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  • Apple Howling is a revival of the ancient tradition of wassailing, the ritual to encourage the apple trees to produce a bumper crop – Howling is the local variant of […]

    Bolney Apple Howling

    Apple Howling is a revival of the ancient tradition of wassailing, the ritual to encourage the apple trees to produce a bumper crop – Howling is the local variant of […]

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  •   Boxing Day is when the Flamborough Sword Dancers perform around their home village. With origins in the local fishing community, the team are very well established and wear appropriate […]

    Flamborough Sword Dance

      Boxing Day is when the Flamborough Sword Dancers perform around their home village. With origins in the local fishing community, the team are very well established and wear appropriate […]

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  • Every 21st December the custom of the Sheriff’s Riding takes place after dusk in York. Nowadays it’s a blend of two ancient traditions : that of the Sheriff’s Ride around […]

    York Sheriff’s Riding

    Every 21st December the custom of the Sheriff’s Riding takes place after dusk in York. Nowadays it’s a blend of two ancient traditions : that of the Sheriff’s Ride around […]

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  • The herring harvest was of vital importance to the town of Eyemouth and the surrounding area, and every year the bounty of the sea is celebrated with a festival and […]

    Eyemouth Herring Queen Festival

    The herring harvest was of vital importance to the town of Eyemouth and the surrounding area, and every year the bounty of the sea is celebrated with a festival and […]

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  •   Heaving or lifting used to be a common Easter custom countrywide, which has largely disappeared over time. Its origins are obscure but it usually involved teams lifting a member […]

    Greenwich Easter Monday Lifting

      Heaving or lifting used to be a common Easter custom countrywide, which has largely disappeared over time. Its origins are obscure but it usually involved teams lifting a member […]

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  •   Hurling is the Cornish form of the festival handball/mass football games that typically take place around Shrovetide or Easter. The balls used are small like  Scottish handballs but are […]

    St Columb Hurling

      Hurling is the Cornish form of the festival handball/mass football games that typically take place around Shrovetide or Easter. The balls used are small like  Scottish handballs but are […]

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  •   Hurling is the Cornish form of the festival handball/mass football games that typically take place around Shrovetide or Easter. The balls used are small like  Scottish handballs but are […]

    St Ives Hurling

      Hurling is the Cornish form of the festival handball/mass football games that typically take place around Shrovetide or Easter. The balls used are small like  Scottish handballs but are […]

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  •   The ancient custom of the Cutty Wren was revived in the 1990s by Old Glory Molly Dancers of Middleton in Suffolk. It was traditional for the Hunting of the […]

    Middleton (Suffolk) Cutty Wren Ceremony

      The ancient custom of the Cutty Wren was revived in the 1990s by Old Glory Molly Dancers of Middleton in Suffolk. It was traditional for the Hunting of the […]

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  •   The Marshfield Paper Boys perform a traditional mummers play every Boxing Day in their village. It’s a typical hero/combat play involving a sword-fight and the revival of the defeated […]

    Marshfield Paper Boys

      The Marshfield Paper Boys perform a traditional mummers play every Boxing Day in their village. It’s a typical hero/combat play involving a sword-fight and the revival of the defeated […]

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  • The Ashen Faggot is a West Country Christmas custom – it’s a large log with withies bound around it to make a bundle which is burned indoors in the hearth. […]

    Dunster & Axmouth Ashen Faggot

    The Ashen Faggot is a West Country Christmas custom – it’s a large log with withies bound around it to make a bundle which is burned indoors in the hearth. […]

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