May Day  (which is, of course, the 1st of May regardless of the date of the May Day bank holiday Monday ).


7.00am By Old John in Bradgate Park LE6 0HE

 For many centuries May Day has been associated with fun, revelry and fertility. In the past this involved dancing around the maypole and choosing a May Queen. The May Day festivities all but vanished following the Civil War when Oliver Cromwell and his Puritans came to power in 1645. They described the celebrations as ‘a heathenish vanity generally abused to superstition and wickedness’.  Fortunately the natural order was restored in 1660 with the restoration of the Monarchy amd Charles ll.

Leicester Morrismen have danced in the shadow of the Old John folly in Bradgate Park at 7.00am every year since 1988 as the official start to our Summer ‘Cotswold’ season. 

Please join us on Tuesday 1st May 2018 at 7.00am as for the 31st time we celebrate May Day by the Old John folly in Bradgate Park. 

If 7.00am is too early for you details of where you can see Leicester Morrismen throughout the Summer is on the ‘Where can you see us?’ page of this website or follow us on Facebook ‘@leicestermorrismen’.



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