Events Diary: Your Monthly Guide to What's On

In 2009, as part of my You Ask, We Answer offering, I put together a monthly events diary highlighting some of the more unusual garden or food related customs and events held around this country. Celebratory days and our main garden shows were also included.

Whilst the specific dates aren't applicable for most of the entries in subsequent years, it still forms a useful guide to use as a starting point for potential visits and exploration. The website links given for each event will enable you to find out the dates for this year. Note that the monthly summaries below aren't exhaustive, but are just to give a flavour of what's available.
  • January - Whittlesea Straw Bear Festival, Wassailing, Potato Days, RSPB Garden Birdwatch
  • February - Snowdrops, Bramley Apple Week, World Wetlands Day, RHS London Show, Fairtrade Fortnight, Shrove Tuesday (date varies depending when Easter is and can be in March), Rhubarb Festival
  • March - Daffodils, National Science Week, World Water Day, Earth Hour, British Summer Time Begins
  • April - Easter (in March sometimes), RHS Show Cardiff, National Garlic Day, Earth Day, British Asparagus Festival, National Beanpole Week
  • May - May Day, International Dawn Chorus Day, International Worm Charming Festival, Compost Awareness Week, Great London Garden Trail, RHS Malvern Spring Show, National Be Nice to Nettles Week, Watercress Festival, RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Chelsea Fringe, Cheese Rolling, Woolsack Races
  • June - National Volunteer Week, World Environment Day, Gardeners' World Live, The Hoppings, National Winking Day, Midsummer's Day
  • July - RHS Hampton Court Show, Wem Sweet Pea Show, RHS Tatton Park Show, National Parks Week
  • August - Pershore Plum Festival, Egton Bridge Gooseberry Show, Chilli Fiesta, National Allotments Week, Festival of the Tree
  • September - The Gardening Show, Gardeners' Question Time Garden Party, Dig Together Day, Widecombe Fair, Heritage Open Days, Thames Festival, Harrogate Autumn Show, Egremont Crab Apple Fair, Britain in Bloom winners announced, RHS Malvern Autumn Show, World Stone Skimming Championships
  • October - Mangold Hurling, Grand Designs Live, World Conker Championships, RHS Autumn Show, Blog Action Day, Apple Days, Halloween, British Summer Time comes to and end
  • November - British Sausage Week, Bonfire Night, Mistletoe auctions begin, Buy Nothing Day, National Tree Week, NaBloPoMo
  • December - Winter walks, Christmas Markets, Mistletoe Festival and National Mistletoe Day, Tree Dressing Day, Holy Thorn Ceremony, Mummers plays, Hogmanay and other New Year's Eve festivals


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