May Heydays at Evesham:
29 April – 2 May 2022




May Heydays at Evesham is the relocated and renamed Eastbourne International Folkdance Festival (EIFF).  After 44 years at Eastbourne, we needed to move because of the difficulties posed by having three venues at some distance from each other.

The Festival Venue

Our new venue, The De Montfort School, Evesham, WR11 1DQ, offers all you need on one site:An added bonus is that the school is less than a mile from Evesham town centre and there are two hotels within half a mile of the premises.  The Evesham Premier Inn is 3 miles away on the by-pass, and there are other hotels, B&Bs and self-catering options within a few miles of the venue.  We have suggested Where to stay within a reasonable distance from the festival venue.

The Festival Format

Closely following the long-established Eastbourne format, May Heydays offers an enjoyable bank holiday weekend mix of different folk dance traditions from many parts of the world.

English DancersOur extensive English programme of workshops and dances offers modern and historical dance (including Playford and other styles and eras) with a variety of live bands from England and/or the States.  In 2019 Eastbourne started offering two English Balls for which dancers were invited (but not obliged) to wear historical costume or formal dress.  Whilst we would like to continue the success of having two Balls at May Heydays, we have decided that for this first event post-Covid we will just have one, on Sunday.

American DancersFestival-goers also enjoy a great selection of American contras and squares, again with a variety of live bands from England and/or the States.  These workshops and dances will be led by callers from the UK and/or the States.

International DancersOur International guests will teach dances from different regions of the world, with a special emphasis on the Balkans.  Owing to the range of tunes and styles involved in International dancing, workshops are mainly taught with recorded music; only for the evening dances will there be live musicians.

But May Heydays also offers an eclectic mix of other dance styles, traditional and modern.  To give you a few examples, we may throw in French and Northern European couple dances, Jive, Lindy Hop, Cajun or Argentinean Tango — but again, what we will offer in 2022 may not be as much as we would wish in later years.

A further string to the festival's bow is our commitment to providing opportunities for caller training.  May Heydays will continue the Eastbourne tradition of offering club callers the chance to call for a festival audience.  In 2022 this will not be a dedicated slot.  Instead, less experienced callers can come forward and we will partner them with one of our professional callers, so that they can call a dance during a 'regular' workshop and receive feedback afterwards.  Please contact Mecki if you are interested in taking up this opportunity.

The festival will also include a "Callers' Round" where callers can meet up and exchange notes, each moderated by an experienced caller.

In addition to our dance programme, we hope to offer a selection of guided walks for non-dancing partners.  We are also considering singing and music workshops.


Copyright © 2012-2022   May Heydays Folk Festival.      Privacy policy


Latest information

5-Jan-22: Having considered our position carefully, we are now starting to plan the details for May Heydays 2022. As we are expecting lower numbers than booked for 2020, we are initially going to programme for two parallel events (English and American) plus one International workshop/dance. Should we get sufficient bookings we can plan another track of events at relatively short notice.  See the Preliminary Programme.

Bookings will open on February 1st.

Looking forward to the time when we can all meet again: Friday 29th April — Monday 2nd May 2022.

The May Heydays Team
Tel 01308 423 442