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Jack In The Green Weekend

Out comes the green face-paint, giants, wicker-men, antler headdresses, ravens and pre-Raphaelite tresses of hair entwined with flowers and green leaves – and Jack: part man, part bush, and accompanied by his equally leafy escorts, the Bogies, and Black Sal, his be-flowered consort. Hastings loves dressing up, and this May bank holiday procession accompanied by drums and violins puts on an extraordinary pagan spectacle. The four-day event, steeped in folklore, celebrates the coming of summer and attracts Morris dancers from all over the country, culminating in a ceremony called the slaying of the Jack – so to release the spirit of the summer.

Add another highlight to your weekend by visiting 135 All Saints Street, where Alastair Hendy will be giving restoration tours of his magical house and its secret garden on Saturday 2nd May, the day before the procession, and on Sunday 6th May, the day of the procession. Note: this year Jack in the Green procession will occur on a Sunday, and not on the usual Monday.


May Day – dates and times for 2022 to be confirmed

Restoration Tour 1pm & 2pm

Adult £8, Child £4

Bookings only

Call us on +44 (0)1424 447171 or email to book

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Jack In The Green Weekend

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