The Beltane Spring Fayre Group

In Association With the Leicester Pagan Alliance


:: Festival Activites::

Sacred Space (For times refer to Programme)

People will be bringing totem flags to the sacred space, feel free to bring your own.


Paul Martin, Owl Heart Lodge, on Native American wisdoms : "The world is a circle"
Kwaku Ampomah, Leicester Museum Services : "African spirituality: an overview"
Dipak Kumar, Good Values Club : "Spring across the  Asian world"
Bob Trubshaw, local author and historian, Heart of Albion Press : "Seasonal customs in Leicestershire"

The Labyrinth

Tchenka Jane Sunderland, designer of Norwich Cathedral Labyrinth : Creating a labyrinth and giving a talk on "Using the labyrinth as a spiritual tool". The Labyrinth will be available for quiet contemplation and meditative walking after it has been created.

Marquee on the Motte

Meeting point and Tarot readings
Carole Leeming : The charismatic and dynamic performance poet of elemental poetry, working with "Apples and Snakes", a national poetry organisation. Fresh from her recent TV appearance
Poetry with special guests Bubbles Singh and Lesley Clary Sage
Mary Clarke, the renowned astrologer and Tarot reader: "Tarot for the bewildered"

Stefan of the Albion Conclave will be overseeing the Dressing of the Green Man.
This takes place throughout the afternoon on the top of the motte from greenery provided by the Albion Conclave.

The 5:30pm procession of totem flags and banners from the castle motte to the place of the evening ceremony with the marriage of the May Queen and Green Man closes the day.

THE HEARTH OF ARIANRHOD: We are a Pagan group operating on the Leicestershire- Warwickshire border. We believe that the Divine flows through everything, and can be encountered in the manifest world. We celebrate the diversity and beauty of Creation, both summer and winter, day and night, youth and age, Goddess and God. We run a monthly open circle at the Spirtual Fellowship Centre, Bond Street, Nuneaton, Warks, 7.30 pm till 10 pm. We also offer day courses on various subjects and workshops exploring the seasonal festivals and the natural world and an annual Pagan Camp [see]. In addition we publish a monthly newsletter,a quarterly magazine (since 1987) and run several websites. For more information, please send a SAE to Anna Franklin,PO Box 12, Earl Shilton, Leics, LE9 7ZZ, visit or email

Music and poetry
Every hour from 12 till 5, up and coming local singer/ songwriters and musical talent, with 5 local poets declaiming between sets

To kick off proceedings at noon we have special guests
Harkesh and friends
Harkesh and friends take their audience on a journey through time and space. They present songs from around the globe in their original languages: French, Scots Gaelic, Hebrew, Yiddish, Hindi, and Punjabi. Their aim is to learn, adapt and share songs from various world traditions.

The performers ( Harkesh Farma, Jan Robertson and Kevin McCourt ) are a core group of three who play recorder, bodhran, and a keyboard which can be transformed to simulate various instruments. Their most recent performance was at the Y Theatre in Leicester when Harkesh invited guest musicians to join on guitar, vocals and bazuki.

If you would like to join us for music making or to book us for an event then call Harkesh on 07708424835.

Music in the Marquee

Harkesh and Friends
Brett Richardson - local singer/songwriter
Ogum! - tribal rhythmic collective
House Of Spon - popular and talented local group
Scott and John from The Tea Monkeys - city singer/songwriters

Poetry in the Marquee

Madhu Chapaneri
Dilip Gajjar
Bedar Lajpuri
Dahyabhai Prajapah
Bhavanbhai Patel

There's more poetry in the marquee on the Motte during the day.

Stall holders
This year's stalls include good causes and eco friendly local groups.

  • The Albion Conclave display
  • Heart of Albion Press bookstall managed by Mr Bob Trubshaw supplying literature
  • Anna Franklin of the 'Hearth of Arianrhod' bookstall, tarot and fairy cards
  • The Bahá'í faith
  • The Leicestershire Badger Group
  • Friends of the Earth
  • Women's Environmental Network
  • Complete Wasters recycling stall, at Castle Gardens in their Yurt.
  • No Sweat low wages campaign.
  • Far Fetched Pagan paraphernalia
  • New Moon products - crystal healing
  • Crystal and jewellery stalls
  • Raven – Greenwoman Crafts
  • Surinder's Stall   
  • Jo Jo Hodges – therapist, head massage
  • Parks Services and Garden Tours
  • LASS – Leicester AIDS Support Services
  • Leicester Masaya Link Group



Family entertainment
This year's celebration includes several old and several new amusements and attractions.

  • Fancy Dress Competition for under 15s with the theme of Worst Witch or Best Ogre
  • Bouncy Castle for under 14s.
  • Supervised Ball Pool for the under 7s
  • Silvesta the Jester will be capering and joking all over the site
  • The Fuzzipegs
  • Henna painting
  • Face painting, a range of styles and  colours
  • Children's Book Bus providing afternoon storytimes for young children
  • Vikings of Middle England reanactment will demonstrate authentic costumes
  • Egyptian dancers Lapis Lazuli perform in Castle Gardens
  • The Jerusalem Jammers will be guiding us around the Maypole
  • Indian and Bhangra dancers will be performing from the Good Values Club, The Sanskruti Dance Academy, and the Leicester Punjabi Academy Group
  • Parks Services are offering tours of the gardens throughout the afternoon. Special thanks must go to Chris Bollard and Darren Underwood, the gardeners, whose hard work has made this park so lovely. Please be extra careful of the grass, grounds and plants today.


    Drinks and refreshments

    Authentic al fresco Punjabi cuisine provided by Harman's Sweet Centre and Take-away and the Punjabi Dhaba Restaurant

    Ice creams and refreshing lollies with the ice cream van

    Cartons, bottles and cans of drinks will be available for purchase

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