April

Beginning with All Fools Day and always including St George’s feast, April also sees walking customs and more sporting events. Easter frequently falls during April with its many associated customs, including football, Easter eggs and charity doles.


Some events take place on exactly the same date every year, regardless of which day of the week they fall upon. The following table shows events which are fixed in this way:

DayEventArticle
1April Fools DayArticle
2Brougham Lady Anne Clifford's DoleArticle
6Tartan DayArticle
23Lichfield St George's CourtArticle
23St George's DayArticle
30Beltane RitesArticle
30Edinburgh Beltane FireArticle
30Glastonbury Beltane CelebrationsArticle

Some event dates differ from year to year in order for them to fall on a weekend or during a particular week of the year, for example the 3rd week in January. The following table shows events where dates may vary in this manner:

DateEventArticle
Late March / early AprilUniversity Boat RaceArticle
April or May every 5 yearsBodmin Beating the Bounds & HurlingArticle
A Sunday in April or MayLondon The Tudor PullArticle
A Sunday in April or MayMad Maldon Mud RaceArticle
A Saturday early in MonthAintree Grand NationalArticle
A Saturday early in MonthBideford Sheep Grand NationalArticle
5th or near dateLondon John Stow Memorial ServiceArticle
Saturday nearest 6thArbroath Tartan WeekArticle
Tuesday after 6thTatworth Candle AuctionArticle
Saturday nearest 16thCulloden Memorial ServiceArticle
A Saturday mid MonthSt Andrews Kate Kennedy ProcessionArticle
3rd SundayMytholmroyd World Dock Pudding ChampionshipsArticle
3rd Wednesday in the MonthWirksworth Great Barmote CourtArticle
18th (latest possible date)Palm SundayArticle
22 (latest possible date)Maundy ThursdayArticle
Saturday nearest 23rdStratford Shakespeare's Birthday CelebrationsArticle
Sunday nearest 23rdSalisbury St George's Day CelebrationsArticle
A Saturday late in MonthCamborne Trevithick DayArticle
A Saturday late in monthHeathfield Heffle Cuckoo FairArticle
A Saturday late in MonthMarsden Cuckoo FestivalArticle
A Sunday late in MonthDucklington Fritillary SundayArticle
A Monday Late in the MonthBourne Running AuctionArticle
A Sunday in late April or early MaySwithland Wood Bluebell ServiceArticle
23 (latest possible date)Good FridayArticle
24 (latest possible date)Easter SaturdayArticle
25 (latest possible date)Easter SundayArticle
26 (latest possible date)Easter MondayArticle
Weekend nearest 27thDunbar Battle Commemoration 1296Article
Saturday nearest May Eve (30th)Butser Beltain Festival & Wicker ManArticle
Near 1st May (may be in late April)Charlton-on-Otmoor Garland CeremonyArticle
Late April to late JuneWorcestershire British Asparagus FestivalArticle

Easter was the most important festival in the Christian Church, celebrating the resurrection. Easter has no settled date, but is fixed by a complex system based upon the phases of the moon and the equinox – it usually falls between late March and late April. Maundy Thursday is the day before Good Friday, which is followed by Easter Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

Hocktide is the Monday and Tuesday following Easter Monday.

DateEventArticle
Ash Wednesday to Easter MondaySt Albans Alban Hot Cross BunsArticle
Palm Sunday weekend and Good FridayBury Pace EggersArticle
Last Thursday of Easter TermUfton Marvyn DoleArticle
Maundy ThursdayLeigh (Manchester) Henry Travice CharityArticle
Maundy ThursdayRoyal MaundyArticle
Good Friday & Easter WeekendEaster Pilgrimages and Passion PlaysArticle
Good FridayAlciston Long-Rope SkippingArticle
Good FridayCalder Valley Pace Egg PlaysArticle
Good FridayDunstable Orange RollingArticle
Good FridayHartfield DoleArticle
Good FridayHastings Stations of the Cross Passion Play and MarblesArticle
Good FridayHorndon-on-the-Hill BunsArticle
Good FridayLondon Butterworth Charity & Widows SixpenceArticle
Good FridayLondon Widow's Bun CeremonyArticle
Good FridayMansfield Mary Mallatratt's DoleArticle
Good FridayPenistone Flour DoleArticle
Good FridayTinsley Green Marbles ChampionshipArticle
Good FridayWorkington FootballArticle
Easter SaturdayBacup Brittannia Coconut DancersArticle
Easter SaturdayMarket Harborough Hubbard SingingArticle
Easter SundayDinas Bran PilgrimageArticle
Easter SundayPeterlee World Egg Jarping ChampionshipsArticle
Easter SundayRawtenstall Clog Cobbin ChampionshipsArticle
Easter Monday Biddenden DoleArticle
Easter MondayGawthorpe World Coal Carrying ChampionshipArticle
Easter MondayGreat Finborough Race of the BogmenArticle
Easter MondayGreenwich Easter Monday LiftingArticle
Easter MondayHallaton Hare Pie Scramble & Bottle KickingArticle
Easter MondayHedley Barrel RaceArticle
Easter MondayLondon Harness Horse ParadeArticle
Easter MondayMorpeth Easter OrangesArticle
Easter MondayMossley & Middleton Pace Egg PlaysArticle
Easter MondayPreston Egg RollingArticle
Easter MondayWinchelsea MayoringArticle
Easter TuesdayBristol Tuppenny Starvers Charity DoleArticle
Easter TuesdaySouth Cave Jobson Charity Bequest & SermonArticle
Easter TuesdayWorkington FootballArticle
Saturday after EasterMorpeth Northumbrian Gathering & Border CavalcadeArticle
Saturday after EasterWorkington FootballArticle
Sunday after EasterKeevil Taylor CharityArticle
Thursday after EasterRatcliffe Culey Lane SettingArticle
Hock Tuesday (Tuesday of the week after Easter week)Hungerford Hocktide & Tutti MenArticle