Calendar

Mar
5
Tue
2024
Cornwall Day: Feast of St Piran
Mar 5 all-day

St Piran, the patron saint of tin miners, is one of Cornwall’s patron saints.

Mar
8
Fri
2024
Anglia Day: Feast of St Felix
Mar 8 all-day

St Felix (d.647/8), the first bishop of the East Angles, introduced Christianity to the kingdom.

Mar
20
Wed
2024
County Durham Day: Feast of St Cuthbert
Mar 20 all-day

St Cuthbert (c.634–87), prior of Lindisfarne, is buried in Durham Cathedral.

Mar
29
Fri
2024
West Riding Day: Anniversary of Battle of Towton, 1461
Mar 29 all-day

West Riding Day marks the anniversary of the battle of Towton (1461), reputedly the largest and bloodiest battle ever fought on English soil.

The Yorkist forces defeated the Lancastians, leading to a change of royal dynasty.

Edward Duke of York deposed King Henry VI (ruled 1422–61, 1470–1) and took the crown as King Edward IV (ruled 1461–1470, 1471–83).

Mar
30
Sat
2024
Cheshire Day: Confirmation of Charter of Liberties, 1300
Mar 30 all-day

The first Cheshire Day took place in 2021.

It commemorates the date when King Edward I, who was also Earl of Chester, reconfirmed a charter of liberties for the county.

Apr
16
Tue
2024
Orkney Day: Feast of St Magnus
Apr 16 all-day

St Magnus, then Magnus Erlendsson, was Earl of Orkney (1106–c.1117).

He was sanctified in 1136.

Apr
25
Thu
2024
Huntingdonshire Day: Birthday of Oliver Cromwell
Apr 25 all-day

Oliver Cromwell (1599–1658) was an English statesman, politician and soldier.

He was MP for his native Huntingdon (1628-9).

Apr
28
Sun
2024
International Workers’ Memorial Day
Apr 28 all-day

International Workers’ Memorial Day is a day of remembrance and action for workers killed, disabled, injured, or made unwell by their work.

It is an official flag flying day only in Scotland, not in the rest of the UK.

The saltire(s) should be hoisted right up and then lowered to half-mast for the day.

https://www.gov.scot/publications/flag-flying-on-government-buildings/

May
1
Wed
2024
Staffordshire Day: Anniversary of Wedgwood Pottery
May 1 all-day

Staffordshire Day commemorates the foundation date of Josiah Wedgwood and Sons (1759).

The date was selected by public vote from a list that includes: 5 July – discovery of the Staffordshire Hoard (2009); 6 September – the future King Charles II hid in an oak tree in South Staffordshire (1651); 18 September – Doctor Samuel Johnson born in Lichfield (1709); 27 September – James Brindley, renowned engineer and resident of Leek, died (1772)

May
9
Thu
2024
Europe Day (European Union)
May 9 all-day

Europe Day is celebrated annually on 5 May and 9 May.

The European Union designates 9 May, the anniversary of the Schuman Declaration (1950).

https://european-union.europa.eu/principles-countries-history/symbols/europe-day_en

The Council of Europe designates 5 May, the anniversary of the Council’s founding.

https://www.coe.int/en/web/portal/5-may-europe-day

Europe Day is listed on 9 May as a flag flying day by Scottish government guidance.

The European Flag is specified.

https://www.gov.scot/publications/flag-flying-on-government-buildings/

Neither date is listed as a flag flying day by UK government guidance, although the UK remains a member of the Council of Europe.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/designated-days-for-union-flag-flying