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

2018

April 28–May 12:  Leeds International Festival (forward-looking arts and culture festival; includes Live at Leeds city-wide music festival on May 5)

May 5–6:  Arcadia London (spectacle-filled giant rave)

May 5–7:  Chimney Sweeps Festival, Rochester (Morris dancers, northwest of Canterbury)

May 5–June 3:  Plymouth History Festival

May 7:  Early May Bank Holiday

May 10–13:  Keswick Jazz Festival

May 11–27:  Bath Festival (music and literature)

May 22–26:  Chelsea Flower Show, London

May 25–28:  The Biggest Weekend, Coventry (indie/pop music festival)

May 25–June 10:  Bath Fringe Festival (alternative music, dance, and theater)

May 28:  Spring Bank Holiday (closures); also Cooper's Hill Cheese Roll (Gloucester, Cotswolds)

June 1–2:  Keswick Beer Festival (music, shows)

June 9:  Trooping the Colour, London (military bands and pageantry, Queen's birthday parade)

June 15–24:  Golowan Festival, Penzance (midsummer celebration)

June 19–23:  Royal Ascot horse races, near Windsor

June 29–July 1:  Love Supreme, Sussex (jazz festival)

July 2–15:  Wimbledon Tennis Championship, London

July 6–14:  Early Music Festival, York

July 7:  London Pride Parade

July 13–September 8:  The Proms, London (series of classical-music performances in Royal Albert Hall)

July 21–23:  Tramlines Festival, Sheffield (indie rock and more)

August 2–5:  Cambridge Folk Festival

August 3–5:  Pride Festival, Brighton

August 11—19:  Kettlewell Scarecrow Festival (Yorkshire)

August 25–27:  Notting Hill Carnival, London (costumes, Caribbean music)

August 27:  Summer Bank Holiday (closures)

August 31–November 4:  Blackpool Illuminations (waterfront light festival)

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

September 6–9 & 13–16:  Heritage Open Days (free entry to many historical sights across England)

September 14–23:  Jane Austen Festival, Bath

September 20-23:  London Fashion Week Festival

September 21–30:  York Food and Drink Festival

October 10–21:  BFI London Film Festival

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

November 10:  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 17:  Glastonbury Carnival

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

2019

January 1:  New Year's Day (closures)

February 20–27:  Jorvik Viking Festival, York (costumed warriors, battles)

March 23 (likely):  Oxford vs. Cambridge Boat Race, southwest London

April 19–April 22:  Easter Weekend (Good Friday through Easter Monday; closures)