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November 2018 - January 2019 Dates TBC - London

Winter Wonderland

A true family favourite, Winter Wonderland returns to London's Hyde Park with big top shows, the observation wheel and a huge Christmas market. As well as the stunning ice rink, Winter Wonderland includes gentle rides for younger children.
25th January every year - Scotland

Burns’ Night

Every January Scotland celebrates the birthday of Robert Burns - the national poet of Scotland - with food, drams, dancing and verse at events across the country.
25th - 28th January - South West England

Slapstick Festival and Silent Comedy Film Gala

Held annually at Bristol’s Colston Hall, the Silent Comedy Film Gala celebrates the start of the city’s Slapstick festival of vintage comedy film and TV, including guest appearances by living legends of British comedy.
1st January every year - Scotland

Stoats Loony Dook

Welcome 2018 with a splash! Join the thousands of ‘Dookers’ taking part in this annual dip in the freezing River Forth after their march along the High Street as part of the Dooker Parade.
26th July - 26th August 2018 - Scotland

Edinburgh Art Festival

Britain's largest annual celebration of visual art, Edinburgh Art Festival attracts more than 250,000 visitors each year for a diverse and vibrant programme of exhibitions and events.
21st - 22nd July 2018 - The North of England

Liverpool International Music Festival

Celebrating its 6th birthday in 2018, this 2 day celebration hosts big names in hip hop, house and pop, while also promoting new talent, musical heritage and cultural diversity.
22nd June - 9th September 2018 - The North of England

The Great Exhibition of the North

Newcastle and Gateshead will host this major exhibition showcasing art. culture, design and innovation from the north of England.
3rd - 5th August 2018 - South East England

Brighton Pride

Brighton is host to Britain's biggest Pride festival - a 3 day party including entertainment, dancing, a funfair and a market.
21st - 24th June - South East England

Isle of Wight Festival

This popular music festival, on the famous island situated off the south coast of England, has impressive musical heritage and a popular line up of headliners each year.
16th - 19th August 2018 - Wales

Green Man Festival

This festival takes place in the gorgeous Brecon Beacons, and provides a live soundtrack to four days and nights of festival magic.
9th June 2018 - London

Trooping the Colour

Trooping the Colour is the annual celebration of the Queen's official birthday, and is a colourful display of military pageantry.
5th - 6th May 2018 - The North of England

Liverpool Sound City

This annual international music festival welcomes global stars, local artists and key industry figures.
3rd February - 17th March 2018 - London, Wales and Scotland

RBS Six Nations Rugby

The 19th Six Nations Championship for England, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales will see matches take place at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales, Twickenham Stadium in London, and Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh.
30th January 2018 - Scotland

Up Helly Aa

This annual event is Europe’s largest fire festival and involves a torch-lit procession, the burning of a Viking long ship and a ceilidh that lasts late into the night.
1st January every year - London

New Year’s Day Parade

London’s New Year’s Day Parade has evolved into one of the world’s great street spectaculars, with around 10,000 performers from across the world and a street-side audience approaching 500,000.
18th – 21st January - London

Lumiere London

More than 40 British and international artists will transform London during this spectacular festival of lights featuring dazzling installations.
Various dates - London

London Fashion Week

The ultimate fashion industry event, where the world’s top designers showcase their latest collections via catwalk shows, plus curated talks, designer shopping and trend presentations.
7th - 18th February 2018 - London

Imagine Festival

Imagine offers a packed programme of free and ticketed events for all ages, from opera for babies to talks for adults - plus the chance for children to meet some of their favourite authors, who will bring much-loved characters to life.
18th February 2018 - London

Chinese New Year

London hosts the biggest Chinese New Year celebrations outside Asia with hundreds of thousands of people taking part in the festivities.
2nd - 12th August - Scotland

European Championships 2018

Glasgow 2018 is part of a brand new multi-sport event combining the existing European Championships for acquatics, cycling, gymnastics, rowing and triathlon - plus a brand new Golf Team Championships.
21st February - 4th March 2018 - Scotland

Glasgow Film Festival

The Glasgow Film Festival is the fastest-growing and third-largest film event in Britain with over 350 events during the course of the festival.
12th - 18th February 2018 - The North of England

Jorvik Viking Festival

The annual Jorvik Viking Festival is a city-wide celebration of York’s Viking heritage organised by the York Archaeological Trust, creators of Jorvik Viking Centre.
15th - 16th September 2018 - Wales

Abergavenny Food Festival

The annual festival returns to celebrate the exquisite produce of some 200 food exhibitors as well as featuring master-classes from top-flight chefs, tutored tastings and food talks with food writers and critics.
16th - 19th August - South East England

