Castleton Garland Ceremony is held on the 29th of May. If the date falls on a Sunday then the event takes place on the Saturday. The exact origin of the ceremony is lost in time, but it is believed to be a pagan ritual. This date also commemorates the return of the monarchy.  in 1660, Parliament declared the 29th  of May , the King's birthday, a public holiday. This day is also called oak apple day in reference to the battle of Worcester in September 1651, when the future Charles 11 escaped the Roundhead army by hiding in an oak tree. Typical timetable. Flowers and oak branches are collected the previous evening. At around 12.00 onwards the Garland is constructed, then there is a break in events untill....... 5-5.30pm when the King and Consort ride the village bounds. 6.25pm Castleton Silver Band and the Morris dancers along with the Garland arrive at the host pub, the garland is placed on the shoulders of the King. 6.30 and 8-8.30 the procession passes through the village with stops at each public house and ends at the Church. The small posy or queen is then removed and the Garland is hoisted to the top of the Church tower. The procession then moves to the maypole where the dancers and band stop, the King and Consort carry on and wait by the War Memorial. After a number of dances around the maypole everyone moves on to the War Memorial were the King places the posy while the band play (a very moving moment). This is a great day in folklore, confirmed by the huge crowd that gather to witness the event.
Please note.
In a break with tradition
2011 Garland Parade will be
On Monday the 30th May