It's the 1st of May and officially the beginning of summer, according to druids and pagans.

The jingle jangle of Morris Men can be heard on the wind, dancing their medieval mumming step on village greens and in rural communities.

Druids and pagans celebrate May Day or 'Beltane' as the chance to celebrate the coming of the season of warmth and light.

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Other traditional English May Day rites and celebrations include the crowning of a May Queen and dancing round the Maypole, another activity associated with ancient fertility rites.

Jig your way back through time and take a look at these pagan celebrations going on around Britain on Wednesday.

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  • May Day Dawn Celebrations On Glastonbury Tor

    GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - MAY 01: The sun rises over the Somerset Levels as people join in a Beltane dawn celebration service in front of St. Michael's Tower on Glastonbury Tor on May 1, 2013 in Glastonbury, England. Although more synonymous with International Workers' Day, or Labour Day, May Day or Beltane is celebrated by druids and pagans as the beginning of summer and the chance to celebrate the coming of the season of warmth and light. Other traditional English May Day rites and celebrations include Morris dancing and the crowning of a May Queen with celebrations involving a Maypole. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

  • May Day Dawn Celebrations On Glastonbury Tor

    GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - MAY 01: Rollo Maughfling, (C) the Archdruid of Glastonbury and Stonehenge conducts a Beltane dawn celebration service in front of St. Michael's Tower on Glastonbury Tor on May 1, 2013 in Glastonbury, England. Although more synonymous with International Workers' Day, or Labour Day, May Day or Beltane is celebrated by druids and pagans as the beginning of summer and the chance to celebrate the coming of the season of warmth and light. Other traditional English May Day rites and celebrations include Morris dancing and the crowning of a May Queen with celebrations involving a Maypole. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

  • May Day Dawn Celebrations On Glastonbury Tor

    GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - MAY 01: Members of the Cam Valley Morris Men dance at a May Day dawn celebration in front of St. Michael's Tower on Glastonbury Tor on May 1, 2013 in Glastonbury, England. Although more synonymous with International Workers' Day, or Labour Day, May Day or Beltane is celebrated by druids and pagans as the beginning of summer and the chance to celebrate the coming of the season of warmth and light. Other traditional English May Day rites and celebrations include Morris dancing and the crowning of a May Queen with celebrations involving a Maypole. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

  • May Day Dawn Celebrations On Glastonbury Tor

    GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - MAY 01: People watch the sun rise as they join in a Beltane dawn celebration service in front of St. Michael's Tower on Glastonbury Tor on May 1, 2013 in Glastonbury, England. Although more synonymous with International Workers' Day, or Labour Day, May Day or Beltane is celebrated by druids and pagans as the beginning of summer and the chance to celebrate the coming of the season of warmth and light. Other traditional English May Day rites and celebrations include Morris dancing and the crowning of a May Queen with celebrations involving a Maypole. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

  • May Day Dawn Celebrations On Glastonbury Tor

    GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - MAY 01: The sun starts to rise as people gather for a Beltane dawn celebration service in front of St. Michael's Tower on Glastonbury Tor on May 1, 2013 in Glastonbury, England. Although more synonymous with International Workers' Day, or Labour Day, May Day or Beltane is celebrated by druids and pagans as the beginning of summer and the chance to celebrate the coming of the season of warmth and light. Other traditional English May Day rites and celebrations include Morris dancing and the crowning of a May Queen with celebrations involving a Maypole. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

  • May Day Dawn Celebrations On Glastonbury Tor

    GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - MAY 01: Members of the Cam Valley Morris Men dance at a May Day dawn celebration in front of St. Michael's Tower on Glastonbury Tor on May 1, 2013 in Glastonbury, England. Although more synonymous with International Workers' Day, or Labour Day, May Day or Beltane is celebrated by druids and pagans as the beginning of summer and the chance to celebrate the coming of the season of warmth and light. Other traditional English May Day rites and celebrations include Morris dancing and the crowning of a May Queen with celebrations involving a Maypole. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

  • May Day Dawn Celebrations On Glastonbury Tor

    GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - MAY 01: People sit and watch the sun rise as they join in a Beltane dawn celebration service in front of St. Michael's Tower on Glastonbury Tor on May 1, 2013 in Glastonbury, England. Although more synonymous with International Workers' Day, or Labour Day, May Day or Beltane is celebrated by druids and pagans as the beginning of summer and the chance to celebrate the coming of the season of warmth and light. Other traditional English May Day rites and celebrations include Morris dancing and the crowning of a May Queen with celebrations involving a Maypole. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

  • May Day Dawn Celebrations On Glastonbury Tor

    GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - MAY 01: People sit and watch the sun rise as they join in a Beltane dawn celebration service in front of St. Michael's Tower on Glastonbury Tor on May 1, 2013 in Glastonbury, England. Although more synonymous with International Workers' Day, or Labour Day, May Day or Beltane is celebrated by druids and pagans as the beginning of summer and the chance to celebrate the coming of the season of warmth and light. Other traditional English May Day rites and celebrations include Morris dancing and the crowning of a May Queen with celebrations involving a Maypole. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

