Jack in the Green Festival

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Jack in the Green Festival

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This year Hastings' traditional Jack in the Green is back in all its glory with four days of festivities around the May Day weekend. ​​​​​Since its revival in the 1980s the festival has become synonymous with the town of Hastings and is now one of its largest events. 

Over the long weekend there will be morris dancing around the town, a traditional ceilidh and the sunrise ceremony to welcome in the dawn of summer on Sunday 1 May. Bank holiday Monday is the big one as the town turns green. A grand procession leads the giant foliage-covered Jack through the Old Town and up to the West Hill, where he is eventually 'slain' and the spirit of summer is released!
 

Friday 29 April
A music and song session, The Stag, from 9pm.

Saturday 30 April 
Dancing around the Old Town, from midday.
Rattlebag Singaround, The Stag, 2pm.
Ceilidh with Pigeon Swing and Baz Parkes, St Mary in the Castle, from 7.30pm.

Sunday 1 May
Dancing at Dawn, by the West Hill Cafe, from 5am
Morris Dancers' Church Service, All Saints Church, 10am
Dancing at the Stade and around the Old Town, from midday
Concert with The Copper Family, St Clements Church, 4pm
The Drum Off, Butler's Gap, George Street, Old Town, 4.30pm
The Big Squeeze, The Prince Albert, 7.30pm
Concert with Gary Blakeley, St Clements Church, 7.30pm

Monday 2 May
Morris Dancers' Breakfast, St Clements Church, 7.30am
Jack is Released, The Fishermen's Museum, 10.15am
The Procession, 10.20am-12.25pm from the Fishermen's Museum through the Old Town and up to the West Hill. Includes a pause in the High Street at 11.30am.
Celebrations on the West Hill, 12.30pm
Slaying of Jack, West Hill, 4.00pm.
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Hastings Jack in the Green is a hugely popular event so please make travel arrangements accordingly. Please check in advance for any dirsuptions to your train journeys and consider travelling via Ashford Int'l or London Victoria (via Eastbourne). The Grand Procession coincides with the Hastings May Day motorbike run and therefore local roads and the A21 can get congested and car parking around the town is limited.

Better still, make a long weekend of it and book your stay in 1066 Country.

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