England has a history of putting on spectacular spectacles. If you're searching for something to do this weekend, next month, or this year, England has you covered. VisitEngland has compiled a list of some of the top events in the nation to assist you in finding that one-time or yearly event that will transform an average weekend into something memorable. From music festivals to horse races, if you can imagine it then it can be done.
There are many different types of events that can be found in England. Some of the most popular events include:
Music Festivals: There are many music festivals held throughout the year with artists of all genres participating. The largest festival of its kind is probably Reading Festival which features major musicians from around the world. Other famous festivals include Ozzfest, Blissfield, and Leeds Festival.
Theatre: London is known for having some of the best theatre in the world, from classic plays to cutting-edge musicals. You can find out more about upcoming productions by visiting the website for the Royal Theatre London or the Southwark Theatre. In addition to these two venues, there are over 700 other theatres across England where you can see live performances.
Sport: Football, cricket, rugby - there are hundreds of different sports that can be found in England. If you're interested in taking part in some activity during your stay, we recommend checking out the list of sports available at University College London. There are classes for everyone!
Festivals in the United Kingdom are filled with pleasure and enthusiasm. In England, major festivals include Guy Fawkes Day, Easter, Easter Monday, May Day Bank Holiday, Spring Bank Holiday, and Boxing Day. Twelfth Night, Plough Monday, Candlemas Day, St Valentine's Day, St David's Day,... are all prominent festivals in England. The list is not exhaustive! For example, there are also harvest celebrations in autumn - called "mummers' plays" - which feature actors in costume who perform scenes from ancient stories.
Christmas is a public holiday in England during both Christmas Days in December.
Easter is another public holiday in England during either Good Friday or Easter Sunday.
May Day is a public holiday in England on 1st of May.
Spring Bank Holiday is a public holiday in England during either the last day of April or the first day of May.
Boxing Day is a public holiday in England on the 30th of November.
Twelfth Night is a festival that falls on the evening before Saint Stephen's Day (now known as Christmas Day). It marks the end of the twelve days of Christmas festivities. Originally a pagan ritual involving the sacrifice of a goat or sheep, today it is a cultural celebration with decorations hung up in homes and restaurants.
Easter Monday is a public holiday in England when Easter falls on a Monday.
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There are numerous traditional and eccentric festivals in Scotland, but to be honest, most of us don't need an excuse to celebrate how beautiful our nation is and what it has to offer. Here's a sampling, along with links to more thorough information on other websites. Edinburgh hosts one of the largest street fairs in the world: The Fringe Festival. It runs for about two months straight (with some breaks over the winter) and features hundreds of performers from around the world in comedy, music, dance, and more. There are also several smaller, more local festivals taking place throughout the year.
Some examples include: the Braemar Highland Games, which take place every year at the end of June; the Seafest festival, which celebrates the city of Dundee and takes place in early September; and the King's Birthday Honours, which is held on the third Monday in June. These events feature parades, dancing, music, etc., and are great ways to see what's happening in Scotland outside of the main cities.
Another option is to go on holiday to Scotland. Many people head across the border for the summer, but you can visit any time of the year. If you get a late spring trip out of the way, you can enjoy some of the finest weather in Europe before the tourists arrive.
Festivals in the United Kingdom tend to focus on cultural and musical talent, lasting many days or weeks, however a few traditional events continue to take place. The Notting Hill Carnival and the Edinburgh Festival and Fringe, both held in August, are two of the most well-known. There are also smaller festivals taking place all over the country, including Brudenell Folk Festival in Brudenell Forest, North Yorkshire; Green Man Festival in the Welsh Marches; and Latitude Music Festival at Suffolk Coast Campsite, near Lowestoft.
The British are known for their love of food and drink, and festivals offer plenty of opportunity to sample new dishes and cocktails, with music adding to the fun. Here are just some of the festivals that can be found across the UK:
Glastonbury Festival - Somerset
Held each year in late June/early July on farmland near Glastonbury, Somerset, this is one of the biggest music festivals in the world, attracting music fans from around the globe. Headliners have included David Bowie, Prince, Paul McCartney, and U2. Other famous musicians that have played include Mick Jagger, Roger Waters, Noel Gallagher, and Katy Perry.
Tinseltown Film Festival - London