Upcoming Holidays and Festivals in England

  • Before planning a trip around a festival, verify the festival dates on the festival’s website or with a local tourist information office. For more information about these and other events, contact the Visit Britain office.
  • This list includes major festivals in major cities, plus national holidays observed throughout England. Many sights and banks close down on national holidays — keep it in mind when planning your itinerary. Note that this isn’t a complete list; holidays can strike without warning.
  • Many British towns have holiday festivals in late November and early December, with markets, music, and entertainment in the Christmas spirit. Two of these include York’s St. Nicholas Fayre and Keswick’s Victorian Fayre.

2014

July 31–August 3:  Cambridge Folk Festival

August 24–25:  Notting Hill Carnival (costumes, Caribbean music; London)

August 25:  Summer Bank Holiday

August 25–October 29:  Blackpool Illuminations (waterfront light festival)

September 12–16:  London Fashion Week

September 12–20:  Jane Austen Festival (Bath)

September 2028:  York Food and Drink Festival

November 5:  Guy Fawkes Night (fireworks, bonfires, effigy-burning of 1605 traitor Guy Fawkes)

November 9:  Lord Mayor’s Show (traditional pageants in the City of London, including horse-drawn coach parades and fireworks)

December 24–26:  Christmas holidays

2015

January 1:  New Year’s Day (closures)

February 1320:  London Fashion Week

February 14–22:  Jorvik Viking Festival (costumed warriors, battles; York)

Late February–early March:  Bath Literature Festival

April 3–6:  Easter Weekend (Good Friday through Easter Monday; some closures)

May 5:  Early May Bank Holiday

May:  Keswick Jazz Festival

May 19–23:   Chelsea Flower Show (London)

May or June:  Bath International Music Festival

May 25:  Spring Bank Holiday

Late May–early June:   Bath Fringe Festival (alternative music, dance, and theater)

Early June:  Keswick Beer Festival (music, shows)

June 13:  Trooping the Colour, London (military bands and pageantry, Queen’s birthday parade)

Mid-June:  Royal Ascot horse races (near Windsor)

June 23–28:  Golowan Festival (midsummer celebration, Penzance)

June 29–July 12:  Wimbledon Tennis Championship (London)

Mid-July:  Early Music Festival (York)