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.

Oxenhope Straw Race 1st July
The Oxenhope Straw Race takes place every summer in the Pennine village of Oxenhope, near Keighley. It was started by two men who made a bet about racing from one pub to the next carrying a bale of straw. Oxenhope, West Yorkshire

Whalton Bale Fire 4th July
Whalton is the only village since 1903 to have maintained the ceremony which is a relic of the round of seasonal fires with which the ancients greeted the progress of the sun through the year. Whalton, Northumberland

Norwich Lord Mayor’s Celebrations 5th-8th July
Several days of celebrations culminating in a float parade and festival on the Saturday. Norwich, Norfolk

Warrington Walking Day 6th July (?)
Annual walking ceremony through the town centre which dates back to the early 1880s. Warrington

ClogFest 6th-8th July
Clog dancers from all over England gather in Skipton, North Yorkshire, on the second weekend in July to celebrate the glorious tradition of English step dance. Skipton, Yorkshire

Hat Fair 2012 6th-8th July
Named after an ancient fair, it is now a street arts festival lasting several days. Winchester, Hampshire

The East of England Show 6th-8th July
The region’s greatest annual celebration of the countryside and Peterborough’s biggest family show. Peterborough, Cambs

Eyemouth Herring Queen Festival 7th July
Crowning of a fete Queen to mark the 68th annual "fishermans picnic" that is now a town-wide event. Eyemouth, Scottish Borders

World Tin Bath Championships 7th July
Paddle boat racing around the harbour with the contestants rowing in old tin baths. Castletown, Isle of Man

York Festival of the Rivers 7th-22nd July
A wide range of cultural and leisure activities along The Ouse and The Foss York, Yorkshire

The Royal International Air Tattoo 7th-8th July
The worlds largest air show – trade and for the public. Fairford, Gloucestershire

Banbury Hobby Horse Festival 7th-8th July
Ancient tradition recently restored with gaily decorated hobby horses, Morris dancers and parades. Banbury, Oxon

Brighton Kite Festival 7th-8th July
33rd annual free kite festival carried out on the outskirts of the town. Brighton, East Sussex

Wenlock Olympian Games 2012 8th-22nd July
The 126th Olympic games preserving the ideals of Dr William Penny Brookes – the inspiration for the modern Olympic Movement. Much Wenlock, Shropshire

Farnborough International Airshow 14th-15th July
A weekend of air displays and static stalls to finish off a trade show that precedes the weekend. Farnborough, Hampshire

Fire Garden at Stonehenge 10th-12th July
Stonehenge is transformed into a glowing fairytale environment where fire sculptures dance in the landscape, flaming fire pots animate the stones and cascades of candles line the pathways. Stonehenge, Sailsbury

Black Cherry Fair 12th-13th July
Around 100 stalls, parades and fairground funfair. Chertsey, Surrey

John Clare Cushion Ceremony 13th July
Local school children lay "cushions" of flowers at the grave of the local famous poet, John Clare – other festivals take place over the weekend. Helpston, Northamptonshire

Tolpuddle Martyrs’ Festival 13th-15th July
Debates and discussions from a Trade Unionist perspective at the festival named after the famous "martyrs" to the labour movement.

Dunmow Flitch Trials 14th July
Trials take place once every 4 years and award a flitch of bacon to married couples, if they can satisfy the Judge and Jury of 6 maidens and 6 bachelors that in ‘twelvemonth and a day’, they have ‘not wisht themselves unmarried again’. Great Dunmow, Essex

Glen Nevis River Race 14th July
An extreme challenge involving participants navigating through the icy waters of a two-mile stretch of the River Nevis on an air-bed (Lilo). Fort William, Scotland

World Pea Shooting Championships 14th July
The 42nd annual festival that takes place on the village green along with local village fete. Ely, Cambs

Vintage Steam Rally 14th-15th July
Country fair with music, stalls etc – and steam road engines. A local road rally also takes place. Stourport-on-Severn, Worcester

The 35th Thames Traditional Boat Rally 14th-15th July
Two days of displays of around 200 traditional and restored vintage boats on the Thames Henley on Thames, Oxon

Tewkesbury Medieval Festival 14th-15th July
Thousands of re-enactors will travel from all round the world to help re-create the Battle of Tewkesbury of 1471. Tewkesbury , Gloucestershire

Langwathby Scarecrow Festival 14th-15th July
Over 100 scarecrows in different guises will be displayed in people’s gardens, on the Village Green and by the roadside. Penrith, Cumbria

The War and Peace Show 18th-22nd July
Military vehicle show with an average of 3,000 vehicles on display, costume reenactments and stalls. Paddock Wood, Kent

Tweedmouth Feast 19th July
The event celebrates the salmon fishing that was once a common sight on the River Tweed. Its origins date back to the 12th century festival of St Boisil. Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland

The CLA Game Fair 20th-22nd July
Te best that the British countryside has to offer including a host of features, new competitions, and plenty to get involved in from shooting to shopping, fishing to real food, dogs, horses, gardens and more Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire

World Snail Racing Championships 21st July 2012
For more than 25 years the World Snail Racing Championships have taken place snails "racing" on a table. Kings Lynn, Norfolk

The 24th Annual Sweet Pea Show 21st-22nd July
As the home of the Sweet Pea, there is a festival of the plant with garden shows, art and stalls. Shrewsbury, Shropshire

The New Forest Show 24th-26th July
The show attracts, on average, 95,000 visitors every year and brings together a celebration of traditional country pursuits, crafts, produce and entertainment. Brockenhurst, Hampshire

Ebernoe Horn Fair 25th July
Historic fair with its own special traditions, including the annual cricket match and the singing of the Horn Fair Song. Takes place on St James’s Day each year – it’s traditional. Ebernoe, Sussex

Marldon Apple Pie Fair 28th July
The Marldon Apple Pie Fair has been going since 1888 in memory of local farmer, George Hill, who would use his windfall apples to bake an enormous apple pie for the village. Nowadays, locals and visitors alike join in the celebrations. Marldon, Devon

Eastbourne Lammas Festival 28th-29th July
Along with the variety of music from the bands on the main stage and Morris dance displays, the highlights of the weekend are the seafront procession, the drumming, the open air ceilidh and the ritual celebration of Lammas. Eastbourne, Sussex

Southwest Birdamn 29th July
Lots of crazy people or so called ‘would-be aviators’ flinging themselves over the pier to see who can ‘fly’ the furthest or at least plummet hilariously into the waiting sea. Ilfracombe, Devon



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