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Celebrating the Hodder Valley villages of Slaidburn, Newton-In-Bowland, Dunsop Bridge, Tosside and Lane Ends.

Set within the Forest of Bowland (an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty), Lancashire, UK.




We, like so many other events around the world, have had to make 

the sad decision to cancel our event for 2021.

We would like to say a massive thank you to our volunteers, 

local families, local businesses and suppliers for their support

of the May Queen Festival.


Next year's event will be a joyous one and we look 

forward to sharing it with you.

Please watch this space for any news on the 2022 May Queen.  

But for now, please take a look at our review of our  

2019 magnificent festival...

A brilliant day for the Hodder Valley!!!

Our review of the 2019 festival...

What a glorious day we all had at this year's May Queen Festival!  The sun was shining as the children from the retiring Dunsop Bridge retinue and the incoming Lane Ends/Tosside/Slaidburn retinue, patiently gathered outside St. Andrew's Church.

Starting with a wonderful service by Rev Jonathan Oldfield, the resident year 6 school children from Brennand's Endowed and Thorneyholme primary schools were each given a dictionary by Mrs Anthea Hodson, to mark the end of their time at primary. 


After the service, the talented Slaidburn Silver Band led the procession through Slaidburn, to Rock House where Mr and Mrs Kerry Hodson gave each child from the local schools a monetary gift on behalf of the Slaidburn Estate.  The retiring May Queen Madeleine Hayes and the incoming May Queen Sadie Wilson led their retinues to Slaidburn Village Hall for the parade. 


Mrs Jean McNamee proudly crowned Sadie Wilson as this years May Queen.  Festivities continued with maypole dancing provided by Brennand's Endowed Primary School.  The Slaidburn Archive held a wonderful display of the May Queen throughout the years.  The 5-a-side football competition was won by Thorneyholme's Super Strikers, with runners up being Brennand's Slaidburn United team. 


The incredibly competitive childrens and adult races then followed, ending the day with the messy egg catching.  There were many winners of our very popular raffle!  Each winner has been notified and thank you to each person who bought a ticket.