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 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 […]
Former Wasdale pub landlord Will Ritson was a teller of tall tales and each year a competition is held in his memory, to see who can follow in his footsteps […]
Bonfire Night celebrations are common throughout the UK, but the event at Lewes is in a league of its own. The six Bonfire Societies in town each organise processions around […]