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  • Go cuckoo for England's annual bird-themed festival

    2012-03-23

    Despite current technological advancements, many people simply still like to get the time of the day from a old-fashioned clock. These traditional types gather together in the small town of Marsden, West Yorkshire, for the annual Cuckoo Day, which not only celebrates the iconic bird but also offers guests a look into local customs. Participating in this interesting tradition can make for a great Europe travel experience in England.

    For three days at the end of April, the people of Marsden get together to celebrate the return of the beloved cuckoo bird for the warmer months. Traditions are key for this kind of occasion, as the townspeople have preserved classic pastimes that are still fun to take part in today. For instance, tourists in Marsden may witness Maypole dancing, banner making or the massive craft fair full of clocks and other handicrafts.

    However, many venues have upped their offerings in recent years to include more modern shows and presentations. In recent years, some local troupes have performed belly dancing, and others have paraded down the town streets in silly cow costumes.

    Alongside the outdoor activities and other demonstrations, bars, restaurants and pubs are usually filled to the brim with travelers from all corners of the globe who are in town for the spectacle. While enjoying Cuckoo Day, guests may wish to take time to sample the local culinary delights or try one of the homemade microbrews found only in this region.

    Events held during the Cuckoo Days are suitable for all ages and man of the children's festivities take place on Saturday. Little ones may be able to march in a colorful parade or get their face painted to look like a rainbow of feathers. There will also be a petting zoo, as well as a place to admire some classic cars owned by local enthusiasts.

    travelers can find out more information about this year's festivities on the event's official Facebook page, which receives post from the cuckoo mascot that announces the newest additions to the event's itinerary. Tickets do not need to be purchased for entrance to the festival, but travelers hoping to attend may want to make plans early as this gathering tends to be a popular occasion.

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