May Day celebrations at Ham House

Families enjoy playing garden games in the kitchen garden

Join us on May 1 for a fun-filled bank holiday with children's trails, craft activities and traditional morris dancing.

Dew gathering display

We are reviving a 17th 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.

Morris dancing

Enjoy some quintessential British folk dancing on the plats between 11am and 1pm with the Kingston Spring Grove Morris Dancers. You may even feel the urge to join in!

Children’s trail

Pick up a special children’s trail from our visitor reception for £1 and learn about May Day traditions of the past and present.

Craft activities

In our Education Room there will be flower basket making and in the Dairy we will be making flower wands.