Obby Oss, Padstow, Cornwall

‘Obby ‘Oss Day, Cornwall

On the first day of May, the hobby horses come out to play in Padstow, Cornwall.

Bathtubbing, Wales ©

Bathtubbing Championships, Wales

What’s not to love about a good bath tub race?


Phuket Vegetarian Festival, Thailand

Ouch! For a clean-living vegetarian festival, this event has more than it’s fair share of ravaged flesh.

The World Black Pudding Throwing Championships, Ramsbottom, Lancashire © Robert Wade

Black Pudding Throwing, England

It’s time to lob your Lancashire black puddings at a Yorkshire pudding target, and drink to the War of the Roses.

National Beard and Moustache Championships, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, USA © Ryan McFarland

Beard and moustache contest, USA

Scissors, wax and combs at the ready! It’s time to frizz that facial fuzz, trim your tash and perm your muttonchops.

The Marshfield Paper Boys dress in recycled newspaper and perform a mummers play on Boxing Day, in Gloucestershire © Helen Parker

Marshfield Paper Boys, England

Well, that’s one way to recycle your newspapers! This shaggy Gloucestershire mummers troupe is famous for its quirky Boxing Day performance.

Star gazy pie is especially popular on Tom Bawcock's Eve in Mousehole, Cornwall © Simon Rudkin

Tom Bawcock’s Eve, Cornwall

A celebration of one long-dead fisherman and the rather peculiar, not to mention unnerving, ‘star gazy pie’.

The Uppies and Doonies compete in the New Year's Ba' game, Kirkwall, Orkney Islands © joeri-c

Uppies and Doonies, Scotland

Now this crazy game of mass street ball is the way to keep warm over Christmas and New Year!

The Burning of the Clavie, Burghead, in Moray, Scotland © Skatedog

Burning the Clavie, Burghead

More proof of national pyromania in Scotland, as if any were needed.

Brighton's Burning of the Clocks parade takes place annually on December 21st © Dominic Alves

Burning the Clocks, Brighton

Homemade lanterns and costumes all go up in flames in this singular seaside parade.


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