Join us on Mon 6 May for a variety of different actvities in celebration of May Day.  Discover more about the uses of dew in the 17th century and take part in a range of fun activities. 

Dew Gathering 

We are reviving a seventeenth century tradition of dew gathering this May Day. 400 years ago it was common to gather dew in May and bottle it. Dew was seen to have medicinal or magical qualities that people would wash or cleanse themselves with - it was even said to help you get better and tying and untying knots. 

Our gardens will be open from 6am to allow you to gather this magical dew. Why not see if it's magical effects do make you better at tying and untying knots?  Knowledgeable volunteers will be on hand to tell you more as well as garden history tours on offer to tell you more about the gardens. 

Tickets £10 per adult, £5 per child including breakfast in our Orangery cafe. 

Booking for this event availble here. 

The Still house at Ham House and Garden
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The Still house at Ham House and Garden

May Day Activities

Why not stay and enjoy our May Day activites? During the day, demonstrators will be in our Still House using the May Dew to make some special mixtures.

Create and wear your own beautiful flower crown as part of our May Day celebrations in the craft room, open 12 - 4pm. Take a seat on the flower throne to crown yourselves May King or Queen or join a game of tug of war and challenge your friends and family to see who is the strongest.

Our local schools will be putting on a display of May Pole dancing so come and watch this lovely tradition. 

The flowers will be blooming to brighten your bank holiday so a stroll around our extensive gardens will be time well spent. End the day with refreshments in our Orangery Cafe, overlooking the impressive Kitchen garden.