May Day, May Day

What a day that was! The Medieval May Day celebrations at Headstone Manor, Harrow. Feathers & ribbons and swingboats & superheroes.

It still feels slightly unreal that we have an amazing listed 14th century manor house, complete with moat and tithe barn.  My children mostly see the site as a great place for ice creams & cakes when we visit the park so it was great to see it so full and vibrant.

There were old fashioned swingboats and musical organs, archery and a huge array of vintage cars. We had wonderful treats from Miriam’s Munchies, buckwheat crepes and home made lemonades and iced teas.  We missed the Maypole dance but it was hung with beautiful plaited ribbons.

May Day Fair

The flags were out and so were the falcons & falconers from Wheatley Birds of Prey.  As there was a petting zoo nearby, the falcons didn’t fly but they brought some gorgeous barn owls as well as a pair of 5 week old chicks still in their juvenile plumage.

May Day Fair

We were blessed with a visit from both Superman and the traditional Green Man, a symbol of rebirth and Spring, as well as glimpses of rich costumes from other dancers later in the day.

May Day Fair

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