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Wiker Man for Beltane Festival 2012

Lynwood Gardens will greet Sheffield’s sixth annual Beltane Celebration on Saturday 28th April 2012.

The festival, which runs from 4pm to 11pm, aims to welcome the changing of seasons and celebrate the coming of spring.

The Lynwood Gardens Nature Reserve is located behind the Francis Newton pub on Clarkehouse Road, Broomhall.

There will be a night of fire, food, folklore and live music from local artists and the Beltane fire procession will take place, including the burning of a Wicker Man. This is the most traditional and popular part of the event, which starts at 9.30pm. The re-enactment will be performed by the Lynwood Gardens Beltane Society.

The royal court of the festival will consist of the May Queen, her consort the Green Man, her White Women guards, the Processional Drummers and the guardian of the ritual, the Blue Man. Find out more about the Beltane fire procession.

The organiser of this Beltane celebration is ‘Friends of Lynwood Gardens’, a local charity formed by a group of Sheffield local residents and conservationists in 2003.

For the first time this year, due to massive cuts in funding, the event will be donation-based for a minimum of £2 per person. All proceeds will go towards the running and maintenance of the site and towards future events.

Lynwood Gardens

The map of Lynwood Gardens

Lynwood Gardens is open to the public free of charge.

The Friends of Lynwood Gardens are committed to protecting this nature reserve from potential development.They are taking responsibility for its long term management, by working with Sheffield City Council.

It is a large area of mature woodland and open glades which dates back to the 1820s and has been left untouched for over 150 years.

Lynwood Gardens provides a valuable oasis for wildlife, particularly birds, with over fifty different species sighted in recent years.

You can read the latest news of Beltane Festival on Sheffield Unchained here.

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