May Bank Holiday Weekend
First weekend in May
Rochester's annual Sweep
Festival celebrates the traditional holiday that chimney sweeps used to enjoy
on May Day. It was the one time of the year when
the sweeps could put away their tools and have some fun.
The Sweeps Festival is
a colourful mix of music, dancing and entertainment. An opportunity to see
some of the traditional dances and hear the songs which have been past down
from generation to generation.
Introduction to May Day | Maypole Dancing | Morris Dancing
May Day in the Past | May Day Today | Well Dressing
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