Have you ever heard of Jack in the Green?
On the first Saturday of every May, Jack in the Green parades through the streets of Bristol. Jack is a tall, green figure, swathed in green leaves and ivy and decked with bright ribbons.
He is always accompanied by his merry band of Morris Dancers and musicians who guide him on his way through the streets of Bristol, beating their drums, batons and tambourines.
This year’s journey starts on the morning of Saturday 7th May in the centre of Bristol and ends later that day on Horfield Common where Jack must ‘die so that Summer can begin.
Jack in the Green originated from the 16th and 17th centuries in Britain, when many would celebrate May Day by making crowns of leaves and flowers.
These crowns got bigger and more spectacular over the years as people became more competitive with their creations, until eventually Jack in the Green was bourne. The tradition of Jack in the Green was restored in the 1970s and Bristol is one of the few cities in England which takes part.
Here are the details of Jack’s journey through Bristol tomorrow (planned timings are rough, however, as Jack has a long way to go and lots of people to see on his way!).
Saturday 7th May
- 10.30am – M Shed, Princes Wharf
- 11am – St Nicholas Market
- 11.45am – Broadmead
- 12 noon – The Horsefair
- 12.30pm – St Michael’s Hill
- 2.15pm – Kingsdown Parade
- 3pm – Redland Grove
- 3.30pm – Gloucester Road
- 4pm – Horfield Common
Seeing Jack in the Green is a must, especially if you have children!
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