Butser Ancient Farm's Wickeman Takes Shape
With less than a month to go until Butser Ancident Farm's spectacular Beltain Festival on Saturday 5 May, the team are starting to finesse the finer details of the Wickerman build. Although the final design isn’t revealed until the night of Beltain, visitors can see the 30ft construction taking shape from across the farm. The Wickerman is being constructed by a team including professional woodworkers Darren Hammerton and Michael Bennett, who work in the sustainable local woodlands from which the timber and coppiced hazel for the Wickerman is sourced.
Tickets are on sale now for Beltain, when festival-goers will be able to watch the Wickerman set aflame at dusk. The festival is inspired by an ancient Celtic celebration to welcome in the warmer summer months and bless a good harvest. The evening includes a real ale bar, mead, live music, hot food, traditional crafts, folk dancing and much more, with new additions including the South Downs Singers, a chance to dress up in traditional costumes and a Druidic ritual to open the proceedings.