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.

The Morpeth Gathering 1st-3rd 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

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

Sharrow Lantern Carnival 10th April
Parade by local residents with lanterns made during the winter months. Sheffield, Sth Yorkshire

Hocktide Celebrations 14th 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 15th-17th April
Concerts, ceilidhs, morris, craft fair, workshops, sessions, family events & much more. Oxford, Oxfordshire

Heffle Cuckoo Fair 16th April
Ancient and (almost) annual country fair, with the release of the cuckoos, morris dancers and traditional funfair. Heathfield, Sussex

Culloden Memorial Service 16th April
Annual Culloden Memorial Service, run by the Gaelic Society of Inverness. Address by the Society Chief followed by prayers. Culloden, Inverness

Fritillary Sunday 17th 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
Wray Scarecrow Festival 23rd April
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

Marsden Cuckoo Festival 23rd April
Revival of an old custom, now a folk festival to mark the arrival of Spring, with a cuckoo parade and duck race. Marsden, Yorkshire

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

UK Coach Rally 23rd-24th April
Around 60 buses and coaches will parade around an 80-mile route on Saturday. Will be on display on Sunday. Alton, Staffordshire

Hastings Jack in the Green 29th April-2nd May
A traditional May Day weekend festival, with parades through the town by the Green Man and Morris Dancers. Hastings, Sussex

Butser Beltain Festival and Wicker Man 30th April
You can expect am afternoon/evening of entertainment and refreshments culminating with the burning of the giant Wicker Man at dusk. Petersfield, Hampshire

Camborne Trevithick Day 30th April
The streets of Camborne will come alive with a spectacular day of free Steam, entertainment and much more. Cambrone, Cornwall

Urchfont Scarecrow Festival 30th April – 2nd May
Each year 45–50 scarecrows are made by locals, and the laid out in a walking trail around the area. Devizes, Wiltshire

Rushden Cavalcade 30th April – 2nd May
Huge display of steam road engines, vintage cars and a fete. Rushden, Northants

Sweeps Festival 30th April – 2nd May
The 19th century chimney sweeps annual holiday – today a local fair. Highlights include Morris dancing, folk music, folk art stalls, produce fair. Rochester, Kent



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