Airbourne International Airshow

Airbourne is free event covering four fantastic days of aircraft displays over the sea. Visitors will experience superb flying from vintage favourites through to the latest military jets.
2nd - 5th August - South West England


This award winning four-day boutique music festival set at the Lulworth Estate, Dorset, is well known for its fancy dress themed days (usually on the Saturday during the festival).
26th - 27th May - Central England

Birmingham Gay Pride

The second largest city in England hosts its annual gay pride, a technicolour spectacular celebration of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender culture.
11th - 14th October 2018 - South East England

Blenheim Palace Literary Festival

Leading writers from the fields of politics, history, food and drink, architecture and design, music, literature and society assemble at the annual literary festival at historic Blenheim Palace, famously where Winston Churchill was born.
5th November every year - England, Scotland and Wales

Bonfire Night

Britain's night skies light up with blazing bonfires and sparkling fireworks to celebrate Guy Fawkes Night, or Bonfire Night
5th - 27th May - South East England

Brighton Festival

Brighton is known as a place that welcomes diversity, creativity and innovative thinking, and its annual festival celebrates this pioneering spirit and experimental approach.
4th May - 3rd June - South East England

Brighton Fringe Festival

As part of Brighton Festival, this fringe celebration of all things creative consists of hundreds of events and performances across a hugely eclectic range of art forms.
9th - 12th August 2018 - South West England

Bristol International Balloon Fiesta

The Bristol International Balloon Fiesta is Europe’s largest annual meeting of hot air balloons, attracting over 150 hot air balloons from across the globe.
6th - 15th July 2018 - South West England

Bristol Pride

Bristol Pride is a week-long LGBT festival that culminates in a massive outdoor music and arts festival which takes place in Castle Park.
21st July - 30th September 2018 - London

Buckingham Palace Summer Opening

Explore the lavishly furnished State Rooms – where the Queen and members of the Royal Family receive and entertain guests on State, ceremonial and official occasions – and witness some of the greatest treasures from the Royal Collection.
July 2018 dates tbc - Wales

Cardiff International Food and Drink Festival

Every year the Welsh capital welcomes this popular festival, which takes over Cardiff Bay, giving way to hundreds of stalls offering delicious food and drink to try and buy from all over the world and Wales.
8th July 2018 - Wales

Cardigan Bay Seafood Festival

A well-established seafood festival in picturesque Cardigan Bay. Previous participants have included Michelin chefs Hywel Jones of Lucknam Park and Roger Jones of the Little Bedwyn.
30th May 2018 - Central England

Cheese Rolling

A passion for cheese is a must for this annual event, which involves daredevils hurling themselves down the steep, grassy slopes of Coopers Hill, near Gloucester, in pursuit of Double Gloucester cheeses.
13th - 16th March 2018 - South West England

Cheltenham Festival

Held close to the Regency town of Cheltenham, this National Hunt race meeting attracts prize money second only to the Grand National.
2nd - 7th May 2018 - South West England

Cheltenham Jazz Festival

Every year, Cheltenham Jazz Festival represents the start of the summer in Cheltenham and is a great way to spend the long weekend over May Bank Holiday.
5th - 14th October - South West England

Cheltenham Literature Festival

Cheltenham Literature Festival is a large-scale international festival of literature in the Spa town of Cheltenham, on the edge of the Cotswolds region.
4th - 15th July 2018 - South West England

Cheltenham Music Festival

Cheltenham is one of the most successful music festivals to be held in Britain attracting famous musicians from around the globe, and taking place annually since 1945.
November 2018 - January 2019 dates tbc  - London

Christmas at Kew

Learn to ice-skate against the picturesque background of Kew Gardens, which, each year, delivers a real festive atmosphere.
4th - 11th August 2018 - South East England

Cowes Week

As one of the sailing calendar’s biggest events, Cowes Week brings together the world’s biggest sailing stars and more than 1,000 yachts and 8,000 competitors taking part in top-class sailing.
1st - 31st October 2018 - Scotland

Creative Mackintosh

The Creative Mackintosh Festival celebrates Charles Rennie Mackintosh, his architecture, design, arts and crafts in Glasgow.
31st August - 2nd September 2018 - Scotland

Dundee Food and Flower Show

The Dundee Flower and Food Festival is the premier show of its kind in Scotland, and has developed over the years into a three-day extravaganza with a host of attractions.
October 2018 dates TBC - Wales

