Beacon Park’s Victorian May Day

Dancing round the maypole

Dancing round the maypole – photo by Ken Webb

Head to Museum Gardens on May Day to enjoy traditional fun and games.

Lichfield District Council is hosting a Victorian May Day event at Museum Gardens in Beacon Park on Monday 2 May, between 11am and 3pm.

The May Day celebrations will include maypole dancing, a Victorian craft activity, and a range of traditional games, including a coconut shy.

A highlight of the day will be a free 30-minute Punch and Judy show at 12.30pm. To warm up the crowd, the puppeteer will wander around Museum Gardens to introduce his hand puppets to everyone.

Councillor Andy Smith, Cabinet Member for Leisure & Parks at Lichfield District Council, said: “What a perfect way to celebrate May Day, visiting a picturesque park in the heart of the city and taking part in, or simply watching, the traditional activities, such as dancing round the maypole and a Punch and Judy show.”

It is free to come along to the Victorian May Day event, although there will be a small charge for some of the activities.