Evénements annuels de Grande-Bretagne 2020

Mardi 24 Septembre 2019
Brighton Fringe Festival celebrations on stage

 

JANUARY

New Year’s Day Parade, London, England
1 January
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. The parade usually starts at 12pm and is filled with marching bands, cheerleaders, acrobats, kites and more.

 

Stoats Loony Dook, Edinburgh, Scotland
1 January
Welcome the New Year with a splash! Join thousands of ‘Dookers’ at the Loony Dook (also known as the ‘daft dip’!) taking part in this annual dip in the freezing River Forth after their march along the High Street as part of the Dooker Parade. The tradition has been going for more than 30 years and participants raise tens of thousands of pounds for charities. Spectators are welcome to cheer on the Dookers at various vantage points along the route or down on the beach. 

 

London Fashion Week Men’s, London, England
4 – 6 January 
The best of British menswear design comes to the capital, with catwalk shows, events, and presentations.

 

125 years of the National Trust, nationwide
12 January - throughout 2020

12 January marks 125 years since the National Trust was founded, an anniversary celebrated by a year-long exhibition at Croome Court. Titled The Acorn to Oak Exhibition, the exhibition will showcase artist Jilly Oxlade-Arnott’s paintings of National Trust properties. Another exciting development is the planned transformation of Birmingham’s Roundhouse, a former 19th-century canal-side stables that will become a centre for anyone wishing to explore the city’s famous canals in 2020.

 

Celtic Connections, Glasgow, Scotland  
16 January – 2 February 
Glasgow’s annual folk, roots and world music festival, celebrating Celtic music and its connections to cultures across the globe. It’s the largest annual winter music festival of its kind and Britain’s premier celebration of Celtic music, featuring more than 2,000 artists and 300 events across 20 venues, including concerts, ceilidhs, talks, art exhibitions, and workshops.

 

Slapstick Festival, Bristol, England
24 – 26 January
Start the year in good humour with the Slapstick Festival, Bristol’s annual celebration of silent comedy that brings guest comedians, experts and film historians together in a passionate and hilarious celebration of classic silent and visual comedy.

 

Burns’ Night, Scotland-wide
25 January
Every January Scotland celebrates the birthday of Robert Burns - the national poet of Scotland - with food, drams, dancing and verse. Don’t forget to address the haggis!

 

Dydd Santes Dwynwen, Wales-wide
25 January
This day is in honour of Wales’ patron saint of lovers, the Welsh version of St Valentine’s Day. The day exists due to Dwynwen’s own experiences with lost love and her later commitment to becoming a nun.

 

Chinese New Year, London and around Britain
25 January (celebration parade date to be confirmed)
London hosts the biggest Chinese New Year celebrations outside Asia each year, with hundreds of thousands of people taking part in the festivities. They are free to attend and usually take place in Trafalgar Square, Chinatown and across the West End. 

 

Up Helly Aa, Shetland, Scotland *Quirky*
28 January
Up Helly Aa is a tradition that originated in the 1880s. 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. The festival heralds the end of winter and the beginning of spring. 

Heart 200, new touring route – Scotland

Throughout 2020

The brand new Heart 200 driving route promises 200 miles of spectacular Scottish highlights including two National Parks and the Cairngorms. Discover picturesque lochs, castles, distilleries and incredible wildlife on a journey to remember though Perth, Stirling, the Trossachs and Highland Perthshire. 

 

Year of Coasts & Waters Scotland, Scotland

Throughout 2020

2020 is Scotland’s Year of Coast & Waters, with a range of events highlighting the country’s stunning shorelines, lochs, and coastal traditions. Learn about the country’s maritime history at the Traditional Boat Festival at Portsoy, or grab tickets to the Edinburgh Film Festival, which will present Scotland’s Shores from 17-28 June 2020. As one of the few cities in Europe where bottlenose dolphins are visible, Aberdeen will host DolphinFest in April 2020, with city-wide pop-up activities, art commissions and beach clean-ups. Visitors can also enjoy the River of Light evening in Kip Marina on 10 October, when illuminated boats will create a dazzling array of magical reflections, or head to Glasgow’s Cyldebuilt Festival, featuring Scotland’s largest open water rowing race, with fun activities and an impressive opening evening show, all for free from 4-6 September.

 

Nature2020 – Brighton, England

Throughout 2020

Brighton & Hove City Council and several local environmental organisations will come together in 2020 to honour and promote Brighton & Lewes’ Downs Biosphere. Creating a year-long series of eco-positive events around Brighton and Lewes’ Living Coast, Nature2020 will works to raise awareness of local nature reserves and conservation in a fun and inclusive manner for locals and tourists alike.

 

Year of the Outdoors, Wales

Throughout 2020-2021

Celebrate Wales’ striking countryside, coast and castles during the Year of the Outdoors. With an 870-mile coastal path, three National Parks, 600 castles and Dark Sky Reserves to explore, 2020 and 2021 are set to be bursting with unique experiences - from foraging, surfing and wildlife experiences to camping and glamping. Ready to welcome visitors in 2020, Carmarthen Bay in south Wales will be home to a new dedicated ‘Sand of Speeds’ Visitor Centre on Pendine Sands. Located on the beach where Sir Malcom Campbell drove the record-setting Blue Bird car in 1924, this centre is set in open in summer 2020. As well as aiming to enlighten visitors as to the area’s speedy history, it will also become a 420-bed hostel, for a cosy night’s sleep after a day of adrenaline-fuelled action!

