Suggestions for things to do outside London in April

My 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.

 

Bolney Pram Race 1st April
Charity fund racing race with contestants pushed along local roads in prams. Bolney, West Sussex

Bottle-kicking & hare pie scramble 1st 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 1st 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 1st April
Annual parade of horses, ponies and donkeys and their carriages. Ardingly, West Sussex

The Morpeth Gathering 5th-7th April
The festival includes a vast array of competitions including crafts, performance and writing. The emphasis of the Gathering is firmly upon the native traditions of Northumberland Morpeth, Northumbria

Uppies and Downies 6th April
A medieval version of football played just after Easter each year. There were traditionally no rules, except those suggested by cunning and skill, while brute force is of the greatest importance. Workington, Cumbria

Scotland’s Tartan Day 6th April
Tartan Day marks the signing of the Declaration of Arbroath in 1320 at Arbroath Abbey. Everywhere

Hocktide Celebrations 9th April
A medieval festival that still remains in Hungerford, with a parade around the town and the sitting of an ancient jury. Hungerford, Berkshire

Culloden Memorial Service 13th April
Annual Culloden Memorial Service, run by the Gaelic Society of Inverness. Address by the Society Chief followed by prayers. Culloden, Inverness

Fritillary Sunday 14th 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

Folk Weekend Oxford 19th-21st April
Concerts, ceilidhs, morris, craft fair, workshops, sessions, family events & much more. Oxford, Oxfordshire

UK Coach Rally 20th-21st April
Around 60 buses and coaches will parade around an 80-mile route on Saturday. Will be on display on Sunday. Alton, Staffordshire

Shakepeare’s Birthday Celebrations 20th-21st April
The birthday weekend brings together performers, artists, the local community and ambassadors from around the world in a vibrant celebration of the life and works of William Shakespeare. Stratford upon Avon, Warks.

British Asparagus Festival 23rd April
The official start of the UK’s eight-week asparagus season launches with the Great British Asparagus Run. It celebrates the first-cut round of asparagus with all the pomp and ceremony you’d expect on Saint George’s Day. Vale of Evesham, Worcestershire

Camborne Trevithick Day 27th April
The streets of Camborne will come alive with a spectacular day of free Steam, entertainment and much more. Cambrone, Cornwall

Wray Scarecrow Festival 27th April – 6th May
This years attractions will include the 10k road race, Car Boot Sale, Giant Scarecrow Parade, Vintage Market and Classic Car Show, Classic Bike Night, Ball Race, Fun Fair plus much more. Wray, Lancashire

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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