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.

Somerset Tractor Show 2nd-3rd Feb
The next show will feature Conversion Tractors (County, Roadless etc) Shepton Mallet, Somerset

Blidworth Cradle Rocking 3rd Feb
The male baby born nearest to Christmas Day in the parish is baptised during the morning service and in the afternoon is rocked by the vicar in a flower bedecked cradle in the church. Blidworth, Nottinghamshire

St Ives Feast | Hurling the Silver Ball 4th Feb
The St Ives Feast is an ancient tradition that celebrates the anniversary of the consecration of the Parish Church of St Eia in 1434 and offers a rare chance to watch the game of Hurling the Silver Ball, a centuries’ old form of rugby. St Ives, Cornwall

Nickanan Night 11th Feb
Nickanan Night is a Cornish feast, traditionally held on the Monday before Lent. Sometimes called roguery night in West Cornwall, this event was an excuse for local youths to undertake acts of minor vandalism and play practical jokes on neighbours and family. Cornwall

Atherstone Ball Game 12th Feb
This traditional football game has been played since the since the 12th century. Originally a match between Warwickshire and Leicestershire lads, it now involves hundreds of players of all ages and lasts for approximately 2 hours. Atherstone, North Warwickshire

Cornish Hurling 12th Feb
Twice a year the town plays host to "hurling", a medieval game once common throughout Cornwall. The game involves two teams of several hundred people who endeavour to carry a silver ball made of apple wood to goals set two miles apart, making the parish the largest pitch for a ball game anywhere in the world. St Columb Major, Cornwall

Ashbourne Royal Shrovetide Football 12th-13th Feb
Two teams number in the hundreds and play a football game that dates to Elizabethan times. The playing field is 3 miles long, 2 miles wide and has the town of Ashbourne in the middle. Ashbourne, Derbyshire

King’s Lynn Mart 14th-28th Feb
Traditionally, this is the first funfair in the Showmen’s calendar where new rides are tried out and old favourites brought out from winter storage. King’s Lynn, Norfolk

Living History in Worcester 16th Feb
Worcester Re-Enactors take over Worcester City Centre venues, Guildhall and Tudor House. Worcester, Worcestershire

Bristol Classic MotorCycle Show 16th-17th Feb
Expect around 18,000 visitors to the annual show featuring vintage motorcycles. Shepton Mallet, Somerset

Slaithwaite Moonraking Festival 16th-23rd Feb
Bi-annual festival to celebrate the fooling of customs officers by some smugglers – now a big parade encompassing the entire village. Slaithwaite, Yorkshire

Jorvik Viking Festival 16th-24th Feb
Annual series of events based on Viking heritage, culminating in a torchlit procession through the town. Coppergate, York

Tatton Park Scarecrow Festival 16th-24th Feb
Over 30 scarecrows will be resident in the Gardens. Find the farmyard scarecrows and have a go at making your own. Knutsford, Cheshire

Wakefield Festival of Food, Drink and Rhubarb 22nd-24th Feb
The festival celebrates the traditional links with rhubarb growing in Wakefield, while offering the finest and tastiest regional produce and showcasing the most talented local chefs. Wakefield, West Yorkshire



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