With only a few weeks to go until our spectacular Beltain festival on Saturday 29 April, the 30ft Butser wickerman is beginning to take shape! The team have been out in the spring mists this week, having made hazel hurdle pieces off site and carried them in to fix onto the body. Ken Galton, Darren Hammerton and Michael Bennett are all professional woodworkers, with a range of skills including hurdlemaking, wood carving and treewrighting – you may recognise Darren as the mastermind behind our Saxon longhouse. They all work in sustainable local woodlands, using coppiced hazel and British timber to make our fantastic wickerman. As always, the design will not be revealed until the night of Beltain, so book your tickets soon to see the final sculpture and watch it burn to the ground! The Beltain festival is an ancient Celtic celebration to welcome in the warm summer months, and the wickerman is built and burnt to please the gods, in the hope that we will be blessed with a good harvest. The festival also includes a real ale bar, live music, hot food, traditional crafts, folk dancing and much more. Tickets available on the website or by calling 02392 598838.