Would you like to take part in this year’s May Queen? The May Queen Festival is an English tradition that has been going since before the war. The present festival was founded in 1949 in association with the London and Merrie England May Queen Festival, and it has continued as a colourful part of village life ever since.
Who can join? Girls aged between 4 and 9 years with a connection to the village. Annually the longest serving girl is chosen to be May Queen so the younger you join the better.
What does the May Queen do? Once a year the May Queen and her attendants meet with other May Queens from around London, for the crowning of the London and Merrie England May Queen. The event includes a street procession, picnic and maypole dancing. In June, the May Queen leads a procession through Bletchingley village to Grange meadow for the opening of the village fair.