00 Victorian May Day at Quarry Bank National Trust

Victorian May Day

At Quarry Bank Mill in Manchester was organized a Victorian May Day. I mentioned on my blog that I should have been Victorian and I was so keen on attending the event. We had some things to do before leaving, so we’ve arrived at 11.10. Obviously, we had to park in the overflow car park as is was so crowded. The event was spread out on the lawn, so we managed to have a look at everything.

00 Victorian May Day at Quarry Bank National Trust

We were greeted by two Victorian ladies who handed us a leaflet with the activities for the day.

01 Victorian May Day at Quarry Bank National Trust
He was explaining to the children the role of atmospheric pressure in an engaging way.

02 Victorian May Day at Quarry Bank National Trust

On the lawn there were a lot of activities for kids and a few stalls with jacket potatoes, ice cream and fudge. We had a look at everything and head up to the terrace.

03 Victorian May Day at Quarry Bank National Trust

04 Victorian May Day at Quarry Bank National Trust

05 Victorian May Day at Quarry Bank National Trust

There was a stall with dresses and capes and hats. But they were for children and we were able to try on only the hats. Hubby went for his hat of choice: top hat and I got a day hat with flowers, perfect for a May Day.

07 Victorian May Day at Quarry Bank National Trust

08 Victorian May Day at Quarry Bank National Trust

09 Victorian May Day at Quarry Bank National Trust

10 Victorian May Day at Quarry Bank National Trust
This is the lawn with the Punch & Judy show, the costumes and the wooden toys. On the other side there were the other activities, the Maypole and food stalls.

11 Victorian May Day at Quarry Bank National Trust

We’ve got a good place to see the Punch & Judy show and waited for it to start. It was funny, mostly for kids, but there were a few grown up jokes too.

12 Victorian May Day at Quarry Bank National Trust Punch and Judy

13 Victorian May Day at Quarry Bank National Trust Punch and Judy

14 Victorian May Day at Quarry Bank National Trust Punch & Judy

After the show we’ve tried the wooden toys. Most of them looked harder to manage than one would think.

15 Victorian May Day at Quarry Bank National Trust wooden victorian games and toys
It was so difficult to keep it in balance.

16 Victorian May Day at Quarry Bank National Trust wooden victorian games and toys
With this toy I managed to hit myself in the head and I stopped when I was about to hit someone else.

17 Victorian May Day at Quarry Bank National Trust wooden victorian games and toys
I’ve had such a sense of achievement when I (finally) managed to get the ball in the cup with the smaller one.

18 Victorian May Day at Quarry Bank National Trust
I didn’t try the horse, but I have to admit I thought about it.

19 Victorian May Day at Quarry Bank National Trust

I wanted to see the Maypole dancing for years. I’ve read about it many times in my books. I didn’t expect to be able to see it, before reading about the event at Quarry Bank Mill on National Trust’s website. I loved it.

20 Victorian May Day at Quarry Bank National Trust with maypole dancing

21 Victorian May Day at Quarry Bank National Trust with maypole dancing

23 Victorian May Day at Quarry Bank National Trust with maypole dancing

24 Victorian May Day at Quarry Bank National Trust with maypole dancing

25 Victorian May Day at Quarry Bank National Trust with maypole dancing

Do you attend May Day events? If you blogged about them, leave me a link so I can have a look.

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14 thoughts on “Victorian May Day”

  1. This looks so fun! And you look sweet in the bonnet :) I’d love to see a Punch and Judy show! I love the Victorian era. I sometimes think I was born in the wrong era, because I’m always wishing I’d been born in that time, it was so elegant and cool!

    1. Thank you Amanda xx It was fun. I fully agree with the Victorian era, I even wrote a post entitled: I should have been Victorian :))

  2. Oh my gosh, what a fantastic looking day! We visited Quarry Bank Mill for GSCE History and I loved it. I didn’t know they held days like this, I’m sorry I missed it. You suit the bonnet =p x

    1. Ohh, thank you xx There are a few events on National Trust’s website and I make a note in my diary so I don’t forget. It was fun, I’m glad we went.

  3. Aaaaaaaaaaaaah, i’ve never seen a maypole up close- it is SO clever! I didn’t realise they made intricate patterns like that! SO pretty. It looks SUCH a fun day. Sorry, I confess to a little giggle at your description of hitting yourself with the ball!x
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