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 Medieval Festival is one of the largest events of its kind in Europe and takes place every July in fields off Lincoln Green Lane (where part of the […]
The Hat & Ribbon Race is probably the oldest road race in Scotland with its origins hundreds of years ago in the races between local shepherds to win ribbons for […]
Grasmere celebrates its rushbearing festival currently in mid-July (it was formerly held on the Saturday nearest August 5th). Rushbearing is a ceremony whereby the floor rushes in church were renewed […]