day is a Bank holiday in the UK. I’ve been mulling over how to celebrate May Day, this year. Last year we made a maypole cake. Using jelly babies as the dancers. I’m pretty sure that the children will want to make another one this year, which reminds me, I need to get a bag of jelly babies.

dancing round the maypole

I couldn’t let May Day pass without heading off to watch a local maypole dancing event. (the eternal search for bubbly pie continues) I love watching the dancers weave in and out. Part of me wishes I could join in.

laughterThey’ll be flower headdresses to make. Our lilac bush always has armfuls of blooms for us to make crowns and wreaths for the day.  And we will also be up in time to wash our faces in the morning dew.

planting on Earth Day

If we get through the weekend without putting seeds in pots, then I’ll be amazed.

garden goddessesAnd goodness knows, our Garden Goddesses need a bit of re-styling. (Ahem. Several years in the garden have not been kind to them.) I think a new gown and fresh yarn for their hair is definitely called for. Our gardening could do with the blessing.

peacock well dressingAnd if we have time, it would be fun to experiment with well dressing again. A lovely way to make art using nature.

apple blossomBut as sure as eggs are eggs, there is blossom to enjoy. (Blossom testing)

I’m sure we will celebrate the season with old favourites, and possibly with a few new May Day activities thrown in. As ever my head is overflowing with possibilities.

Whether you are looking forward to celebrating May Day, Beltane, or just a long weekend, I hope you find a few family fun ideas to enjoy, from my list.

How do you celebrate May Day?

may day ideas for the family and children

6 thoughts on “Ways to celebrate May Day

  • Tuesday 28 April, 2015 at 5:55 pm
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    You know we don’t usually celebrate May day…but I rather think we should… a Cake sounds nice and perhaps we can find some May day readings to go with it (Goes off to check Gilbert White also Larks Rise to Candle ford and any other I can think of!)
    Thanks Cheryl!

    • Wednesday 29 April, 2015 at 12:22 am
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      Nice idea choosing appropriate reading to go with it. Good choice with Gilbert White. Selborne was a regular school trip, but I’m sure I didn’t appreciate it at the time. Oops!

  • Wednesday 29 April, 2015 at 2:15 am
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    We never celebrated May Day until we visited the UK a few years ago and it was a huge Bank holiday… For the last few years we use that day to climb to the top of Table Mountain… I kid you not, when we asked our kids what they wanted to do to celebrate: they wanted a family challenge, something they knew they could do but it would be hard and take the whole day… I have no words, I am the person out of breathe at the back!!!

    • Wednesday 29 April, 2015 at 9:59 am
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      Love this idea. Celebrate and get fit. What a wonderful tradition. I bet it’s a wonderful view, once you make it to the top. (I’d be at the back too.)

  • Thursday 30 April, 2015 at 4:59 pm
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    We have a variety of things planned we will be doing some maypole dancing at a friends house and we will also be having a celebration at forest school although we have planned the details as yet……

    • Thursday 30 April, 2015 at 7:57 pm
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      Sounds like you are going to have a fun time. Hope you enjoy all the festivities. Slightly envious of your maypole dancing, but I’m quite happy to watch. Although if someone was to slip me one of the ribbons, I’d not say no!

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