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 photographic exhibition on Brighton Pier from October 3rd-19th, featuring pictures of the Bacup Coconut Dancers, The Abbots Bromley Horn Dance, May Pole dancing and more…
A selection of my favourite books on British customs and traditions is available for purchase in our online bookshop.
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 […]
The spa town of Matlock Bath has been lighting up the skies every September and October since Queen Victoria admired the reflections of light on water there at her […]
October Plenty is a harvest festival celebration of the bounty of autumn and is a fusion of old customs with modern street theatre. It’s held each October starting outside the […]
In this annual competition the ancient grudge between Yorkshire and Lancashire is played out again – this time by hurling Black Puddings at a pile of Yorkshire Puddings on a […]