Celebrate May Day in Ilfracombe

WITH spring in the air frenzied preparations are under way in Ilfracombe to welcome the – hoped for – arrival of summer with the annual May Day Celebrations. The 11th Ilfracombe Jack-in-the-Green festivities will take place on bank holiday Monday, May 3

WITH spring in the air frenzied preparations are under way in Ilfracombe to welcome the - hoped for - arrival of summer with the annual May Day Celebrations.

The 11th Ilfracombe Jack-in-the-Green festivities will take place on bank holiday Monday, May 3 with a morning parade through the town followed by maypole dancing on the seafront.

A host of green clad characters, children, dancers and drummers will set off from Wilder Road car park at 11am, making their way along the High Street to the promenade at the foot of Capstone.

They will be led by the Town Crier, Roy Goodwin, plus Jack-in-the green, a leaf clad figure representing the "spirit of summer," as well as the "Lord and Lady of Misrule," the May Queen and her attendants, an impressive looking giant and scores of dancers from Ilfracombe junior and infant schools plus local and visiting dance groups.


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Among them will be the energetic Ilfracombe street drummers Humdrumconundrum, plus the Ilfracombe Red Petticoats and Morris groups Borderline, Bideford Phoenix and Carnkie Cloggers.

At 1pm "Jack" will be ceremoniously stripped of his greenery at Wildersmouth Beach to mark the start of summer. There will be a number of Morris dance displays at different locations throughout the afternoon.

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The 10th Landmark Beer Festival will be running throughout the bank holiday weekend from Friday to Monday, with some 15 live bands plus plenty of real ales from across the region. Entry is free throughout the weekend. Find out more at www.northdevontheatres.org.uk.

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