The Rochester Sweeps festival celebrates the traditional May Day holiday that chimney sweeps used to enjoy.
4 - 6 May
Ascension Day(Christian Festival) Christian recognition of the departure of Jesus from earth after the resurrection.
Pentecost\ Whitsuntide (Christian Festival) Christian observation of the day when the God the Holy Spirit came to the disciples in the forms of tongues of fire and rushing wind. It is a traditional day for baptism and confirmation of new Christians.
Established after the South African War, and held on Queen Victoria's birthday, 24 May, it was replaced by Commonwealth Day in 1958.
Oak Apple Day (Pinch-Bum Day)
Also known as Royal Oak Day, 29 May, the bithday of Charles II (who is said to hav hidden in an oak tree after his defeat at Worcester) and the day he entered London at the 1660 Restoration of the monarchy