Maypole Dancing and a Fairy Party

Posted on May 13th, 2016

Country Kids from Coombe Mill

Mayday is quite a British Tradition from Maypole dancing to Morris dancers. Here in Cornwall Padstow really go to town for May Day and I’ve taken the kids to enjoy the festivities in the past.  Back at the farm I really wanted to capture a little of the May Day party atmosphere in our Activity Hour.  

Creating Maypole Dancing and a Fairy Party

Maypole dancing round a windbreak!

My biggest challenge was in making a Maypole. I hunted high and low before spotting the perfect solution whilst moving our boot room; an old Windbreak that was about to be thrown out. I took the best of the poles and Farmer Nick knocked it into the ground for me. A little coloured floristry ribbon and some Duck Tape Colours and my party theme was taking shape.

 

DIY Maypole for some party fun at coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

We began the session with a gorgeous Orchard Toys jigsaw. I love this puzzle as it is of a woodland party and full of imagination and make believe. We made the puzzle and talked about all the fun going on at the party. I explained that we were going to have our own party and set one up for the fairies in the Fairy gardens too.

Making the Orchard Toys Woodland Party Jigsaw at Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

Every party needs cake and the children helped me fill the cupcakes and decorate them. They would have just enough time to cook while we put on our dancing shoes.

Making Cupcakes at Coombe MillFamily Farm Holidays Cornwall

Guy and Clio came to help me and organised the music for our dancing. I have to say Maypole dancing is harder than I remembered and it took all of the parents helping me to get a good pattern going round our maypole. It’s fair to say we were far from perfect but it was a lot of fun and took me back to my school days.

Maypole Dancing at Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

By the time we stopped the cakes we cooling and everyone was ready for a party snack. Refuelled we set about making mini Maypoles from sticks and floristry ribbon for the fairy gardens along with painted bunting.

Making fairy maypoles at Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

There was just enough time for the children to choose their location for the fairy maypole dancing party and add their decorations.

Creating a fairy party at Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

While the children enjoyed a ride on the train with Guy I hung back just long enough to see the first gnomes tentatively stepping over to try their hand at Maypole dancing!

Gnomes going to the fairy party while the children board the Coombe Mill Railway at Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

A great afternoon of fun and games here on the farm with plenty of fresh air and sunshine all the way.

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