Welcome to Calendar Customs!
This site aims to list the wide variety of traditional and unusual events that take place each year in the UK and to help visitors take part in them. Each event has its own page giving details of its timing and location, as well as a very brief history and notes on what to expect. Enjoy!
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Haxey Hood is one of the ancient mass-participation festival games and is the earliest in the year, sometimes taking place in snow. Instead of a football, the players use “hoods” […]
Every 5th November the streets of Ottery St Mary are lit by blazing tar barrels, carried by the residents of the town; the barrels weigh 30kg and are carried at […]
This is an ancient custom dating back hundreds of years -nobody knows exactly how long but it’s reputedly one of the oldest traditions in Europe. It starts with a simple […]
Hurling is the Cornish form of the festival handball/mass football games that typically take place around Shrovetide or Easter. The balls used are small like Scottish handballs but are […]
The Moonraking Festival is held every other February at Slaithwaite to commemorate a local legend of cunning smugglers, who nearly got caught retrieving their contraband hidden in the local pond […]
Skipping on Shrove Tuesday was formerly carried out in numerous locations across the country; at Scarborough the tradition is still thriving. Its origins are unknown but it’s been happening for […]