Jack in the Green Festival

HASTINGS, East Sussex, TN34 3AR
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Jack in the Green Festival


This year's Jack in the Green will go ahead as a virtual event online. On Sunday 3 May, revellers are encouraged to dress up, decorate their houses with greenery, and join in the virtual parade via the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/HastingsTraditonalJackintheGreen/

We are very pleased to say that during these difficult times we are looking to bring the town online and together to celebrate our beloved festival, Hastings Traditional Jack in the Green. We are working with local community facebook channel Isolation Station Hastings to run a series of events streamed live on our Facebook page and theirs including a sunrise ceremony at dawn on 1st May and morris dancing, drumming and music on Saturday May 2nd with the main procession taking place on Sunday 3rd via Zoom and Facebook.

Dress up in green, decorate your homes and join us on Zoom!

For the main event on Sunday we are asking the whole town to get dressed up in green as they normally would and join us online on Zoom. Here we will all be able to celebrate together watching footage of previous years’ processions as well as live performances from across Hastings including Morris dancing, drum performances, a ceilidh, live music, the slaying of the Jack and all of the wonderful people and characters that make this event what it is. The exciting part is we will be able to see everyone dressed up and enjoying the virtual festival from their homes.

To apply for spaces for Sunday’s Main Procession on Zoom, details will be announced on www.hastingsjitg.co.uk in the coming days. It will be simultaneously broadcast on Facebook so nobody needs to miss out.

May Day 'Bang your drum for the NHS at 3.30pm on Sunday 3rd May'

We will end the proceedings at 3.30pm by inviting the whole town to go to their doorsteps, windows and balconies and bang their drums in a special Hastings May Day applause for the NHS, before we conduct the famous ceremonial slaying of the Jack.


It's no small undertaking - we estimate there will be over one hundred people working and performing at this event, which will include as much of the actual schedule as is technologically possible. We are a charity ourselves and are of course losing money this year, but we hope everyone will come together and we are inviting those who can to donate to two local charities providing PPE and other support for our NHS: ‘Hastings Supports Our NHS Staff’ and ‘Friends of the Conquest Hospital’. Normally tens of thousands attend our event, so if everybody donated a small amount we could make a big difference.

Donation link https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/jack-in-the-green

Show us your decorations this week on social media

All details will be announced on our social media pages this week, but in the mean time we are asking everybody to start preparing their decorations and costumes and post photos & videos with the hashtag #hastingsvirtualjack2020

There will be a few hundred places available for the Zoom Procession, but it will be simultaneously broadcast to our own Facebook page and Isolation Station's so nobody needs to miss out.

We believe this very special event belongs to our community, and we will work night and day to bring it online so that we can keep the spirit of Hastings alive during these difficult times.



A festival of Morris and other traditional dance with visiting teams from all over England and Europe, and a huge procession with music, dance, singing and street entertainment.

In 2020, the programme will be slightly condensed due to the early May bank holiday having been moved to commemorate the 75th anniversary of VE day.

Details will be confirmed closer to the time but the programme for the main events is likely to be as follows.

Friday 1 May: Dancing at dawn.

Saturday 2 May: Morris dancing around the town and a dance extravaganza on The Stade Open Space. Concert with the Copper family in the afternoon at St Clements Church. Ceilidh in the evening at St Mary in the Castle and a concert with Gigspanner at St Clements Church.

Sunday 3 May: Jack in the Green Procession starting at 11.45am, following a special longer route including Rock a Nore Road, All Saints Street, cross The Bourne, High Street, George Street, seafront pavement and under underpass, cross Wellington Square, Castle Hill Road and up to the usual position on the West Hill. Jack will be slain to release the spirit of summer at around 5pm.

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