Upcoming Holidays and Festivals in England

British pride, London, 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.
  • See upcoming holidays and festivals in Scotland, Wales, and across Europe

2019

July 19–21:  Tramlines Festival, Sheffield (indie rock and more)

July 19–September 14:  The Proms, London (series of classical-music performances in Royal Albert Hall)

August 1–4:  Cambridge Folk Festival

August 2–4:  Pride Festival, Brighton

August 10–18:  Kettlewell Scarecrow Festival (Yorkshire)

August 24–26:  Notting Hill Carnival, London (costumes, Caribbean music)

August 26:  Summer Bank Holiday (closures)

August 30–November 3:  Blackpool Illuminations (waterfront light festival)

September 1–30:  Totally Thames, London (free events on the south bank of the Thames)

September 13–22:  Heritage Open Days (free entry to many historical sights across England)

September 13–22:  Jane Austen Festival, Bath

September 20–29:  York Food and Drink Festival

October 2–13:  BFI London Film 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)

November 11:  Remembrance Sunday (two minutes of silence at 11:00, people wear poppies on lapels, royals lay wreaths at Cenotaph on Whitehall in London for WWI dead)

November 16:  Glastonbury Carnival

Late November–mid-December:  Christmas festivals, across Britain; York's St. Nicholas Fayre and Keswick's Victorian Fayre are especially fun (markets, music, entertainment)

December 24–26:  Christmas holidays


2020

January 1:  New Year's Day (closures)

February 14–18 (likely):  London Fashion Week Festival

February 19–26 (likely):  Jorvik Viking Festival, York (costumed warriors, battles)

Early April (1 day):  Oxford vs. Cambridge Boat Race, southwest London

April 10–April 13:  Easter Weekend (Good Friday through Easter Monday; closures)

April 30–May 10 (likely):  Leeds International Festival (forward-looking arts and culture festival; includes Live at Leeds city-wide music festival on May 2)

Early May (2 days):  Arcadia London (spectacle-filled giant rave)

Early May–early June (4 weeks):  Plymouth History Festival

May 2–4:  Chimney Sweeps Festival, Rochester (Morris dancers, northwest of Canterbury)

May 4:  Early May Bank Holiday

May 7–10:  Keswick Jazz Festival

May 19–23 (likely):  Chelsea Flower Show, London

May 22–May 31 (likely):  Bath Festival (music and literature)

May 22–June 7 (likely):  Bath Fringe Festival (alternative music, dance, and theater)

May 24:  Cooper's Hill Cheese Roll, Gloucester, Cotswolds

May 25:  Spring Bank Holiday (closures)

June 6 (likely):  Trooping the Colour, London (military bands and pageantry, Queen's birthday parade)

June 6–8 (likely):  Keswick Beer Festival (music, shows)

Late June (4 days):  Royal Ascot horse races, near Windsor

Late June:  Golowan Festival, Penzance (midsummer celebration)

Late June (5 days):  Glastonbury Festival, Somerset (indie pop/rock music)

Early July (1 day):  London Pride Parade

Early July (9 days):  Early Music Festival, York

Early July (2 weeks):  Wimbledon Tennis Championship, London

July 3–5:  Love Supreme, Sussex (jazz festival)

August 31:  Summer Bank Holiday (closures)

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

November 11:  Remembrance Sunday (two minutes of silence at 11:00, people wear poppies on lapels, royals lay wreaths at Cenotaph on Whitehall in London for WWI dead)

Late November–mid-December:  Christmas festivals, across Britain; York's St. Nicholas Fayre and Keswick's Victorian Fayre are especially fun (markets, music, entertainment)

December 24–26:  Christmas holidays