Bustser Ancient Farm Beltain Festival a success!
Butser Ancient Farm Beltain Festival a success!
More than 2,000 visitors celebrated the start of summer with the burning of a huge wickerman at the annual Beltain Festival at Butser Ancient Farm, Chalton.
Once again, festival goers enjoyed re-enactments, ancient crafts, live music and workshops, before witnessing the burning of the 35ft Wickerman at dusk.
The design of the handmade Wickerman changes every year and is kept secret until until the day of the festival, and this years design was a big hit!
To mark the date of the celebration, May 4th, the Wickerman had a hint of the Jedi about him in honour of Star Wars Day – ’May the fourth be with you’ – with a billowing black cloak framing the impressive figure.
On the day, the figure is adorned by the wishes of festival goers, which are sent out into the world as the Wickerman burns, a beacon beckoning the sun’s warmth for the year ahead.
It’s the farms biggest fundraising event of the year so local support makes a real difference and will enable lots more research, activities and development in the year ahead.
Next years festival will take place on Saturday 2nd May 2020.