May Day celebrations

Along with other activities we are reviving a unique 17th century family tradition of dew gathering in celebration of May Day. Come along to find out more.

  • Booking not needed
  • Free event (admission applies)

Dew gathering is a 17th century tradition of gathering the mornings dew from the grass. This was thought to have special medicinal qualities.


Event ticket prices
This event is free, but normal admission charges apply for the venue.
View admission charges
Ham House and Garden


Whole property
Gift Aid Standard
Adult £12.20 £11.05
Child £6.10 £5.50
Family £30.50 £27.60
Group Adult
Minimum group size 15
N/A £9.40

What is Gift Aid?

Most of our places run the Gift Aid on Entry scheme at their admission points. Under this scheme, if you're not a member you have the choice of two entry tickets:

  • Gift Aid Admission or
  • Standard admission

If the place runs Gift Aid on Entry, we'll offer you the Gift Aid Admission prices. But it's entirely up to you which ticket you choose. If you want the Standard Admission instead, just let us know when you come to pay.

Gift Aid Admission includes a 10 per cent or more voluntary donation. Gift Aid Admissions let us reclaim tax on the whole amount paid* — an extra 25 per cent — potentially a very significant boost to our places' funds.

An extra £1 paid under the scheme can be worth over £3 to the National Trust as shown below: Payment of the additional percentage donation is entirely voluntary, so if you prefer to pay the standard admission please advise our reception staff at the till point.

  Gift Aid Standard
Amount paid by visitor £11.00 £10.00
Tax refund from Government* £2.75 £0.00
Total received by the National Trust £13.75 £10.00


*Gift Aid donations must be supported by a valid Gift Aid declaration and a Gift Aid declaration can only cover donations made by an individual for him/herself or for him/herself and members of his/her family.

Please note...

Entrance for National Trust members is free.

Until 9 Feb 2018 we will be offering 30% 'doggy' discount. Because dogs are not allowed in the house, one person (either as part of a group or on their own) will recieve the doggy discount on their admission ticket. Please note this is for one person only per dog. 


Event opening times and availability
Day Times Availability
7 May 2018 10:00 - 17:00 Available

Upcoming events

Taking root: our potato story

Sun 22 Apr 2018
We are transforming another kitchen garden plot from a grass square into a bed full of different types of potatoes.

Tiptoe through the tulips at Ham House

Sun 22 Apr 2018
This spring our Ham gardeners are creating a walk through display of thousands of bulbs springing to life, including our tulip maze.

Architecture tours

Sun 22 Apr 2018
Join one of our knowledgeable guides for a free 30 min tour of the exterior of the mansion and learn about the architectural changes made to this magnificent 17th century property. Check at reception on the day for availability.

Queen's apartment visit

Mon 23 Apr 2018
Monday to Friday (not during school holidays). Be honoured to access extraordinary rooms, closed for the majority of their lifetime and understand their special status with a short talk.

May Day celebrations

Mon 07 May 2018
Along with other activities we are reviving a unique 17th century family tradition of dew gathering in celebration of May Day. Come along to find out more.

Kitchen Garden tour

Wed 09 May 2018
Join one of our garden guides for a free thirty minute tour of our kitchen garden. Discover more about the history of the 17th century kitchen garden and the herbs and vegetables grown by our gardeners.