Jack in the Green Video
Watch the Video of the 2016 event - marvellous!
Friday 28 April - 1 May 2017 are the dates for this year's festival
More information will be published soon!
Monday 1st May
The Grand Procession
Start the day with a hearty "Morris Dancer Breakfast" to fuel you up for the day ahead. Everyone all welcome and proceeds to "The Two Towers Trust". St Mary Star of the Sea Church Crypt, access from The Bourne, Hastings Old Town
The Bogies, Morris sides, Sweeps and a host of colourful characters gather outside the Fisherman's museum on Rock-a-Nore Road eagerly awaiting the Jack. The greening begins here!
Jack is released, approx. 10.15am
The Jack is released from the Fisherman's Museum and bursts into the crowd. Make way as Mad Jack's Women welcome him by performing a dance around him. Then the procession forms up. Following the Jack and the Bogies are Mad Jack's Morris, the Sweeps and the May Queen, Hannah's Cat, The Lovely Ladies and the Gay Bogies, Giants, visiting performing groups and the rhythm section.
High Street - 11.30am
The procession weaves its way through the Old Town and stops in the High Street between the FILO pub and Swan Terrace for refreshment and dancing.
The procession reforms and sets off again, winding up Swan Terrace, Croft Road, along Collier Road and finally along Priory Road and onto the West Hill.
The West Hill, approx. 12.30pm
The Jack arrives at the festival site on the West Hill, Priory Road, where the Bogies drum the procession in.
Morris Dancing on the West Hill
Enjoy the afternoon as each Morris side showcases their dancing.
The Slaying of the Jack, approx. 3.30pm
After the dancing, the Bogies parade the Jack down to the stage where he is symbolically slain and the Spirit of Summer is released for another year.
The End, approx. 4.30pm
Notes to remember: open fires and bbqs will not be allowed on the site during event and would ask that all dogs be kept on leads.