May 25th is Towel Day!

Towel Day?

Towel Day is a fun day celebrated annually on May 25th, when fans of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams go around all day with a towel.


Because a towel is listed as one of the essential and most useful items to have with you when hitchhiking around the galaxy.

In The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Adams writes:

“…it has great practical value – you can wrap it around you for warmth as you bound across the cold moons of Jaglan Beta; you can lie on it on the brilliant marble-sanded beaches of Santraginus V, inhaling the heady sea vapours; you can sleep under it beneath the stars which shine so redly on the desert world of Kakrafoon; use it to sail a mini raft down the slow heavy river Moth; wet it for use in hand-to-hand-combat; wrap it round your head to ward off noxious fumes or to avoid the gaze of the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal (a mindboggingly stupid animal, it assumes that if you can’t see it, it can’t see you – daft as a bush, but very, very ravenous); you can wave your towel in emergencies as a distress signal, and of course dry yourself off with it if it still seems to be clean enough.”

Find out more about Towel Day…

Grab your towel, watch the video and scroll down for some fun resources.

Why is the answer to the meaning of life, the universe and everything, “42”?

Read about why Douglas Adams chose number 42 here, and some other cool things with the number 42.

Some fun websites and resources for Towel Day: – all about Towel Day and a list of online events to celebrate it. – 42 of the Best Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Quotes.

Fandom Hitchhiker’s Towel Day page – with info about Towel Day, and a chance to connect with other fans.

Stay in for Towel Day 2020 by Save The Rhino – various talks, quizzes and readings online.

Kids Encyclopedia – Number 42 – facts about number 42 in Mathematics and Literature.

Check out these middle grade Science Fiction novels – like Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, only for kids!

Middle Grade Science Fiction Novels by Kathryn Rose Newey

Science Fiction and Towel Day