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 origins of the Rushcart are similar to the traditions of rushbearing which survives in Cumbia, but which have evolved in a different way. Rushes were gathered for strewing on […]
The noble art of gravy-wrestling is a comparative newcomer to the sporting scene, beginning in 2007. Competitors must wrestle in a 16-foot pool of Lancasire Gravy for 2 minutes and […]
As well as a host of regular regatta events such as races, crab catching, swimming,processions and various other entertainments, the Regatta hosts the annual Giant Pasty Ceremony (which is […]