Dylan Thomas Festival

The south Wales city of Swansea, 40 miles from Cardiff, is the birthplace of arguably Wales’ greatest poets, Dylan Thomas.
3rd - 27th August 2018 - Scotland

Edinburgh International Festival

Edinburgh has been presenting performances of classical music, opera, theatre, dance and the visual arts from around the world each August since 1947.
30th June - 8th July 2018 - Scotland

Edinburgh International Magic Festival

Edinburgh International Magic Festival is one of the fastest-growing festivals in Edinburgh and the only event of its kind in Britain, giving an audience the opportunity to enjoy a breath-taking spectacle of the finest acts in magic.
16th – 25th November - London

EFG London Jazz Festival

London Jazz Festival hosts world-class artists and emerging stars, packed into back-to-back concerts, workshops, talks, masterclasses and free events across London.
august 2018 dates tbc - London

Film4 Summer Screen

Every summer the beautiful Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court at Somerset House hosts London's most impressive open-air cinema: Film4 Summer Screen.
6th - 8th July 2018 - Central England

Formula 1 British Grand Prix

The jewel in the crown of British Motorsports, Silverstone is a fast circuit with a series of complex high-speed turns, and a short straight to add to the excitement – average cornering speeds are higher than at any other championship racetrack.
17th - 25th March 2018 - South East England

FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival

Over 350 writers flock to this famous university city to discuss literary, political, historical, environmental and culinary affairs for this eight-day festival, hosted in Christ Church College among its Tudor hall and cloisters.
6th - 8th April 2018 - The North of England

Gateshead International Jazz Festival

The Sage Gateshead will host the 13th Gateshead International Jazz Festival, with four different performance spaces under one roof, including a free public area offering a mix of local acts and headliners.
July 2018 dates tbc - Scotland

Glasgow Mela

Scotland’s biggest multi-cultural festival lights up Glasgow’s Kelvingrove Park every summer in a kaleidoscope of colours and taste from around the globe with a world of music, dance and performance.
13th - 15th July 2018 - Wales

Glass Butter Beach

Glass Butter Beach hosts one of the world’s most progressive events and biggest titles on the wakeboard calendar.
31st July - 4th August 2018 - South East England

Glorious Goodwood

Officially known as Qatar Goodwood Festival, Glorious Goodwood is a sporting and social highlight of the flat-racing calendar.
12th - 15th July 2018

Goodwood Festival of Speed

The Festival of Speed brings together a mix of cars, stars and motorsport personalities to create the largest motoring culture event in the world.
7th - 9th September 2018 - South East England

Goodwood Revival

Each September the famous historic Goodwood Motor Circuit recreates the golden era of its glorious heyday, bringing together the most historically significant, priceless machines, along with legendary drivers from past and present.
9th September 2018 - The North of England

Great North Run

A series of professional and junior athletics activities on the Saturday of the Great North Run weekend has been developed over the last few years, using NewcastleGateshead Quaysides as a 'virtual arena'.
24th May - 3rd June 2018

Hay Festival of Literature and Arts

The renowned Hay Festival of Literature and Arts, held annually in a tented village on the edge of the beautiful Brecon Beacons National Park, brings together some of the greatest contemporary practitioners and the most exciting new voices in literature and arts.
4th - 8th July 2018

Henley Royal Regatta

The picturesque market town of Henley-on-Thames is transformed into a cosmopolitan hub of rowing when the Henley Royal Regatta comes to town.
6th - 9th / 13th - 16th September 2018 - Across England

Heritage Open Days

Heritage Open Days celebrate England’s fantastic architecture and culture by offering free access to places that are usually closed to the public or normally charge for admission.
20th May - 15th September 2018 - Scotland

Highland Games

Around 100 Highland games and gatherings take place in Scotland each year. Each one has a mix of piping, athletic events and Highland dancing.
31st December every year - Scotland


Hogmanay is what the Scots call New Year's Eve and the arrival of the New Year is always celebrated in style across the country.
3rd - 8th July 2018

International Eisteddfod

Every year more than 4,000 singers from across the globe descend on the small town of Llangollen to compete in 25 different competitions celebrating song, music and dance, closing with the prestigious ‘Choir of the World’ where winning choirs compete for the Pavarotti Trophy.
2nd June 2018 - South East England

Investec Derby

The world’s most famous flat race will see riders and owners in pursuit of one of the richest prizes in UK racing.
14th - 23rd September 2018 - South West England

Jane Austen Festival

Every year hundreds of Jane Austen fans descend on the city of Bath for one of the biggest Regency re-enactments and gatherings of Jane Austen fans in the world.
26th - 29th July 2018

