Celebrations & Holidays Category

22/08/2022

Summer Solstice

Sunrise on the day of the Summer Solstice ranges from about 3.35am to 4.45am north to south…

20/03/2022

New Year’s Day

The start of a new year has been set variously at 1st January, 1st March and 25th…

11/01/2022

Plough Monday/Sunday

Before industrialisation, Plough Monday was a popular event in farming communities on the first or second Monday…

20/12/2021

Burns Night

Robert (Rabbie) Burns (1759-96) was born in Ayrshire to tenant farmers, but found he had a gift…

09/12/2021

Maundy Thursday

Maundy Thursday is the day before Good Friday. On this day Jesus reputedly washed his disciples’ feet…

01/12/2021

Bank Holidays

Until the Bank Holidays Act of 1871, the idea of taking a day off with pay for…

13/11/2021

National Sandcastle Competition

North Devon is blessed with many long, sandy beaches, three of which have played host to the…

04/03/2021

Queen Elizabeth II’s Jubilees

Queen Elizabeth II (1926-2022) had four official Jubilees, the most of any British monarch. The previous longest-reigning…

19/11/2020

Winter Solstice – Yule

The Winter Solstice takes place on or adjacent to 21st December and is the day with the…

29/08/2020

Advent calendars

Advent is a 4-week period in the Christian calendar starting on the fourth Sunday before Christmas or…

09/07/2020

Good Friday

Good Friday is the Christian commemoration of the death of Jesus by crucifixion. It is also the…

19/06/2020

Trooping the Colour

The visibility of a distinctive regimental flag is of great importance on a crowded battlefield, as is…