Go Medieval during the May Day bank holiday

May Day was always a confusing holiday. When I grew up we’d deliver May Day baskets to the neighbors house and leave them on the front porch. The “baskets” were little dixie cups filled with popcorn and candy. I never understood the reason, I still don’t.

Nowadays, May Day isn’t much of a thing, at least not where I live. No one leaves a small cup of popcorn or flowers on my porch. To make matters worse, here in the U.S. we don’t even get a day off work.

For you readers in the U.K. the May Day bank holiday is quickly approaching. If you’re looking for something different during the bank holiday check out these medieval festivals.

A Grand Medieval Day Out at Kenilworth Castle

Kenilworth Castle is hosting two days of medieval pagentry, 30 April and 01 May. Visitors to the 900 year old castle will be transported back to Kenilworth’s medieval prime with re-enactors throughout the grounds.


Visit the Kenilworth Castle website for more information.

Wolverhampton’s Mander Center

On Monday, 01 May from 10am-5pm the Mander Center gets medieval. Combat displays, jesters, games and face painting.

Medieval Mander Centre

Visit the Mander Center website for more details.

Jousting Tournament at Blenheim Palace

Archery, Falconry and Jousting! Saturday 29th April – Monday 1st May 2023

Blenheim Palace Jousting Tournament

Visit the Blenheim Palace website for more information.

Whatever you choose to do during the bank holiday have a great time! And send pictures.



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