London and National Events
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Please note that due to the Coronavirus
(COVID-19) outbreak, many events and festivals may
have been cancelled or postponed until later in the
year. For further information please visit the organisers'
own website for details.
New years Day - 1 January (Public
Bank Holiday UK)
- January Sales (sales
usually start on Boxing Day)
- Festival Commemorating the Epiphany - 6 January
- Burns Night -
celebrating the birth of Robert Burns - 25 January
- Chinese New
Year - Year of the Ox - 12 February
- Valentines Day - 14 February
- Pan Cake Day -
Shrove Tuesday - 16th February
- Ash Wednesday - 17th February
- May Day - (Public Bank Holiday UK) - 3 May
- Well Dressing
Ascension Day, various venues across Britain
- RHS Chelsea
Flower Show - London
Mills Weekend - various
locations around the UK
- Late Spring Bank Holiday - (Public Bank Holiday UK) - 31 May
- Whit Sunday - 23 May
of the Colour - Whitehall, London - Saturday
closest to 10th June
- Father's Day - 20 June
- Summer Solstice - summer time
begins - 21 June
- Wimbledon Tennis Championships
Watch world champions play at London's famous grass
court tennis tournament.
Notting Hill Carnival - London - last weekend in August.
Shake your tail feathers, sip some rum and enjoy the
alfresco vibe at this annual carnival.
- Summer Bank Holiday - 30
August (Public Bank Holiday UK)
- International Sheepdog Trials
Thames - London
This major event attracts thousands each year. Expect
street arts, carnivals, music, dance, food and
a spectacular fireworks display along the River
- Autumn Equinox - start of autumn
- 22 September
- Horse of the Year Show - NEC
- Harvest Festivals - all over Britain: at various
times of the month.
- British Summer Time Ends -
- Hallowe'en -
31 October, all over Britain.
- London Restaurant Festival
Explore the capital's cuisine with a series of
city-wide special events, including tours, special
menus and pop-up restaurants. Highlights include
dinner on the London Eye.
All Saints Day -
1 November, all over Britain.
- RAC London to Brighton Veteran Car Rally -
London to Brighton.
- Guy Fawkes Night - all over
Britain - 5th November.
- State Opening of Parliament - London: start
of the new parliamentary session.
- Lord Mayor's Procession and Show -
London: second Saturday in November.
- Remembrance Day - at the Cenotaph,
Whitehall, London, and all over Britain. 14th November.
- London Film Festival -
various venues in London: first two weeks November
- London Lights Switch-On
Get in the festive spirit and join the celebrations
as Oxford Street and Regent Street switch on their
Christmas illuminations. Expect big-name celebrities.
- Christmas Markets -
Traditional festive markets held in many major
cities and historical towns.
- Winter Solstice - beginning of winter - 21 December
- Christmas Day - 25 December.
- Boxing Day - 26 December.
Day Sales - many shops start their January
sales on Boxing Day