  • May Day Dawn Celebrations On Glastonbury Tor

    GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - MAY 01: Members of the Cam Valley Morris Men share a beer after they complete their dance at a May Day dawn celebration in front of St. Michael's Tower on Glastonbury Tor on May 1, 2013 in Glastonbury, England. Although more synonymous with International Workers' Day, or Labour Day, May Day or Beltane is celebrated by druids and pagans as the beginning of summer and the chance to celebrate the coming of the season of warmth and light. Other traditional English May Day rites and celebrations include Morris dancing and the crowning of a May Queen with celebrations involving a Maypole. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

  • May Day Dawn Celebrations On Glastonbury Tor

    GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - MAY 01: A couple watch the sun rise as they join in a Beltane dawn celebration service in front of St. Michael's Tower on Glastonbury Tor on May 1, 2013 in Glastonbury, England. Although more synonymous with International Workers' Day, or Labour Day, May Day or Beltane is celebrated by druids and pagans as the beginning of summer and the chance to celebrate the coming of the season of warmth and light. Other traditional English May Day rites and celebrations include Morris dancing and the crowning of a May Queen with celebrations involving a Maypole. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

  • May Day Dawn Celebrations On Glastonbury Tor

    GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - MAY 01: The sun starts to rise as people gather for a Beltane dawn celebration service in front of St. Michael's Tower on Glastonbury Tor on May 1, 2013 in Glastonbury, England. Although more synonymous with International Workers' Day, or Labour Day, May Day or Beltane is celebrated by druids and pagans as the beginning of summer and the chance to celebrate the coming of the season of warmth and light. Other traditional English May Day rites and celebrations include Morris dancing and the crowning of a May Queen with celebrations involving a Maypole. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

  • May Day Dawn Celebrations On Glastonbury Tor

    GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - MAY 01: Members of the Cam Valley Morris Men share a beer after they complete their dance at a May Day dawn celebration in front of St. Michael's Tower on Glastonbury Tor on May 1, 2013 in Glastonbury, England. Although more synonymous with International Workers' Day, or Labour Day, May Day or Beltane is celebrated by druids and pagans as the beginning of summer and the chance to celebrate the coming of the season of warmth and light. Other traditional English May Day rites and celebrations include Morris dancing and the crowning of a May Queen with celebrations involving a Maypole. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

  • May Day Dawn Celebrations On Glastonbury Tor

    GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - MAY 01: A member of the Cam Valley Morris Men poses for a photograph after they completed their dance at a May Day dawn celebration in front of St. Michael's Tower on Glastonbury Tor on May 1, 2013 in Glastonbury, England. Although more synonymous with International Workers' Day, or Labour Day, May Day or Beltane is celebrated by druids and pagans as the beginning of summer and the chance to celebrate the coming of the season of warmth and light. Other traditional English May Day rites and celebrations include Morris dancing and the crowning of a May Queen with celebrations involving a Maypole. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

  • May Day Dawn Celebrations On Glastonbury Tor

    GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - MAY 01: A woman watches the sun rise during the Beltane dawn celebration service in front of St. Michael's Tower on Glastonbury Tor on May 1, 2013 in Glastonbury, England. Although more synonymous with International Workers' Day, or Labour Day, May Day or Beltane is celebrated by druids and pagans as the beginning of summer and the chance to celebrate the coming of the season of warmth and light. Other traditional English May Day rites and celebrations include Morris dancing and the crowning of a May Queen with celebrations involving a Maypole. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

  • May Day Dawn Celebrations On Glastonbury Tor

    GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - MAY 01: A woman watches the sun rise during Beltane dawn celebration service in front of St. Michael's Tower on Glastonbury Tor on May 1, 2013 in Glastonbury, England. Although more synonymous with International Workers' Day, or Labour Day, May Day or Beltane is celebrated by druids and pagans as the beginning of summer and the chance to celebrate the coming of the season of warmth and light. Other traditional English May Day rites and celebrations include Morris dancing and the crowning of a May Queen with celebrations involving a Maypole. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

  • May Day Dawn Celebrations On Glastonbury Tor

    GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - MAY 01: A person holds a holds a windmill as people watch the sun rise as they join in a Beltane dawn celebration service in front of St. Michael's Tower on Glastonbury Tor on May 1, 2013 in Glastonbury, England. Although more synonymous with International Workers' Day, or Labour Day, May Day or Beltane is celebrated by druids and pagans as the beginning of summer and the chance to celebrate the coming of the season of warmth and light. Other traditional English May Day rites and celebrations include Morris dancing and the crowning of a May Queen with celebrations involving a Maypole. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

