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Festival Highlights

Jack-in-the-green awakening

People at jack-in-the-green awakening ceremony

Monday, 1 May, 5.28am, at Bluebell Hill picnic area. Morris dancers and sweeps will bring Jack to life at the crack of dawn.

In the Castle Gardens

Big wheel ride

•Artisan Produce Fair •Folk-art and Psychic Fair •Children's Fun Fair •Real ale tent and fully licensed bar •The festival's main stage

At Boley Hill

Band at Boley Hill

•Musical Instrument Fair •Recollect Record Fair •More of the Artisan Produce Fair •Performances at the Boley Hill Stage

In the High Street

May pole

•Morris dancers •Have-a-go pianos •Five festival stages with live music •Plenty of food and drink to enjoy

Huguenot Museum

Huguenot Museum

Visit the Huguenot Museum - all about the French Protestants who escaped persecution in France. Open 10am to 5pm. £4 adults and £3 concessions.

morris dancers

Morris dancers from around the country will come together to perform across the High Street. Find out about the teams that will be there.

The Widdershin Witches

Traditionally, a witches broom was used for sweeping away negative energies. This May Day weekend the Widdershin Witches will be sweeping their magic across the High Street.

Bands performing at Sweeps

Visitors can enjoy three days of live music with performances at all of the festival stages and venues around Rochester. Find out more about each of the bands who will be joining us.