Pictures: Barking manor house hosts May Day event

PUBLISHED: 13:05 04 May 2015 | UPDATED: 13:05 04 May 2015

Guests are taught how to dance around the Maypole.

Guests are taught how to dance around the Maypole.


A National Trust Tudor manor house opened its doors yesterday for a traditional May Day celebration.

Eastbury Manor House treated 100 guests to an interactive theatrical story, told by a duo of May Day fools, which taught people about the rituals behind the annual bank holiday.

Guests learnt how to dance around a Maypole and why Robin Hood pops up in celebrations.

Children also took part in a trail in which they had to walk around the manor house and find clues to solve an anagram puzzle.

“It went really well,” event co-ordinator Ivana Bilic said.

“We held the event in the courtyard under a cherry blossom tree and it was fabulous and really added to the atmosphere – it almost felt Shakespearian.

“Guests were clapping, cheering, dancing and singing along.

“We taught visitors the Maypole dance. It took them a few times to get it right but they were really happy when they did.”

Eastbury Manor House, in Eastbury Square, Barking, hosts Tudor themed events throughout the year.

Next month it will host a Sugar and Spice and All Things Nice costumed event which will give guests a chance to sample foods from around the world.

“We like to host events that are educational but also fun,” Ivana, 23, added.

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