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.
|A huge procession of illuminated carnival floats and displays of the Bridgwater Squibs fireworks.
|The Leeds Castle Fireworks Spectacular
|Hailed as one of the finest fireworks displays in the South East, the Leeds Castle Fireworks Spectacular will this year be set to music inspired by ‘Space’.
|The Halton Souling Play
|The Halton Souling Play is a traditional play performed in Halton in the 1880s and now revived by members of the Earl of Stamford Morris.
|London to Brighton Run
|Around 500 vintage motor cars in the annual rally from London to Brighton on the South Coast
|Turning the Devil’s Stone
|Annual turning over of a 1 ton stone in the village to forestall bad luck for the rest of the year.
|Lewes Bonfire Night and Parade
|A famous parade and bonfire with tar barrels – they try to dissuade visitors arriving on the day itself due to crowds.
|Lewes, East Sussex
|Ancient tradition for the townspeople to carry flaming tar barrels through the streets to a bonfire
|Ottery St Mary, Devon
|Firing of the Fenny Poppers
|A tradition dating from the 18th century to fire six small cannons in memory of Dr Thomas Willis.
|Fenny Stratford, >Milton Keynes
|Burning Boat Parade and Fireworks
|A procession with flaming torches, drum bands, floats and walkers from local groups and, bringing up the rear, a Burning Boat.
|Another tar barrel rolling festival – this one lasts all day.
|The Wroth Silver Ceremony
|The UK’s oldest continuous annual ceremony, where the local parishes pay the landlord for permission to drive cattle over his land.
|Knightlow Hill, Warwickshire
|Newark Vintage Tractor & Heritage Show
|End of season event with tractor auction, displays and trade stalls – in dozens of huge tents.
|Shepton Mallet Carnival
|The Somerset Carnivals date back more than 400 years, and are one of the most spectacular unique events in Somerset today.
|Shepton Mallet, Somerset
|The World’s Biggest Liar Championships
|Annual contest in memory of Will Ritson, a 19th century publican called the world’s biggest liar for the tales he told.
|Stanton Bridge, Cumbria
|Ludlow Medieval Christmas Fayre
|Jesters, entertainers, archery, historical re-enactments create a medieval atmosphere for your Christmas shopping.
|Royal Welsh Winter Fair
|The two-day Royal Welsh Winter Fair, acclaimed one of the finest prime stock shows in Europe, along with around 300 trade stalls.
|Annual Holly and Mistletoe Auctions
|A number of trade sales of Christmas decorations – most fresh wreaths sold over Xmas around the UK come from here.
|Tenbury Wells, Worcestershire