London and National Events

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January 2017

  • New years Day - 1 January (Public Bank Holiday first Monday in the month)
  • January Sales (sales usually start on Boxing Day)
  • Festival Commemorating the Epiphany - 6 January
  • International Boat Show - London
  • Burns Night - celebrating the birth of Robert Burns - 25 January
  • Chinese New Year - Year of the Chicken - Saturday 28 January

February 2017

  • Valentines Day - 14 February
  • Pan Cake Day - Shrove Tuesday, 28 February

March 2017

April 2017

May 2017

  • May Day - first Monday in May (Public Bank Holiday UK), 1 May
  • Royal Tattoo - Windsor
  • Well Dressing Festivals - Ascension Day, various venues across Britain
  • RHS Chelsea Flower Show - London
  • National Mills Weekend - various locations around the UK (13th to 14th May)
  • International Highland Games - Scotland (Carmunnock)
  • Late Spring Bank Holiday - Last Monday in May (Public Bank Holiday UK), 29 May

June 2017

  • Whit Sunday - 4 June
  • Trooping of the Colour - Saturday closest to 10th June - Whitehall, London
  • Wimbledon Tennis Championships
    See world champions play at London's famous grass court tennis tournament.
  • Royal Academy Summer Exhibitions - London
  • Official Birthday of Queen Elizabeth II - 10 June
  • Father's Day - 18 June

July 2017

August 2017

  • 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 - 28 August (Public Bank Holiday UK)

September 2017

  • International Sheepdog Trials - Venue changes every year.
  • Wembley Horse of the Year Show - London - last weekend in September
  • Totally Thames - London
    This major event attracts thousands each year. Expect street arts, carnivals, music, dance, food and a spectacular fireworks display along the River Thames.

October 2017

  • Harvest Festivals - all over Britain: at various times of the month.
  • British Summer Time Ends - 29 October.
  • 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.

November 2017

  • All Saints Day - 1 November, all over Britain.
  • State Opening of Parliament - London: start of the new parliamentary session.
  • Lord Mayor's Procession and Show - London: second Sat in November.
  • Remembrance Day - at the Cenotaph, Whitehall, London, and all over Britain.
  • RAC London to Brighton Veteran Car Rally - London to Brighton.
  • Guy Fawkes Night - all over Britain - 5th 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.

December 2017

  • Christmas Markets - Traditional festive markets held in many major cities and historical towns.
  • Christmas Day - 25 December.
  • Boxing Day - 26 December.
  • Boxing Day Sales - many shops start their January sales on Boxing Day






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