 

 

FEBRUARY  

 

RBS Six Nations Rugby, Cardiff, London, Edinburgh
1 February – 14 March 
The Six Nations Championship for England, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales will see matches take place at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Twickenham Stadium in London, and Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh. 

 

Great British Beer Festival Winter, The New Bingley Hall, Birmingham
4 – 8 February 
The city of Birmingham will host the Great British Beer Festival Winter in 2020. Beer of all kinds, from popular light ales to ruby and dark ales, foreign beers and ciders, will be served in the New Bingley Hall, the ‘biggest and boldest venue in the West Midlands’.

 

London Fashion Week, London, England
14 – 18 February
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.

 

Dark Skies Festival, Yorkshire, north England
14 February – 1 March
The Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors National Parks, which remain some of the darkest places in England, are once again running a joint Dark Skies Festival in February 2020. The 2019 Festival included stargazing, night zips, wildlife and ghost walks, starlight runs and bike rides, games, activities and more, and 2020 promises to be no less impressive.

 

Jorvik Viking Festival, York, north England
15 – 23 February 
This annual city-wide celebration of York’s Viking heritage is recognised as the largest Viking Festival in Europe, attracting more than 40,000 visitors. Now in its 36th year it commemorates the traditional ‘Jolablot’ celebrations that the Vikings held each February to herald the coming of spring and the survival of winter hardships.

 

Olney Pancake Race, Buckinghamshire, south-east England *Quirky*
25 February
This unique race literally stops traffic as energetic local ladies in aprons run through the streets of Olney. The tradition supposedly began in the 15th century when a local housewife heard the ringing of the bell summoning the congregation to church while she was making her Shrove Tuesday pancakes – in a rush, she raced to church carrying her frying pan. The course is 415-yards long and the pancakes must be tossed at the start and finish

 

Glasgow Film Festival, Glasgow, Scotland
26 February – 8 March  
The fastest-growing and third-largest film festival in Britain, with more than 350 events, including new local and international film from all genres, from mainstream to art-house, classics to cult.

 

Keswick Film Festival, Cumbria, north-west England
27 February – 1 March
Keswick Film Festival’s annual celebration of cinema set within stunning mountain scenery celebrate its 21st birthday in 2020, giving visitors a chance to experience some of the best UK independent and international films.

 

Derby Winter Beer Festival, Derbyshire, central England
February (dates to be confirmed)
Dubbed the ‘Real Ale Capital’ of Britain, Derby hosts this four-day festival in one of its iconic railway buildings, the world’s oldest Roundhouse. The annual celebration of real ales, lagers and ciders has live bands and tutored beer tastings, with visitors exploring the city as they sample the produce of its respected microbreweries.
 

Imagine Children’s Festival, Southbank Centre, London
February (dates to be confirmed)
Imagine Children’s Festival 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

 

MARCH  

St. David’s Day, Wales-wide
1 March
St David is the patron saint of Wales and this day is a celebration of all things Welsh. You’ll find parades of leeks, daffodils, flags of Saint David himself and herds of red dragons – on flags of course. The capital, Cardiff, holds a National St David's Day Parade

 

WOW – Women of the World Festival, Southbank Centre, London, England

6 – 8 March
Southbank Centre’s WOW Festival celebrates its 10th year in 2020 and returns to champion the incredible achievements of women and girls. It will explore the most pertinent topics for women today through a mix of talks and debates, concerts, performances, film, comedy, workshops, mentoring and networking opportunities 

 

Belfast Children’s Festival, Belfast, Northern Ireland
6 – 11 March
Expect a packed programme of theatre, visual art, music, dance, literature, workshops and talks at Belfast’s annual international festival for children aged 0 - 17 years. 

 

Cheltenham Festival, Gloucestershire, south-west England
10 – 13 March
Held close to the lovely Regency town of Cheltenham, this National Hunt race meeting attracts prize money second only to the Grand National. Famous for the roar arising from the stands as the tape is raised for the start of the first race, the excitement continues to build until its climax with Friday’s signature Gold Cup – one of the greatest of all jump-racing events. 

 

Glasgow International Comedy Festival, Glasgow, Scotland 
12 – 29 March
The largest event of its kind in Europe, this comedy extravaganza features a line-up of both big league players and emerging talent from around Britain and beyond, performing in venues throughout the city.  

 

St Patrick’s Day, Northern Ireland and parts of Britain
17 March
The national saint of Ireland is celebrated in traditional fashion with festivals, parades, carnivals and concerts taking place across Northern Ireland and around Britain, including a parade in London.

 

Gateshead Jazz, NewcastleGateshead, north-east England 
20 - 22 March
Major star Jamie Callum will be headlining the Gateshead Jazz Festival 2020. Held at the Sage Gateshead concert venue, this diverse jazz festival features four different performance spaces under one roof, including a free public area offering a mix of local acts and headliners. 

