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.
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2016

May 2:  Early May Bank Holiday

May 12–15:  Keswick Jazz Festival

May 20–30:  Bath International Music Festival

May 24–28:   Chelsea Flower Show, London

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

May 30:  Spring Bank Holiday

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

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

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

June 17–26:  Golowan Festival, Penzance (midsummer celebration)

June 27–July 10:  Wimbledon Tennis Championship, London

July 1–3:  Love Supreme, Sussex (jazz festival)

July 8–16:  Early Music Festival, York

July 28–31:  Cambridge Folk Festival

August 29:  Summer Bank Holiday

Last weekend in August:  Notting Hill Carnival, London (costumes, Caribbean music)

September 2–November 6 (likely):  Blackpool Illuminations (waterfront light festival)

September 9–18:  Jane Austen Festival (Bath)

September 16–20:  London Fashion Week

September 23–October 2:  York Food and Drink Festival

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

November 11:  Remembrance Day (two minutes of silence at 11:00 to remember WWI dead)

November 12:  Lord Mayor's Show (traditional pageants in the City of London, including horse-drawn coach parades and fireworks)

November 13:  Remembrance Sunday (people wear poppies on lapels, royals lay wreaths at Cenotaph on Whitehall in London for WWI dead)

Late November–early 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

2017

January 1:  New Year's Day (closures)

February (2 weeks):  Jorvik Viking Festival, York (costumed warriors, battles)

February 17–21:  London Fashion Week

Late February 26–early March (10 days):  Bath Literature Festival

April 14–17:  Easter Weekend (Good Friday through Easter Monday; some closures)