Suggestions for things to do outside London in April

My now regular look ahead to events happening next month that would probably be in my events guide, if only they weren’t happening outside the psychological barrier of the M25 motorway.

Sharrow Lantern Carnival 1st April
Parade by local residents with lanterns made during the winter months. Sheffield, Sth Yorkshire

Maundy Thursday 5th April
The Queen will hand out the ancient Maundy Money to worthy people. York

British and World Marbles Championship 6th April
A revival of a marbles game that can be dated back to 1932 in the local pub. Crawley, West Sussex

Devizes to Westminster Canoe Race 6th April
Hundreds of kayakers and canoeists travel along the canal to the Thames and then to Westminster Along Kennet & Avon Canal

Britannia Coconutters Boundary to Boundary Dance 7th April
Famous moris dancing around the local area by "Blacked up" men. Rochdale Lancashire

Bottle-kicking & hare pie scramble 9th April
Locals carry a large hare pie and the three small kegs to a local park where it is blessed, and then a rough game is played. Hallaton, Leicestershire

World Coal Carrying Championship 9th April
A race that dates back to 1963 and since then, each year men and women race the streets of Gawthorpe carrying huge sacks of coal. Wakefield, Yorks

Harness Horse Parade 9th April
Annual parade of horses, ponies and donkeys and their carriages. Ardingly, West Sussex

Fritillary Sunday 15th April
The one day of the year, when a field growing The Snake’s Head Fritillary is open to the public. The church is open and a fair is set up. Ducklington, Oxfordshire

Hocktide Celebrations 17th April
A medieval festival that still remains in Hungerford, with a parade around the town and the sitting of an ancient jury.  Hungerford, Berkshire

Folk Weekend Oxford 20th-22nd April
Concerts, ceilidhs, morris, craft fair, workshops, sessions, family events & much more. Oxford, Oxfordshire

UK Coach Rally 21st-22nd April
Around 60 buses and coaches will parade around an 80-mile route on Saturday. Will be on display on Sunday. Peterborough, Cambridgeshire

Anniversary of the Kinder Trespass 24th April
80th anniversary of an organised trespass on a forbidden summit of a Peak District National Park. Peak District National Park

Camborne Trevithick Day 28th April
The streets of Camborne will come alive with a spectacular day of free Steam, entertainment and much more. Cambrone, Cornwall

The Maldon Mud Race 29th April
Around 250 people run, as much as is possible, through the mud of the River Blackwater during its low tide. Maldon, Essex

Beltane Fire Festival 30th April
Celebrate the start of the summer with this spectacular revival of the ancient Celtic fertility festival in the heart of the Scottish capital. Edinburgh

 

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