Upcoming Holidays and Festivals in England

London’s streets come alive during several annual parades.
  • 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.
  • See upcoming holidays and festivals across Europe


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

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

November 9:  Remembrance Sunday (royals lay wreaths at Cenotaph on Whitehall in London for WWI dead)

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


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 4:  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)

June 16–20:  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)

July 30–August 2:  Cambridge Folk Festival

August 30–31 (likely):  Notting Hill Carnival (costumes, Caribbean music; London)

August 31:  Summer Bank Holiday

September 4–October 8 (likely):  Blackpool Illuminations (waterfront light festival)

Mid-September:  London Fashion Week

Mid-September:  Jane Austen Festival (Bath)

Late September:  York Food and Drink Festival