The sun shone for a glorious May Day as Katie Bryant was crowned as May Queen on Ickwell Green on 5 May. Katie was supported by Jasmine Lee who presented the garland and Jasmine Noble, who presented the sceptre. Her other attendants were Ellen Reynolds and Eleanor Murray.
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 4th May 2015. 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 4th May 2015 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.
TV presenters took a twirl with Ickwell May Day’s Old Scholars in July 2014. Len Goodman, the Judge from BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing, and history programme presenter, Lucy Worsley, took part in the circassian circle. They were filming for a television programme about the history of dance to be broadcast on BBC4, date yet to be announced.