The May Queen Festival is an annual festival with over 80 years of tradition.
Held in Slaidburn, this festival allows for each village in the Hodder Valley to take it in turn to select a May Queen and their retinue from the primary school children.
The first May Queen Festival was held in 1931.
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.
17th MAY 2020
The May Queen Festival is a family friendly event that celebrates the many villages within the Hodder Valley.
The festival starts at St. Andrew's Church, Slaidburn (Church Street, BB7 3ER) at 12.30 pm. The new and retiring May Queens and their retinues, then follow the Slaidburn Silver Band along the streets of Slaidburn. During the procession we visit Rock House as the Squire of the village, Anthea and Kerry Hodson hand out 50 pence coins to the children involved in the festival. After that, the procession heads down to Slaidburn Village Hall and Green (Chapel Street, BB7 3ES) for the May Queen crowning (inside Church if it is raining), entertainment, refreshments, games and competitions.