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May Day at Cerne Abbas

Get up close and personal with the Cerne Abbas Giant during this ancient May Day celebration. Traditionally the Wessex Morris Men dance on the mighty chalk figure at the crack of dawn before celebrations in the village of Cerne Abbas.

The Cerne Giant is a 180-foot carving of an aroused naked man sprawled across a Dorset hillside, hewn in wide trenches of chalk. The giant has marked a fertility power place since ancient times, and he is said to have the power to help childless couples.

As well as mystical types, the Wessex Morris Men dance on the Giant as the dawn breaks, snaking their way back down to dance in the village square, followed by a well-earned breakfast at a designated pub - just follow the crowds.

Cerne Abbas Giant etched in chalk. Photo © British Tourist Authority

May Day at Cerne Abbas Information

When: May 2013 (annual)

Where: Cerne Abbas


Opening Hours: On the giant 5.15am; in the square 7am

Address: Cerne Abbas

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