01/05/2018: 01/05/2018

Description of event

It's coming up the glorious first day of May and of summer - and Retford-based Rattlejag Morris team will be continuing a 36 year-old annual custom celebrating May Day Sunrise at historic Laxton, Notts. Around c. 5.20 am on Tuesday 1st May the dancers and musicians - and stalwart audience - will gather on the top of Laxton castle "motte and bailey" mound (OS Map Grid Reference: SK72046746) overlooking glorious countryside close to the last Anglo-Saxon open field system. After traditional singing and dancing in the sunrise, beer, tea and bacon butties will be available (for a small donation). This old custom is a unique experience that will also offer you a chance to join in the revels. Members of the side claim that the sun has shown itself almost every year! If you fancy making a bit more of the visit, Stuart Rose, local farmer and historian (tel 07939 228353 or 01777 871702), will be starting a Dawn Chorus Walk around Laxton's Anglo-Saxon open field system, meeting up at the Dovecote Inn, Laxton (NG22 0SX) at 5.00am and stopping off on the way to greet the dawn along with Rattlejag and friends. The historic castle site is usually closed to the public, but for this occasion access is allowed with permission from the local farmer. If you are thinking of coming along, do wear sturdy clothing and be thoughtful of the villagers still asleep when arriving and departing. The field in which the castle mound is sited is up the track opposite the church (NG22 0NX), through the gateway at the bend, and northwards across the field. For more information, contact Jayne on enquiries@rattlejagmorris or 0797673223 or visit the website www.rattlejagmorris.org.uk .


Laxton castle mound, Laxton, Notts


Free - but donations towards refreshments welcome


Rattlejag Morris - see www.rattlejagmorris.org.uk


Contact Jayne on ies@rattlejagmorris.org.uk / 01522703510

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