Easter’s not complete without lambs and chicks, and the UK’s family-friendly farm attractions are geared up for the school holidays, with events from rides and races to bottle feeding
Caves, waterfalls, cable cars, walks, free country parks, busy, quiet … Britain offers a welter of possibilities for day trips to make the most of the bank holiday and summer’s last knockings.
An extract from the book 40 Humourous British Traditions When people were painting the town red in Melton in the 15th Century some of the locals started to compare various parts of their bodies with those of other people. Eventually, the comparisons turned to the hairiness of the legs and it was noticed that aContinue reading “Hairy Legs”
An extract from the book 40 Humourous British Traditions Throughout the centuries the hobby of smoking a pipe has steadily declined. However, the usage for pipe cleaners has increased, largely because of the Kirby Muxloe Pipe Cleaner Festival. A Pipe Cleaner is a strong metal wire covered in some material such as cotton, which canContinue reading “Pipe Cleaner Festival”
An extract from the book 40 Humourous British Traditions In Cumberland the ability to roll a marble an exact distance is highly prized. The climax of the marble rolling season is the Carlisle Round on the last weekend of August. The roads around the centre of the city are closed for a week before theContinue reading “Marble Rolling”
An extract from the book 40 Humourous British Traditions Beltane or Beltaine is the anglicised spelling of the Old Irish Bel(l)taine or Beltine: the Gaelic name for either the month of May or the festival that takes place on the first day of May. Many fire festivals are held on this day to commemorate theContinue reading “The Beltane Hound”
An extract from the book 40 Humourous British Traditions Carrots, potatoes and cucumbers have often caused amusement to men who find that the shapes of these vegetables resemble parts of their own anatomy. It’s believed that the monastery on Lindisfarne was the first to ban these particular vegetables from their kitchen garden in the 8thContinue reading “Obscene Vegetable Growing”
An extract from the book 40 Humourous British Traditions The sport of dyke leaping has been taking place in the Fens and Lincolnshire since the time of Hereward the Wake and his insurrection against the Norman invaders. Each village in the counties of Lincolnshire, Cambridgeshire and Western Norfolk has their own festival each year toContinue reading “Dyke Leaping”
An extract from the book 40 Humourous British Traditions “I can build a better stone wall than you can,” “My wall is straighter than yours,” and “My stone wall is longer than yours” were all familiar brags in 15th Century Yorkshire when the farmers were building walls around Littondale to enclose their sheep and cows.Continue reading “Dry-stone Walling in Littondale”
The author of the book, Secret Stations, says there are many obscure stations to visit in Great Britain.