With the end of the harvest, thoughts turn to preparations for the winter  ahead. Events celebrate the bounty of the season and many sporting fixtures and festivals take place while the days are still long and fine.

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:

3 London Cromwell DayArticle
9Flodden CommemorationArticle

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:

Late August / SeptemberBrambles Bank Cricket MatchArticle
Saturday in late August/early SeptemberPalnackie World Flounder ChampionshipsArticle
All MonthBlackpool IlluminationsArticle
Fridays throughout SeptemberBlackpool World Fireworks ChampionshipsArticle
Most Weekends in September & OctoberMatlock IlluminationsArticle
Saturday early in MonthCarshalton Straw JackArticle
A Saturday early in MonthGloucester DayArticle
Early September for 9 daysLargs Viking FestivalArticle
1st Friday in MonthColchester Opening of the Oyster FisheryArticle
1st Friday in MonthCornwall Crying the NeckArticle
1st Saturday in MonthBraemar Highland GatheringArticle
1st Saturday in MonthMusselburgh Fishermans WalkArticle
1st Weekend in MonthFaversham International Hop FestivalArticle
1st Weekend in MonthSowerby Bridge RushbearingArticle
1st Sunday in MonthClovelly Lobster and Crab FeastArticle
Sunday early in monthWhitworth RushcartArticle
Saturday nearest 8thLichfield Sheriff's RideArticle
Sunday near 8thWirksworth Clypping the ChurchArticle
Monday after 1st Sunday following 4th SeptemberAbbots Bromley Horn DanceArticle
Saturday early to mid SeptemberRichmond First Fruits CeremonyArticle
Sunday early to mid MonthEdinburgh Riding the MarchesArticle
2nd SaturdayNewent Onion Fayre & Onion Eating ContestArticle
2nd SaturdayCanterbury Hop HoodeningArticle
2nd WeekendWorld Merrills ChampionshipsArticle
2nd SundayRamsbottom World Black Pudding Throwing ChampionshipsArticle
Saturday mid-MonthGreat Kinder Beer Barrel ChallengeArticle
Sunday nearest 14thAvening Pig Face Day (Biennial)Article
3rd SaturdayEgremont Crab Fair & Gurning CompetitionArticle
3rd WeekendScottish Battlefields Trust Re-enactmentsArticle
Saturday 18th or next following SaturdayLichfield Dr Johnson's BirthdayArticle
Sunday 19th or 1st Sunday followingPainswick Church Clipping & Puppy Dog PieArticle
Penultimate Sunday in MonthLondon Horseman's SundayArticle
Weekend near 25thStamford Bridge Battle WeekendArticle
A Sunday late in monthEasdale Island World Stone Skimming ChampionshipsArticle
A Sunday late in MonthLondon Bridge Sheep DriveArticle
Last SundayLondon Costermongers Harvest FestivalArticle
Last SundayUrswick RushbearingArticle
Late in Month / early OctoberHarvest FestivalArticle
Late September to mid NovemberSussex Bonfire SeasonArticle