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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

2021

April 2–April 5:  Easter Weekend (Good Friday through Easter Monday; closures)

May 2–5 (iffy for 2021):  Keswick Jazz Festival

May 3:  Early May Bank Holiday (closures)

May 28–June 13:  Bath Fringe Festival (alternative music, dance, and theater)

May 29–30 (shortened in 2021):  Bath Festival (music and literature)

May 31:  Spring Bank Holiday (closures)

May 31:  Cooper's Hill Cheese Roll, Gloucester, Cotswolds

June 4–5 (iffy for 2021):  Keswick Beer Festival (music, shows)

June 12:  Trooping the Colour, London (Queen's birthday parade, with military bands and pageantry)

June 15–19:  Royal Ascot horse races, near Windsor

June 18–27:  Golowan Festival, Penzance (midsummer celebration)

June 28–July 11:  Wimbledon Tennis Championship, London

July 2–4:  Love Supreme, Sussex (jazz festival)

July 9–17:  Early Music Festival, York

Mid-July–mid-September (iffy for 2021):  The Proms, London (series of classical-music performances in Royal Albert Hall)

July 22–25:  WOMAD Festival, Malmesbury (between Bath and Oxford; world music)

July 23–25:  Tramlines Festival, Sheffield (indie rock and more)

July 29–August 1:  Cambridge Folk Festival

August 6–8:  Pride Festival, Brighton

August 7–15 (iffy for 2021):  Kettlewell Scarecrow Festival, Yorkshire

August 29–30 (iffy for 2021):  Notting Hill Carnival, London (costumes, Caribbean music)

August 30:  Summer Bank Holiday (closures)

September 1–30 (iffy for 2021):  Totally Thames, London (free events on the south bank of the Thames)

September 3–January 3:  Blackpool Illuminations (waterfront light festival)

September 10–19 (likely):  Heritage Open Days (free entry to many historical sights across England)

September 10–19:  Jane Austen Festival, Bath

September 11:  London Pride Parade

September 17–26 (likely):  York Food and Drink Festival

September 21–26:  Chelsea Flower Show, London

October 6–17 (likely):  BFI London Film Festival

October 16:  Live at Leeds (city-wide music festival)

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

November 13:  Lord Mayor's Show (traditional pageants in the City of London, including horse-drawn coach parades and fireworks)

November 13 (likely):  Glastonbury Carnival

November 14:  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


2022

January 1:  New Year's Day (closures)

February 13–21 (likely):  Jorvik Viking Festival, York (costumed warriors, battles)

Late March or early April:  Oxford vs. Cambridge Boat Race, southwest London

April 15–April 18:  Easter Weekend (Good Friday through Easter Monday; closures)

Early May (likely):  Leeds International Festival (forward-looking arts and culture festival)

May 1–4 (likely):  Keswick Jazz Festival

May 2:  Early May Bank Holiday (closures)

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

Mid-May:  Bath Festival (music and literature)

May 17–21 (likely):  Chelsea Flower Show, London

May 27–June 12 (likely):  Bath Fringe Festival (alternative music, dance, and theater)

June 2:  Spring Bank Holiday (closures)

June 2:  Cooper's Hill Cheese Roll, Gloucester, Cotswolds

June 3:  Platinum Jubilee of Elizabeth II (fanfare and pageantry in London and other big cities; nationwide closures)

June 3–4 (likely):  Keswick Beer Festival (music, shows)

June 11:  Trooping the Colour, London (Queen's birthday parade, with military bands and pageantry)

June 14–18 (likely):  Royal Ascot horse races, near Windsor

June 22–26 (likely):  Glastonbury Festival, Somerset (indie pop/rock music)

July 28–August 8:  XXII Commonwealth Games, Birmingham (giant quadrennial sports competition)