Our Calendar Files

There are two standards for Calendar files: vCalendar the first developed standard and iCalendar which was developed from it and is much more comprehensive in scope. Unfortunately there is no standard for what calendar programs do with Calendar files. A calendar suggests that it may contain a number of events and the vCalendar standard allows this: but Microsoft Outlook 2003 will only read the first event from a multi-event vCalendar file. Outlook 2010, however, will read all the events from a multi-event vCalendar file. Other programs take the calendar concept more literally, allocating one calendar folder within the program for each vCalendar file the program reads. So we offer individual event vCalendar files and an entire season vCalendar file.

We provide the minimum information required to define an event: Time/date; Venue; Title and Event Description. In this way we hope to ensure compatability with most Calendar programs. If you want to set an alarm, you will have to do that yourself.

What you do

When you click a link for a Calendar file on this website, the browser will display a dialog giving you the option either of saving the file to disc or of loading the Calendar file into your (named) Calendar program. What you do then may depend on your Calendar program. With Microsoft Outlook 2003, it displays an individual event page containing the data from the vCalendar file. You can then set an alarm if you wish before clicking "Save and Close". Later versions just display their calendar.

Where the links are

The entire season vCalendar file can be accessed here and the individual event vCalendar files are accessed from the "Add event to calendar" links at the end of each event description on the Future Events page.