Ickwell May Day celebrations are held in this Bedfordshire village on the Spring Bank Holiday. The next May Day festival will be held on Monday 5th May 2014. See Visitor Information, for more details.
Records of May Day having been celebrated in Ickwell date back to the 1560s. The current form of celebrations, with the plaiting of ribbons and a May Queen, began in 1894 and have been held nearly every year since. For more information, click on History.
Please join us on 5th May for a celebration of rural England at its best. If you stay to the end of the dancing in the arena, you can join in and have a dance around the maypole too.
Past May Queens
The photo gallery page includes archival photographs of most of the past May Queens going back to 1911. Some of the older shots have lost quality with the passage of time; but the faces are generally recognisable. A slide show from the 2013 event is also on the gallery page.