Aldbury May Day

Bank holidays have always escaped me.Since starting work in an office, it's been good to start taking advantage of bank holidays and enjoying the extra time off. Working in retail I always used to be working. It would be busy, lots of other people would have the time off and living in the waterfront city of Portsmouth, a lot of people visit the sea on their long weekend.

Over the last bank holiday, me and the Other Half didn't spend it by the sea, but instead headed inland to my home village (think Vicar of Dibley kind of village) for the annual May Fair.

The other half enjoying some butter chicken

The May Fair in Aldbury is a huge event. Every year hundreds of people all across the county visit the tiny village of Aldbury, to take part in raffles, check out some of the local goods, try their luck on the coconut shy and even send their fluffy loved ones down the 'Teddy Tower of Terror'.

It's the biggest event in the village, and takes months to organise. It's incredible the amount of dedication put in from the organisers and the volunteers who help out on the day. It really shows when you look at how packed out the village becomes.

It's also raises lots of money for the local church and school, as well as, letting local businesses really showcase their stuff!

View of Aldbury May Fair from the church tower (Teddy Tower of Terror)
This years May Pole Dancers
I visited the May Fair many years before when I was younger, growing up in Aldbury, but since moving 90-odd miles down south, I've found it difficult going back up for the big event.

It was nice taking the Other Half up for her first May Fair too. It was like rediscovering it all over again. Watching the Morris Dancers, checking out the various raffles to win things you really don't need, waiting line for the BBQ and seeing my brothers and sisters May pole dancing. 

Yes, May pole dancing. 

It's a tradition that the older students of the local primary school all take part in May pole dancing to celebrate May Day.

What was also a great experience, was getting the rare chance to go up the church tower (Teddy Tower of Terror). Climb across the bells and see the incredible view of the village from the top of the tower. Then to launch cuddly toys along zip wire from the top of it! 

It might have been a long drive up but the sense of nostalgia and the fun we had were definitely worth it.

I'd always suggest adding this one to your calendar.

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