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 […]
There is no-one else like the Burry Man – a man encased completely in a costume composed of thousands of burdock heads, wearing a flowery bowler hat. He has two […]
Galashiels Braw Lads Gathering is a traditional Borders festival with a plethora of commemorative aspects to it. Beginning at 8am, the braw Lad recieves the Flag and leads a cavalcade […]
The annual Birdman competition is when humans strive to become airborne using only manpower to propel them off the pier….usually with predictable results! There are three classes in the competition […]