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Beltain Festival - Butser Ancient Farm



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  • Location: Butser Ancient Farm, Chalton Lane, Chalton, Hampshire, PO8 0BG
  • Date: 29th April 2017
  • Organiser: Butser Ancient Farm

Swords at the ready! The Romans and Saxons are gearing up for their marvellous display at Butser Ancient Farm’s annual Beltain Festival on Saturday 29 April. 

Local Saxon re-enactor group ‘Herigeas Hundas’ will be roaming the site at Beltain, displaying costumes, weapons and Saxon life before the burning of the 30ft Wickerman at dusk. The Butser Roman Legion will also have a presence, as they guard their Roman villa from Celtic invaders and let the public taste Roman cooking, hold a Roman gladius and try on a Roman helmet. Both groups are full of fantastic knowledge and love interacting with the barbarians of modern life; they will be available to talk to throughout the festival, where there will also be a real ale bar, hog roast, singing, dancing, astronomy, metalwork and much more. 

The Wickerman will be burnt as part of a Celtic tradition to welcome in the warmer months and persuade the gods to bless us with a good harvest. What better way to kickstart the summer? 

Tickets available online at or call 02392 598838.

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With only a few weeks to go until our spectacular Beltain festival on Saturday 29 April, the 30ft Butser Wickerman is beginning to take shape! 

The team have been out in the spring mists this week, having made hazel hurdle pieces off site, and carried them in to fix onto the body. Ken Galton, Darren Hammerton and Michael Bennett are all professional woodworkers, with a range of skills including hurdlemaking, wood carving and treewrighting – you may recognise Darren as the mastermind behind our Saxon Longhouse. They all work in sustainable local woodlands, using coppiced hazel and British timber to make our fantastic Wickerman. As always, the design will not be revealed until the night of Beltain, so book your tickets soon to see the final sculpture and watch it burn to the ground! 

The Beltain festival is an ancient Celtic celebration to welcome in the warm summer months, and the Wickerman is built and burnt to please the gods, in the hope that we will be blessed with a good harvest. The festival also includes a real ale bar, live music, hot food, traditional crafts, folk dancing and much more. 

Tickets available on our website at or by calling 02392 598838.

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