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Processions, pagans and purpose
Beltane Fire Festival The 20th anniversary of the wild, blazing ritual festival welcoming in the spring. Join the May Queen (pictured), her consort the Green Man, armies of White Women and naked Red Men and around 10,000 revellers up Calton Hill. Ticket price still to be confirmed, but remember to decant any alcohol into plastic bottles. Edinburgh, Calton Hill, Mon 30 Apr.
Circus Starr This ‘circus-with-a-purpose’, resplendent with clowns, acrobats, aerial artists and a live band, tours the UK raising money for local charities, on this occasion the Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice. Call 0870 167 6177 to book. Bellahouston Park, Glasgow, Fri 27 Apr.
Maydaze Moving to a new location in the Merchant City, Maydaze returns with a familiar spring feast of free music, dance, entertainment and fun for all the family. The traditional May Day Rally - organised by the Glasgow Trades Union Council - will precede the event, leaving George Square at 11.30am and following a route through the city centre before arriving at the Old Fruitmarket. Old Fruitmarket, Glasgow, Sun 6 May.