May Day celebrations at Ham House

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

Join us on Monday May 7 for a fun-filled bank holiday with children's trails, craft activities, and traditional dew gathering.

Dew gathering display

We are reviving a seventeenth century tradition of dew gathering this May Day. 400 years ago it was common to gather dew in May and bottle it. Dew was seen to have medicinal or magical qualities that people would wash or cleanse themselves with.  

Come to our Still House and see the dew we will have collected that morning in a special display.

Children’s trail 

Pick up a special children’s trail from our visitor reception and learn about May Day traditions of the past and present.

Craft activities

In our Education Room there will be flower headband making.