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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, see the sites for Visit England and Visit Britain.
  • 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)

April 3:  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 2:  Early May Bank Holiday (closures)

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

Mid-May:  Bath Festival (music and literature)

May 24–28:  Chelsea Flower Show, London

Late May (likely):  Jorvik Viking Festival, York (costumed warriors, battles)

May 29–June 13:  Bath Fringe Festival (alternative music, dance, and theater)

May 30 (likely):  Cooper's Hill Cheese Roll, Gloucester, Cotswolds

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

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

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

June 27–July 10:  Wimbledon Tennis Championship, London

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

July 8–16:  Early Music Festival, York

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

July 22–24:  Tramlines Festival, Sheffield (indie rock and more)

July 28–31:  WOMAD Festival, Malmesbury (between Bath and Oxford; world music)

July 28–31:  Cambridge Folk Festival

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

August 5–7:  Pride Festival, Brighton

August 6–14 (likely):  Kettlewell Scarecrow Festival, Yorkshire

August 28–29:  Notting Hill Carnival, London (costumes, Caribbean music)

August 29:  Summer Bank Holiday (closures)

September (all month):  Totally Thames, London (free events on the south bank of the Thames)

September 2–January 2, 2023:  Blackpool Illuminations (waterfront light festival)

September 9–18:  Heritage Open Days (free entry to many historical sights across England)

September 9–18:  Jane Austen Festival, Bath

September 10 (likely):  London Pride Parade

September 23–October 2:  York Food and Drink Festival

October 5–16 (likely):  BFI London Film Festival

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

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

November 13:  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 19:  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