Castleton Ancient Garland Ceremony

Castleton Garland 2022 - We are back this year but note the date - 30th May 2022

Fingers crossed we will be performing Castleton Ancient Garland Ceremony again this year but as the 29th is a Sunday we will be moving it to Monday 30th May. If you have never been to the Garland before, here is a short clip explaining the basics of the day.

Procession outside the school

What is the Garland Ceremony

Castleton Garland Day is held on May 29 (unless that date falls on a Sunday, when the custom is transferred to the Saturday or the Monday) in the village of Castleton in the Derbyshire Peak District. The Garland King, on horseback, and covered to the waist in a heavy, bell-shaped floral Garland, leads a procession through the village.

Origins

The date of the custom coincides with Oak Apple Day and it is said to commemorate the restoration of King Charles II in 1660. Presumably the Garland is meant to represent the oak tree in which he hid after the Battle of Worcester. Some folklorists suspect that it is actually a much older custom that transferred from May Day as many May celebrations did after having been banned by the Puritans. The Garland King certainly resembles a kind of Jack in the Green.


King (Jon Haddock) and Consort (Lizzy Turner) 2018