With an afternoon of Morris Dancing on George Street yesterday as well as the crowning of the Queen Of May (at Hastings Castle) and The Drum Off (in Butler’s Gap) today – The Bank Holiday Jack In The Green festival is definitely picking up pace.
But This Is Hastings turns its attention to the big Monday celebrations:
10.15am – Jack Is Released
Things kick off from the Fisherman’s Museum in Rock-a-Nore with the releasing of Jack.
11.15am – Dancing In The High Street
The procession will make its way up All Saints Street and back down the High Street, with the performers stopping to refuel anywhere between the FILO and Porters.
Its likely to get pretty busy around this time, so if you’re not a fan of big crowds, tight spaces or beer on your shoulder This Is Hastings suggests alternate vantage points.
12.00pm – Regroup / Journey To The Castle
The procession reforms and makes its way up Swan Terrace and Croft Road, before leading onto Collier Road, across the West Hill and onto Hastings Castle.
12.30pm – Hastings Castle
Jack arrives at the Castle. (Admission £3 adults / £1 children) We recommend you get your spot way ahead of time, as there will be a big rush to get into the Castle once the procession arrives.
12.45pm – Dancing
Sit back and enjoy an afternoon of Spring-like frivolity with Morris Dance offs (aka You Got Served with Bells On). Grab a drink and nibble from the numerous food and drink stalls and hopefully avoid the rain.
3.30pm – Jack Is Slain
Jack is ceremonially slain and the spirit of Summer is released for another year. The Castle closes at 5.00om, so with a bit of Jack’s leafy remains in hand, you’re now free to enjoy the rest of the day’s frivolity – more information on that soon!
Full programme and map can be found on the official Jack In The Green Website