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 […]
Scroggling the Holly marks the start of the festive season in Haworth, and is a modern ceremony involving gathering holly to decorate the town. Expect lots of Victorian style fancy […]
The Derby Tup is also known as Old Tup or the Derby Ram and is a mumming play associated with house visiting customs around Christmas time in the Sheffield area. […]
This is a fire custom welcoming in the New Year. A procession of Guizers in fancy dress parade through the village bearing aloft half-barrels filled with tar and flames which […]