Celebrate May Day in traditional style with free, fun events for families at the Museum of London Docklands.
Join us at the Museum of London Docklands to celebrate May Day in traditional style. Choose from a range of craft, storytelling and object handling activities. Help to make a Jack in the Green, join in with our craft activities, listen to stories and take part in our procession.
Make a Jack in the Green
Mon 2 May, 11.30am – 12.30pm & 1.30-2.30pm
Help us make a ‘Jack in the Green’, a traditional May Day custom. Join in the procession and take home a leaf for good luck. 4+
Objects from English folklore
Mon 2 May, 12-2pm
Join some of our archaeologists to handle some objects connected with English folklore and superstition. 5+
Champion of the sweeps
Mon 2 May, 12.30-1pm, 2.30-3pm & 3.30-4pm
Join us to hear the legend of Elizabeth Montagu whose young son was allegedly kidnapped for his fine clothes. Years later, she found him working as a chimney sweep and every May Day after that held a feast for all the young chimney sweeps of London. 5+
Folklore at sea
Mon 2 May, 12.30-1.30pm & 2.30-3.30pm
Sailors believed that the figurehead of a ship was the eyes of the vessel and would ward off evil, marauding spirits. Find out about customs and superstitions connected with the sea then create your own figurehead design. 5+