Mari Lwyd, music, magic, dowsing and dancing take centre stage at the National Botanic Garden of Wales this May Day Bank Holiday weekend.
We will be celebrating International Dowsing Day on the Sunday (May 3) with the help of the divine intervention of the West Wales Dowsing Society, who will be offering lessons in dowsing and water divining so there’s a real chance we can increase everyone’s well being .
Also on Sunday, the magical stylings of Folly Farm’s finest entertainer Luke Jugglestruck will be wowing the crowds in Theatr Botanica.
While Meirion Owen and his marvellous Quack Pack will be in action on Millennium Lawn. Music fans won’t miss out, though, as the fabulous Swansea Concert Band are back in the Garden – on the stage in the Great Glasshouse – on Sunday as well as popular local folksters Fiddlebox.
Come Monday (May 4), the main focus will be on the ancient Welsh custom of the Mari Llwyd. At this time of year, of course, it is the Mari Mai taking centre stage and, if you want to know more about this strange, ancient (and slightly scary) tradition, make a date with Mari. There is a ‘History of the Mari’ session at 12noon and then there will be ‘Make a mini Mari’ and ‘Learn a Spring Song’ workshops. These are followed by a procession and some spring music, from Peni Ediker and Lynne Denman.
Meanwhile, Llanarthne Dancers will be strutting their stuff in the Restaurant Courtyard.
There are also plenty of stunning spring flowers on display in Lord Foster’s Great Glasshouse, up and down the Broadwalk, and in the unique and historic Double Walled Garden, as well as on our lakeside walks and in Springwoods. Remember, there’s no better time of year to discover the wonderful woodland and the Forgotten Falls of Pont Felin Gat.
For more information please go to the National Botanic Garden of Wales website.