Make Your Pancake Day Event One To Remember

Feb 18, 2019 | Featured, Tips & Tricks

Most people who celebrate Pancake Day (or Shrove Tuesday, to give it it’s proper name) do so in one way: by eating pancakes. But throughout history people have held pancake-related events, so read on for suggestions of events you could host or attend:

Host a Pancake Day race

Pancake Day races take place all over the UK around Pancake Day. It’s said to originate from 1445 when a Shrove Tuesday was a “half-holiday”. A woman in Olney, Buckinghamshire was so busy making pancakes that when she heard the church bells ringing for the Shrove Tuesday service she ran out the house, still carrying her frying pan and tossing her pancake.

You can make the rules as strict as you like. The main rule is to carry a frying pan and race while tossing the pancake, but Olney requires contestants to wear a scarf and apron while racing, so you could add all sorts of rules to your race.  

Host a ‘mob football’ game

Mob football is a medieval game. It mostly disappeared in the 19th century, but it’s still played on Shrove Tuesday in some towns, most notably Alnwick in Northumberland, Ashbourne in Derbyshire, Atherstone in Warwickshire, St Columb Major in Cornwall and Sedgefield in County Durham. You can find the rules here if you want to start your own game.

    Hold a pancake flipping competition

    The rules for this are pretty straight forward: the person who flips a pancake the most times in a set amount of time (often a minute) is the winner.

    You might even manage a Guinness World Record!

    Have a Mardi Gras celebration

    Mardi Gras (or Fat Tuesday) is part of the Catholic celebration of Carnival, which ends on Shrove Tuesday.

    The most famous festivities for Mardi Gras are those in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, but Mardi Gras celebrations are held all over the world. This usually involves a parade, but why not host your own Mardi Gras party?


    Decorate in the traditional gold, purple and green colours, provide beads, eat some King Cake, crank up the music and encourage your attendees to dress up.

    If you celebrate Pancake Day, we hope you can do it in style with Helm Tickets!

    Jess Cope | Employee Experience Manager

    Jess has a varied background – she studied Modern Languages, then moved into web content editing and now works to make sure Helm is a great place to work. 

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