January / February
Chinese New YearLate Jan or early Feb
Lion dances, firecrackers, and processions mark an annual Chinese celebration.
Ideal Home ExhibitionSecond week
The latest creative ideas by top designers for the home and garden are displayed in this huge exhibition. Spectators can enjoy “How To” theatres, exhibits on interior design, gardening and even cooking.
Earl’s Court, London
Crufts Dog Show2nd week
Held at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham, this is one of the biggest shows featuring over 21,000 dogs competing from all over Europe.
Birmingham, West Midlands
London International Book Fair (LIBF)2nd week
One of the largest growing book fairs in the world, it attracts exhibitors and visitors from all over Europe.
National and Grand Halls
British International Antiques FairLast week
This is one of Britain’s largest antique shows featuring items from all over.
National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham
Furry Dancing FestivalMay 8
Spring festival celebrating flowers with dancing and rides.
Chelsea Flower ShowMid-May
One of the world’s most popular flower shows, offering the best in gardening and horticulture for one week in May.
Royal Hospital, London
Brighton FestivalLast 3 weeks
This large festival offers 800 performances by both international artists of the highest level as well as local artists. Spectators will enjoy jazz, rock, world music, rap, dancing and more.
Brighton, East Sussex
Glyndebourne Festival Opera SeasonMid-May through Aug
Near Lewes, East Sussex
Royal Academy Summer ExhibitionsJul through Aug
Large art show of new works by many artists.
Bath International FestivalMay 19 through Jun 4th
This festival presents a wide range of music concentrating mostly on classical, jazz, contemporary, and world music but offers everything in between. The 17-day festival includes 350 local and visiting artists, 150 events, food, and a celebration on the opening night.
Trooping the ColourSaturday closest to Jun 10th
Dating back to Charles II in the 17th century, this custom was originally held as a daily military rally, so that each man could recognize other members of his regiment. Today 1400 officers and soldiers, 200 horses and 400 musicians and drum corps members and the Queen herself, mark the Queen’s birthday with this official parade of colorful pageantry.
Glastonbury FestivalJune 23 through 25.
This large festival originated in the 1970’s to coincide with the Summer Solstice, and embraces the medieval traditions of art, music, poetry, and dance, while presenting popular recording artists as well.
Aldeburgh Festival2nd and 3rd weeks.
Arts festival with operas and concerts.
Leeds CastleLast week
Royal Show1st week
National agricultural show.
Near Kenliworth, Warwickshire
Hampton Court Flower ShowEarly July
Visitors can browse the huge, extravagant gardens at Hampton Court, which was home to Henry VIII.
Hampton Court Palace, Surrey
Summer Music Festival3rd Weekend
Royal Tournament3rd and 4th week
Earl’s Court, London
Cambridge Folk FestivalLast weekend
This is a festival with top international music artists, and is known for its eclectic line-up of music acts. It also includes exotic foods, crafts, instrument stalls and a children’s concert.
International Festival of the Folk ArtsLate Jul or early Aug
Henry Wood Promenade ConcertsMid-Jul through Mid-Sep
This famous concert series (also known as the Proms) began in 1895 by Henry Wood, a famous organist and conductor. The idea of the concert is to provide the general public access to the arts on a more open, affordable level and allowing the audience to walk or ‘promenade’ around the arena. Today, Wood’s idea still continues in this annual BBC event that focuses on contemporary classical and modern music.
Royal Albert Hall, London
Beatles FestivalLast weekend
Music and entertainment related to the Fab Four.
Notting Hill CarnivalLast weekend
This is a West Indian Street carnival with floats, bands, and stalls. It began in 1964 with the focus of deterring racism toward Caribbean and other Black immigrants and bringing together the people of the Notting Hill area.
Notting Hill, London
Arundel FestivalLate Aug
Arundel Castle hosts this festival, which features jazz, art, dancing and more.High Street
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Blackpool IlluminationsSep through Oct
A 5-mile spectacle of lighting along Blackpool’s seafront.
Great Autumn Flower Show3rd weekend
Displays by nurseries and flower organizations
Harrogate, N. Yorkshire
Horse of the Year ShowLast weekend
Oyster FestivalSaturday at the start of the season
Mayor hosts lunch to celebrate the start of the oyster season.
Nottingham Goose Fair2nd weekend
One of Britain’s oldest fairs with an amusement park
Canterbury Festival2nd and 3rd weeks
This festival celebrates the rich history of Canterbury with street entertainment, theatre and music performances and medieval sites and sounds.
Aldeburgh Britten Festival3rd weekend
Concerts with music by Benjamin Britten and other composers.
Opening of ParliamentOct or Nov
The Queen partakes of the parade from Buckingham Palace to Westminster in an elegant stagecoach, to open the new Parliament session.
Lord Mayor’s Procession and Show2nd Sat
This is the Lord Mayor’s 800-year-old custom, where he parades through the streets to the Queen’s Bench to pledge allegiance to the crown.
Remembrance Day2nd Sunday
Services and parades at the Cenotaph.
RAC London to Brighton Veteran Car RallyFirst Sunday
A 7am start from Hyde Park, London where antique cars put-put all the way to Brighton.
London to Brighton
Regent Street Christmas LightsMid-Nov
Christmas Tree1st Thursday
A Christmas tree is donated to England by the people of Norway and is lit by the Mayor of Oslo. The festivities are continued with the singing of Christmas carols.
Trafalgar Square, London
Christmas ParadeBeginning of Dec
This seasonal parade presents floats and costumes to celebrate the myth of Santa Clause.
Allendale Baal FestivalDec 31
Parade by villagers with burning tar barrels on their heads to celebrate the New Year.
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