This year Kayleigh Henegan, from Upper Caldecote will be crowned as May Queen on Ickwell Green on 1 May. Kayleigh will be supported by Fiona Sutherland who will present the garland and Lucy Bryant, who will present the sceptre.
The May Day festival will start with the procession of dancers gathering in the grounds of the Crown at 1 pm and travelling from Northill to Ickwell led by the Bedford Morris Men, before the crowning of the May Queen and dancing round the maypole takes place.
The May Queen will be presented with a garland, sceptre and crown – all decorated with flowers – and will be given a locket by former May Queen, Julie Lenton, as a remembrance of the day.
Join us for a spectacular display of dancing on the day, then cross over the road and peruse the stalls selling local produce, enjoy the sideshows and partake of some excellent refreshments including home-made cakes in the village hall. If you stay to the end of the dancing in the arena, you can take part and have a dance around the maypole too!
Old documents show that celebrating May Day was an established custom here as far back as 1563. The current form of celebrations, with the plaiting of ribbons and a May Queen, began in 1894 and has been held nearly every year since.
If you’d like to find out more about the history of May Day or have a look at some of our archive records, a display will be held in Ickwell Village Hall from 11 am to 4 pm on the weekend of 17th and 18th June. Refreshments will be available too so you can have a cuppa and cake while you browse the videos, photos and information on display.