Calendar

Jun
22
Sat
2024
Mercia Day: Feast of St Alban
Jun 22 all-day

Mercia Day takes place annually on 22 June, the feast of St Alban.

St Alban is the first recorded British Christian martyr, by tradition beheaded in Verulamium (modern St Albans) during the third or fourth centuries.

Jul
14
Sun
2024
Black Country Day: Anniversary of the Newcomen Engine
Jul 14 all-day

Black Country Day celebrates the installation of the first practical steam engine by Thomas Newcomen (1712).

https://www.blackcountryfestival.co.uk/

Jul
15
Mon
2024
Hampshire Day: Feast of St Swithun
Jul 15 all-day

Hampshire Day takes place annually on 15 July, the Feast Day of St Swithun.

St Swithun was Bishop of Winchester (852–63) and subsequently patron saint of Winchester Cathedral.

Jul
27
Sat
2024
Norfolk Day
Jul 27 all-day

Norfolk Day takes place annually on 27 July.

Local media initiated the day, first celebrated in 2018.

Jul
29
Mon
2024
Buckinghamshire Day: Inaugural Paralympic Games
Jul 29 all-day

Buckinghamshire Day marks the origin of the Paralympic Games.

On the opening day of the London Olympics (1948), Stoke Mandeville Hospital hosted the first event ever organised for disabled athletes alongside an Olympic Games.

The Stoke Mandeville Games later became the Paralympic Games, which first took place in Rome (1960).

https://www.paralympic.org/ipc/history

Aug
1
Thu
2024
Yorkshire Day: Anniversary of Battle of Minden, 1759
Aug 1 all-day

Yorkshire Day began in 1975 as a celebration launched by the Yorkshire Ridings Society – newly formed ‘a protest movement against the local government re-organisation of 1974’ – to promote the county of Yorkshire.

The King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, now part of the The Rifles, already celebrated this date as Minden Day, marking their part in the battle of Minden (1759).

The six infantry regiments involved in that battle wear a rose in their headdress.

In the case of The Rifles, the rose is white.

Aug
22
Thu
2024
North Riding Day: Battle of the Standard, 1138
Aug 22 all-day

North Riding Day takes place annually on 22 August.

It marks the date of the battle of the Standard (1138), when English forces defeated the Scots near Northallerton.

The name of the battle derives from the consecrated banners of the minsters of Durham, York, Beverley and Ripon.

These flew from a mast mounted on a cart that marked the centre of the English position.

Aug
24
Sat
2024
East Riding Day: Birthday of William Wilberforce
Aug 24 all-day

East Riding Day takes place annually on 24 August.

It marks the birthday of Hull-born MP William Wilberforce (1759–1833), leader of the movement to abolish the slave trade.

Aug
25
Sun
2024
Nottinghamshire Day: Anniversary of the Raising of the Royal Standard, 1642
Aug 25 all-day

Nottinghamshire Day takes place annually on 25 August.

https://www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/council-and-democracy/get-involved/nottinghamshire-day/what-is-nottinghamshire-day

By raising the royal standard at Nottingham Castle, King Charles I triggered the start of the Civil Wars.

Aug
31
Sat
2024
Northumbria Day: Feast of St Aidan
Aug 31 all-day

Northumbria Day takes place annually on 31 August, the feast of St Aidan.

Aidan of Lindisfarne (d. 651) was a monk and missionary.

He founded Lindisfarne Priory and by tradition converted the Northumbrians to Christianity.