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Seasonal Celebrations: 

Seasonal Celebrations Ideas for activities on the farm From a FACE seminar

Seasonal celebrations: 

Seasonal celebrations A seminar was held at Mary Arden’s House & Shakespeare Countryside Museum where we looked at a number of seasonal activities which could be celebrated on farms and at other countryside locations Thanks to all those who attended but in particular to Joe Moore, Shakespeare Birthplace Trust; Bobbie Harvey, FACE; Becki Pulford, Moulton College; and Gurbans Randhawa, Rugby Intercultural Support Services.

Apple Day: 

Apple Day On October the 21st every year, an annual celebration is held of apples, orchards and local distinctiveness. Initiated by Common Ground in 1990, it has since been celebrated each year by people organising hundreds of local events.

Ideas for apple day activities: 

Ideas for apple day activities Apple bobbing Longest peel competition Tree planting Tasting different varieties Toffee apple making Apple prints Apple produce Making/tasting apple juice Storytelling


Baisakhi Baisakhi is a Sikh celebration held on or near April 13th to welcome the arrival of the harvesting season in parts of India. Typically, people join together to eat spicy foods, meats and boiled sweets. They wear new clothes, play games and attend fairs. Bangra dancing is enjoyed. www.123baisakhi/celebrations/index.html

Baisakhi activities: 

Baisakhi activities Naming fruits and vegetables Making scarecrows Collages Indian cookery Learning bangra dancing

Well dressing/Rangoli: 

Well dressing/Rangoli There are great similarities between the Derbyshire tradition of well dressing and the Hindu rangoli craft. Well dressing is the art of decorating springs and wells with pictures made from local plant life. The dressings are set in clay-filled wooden trays, mounted on a wooden frame.


Rangoli A Rangoli is a colourful design made on the floor near the entrance to a house to welcome guests. At Diwali, Hindus draw bright Rangoli patterns to encourage the goddess Lakshmi to enter their homes. Traditionally the pictures are made from finely ground powder and colours but any materials can be used to replicate similar patterns.

Our efforts: 

Our efforts Using a cardboard background we added seeds and flower petals to make a group rangoli

Further efforts: 

Further efforts We then made individual well dressings (or rangoli pictures!) using clay which had been pressed into lids of margarine tubs and seeds and petals etc

More examples: 

More examples

Den building day: 

Den building day Den building day was launched by the Forestry Commission in May 2006 to provide opportunities for outdoor play and adventure. It aims to enable children to make their own choices about play and create their own environments

Den building developments: 

Den building developments Scale of den building can be changed to suit audience and amount of adult help required can vary Supply materials to get younger ones started For very young children try dens for teddy bears

Do’s and don’ts in den building: 

Do’s and don’ts in den building Do Build out of natural materials Make sure den won’t fall down Build den on flat or gently sloping ground Avoid wet or boggy ground Don’t Build den with sharp or dangerous materials Cut down trees or bushes Leave litter Build your den near busy roads, deep water or in quarries


Hallowe’en Halloween is always celebrated on 31 October. Halloween is one of the oldest celebrations in the world, dating back over 2000 years to the time of the Celts Lots of information and activity ideas at

Hallowe’en activities: 

Hallowe’en activities Scary trails are popular! (Don’t make them too scary for little ones!) Be imaginative with props Incorporate story telling

May Day: 

May Day The first day of the month of May is known as May Day. It is the time of year when warmer weather begins and flowers and trees start to blossom. It is when people celebrate the coming of summer with lots of different customs.

May Day activities: 

May Day activities Maypole dancing Making individual maypoles Tree dressing Decorate a May Queen’s Chair Storytelling


Shrovetide The last three days before the beginning of Lent are known as Shrovetide. Shrove Tuesday ( Pancake Day) was when all fats and cream had to be used up. Shrovetide was celebrated with games, sports, dancing and other revelries. There were feasts to use up the food that could not be eaten during the Lenten fast.

Pancake Day activities: 

Pancake Day activities Looking at pancake ingredients (eggs, milk and flour): local produce/food miles etc Cooking activities Pancake races/pancake tossing/pancake decorating History investigation –comparing food cupboards then and now Frying pan music!

Plough Monday: 

Plough Monday The first Monday after the Twelfth Night is Plough Monday when young men used to drag a decorated plough through the village and knock on doors asking for money, food or drink

Plough Monday activities: 

Plough Monday activities Decorate an old plough or a model with ribbons, leaves and foliage Demonstrate ploughing using a heavy horse – what a spectacle even if on only a couple of furrows! Try morris dancing Use the day as a fund-raiser for a good cause

Stir up Sunday: 

Stir up Sunday The last Sunday of the Church Year, or the Sunday before Advent, is often called 'Stir-up Sunday'. On Stir-up Sunday it is traditional for everyone in the family to take a turn at stirring the Christmas pudding, whilst making a wish.

Stir up Sunday activities: 

Stir up Sunday activities Treasure Hunt for the 13 ingredients of the cake Measuring and weighing Sharing recipes Make a pudding for the birds Link to other Christmas traditions


Wassailing Wassailing has been associated with Christmas and New Year as far back as the 1400s. It was a way of passing on good wishes among family and friends Wassail is an ale-based drink seasoned with spices and honey. It was served from huge bowls Wassail gets its name from the Old English term "waes hael", meaning "be well". Apple trees were sprinkled with wassail to ensure a good crop. Villagers would gather around the apple trees with shotguns or pots and pans and made a tremendous racket to raise the Sleeping Tree Spirit and to scare off demons.


Activities Horton Kirby Study Centre offers a wassailing activity details of which can be found in the accompanying presentation


Calendars There are many places where you can find calendars of celebrations.'s_new/calendar_of_events.htm

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