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.

Not much happening next month – everyone seems busy with Christmas and avoiding the cold.

Scroggling the Holly Weekend 1st Dec
A modern custom to decorate the town centre with boughs of holly as children in tradition dress progress with moris dancers etc through the high street. Haworth, Yorkshire

Fakenham Christmas Tree Festival 1st – 5th Dec
From 10am – 8pm each day the Church is lit up by 90 Christmas Trees, each decorated for one of the 78 charities taking part. Fakenham, Norfolk

Dunster by Candlight 6th- 7th Dec
This annual weekend event when this preserved medieval village turns its back on the present and lights its streets with candles. Dunster, Somerset

Rottingdean Smugglers 7th Dec
A torch lit procession of pirates and smugglers and a firework display on the beach. Rottingdean, East Sussex

Enthronement of the Boy Bishop at Salisbury Cathedral 7th Dec
A chorister is made Bishop for the day in a medieval tradition that demoted the Bishop for the day to remind him of the humble and meek. Salisbury, Wiltshire

Penzance’s Montol Festival 20th Dec
Mid-winter festival with a torchlit procession through the town by traditional characters ending in a burning of a straw man on a bonfire. Penzance, Cornwall

Burning the Clocks 21st Dec
People gather to make paper and willow lanterns to carry through their city and burn on the beach as a token for the end of the year. Brighton, East Sussex

Burning of the Ashen Faggot 24th Dec
The burning of the ashen faggot takes place every Christmas Eve, when a massive faggot in a hazel twig bundle, some six feet long and three feet wide fills the pub open fire. The faggot burning is accompanied by verses and carol singing. Axmouth, Devon

Tolling the Devil’s Knell 24th Dec
Every Christmas Eve the bell of Dewsbury parish church is tolled once for each year of the Christian era, to remind the devil of his defeat. Dewsbury, West Yorkshire

Hunstanton Christmas Day Swim 25th Dec
Over 100 swimmers in fancy dress take place in this annual event in the local lake. Hunstanton, Norfolk

The Ba 25th Dec
Traditional street rugby, played by the Uppies and Doonies with a much prized locally made leather Ba’ (ball). The Ba’ is thrown up outside St.Magnus Cathedral and the game ranges through the town. Kirkwall, Orkney Islands

Kenilworth Duck Race 26th Dec
Around 1,500 yellow plastic ducks are released into the local river and raced down to the finish line. Kenilworth, Warwickshire

Boxing Day Pram Race 26th Dec
Since the first race in 1968 the event has grown from six prams and a dozen runners to a hundred teams and over 800 participants. Windlesham, Surrey

Pagham Pram Race 26th Dec
60 year old tradition – started by demobbed servicemen who decided they would race. One pushing the pram and another as a baby in it, making sure to drink a pint each, at all the village pubs. Pagham, West Sussex

Marshfield Mummers 26th Dec
Seven figures, led by the Town Crier with his handbell, dressed in costumes made from strips of newsprint and coloured paper, perform their play several times along the high street. Marshfield, Gloucestershire

Boxing Day Barrel Race 26th Dec
Races down the main town streets rolling huge beer barrels. Grantchester, Cambridgeshire

The Hunting of the Cutty Wren 26th Dec
A restoration of an old ceremony where a  small wood carved wren is paraded around the town by moris dancers and mummers. Middleton, East Suffolk

The City of Gloucester Mummers 26th Dec
A recreation of medieval mummers plays that started again in 1969. Gloucester, Gloucestershire

Boxing Day Football 26th Dec
The Fishermen & Firemens Boxing day football match is Scarborough’s oldest surviving custom – according to local evidence. Scarborough, Yorkshire

Burravoe Tar Barrel 28th Dec
Locals drag a flaming barrel through the town to mark the end of the year. Burravoe, Shetland

Battle of Wakefield Commemoration 30th Dec
Commemoration of the battle with the laying of flowers at the King’s statue and also at Wakefield bridge Chantry Chapel Wakefield, Yorkshir

Stonehaven Fireballs Festival 31st Dec
A procession through the town centre by local men swinging large fireballs around their heads. Stonehaven, Scotland

Comrie Flambeaux Procession 31st Dec
At midnight, eight flambeaux or fiery torches begin their procession around the village before being ceremoniously thrown in the River Earn. Comrie, Perthshire

Barlaston Wassail 31st Dec
Village night walk in praise of Anglo-Saxons. Torchlight parade. Barlaston, Staffordshire



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