Whether you are visiting England for the first time or you are a regular vacationer, you should do more than pass through the villages. They have some rituals that may seem silly, but are often centuries old.
1. Straw Bear Festival, Whittlesea
Every January in Whittlesea is the Straw Bear Festival. Traditionally, a man dressed in straw entertained the villagers by dancing through the streets. Today, it has become a weeklong event with dancers and concerts. At the end of the week, an anxiously awaiting crowd watches as the Straw Bear is burned in celebration.