Jack in the Green Festival in Hastings

The Jack in the Green Festival is a traditional British celebration, that takes place every year in various parts of the gorgeous seaside resort that is Hastings. It is a true British May Day celebration with a huge following. 

Centred around the symbolic figure of Jack in the Green, a tower of leaves that represents the spirit of summer, with live music, Morris dancing and traditional merriment, and hundreds of people both visitors and participants, culminating in a wild, green, foliage and floral themed, costumed parade. 

The long weekend is full of a range of events from live music, concerts, talks, folk dancing and is topped off by the main event on the May Bank Holiday Monday, with the Jack in the Green parade itself.  The parade begins at 9.45am on the Bank holiday Monday setting off from the Fisherman's Huts in Rock-a-Nore Road in the Old Town, and finishes on the West Hill, where you will have an opportunity to see traditional folk dancers and music throughout the afternoon. The festival culminates with the ‘slaying of Jack,’ to release the spirit of summer for this year. 

Although an annual tradition, we were unable to make it down to Hastings this year so I have included some instagram images from #JackInTheGreen to give you all al better idea of just how green Jack is.  Thank you to @ - Hastings Jack in the Green, Joanne Haywood, India Taylor Author, Watersvicky, The Times, and Btrich for sharing your photos. I hope you had a fantastic time.