Kendal Calling

An annual multi award winning music festival held in the Lake District town of Kendal at Lowther Deer Park.
12th - 15th April 2018

London Coffee Festival

Arabica aficionados can celebrate London coffee culture at this dedicated festival, which brings together a range of coffee-related activities under one roof, as well as art and food spin-off events.
2nd - 12th August - Scotland

Merchant City Festival

Glasgow’s cultural quarter comes to life with its annual celebration of live music, street performances, art, dance, theatre, comedy, food and drink.
1st March every year - Wales

National St. David’s Day Parade

The streets of the Welsh capital celebrate St. David and all things Welsh, including “eisteddfods”, traditional celebrations of Welsh culture and music. The day includes a parade through Cardiff city centre, starting at 12.30.
December 2018 dates TBC - The North of England

NewcastleGateshead Winter Festival: Enchanted Parks

The award-winning Enchanted Parks transforms Saltwell Park in Gateshead after dark with innovative and atmospheric creations using visual art installations, light, sound and performance on a large and small scale.
31st December every year - The North of England

NewcastleGateshead Winter Festival: NYE Winter Carnival

The annual New Year’s Eve Winter Carnival sees the Newcastle Ice Queen and her entourage of local community participants parading through the streets of Newcastle, culminating in an early evening fireworks display.
25th - 27th August 2018

Notting Hill Carnival

London’s famous free Caribbean festival is the largest street party in Europe. The Carnival sets the streets on fire with great music, outrageous floats and fabulous costumes.
August 2018 dates TBC - Scotland

Piping Live!

Piping Live! brings over 40,000 visitors and hundreds of pipe bands and soloists to Glasgow, the two week-long events showcase the best piping from around the world.
7th July 2018 - London

Pride in London

England’s capital hosts a huge festival in the summer, celebrating lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender culture.
13th September every year - South East England

Roald Dahl Day

The official Roald Dahl Day takes place every year on 13 September, on the birthday of ‘the World's No. 1 Storyteller’. A number of activities and events take place at the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre.
23rd June 2018 - South East England

Round the Island Race

An annual one-day yacht race around the Isle of Wight, situated off the south coast of England.
14th - 18th June 2018 - South East England

Royal Ascot

Royal Ascot has established itself as a national institution and a major focus of the British social calendar, as well as being the ultimate stage for the best racehorses in the world.
3rd - 25th August 2018 - Scotland

Royal Military Tattoo

The world famous military extravaganza with unforgettable displays of music, ceremony, theatre and dance.
November 2018 – January 2019 dates TBC - London

Skate at Somerset House

Skate at Somerset House offers a complete festive experience in the capital. During the day, visitors can skate in the beautiful splendour of Somerset House’s neoclassical courtyard and, after dark, the rink hosts some of the best international clubs and festivals at exclusive Club Nights.
3rd - 7th May 2018 - Scotland

Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival

Spirited, inspiring, Scottish – this festival puts on hundreds of whisky-inspired events over five days. Discover the passion behind the world’s finest whiskies.
30th November every year - Scotland

St. Andrew’s Day

Events celebrating the patron saint of Scotland, St Andrew, take place throughout the country and, in the past, have included some of Scotland’s historic attractions offering free entry for the day.
23rd April every year - Across England

St. George’s Day

St George’s Day celebrates the patron saint of England with activities ranging from festivals, ‘dragon’ hunts and medieval banquets happening across England.
17th March every year - Across Northern Ireland

St. Patrick’s Day

The national saint of Ireland is celebrated in traditional fashion with festivals, parades, carnivals and concerts taking place across Northern Ireland.
21st June every year - South West England

Stonehenge Summer Solstice

Every year visitors from around the world gather at Stonehenge overnight to celebrate the Summer Solstice and watch the sun rise over the stones.
21st - 23rd July 2018 - The North of England

SummerTyne Americana Festival

SummerTyne Americana Festival is an immensely popular weekend event that attracts visitors from across the world for a sizzling celebration of Americana music in and around the spectacular setting of Sage Gateshead, on the south bank of the river Tyne.
October 2018 dates tbc - Wales

Swansea Festival of Music and Arts

The programme has, in the past, included performances from Welsh National Opera, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the Russian State Philharmonic Orchestra plus a range of arts at venues across the City.
June 2018 dates TBC - London

Taste of London Festival

Regent's Park will transform into a foodie wonderland for four days of summer eating, drinking and entertainment.
July - September 2018 dates tbc - London

The BBC Proms

The Proms is an eight-week summer season of daily orchestral classical music concerts and other events held annually, predominantly in the Royal Albert Hall.