Wellow Mapole Day

by | 6 May 2024 | Community Event, Sherwood

After such a wet and gloomy winter and early spring, what better way to welcome and celebrate the imminent arrival of summer than by coming along to Wellow Maypole Day! The annual Maypole Celebrations will take place this year on the late May Bank Holiday Monday 27th May, starting at 12.00pm and continuing until 5.00pm.

This is one of the great, free events of the year in the local area and always draws a large crowd. There is free parking near the site at Wellow Dam and Wellow House School, but the roads around the village green are closed to keep everyone safe. A souvenir programme of events will be on sale and the proceeds from this and the Maypole raffle go towards the costs incurred in advance for the next year’s event.

The main event, the crowning of the new May Queen, takes place on the village green, where the maypole is situated. This year Evie Hollingworth will be crowned, following in the footsteps of her older sister Lucy, who was May Queen in 2019. Evie’s maids of honour will be sisters Gaby and Lotte Cooper.

The other highlights of the day are always the children’s procession, and the ever popular maypole dancing. The May Queen, her retinue and the dancers gather at St Swithin’s Church beforehand, with the dancers wearing white pinafores over pretty dresses and garlands in their hair.

The party forms a procession to walk down the yard of the Red Lion pub to the green for the ceremony, the dancing, and the mischief created by Wellow Jack and his Bogies. These trouble making newcomers first appeared in 2009 and have now become firm favourites. Who would believe that you needed to train young boys and the occasional girl to create mayhem!

As well as the much loved traditional element, there is live music and entertainment, plus Morris dancing and Punch and Judy. There are lots of stalls selling crafts, plants and other goodies, including a special food area this year, as well as the popular children’s swing boats and a variety of displays, including vintage vehicles and photos from years gone by. Please remember to bring some cash as not all of the stall holders will be able to accept cards. St Swithin’s Church will also be open, where you can view the unique Millennium Window depicting Wellow’s maypole and the crowning of the May Queen!

The cake stall is a magnet for the early arrivals, so if you would like to take home something tasty, be sure to go along in good time!