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18th November until 1st January 2018 - 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.

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.

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.

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.
25th January 2018 - Shetland Islands

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.

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.

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.

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.

Chinese New Year

London hosts the biggest Chinese New Year celebrations outside Asia with hundreds of thousands of people taking part in the festivities.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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).

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.

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- All UK

Bonfire Night

Britain's night skies light up with blazing bonfires and sparkling fireworks to celebrate Guy Fawkes Night, or Bonfire Night

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Cheltenham Festival

Held close to the Regency town of Cheltenham, this National Hunt race meeting attracts prize money second only to the Grand National.

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.

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 to 1 January  - London

Christmas at Kew

Learn to ice-skate against the picturesque background of Kew Gardens, which, each year, delivers a real festive atmosphere.

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.

Creative Mackintosh

The Creative Mackintosh Festival celebrates Charles Rennie Mackintosh, his architecture, design, arts and crafts in Glasgow.

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.

Dylan Thomas Festival

The south Wales city of Swansea, 40 miles from Cardiff, is the birthplace of arguably Wales’ greatest poets, Dylan Thomas.

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.
Friday 16 November – Sunday 25 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Glass Butter Beach

Glass Butter Beach hosts one of the world’s most progressive events and biggest titles on the wakeboard calendar.

Glorious Goodwood

In 1802 the 3rd Duke of Richmond introduced horse racing on the Goodwood Estate grounds, near Chichester, for the amusement of local army officers.

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.

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.

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'.

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.

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.

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.

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 - 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.

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.

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.

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.

Kendal Calling

An annual multi award winning music festival held in the Lake District town of Kendal at Lowther Deer Park.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Pride in London

England’s capital hosts a huge festival in the summer, celebrating lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender culture.

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.

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.
15 Nov 2017 – 14 Jan - 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.
30th November - 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The Braemar Gathering

Enjoy the skills of the pipers and Highland dancers, and the stamina of the hill runners as well as the international athletes taking part in the highland games.

The Garlic Festival

Garlic ice cream, jelly beans, fudge and beer are just some of the unusual garlic-based produce that can be sampled at this festival.

The Late Shows

The Late Shows is an inspiring, late-night culture crawl programme of events and exhibitions centring on the cultural venues in NewcastleGateshead that are usually closed in the evening.

The Open Championship

This major golfing event, and the world’s oldest golfing championship, will be held at the Carnoustie Championship Course in Scotland, where the world’s best golfers will compete for the famous Claret Jug.

The Royal Highland Show

One of Scotland’s most iconic events, the Royal Highland Show is a major highlight of the Scottish country calendar and firmly established as one of Europe’s most impressive celebrations of farming, food and rural life.

The Royal Welsh Show

A major event in the British agricultural calendar, the Royal Welsh Show consists of four days of livestock competitions and a wide range of activities including forestry, horticulture, crafts, entertainment, attractions, displays, countryside sports, shopping, and food and drink.

The Welsh Proms

The Welsh Proms feature the world's top orchestras, soloists and conductors. There’s a strong classical programme but also jazz, soul, rock, dance and world music.

Tour de Yorkshire

This relatively new three-day road cycling race in Yorkshire started in May 2015, arising as a legacy event following the significant success of the visit of the 2014 Tour de France to the region.