Mentioned in William the Conqueror’s Domesday Book of 1086, the historic town of Knutsford is home to one of the country’s most lavish and entertaining May Day celebrations. Held on the first Saturday of May (Sat 4 May), the event sees thousands of visitors, musicians, clowns, penny farthing riders, Morris dancers and – of course – the May Queen herself parading through the streets to celebrate the start of summer. Parking can be a bit of an issue so be prepared to walk a bit before checking out the parade and visiting the fun fair on the heath near the centre of the old town. Participants to look out for this year include the Leyland Morris Men, a Chinese dragon, a town crier, Warrington’s Phoenix Drum and Trumpet Corps as well as strange characters like Jack-in-the-Green, a foliage covered individual who represents fertility and high jinx in English folklore.
Sat 4 May, Knutsford town centre from 2pm, FREE, www.knutsford-royal-mayday.co.uk
- Ruth Allan
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- Sat 4 May 2013