Spring is fast approaching and with it comes a myriad of unique, fun filled festivals that can only be found within the UK. A gorgeous country filled with culture, history and a keen sense of wit, the UK has built up a repertoire of somewhat unusual activities alongside the norm. That’s why there’s always a plethora of strange, yet historic, Spring festivals you don’t want to miss in the UK.
We’ll start with the unconventional – Eels. Between the 29th of April and the 2nd of May, the town of Ely, Cambridgeshire, celebrates their namesake in the only sensible way: by making custom eel toys and having a contest to see who can throw them the farthest. Of course, the festival isn’t just about Eels. The Eel Festival Weekend generally features an (eel-based) food safari and a more vaguely defined food and drink festival on the last day of the event.
The second day of the event traditionally includes an annual competition for Town Criers, the best cry takes all and we can only assume that they win something suitably Eel related. If Eels aren’t to your tastes, never fear; the festival will also have a hog roast and pizza for those feeling the eel burn – or if you’re just that little bit squeamish!
A Little Cheesy
The UK might be host to more strange festivals and traditions, but one stands out among all the rest. World-famous, Cheese-Rolling is one of those strange facts of life that many in the UK just (as the saying goes) roll with. The origins of the ceremony are vague, with several different origins noted, from pagan to the more mundane. Today, it’s simply an organic event.
The most popular and well known Cheese-Rolling festival takes place near Gloucester on the Spring Bank Holiday and allows competitors from all over the world to take part: racing cheese down Cooper’s Hill. The cheese has been known to reach speeds of up to 70mph, so standing in the way may not be the best idea.
If you’re in the UK on holiday, or as a resident, there’s all sorts of fun to be had over the Spring months. Quirky, zany and just a little bit bizarre, these are the Spring Festivals you don’t want to miss. In the UK later in the year? Then be sure to check out these Autumn Festivals in the UK.