Ancient festival welcomes summer

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BUTSER Ancient Farm is preparing for the annual Burning of the Wicker Man – and his head is already in place.

Each year the medieval farm, in Chalton, near Horndean, celebrates the pagan festival of Beltain to welcome the summer.

It’s the farm’s 40th anniversary this year and the festival is set to be bigger and better than ever.

Gwen Woodruffe, from the farm, said: ‘The Wicker Man is being built, and we are pleased to say that on Friday his head was lifted into place so he is now watching over proceedings. Perhaps we should give him his own giant umbrella.’

There will be open days and courses throughout the year. Go to butserancientfarm.co.uk for details.

The event is on May 5 and begins at 4.30pm. Tickets cost £13 and £10 for children. To buy call (023) 9259 8838.