Tudor May Day

Speke Hall is one of the most beautiful and iconic Tudor buildings in the UK. Where better to celebrate all things Tudor? Join us over the Bank Holiday weekend (4-6 May) for traditional May Day merriment and festivities.

Join us for a historical celebration of spring with living history, food fit for a Tudor king and lots of Tudor activities and crafts to try. You'll have a historical spring in your step as you browse through our market stalls and see our Great Hall beautifully dressed for the occasion.

The House of the Black Star will be bringing their traditional encampment to the North Lawn - visit their stalls, chat to them about Tudor life and habits, watch sword fighting and spear drill demonstrations and discover what life in the sixteenth century was really like.

Enjoy performances from Jeffrey the Jester, local madrigal groups and morris dancers and our very own troupe of Tudor dancers, who'll be showing off some of Elizabeth I's favourite dances. Explore the medieval marketplace with weaving, leather making and board games. There'll be hobby horse jousting and archery to try your skills at, pomander making and much more!

Don't forget to sample our award-winning Tudor chicken buknade or delicious traditional cakes from the restaurant while you're here.

Normal admission prices apply but there's no extra charge for this event. Come along and enjoy some historical fun! You can find the details of what's on when (and where) in our Tudor May Day timetable (PDF / 1.8798828125MB) download

Please bring cash with you if you're planning on treating yourself as several of the event stalls are cash only. Our closest cash point is in the New Mersey retail park.

A Bank Holiday weekend is always busy, especially when the sun is shining! If you're planning on visiting us this weekend, please read through the below info to help plan your day:

• The event is running across Saturday, Sunday and Monday and the vast majority of activities will be running on all three days.
• The event is running from 10.30am until 4pm so you can come and enjoy Tudor fun throughout the whole day. The Hall is open from 12.30pm until 5pm so there's plenty of time to explore.
• We are likely to be busy this weekend, with a predicted peak on Bank Holiday Monday. Please be mindful of this when planning your visit. We'll get you into the car park and through reception as soon as we can, but there may be some queuing.
• If we reach car park capacity at any point over the weekend then we will operate a one-in, one-out policy. Please be respectful of our neighbours (both residential and businesses) if you choose to park off site and walk in, and do not block any access routes.