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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


January 1:  New Year's Day (closures)

February 14–18:  London Fashion Week Festival

February 15–23:  Jorvik Viking Festival, York (costumed warriors, battles)

March 29:  Oxford vs. Cambridge Boat Race, southwest London

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

April 30–May 9:  Leeds International Festival (forward-looking arts and culture festival; includes Live at Leeds city-wide music festival on May 2)

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

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

May 7–10:  Keswick Jazz Festival

May 8:  Early May Bank Holiday

May 15–24:  Bath Festival (music and literature)

May 19–23:  Chelsea Flower Show, London

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

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

May 25:  Spring Bank Holiday (closures)

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

June 5–6:  Keswick Beer Festival (music, shows)

June 16–20:  Royal Ascot horse races, near Windsor

June 24–28:  Glastonbury Festival, Somerset (indie pop/rock music)

June 27:  London Pride Parade

Late June:  Golowan Festival, Penzance (midsummer celebration)

June 29–July 12:  Wimbledon Tennis Championship, London

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

July 3–11:  Early Music Festival, York

July 17–September 12:  The Proms, London (series of classical-music performances in Royal Albert Hall)

July 30–August 2:  Cambridge Folk Festival

July 31–August 2:  Pride Festival, Brighton

July 31–August 2:  Tramlines Festival, Sheffield (indie rock and more)

August 8–16 (likely):  Kettlewell Scarecrow Festival (Yorkshire)

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

August 31:  Summer Bank Holiday (closures)

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

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

September 11–20:  Heritage Open Days (free entry to many historical sights across England)

September 11–20:  Jane Austen Festival, Bath

Mid-September:  London Fashion Week Festival

September 18–27 (likely):  York Food and Drink Festival

October 7–18:  BFI London Film Festival

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

November 8:  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 14:  Lord Mayor's Show (traditional pageants in the City of London, including horse-drawn coach parades and fireworks)

November 14 (likely):  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