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 […]
The Battle of Bosworth took place on August 22nd 1485. King Richard III was the last English king to fight in battle and was slain here with victory won by […]
The annual Rushbearing Festival at Sowerby Bridge takes place early in September each year and is a revival of an ancient custom. Its origins lie in the tradition of carrying […]
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 […]