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Everything You Need to Know About Knutsford Royal May Day 2024

Everything You Need to Know About Knutsford Royal May Day 2024

Since its inception in 1864, this cherished event has been a highlight in the town's calendar, steeped in tradition and community spirit. Bestowed with the prestigious title of "Royal" by King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra in 1887, Knutsford continues to uphold this tradition with pride and this year's celebration is almost upon us. So here's everything you need to know about this year's event.

2024 Event Details

Mark your calendars for Saturday, the 4th of May, as Knutsford town comes alive with the sights and sounds of Royal May Day celebrations.

Staring at 1:30 pm and running until 4:00 pm, immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of this time-honoured event.

Admission is free, allowing everyone to participate in the festivities and experience the joy of Knutsford Royal May Day.

The Procession Route

The procession through the picturesque streets of Knutsford is a highlight of the Royal May Day celebrations.

Beginning at 1:30 pm in Marshall's Yard, opposite St. John's Church, the children assemble eagerly for the grand march. At 2 o'clock, the procession sets off along Toft Road, where it merges with the May Queen's Court emerging from the Town Council Offices.

As the procession winds its way through the town, it passes landmarks such as Tatton Park entrance, Tatton Street, and Princess Street, before culminating on King Edward Road.

Join the spectators lining the streets to witness the spectacle of the procession and catch a glimpse of the May Queen and her court, accompanied by characters dressed in magnificent costumes.

Unique Customs

Experience the charm of Knutsford's unique customs during the May Day Festival, including the traditional practice of "sanding" the streets. Which is believed to date back to King Canute's victorious crossing of the Lily at Canute's Ford, now Knutsford

Admire vibrant mottoes and arabesques traced in bright-colored sand adorning the pavements, a delightful sight that adds to the festive feel. This age-old tradition, passed down through generations, reflects the town's rich heritage and community spirit.

Grand Fireworks Display

No grand celebration is complete without a firework display.

The finale of Knutsford Royal May Day is the spectacular Grand Fireworks Display, a dazzling extravaganza that lights up the night sky over Knutsford Heath.

Provided generously by John Collin's Funfairs, this annual tradition marks the culmination of the festivities on the Sunday following May Day (5th of May this year).

As dusk descends, gather with fellow revelers to witness the display of light and enjoy the historic tradition of Knutsford Royal May Day.

Practical Information

For those planning to attend Knutsford Royal May Day, here's some essential practical information to ensure you make the most of this delightful event:

Date and Time:
Knutsford Royal May Day takes place on Saturday, 4th May, from 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm.

The festivities unfold throughout the charming town of Knutsford in Cheshire, with the procession commencing at Marshall's Yard (opposite St. John’s church).

Admission to Knutsford Royal May Day is free, thanks to the generous donations and sponsorship of local businesses and individuals. Consider making a donation via the Royal May Day website to support this cherished tradition.

Official car parking for Knutsford Fair is available on Little Heath, opposite the fair, and is organised and staffed by volunteers from the Knutsford District Scouts. The parking fee is £5.00 for the entire day.

The procession route encompasses various streets and roads within Knutsford, offering ample viewing opportunities for spectators of all ages and mobility levels.

Additional Activities
In addition to the procession and fireworks display, visitors can enjoy live entertainment, a vibrant funfair, trade stalls, and festival food and drinks throughout the day.

As Knutsford Royal May Day approaches, anticipation builds for this beloved event steeped in tradition and community spirit. 

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