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 […]
The Pancake Race at Olney is the best-known of its kind in the UK and beyond – there is even a “twin” event in Kansas! Competitors must be female residents […]
Each Shrove Tuesday the annual meeting of the Ancient Order of Purbeck Marblers and Stonecutters takes place at the Town Hall. Apprentices wanting to join the order have to bring […]
Blidworth hosts a unique survival – the Rocking Ceremony, which is held on the Sunday nearest to February 2nd, the festival of Candlemas in which the presentation of baby Jesus […]