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Dress up in your finery, greenery, maskery and magical costumes.

The English Ale is a unique seasonal gathering that takes place in the picturesque Adelaide hills town of Mylor every May. It is an autumn gathering celebrating the village customs and ritual traditions from the UK that occur within the seasonal wheel of the year.  

The event acknowledges the end of the hot dry summer, the end of the fire season and moving into the ‘greener’ time of the year. The first of our winter rains has arrived and the land that was so parched and dry is now is coming back to life.  

Jack In The Green has returned.

The leafy faces of Green Men peek out from behind the trees as King George and his Mummers Players ring their bell to summon all to gather. A bonfire is built with a Wicker Man waiting to fire the night, masked guisers in rag coats beat their drums to lead you along the path while we await the Morris Dancers with their bells, sticks and hankies to accompany the giants Petal, Rufus and the Mari Llwyd, to the lighting of our ritual fire.

Join in for a day and night of music, mumming, merriment, dance, giants, hobby horses and guisers. Wear a mask and take part in the torchlight procession to the bonfire!

The English Ale is coming and the Spirit of Albion lives on!

The English Ale would like to acknowledge the traditional owners of the land on where we hold our event, The Peramangk People. The English Ale is held on unceded /stolen Peramangk land. We have a deep respect for the Culture and Traditions of the Peramangk people Past, Present and ongoing. We also pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging.

The English Ale is a non smoking event on the Mylor Oval and food vendor areas.

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