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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A selection of my favourite books on British customs and traditions is now available for purchase in our new online bookshop.
Days and Rites – Popular Customs of the Church is a new book from Heart of Albion press which discusses many church-related customs and traditions held throughout the country.
Whittlesea Straw Bear Festival is a modern revival (from 1980) of the ancient fenland custom of making a straw bear for Plough Monday – a man totally covered with a […]
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 […]
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 […]
Each February the city of York celebrates its Norse heritage by staging a Viking Festival. The exact timing varies slightly with the school half-term holiday but is always in the […]
The game at Sedgefield has been played for hundreds of years, supposedly since the masons working on the church challenged the locals back in the fourteenth century. It starts when […]