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Tudor May Day Weekend

From Saturday 4 to Monday 6 May, step back in time and join us for a whole weekend of family fun as we celebrate May Day with the Tudors.

  • Booking not needed
  • Free event (admission applies)

Head to Speke Hall this May Day weekend to enjoy the perfect family-friendly day out. Whichever day you choose to join us, you can have a go at archery and pomander making, watch fighting displays, learn about Elizabethan life and see Tudor ladies and gentlemen dancing on the North Lawn.

You can also enjoy specific acts on certain days:

Saturday 4 - Enjoy an old English May Day tradition as the Mersey Morris Dancers bring their lively clashing of sticks, waving of hankies and tinkling of bells to our celebrations.

Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 - Get ready for the best in courtly entertainment as we're joined by James the Jester, who will have the whole family laughing along to his jolly japes and circus skills. Mingle with royalty as King Henry VIII and his six wives join us in full period costume, courtesy of Regal Rose Historical Portrayal.

Monday 6 - Let the Galliard Folk Dancers transport you back through the centuries as they perform traditional English country dances such as may have been seen around Speke Hall in years past.

Archery is with the wonderful House of the Black Star archery group, costing £4 for 6 arrows.

Normal admission charges apply, entry is free for National Trust members and under 5s. You do not need to pre-book. All of the activities will take place outdoors, however please note there may be a long queue to enter the house at peak times.



Event ticket prices

This event is free, but normal admission charges apply for the venue.

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The basics


Suitable for all ages.

Meeting point

Most activities will take place on the North Lawn. Please follow the signs to the front entrance of the house.


Most of the gardens are accessible via hard-standing paths with some slight slopes.

Upcoming events


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4 Mar to 18 Nov 2024
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+ 25 other dates or times

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+ 3 other dates or times

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7 Mar to 9 Mar 2024
11:00 to 12:00
+ 2 other dates or times

Calligraphy Workshop 

Develop your interest in the art of calligraphy in this practical class, and create personalised cards and gift tags using brush pens.

Event summary

8 Mar 2024
11:00 to 13:00