  • May Day Dawn Celebrations On Glastonbury Tor

    GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - MAY 01: A woman holds a windmill as she watches the sun rise as they join in a Beltane dawn celebration service in front of St. Michael's Tower on Glastonbury Tor on May 1, 2013 in Glastonbury, England. Although more synonymous with International Workers' Day, or Labour Day, May Day or Beltane is celebrated by druids and pagans as the beginning of summer and the chance to celebrate the coming of the season of warmth and light. Other traditional English May Day rites and celebrations include Morris dancing and the crowning of a May Queen with celebrations involving a Maypole. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

  • May Day Dawn Celebrations On Glastonbury Tor

    GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - MAY 01: A couple watch the sun rise as they join in a Beltane dawn celebration service in front of St. Michael's Tower on Glastonbury Tor on May 1, 2013 in Glastonbury, England. Although more synonymous with International Workers' Day, or Labour Day, May Day or Beltane is celebrated by druids and pagans as the beginning of summer and the chance to celebrate the coming of the season of warmth and light. Other traditional English May Day rites and celebrations include Morris dancing and the crowning of a May Queen with celebrations involving a Maypole. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

  • May Day Dawn Celebrations On Glastonbury Tor

    GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - MAY 01: People sit to watch the sun rise as they join in a Beltane dawn celebration service in front of St. Michael's Tower on Glastonbury Tor on May 1, 2013 in Glastonbury, England. Although more synonymous with International Workers' Day, or Labour Day, May Day or Beltane is celebrated by druids and pagans as the beginning of summer and the chance to celebrate the coming of the season of warmth and light. Other traditional English May Day rites and celebrations include Morris dancing and the crowning of a May Queen with celebrations involving a Maypole. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

  • May Day Dawn Celebrations On Glastonbury Tor

    GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - MAY 01: People watch the sun rise as they join in a Beltane dawn celebration service in front of St. Michael's Tower on Glastonbury Tor on May 1, 2013 in Glastonbury, England. Although more synonymous with International Workers' Day, or Labour Day, May Day or Beltane is celebrated by druids and pagans as the beginning of summer and the chance to celebrate the coming of the season of warmth and light. Other traditional English May Day rites and celebrations include Morris dancing and the crowning of a May Queen with celebrations involving a Maypole. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

  • May Day Dawn Celebrations On Glastonbury Tor

    GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - MAY 01: Members of the Cam Valley Morris Men dance at a May Day dawn celebration in front of St. Michael's Tower on Glastonbury Tor on May 1, 2013 in Glastonbury, England. Although more synonymous with International Workers' Day, or Labour Day, May Day or Beltane is celebrated by druids and pagans as the beginning of summer and the chance to celebrate the coming of the season of warmth and light. Other traditional English May Day rites and celebrations include Morris dancing and the crowning of a May Queen with celebrations involving a Maypole. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

  • May Day Dawn Celebrations On Glastonbury Tor

    GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - MAY 01: Rollo Maughfling, (L) the Archdruid of Glastonbury and Stonehenge conducts a May Day dawn celebration service in front of St. Michael's Tower on Glastonbury Tor on May 1, 2013 in Glastonbury, England. Although more synonymous with International Workers' Day, or Labour Day, May Day or Beltane is celebrated by druids and pagans as the beginning of summer and the chance to celebrate the coming of the season of warmth and light. Other traditional English May Day rites and celebrations include Morris dancing and the crowning of a May Queen with celebrations involving a Maypole. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

  • May Day Dawn Celebrations On Glastonbury Tor

    GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - MAY 01: Rollo Maughfling, (L) the Archdruid of Glastonbury and Stonehenge conducts a May Day dawn celebration service in front of St. Michael's Tower on Glastonbury Tor on May 1, 2013 in Glastonbury, England. Although more synonymous with International Workers' Day, or Labour Day, May Day or Beltane is celebrated by druids and pagans as the beginning of summer and the chance to celebrate the coming of the season of warmth and light. Other traditional English May Day rites and celebrations include Morris dancing and the crowning of a May Queen with celebrations involving a Maypole. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

  • May Day Dawn Celebrations On Glastonbury Tor

    GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - MAY 01: The sun starts to rise as people begin to gather for a Beltane dawn celebration service in front of St. Michael's Tower on Glastonbury Tor on May 1, 2013 in Glastonbury, England. Although more synonymous with International Workers' Day, or Labour Day, May Day or Beltane is celebrated by druids and pagans as the beginning of summer and the chance to celebrate the coming of the season of warmth and light. Other traditional English May Day rites and celebrations include Morris dancing and the crowning of a May Queen with celebrations involving a Maypole. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

  • May Day Dawn Celebrations On Glastonbury Tor

    GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - MAY 01: People join in a Beltane dawn celebration service in front of St. Michael's Tower on Glastonbury Tor on May 1, 2013 in Glastonbury, England. Although more synonymous with International Workers' Day, or Labour Day, May Day or Beltane is celebrated by druids and pagans as the beginning of summer and the chance to celebrate the coming of the season of warmth and light. Other traditional English May Day rites and celebrations include Morris dancing and the crowning of a May Queen with celebrations involving a Maypole. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)