May Day celebrations

Visitors in the Cherry Garden at Ham House and Garden, Surrey

Come along and join in our May Day celebrations, we are reviving a unique 17th century family tradition of dew gathering in celebration of the day, along with other activities.

Join us on May 1st for a variety of different actvities in celebration of May Day.  Overnight linen sheets will be laid on the grass to collect the dew and these will be gathered early on Sunday morning.  Discover more about the uses of dew in the 17th century throughout the day in the Dairy and Still House.

Create and wear your own beautiful flower crown as part of our May Day celebrations.  Learn floristry skills and create your own unique crown using flowers from Ham’s garden in this two hour workshop, to book your place please click here.

For families there will be a May Day trail available throughout the Bank Holiday weekend, please pick up your trail at Visitor Reception.  The trail will include a variety of different activities to celebrate May Day and the start of summer, from making May Day paper baskets to discovering more about other ways to celebrate the day.  Alongside this there will be art actvities in our Education from 12-3:45pm and storytelling in the early afternoon of the 1st May.