 

FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival, Oxford, south-east England
27 March – 5 April
More than 350 writers flock to this famous university city to discuss literary, political, historical, environmental and culinary affairs during this eight-day festival, hosted in Christ Church College within its Tudor hall and cloisters. Visitors can book to join guided literary walks, lunches and dinner parties with prominent authors. A creative writing course also forms part of the programme. 

 

Gymnastics World Cup, Birmingham, central England
28 March  

Held once more at Birmingham’s Genting Arena in March, some of the biggest gymnasts from across the globe will be competing to win the prestigious title.
 

The Oxford & Cambridge Boat Race, London, England
29 March
First raced in 1829, the Boat Race is one of the oldest sporting events in the world. Watched by thousands along the banks of The Tideway, located between Putney and Mortlake in south London, this unique sporting event sees two strong squads of athletes competing against each other.

 

Bath Comedy Festival, Bath, south-west England
31 March – 19 April
Featuring famous household names and the stars of tomorrow, Bath Comedy Festival brings a mix of stand-up, sketch comedy, cabaret, music and magic.

 

APRIL 
 

Grand National, Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool, north-west England
2 – 4 April 
One of the most famous horse races in the world sees competitors make two circuits of the Grand National course, tackling 30 fences as they cover four and a half miles. The event’s colourful, fashionista celebration, Ladies’ Day, will take place on 3 April

 

London Coffee Festival, Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, London 
2 – 5 April
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. 

 

Edinburgh International Science Festival, Edinburgh, Scotland
4 – 19 April
Edinburgh International Science Festival delivers one of Europe's largest Science Festivals, giving audiences amazing experiences through a programme of innovative and inspiring discussions, workshops, performances, screenings, special events and exhibitions. The Science Festival brings great minds together for a programme that fosters dialogues about the future of our culture, our nation, our planet and our understanding.

Wordsworth’s 250th birthday – various locations

7 April 2020

Fans of Wordsworth can mark 250 years since the great poet’s birth with a pilgrimage to Reimagining Wordsworth’ exhibition at the Wordsworth Museum and Dove Cottage – his former home, or discover how the poet’s childhood informed his works at a new exhibition at Wordsworth House and Garden in Cockermouth – his birthplace and childhood home.

 

RHS Flower Show Cardiff, Cardiff, south Wales 
17 – 19 April 
Cardiff hosts the Royal Horticultural Society’s first major outdoor show of the year. Getting the gardening season started, it’s packed full of amazing show gardens, fabulous floral displays, and lots of garden inspiration. 

 

St George’s Day, across England
23 April 
St George’s Day celebrates the patron saint of England with activities ranging from festivals, ‘dragon’ hunts and medieval banquets happening across England.

 

Festival of Nature, Bristol and Bath, south-west England
24 April – 7 June
One of the UK’s greatest free celebrations of the natural world, the Festival of Nature features hundreds of free events, including lectures, tours and film screenings on the subjects of science, natural history and the environment.

 

Shakespeare’s Birthday Celebrations, Stratford-upon-Avon, central England
25 – 26 April
Every year a unique event takes place in Stratford-upon-Avon to mark the birth of the world’s greatest playwright. The birthday celebrations are a tradition going back nearly 200 years and are held on the weekend closest to William Shakespeare’s birthday on 23 April. 

 

London Marathon, London, England
26 April
The Virgin Money London Marathon is a phenomenal event to be a part of, as a participant and a spectator. It’s not just a monumental physical challenge, but also the world's largest fundraising event - and one of the six top marathons that make up the World Marathon Majors. 
 

Salisbury Cathedral’s 800th anniversary – Wiltshire, England

28 April - throughout 2020

History fans can head on over to Salisbury Cathedral, which will celebrate its 800th anniversary with a year-long programme of events celebrating the relationship between the cathedral and the ever-evolving city. Green-fingered enthusiasts will enjoy the return of the cathedral’s Flower Festival on 15 September, which will see over 300 flower arrangers present their blooms in the cathedral. Other highlights include the re-installation of the Father Willis organ, the chance to see an original Magna Carta from 1215 and visit the 15th-century library, plus the opportunity to climb the 332 steps to discover the tower and Britain’s tallest spire.

 

Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival, Speyside, Scotland
29 April – 4 May
Spirited, inspiring, Scottish – this festival puts on hundreds of whisky-inspired events over five days. Discover the passion behind the world’s finest whiskies.

 

Liverpool Sound City, Liverpool, north-west England
30 April – 2 May
Liverpool Sound City is an annual international music festival and industry conference taking place over the weekend. The event welcomes global stars, local artists and key industry figures. The festival has provided a platform for many future stars early on in their careers, including the likes of Ed Sheeran, Alt J and Calvin Harris.

 

Bath in Fashion, Bath, south-west England
April (dates to be confirmed)
Bath in Fashion sees fashionistas descend upon the World Heritage City for a week-long celebration of fashion that promises stimulating debate, in-store events and fast-paced catwalks. Expect red carpets with a line-up of stellar designers and global fashion experts.

 

MAY  

Whisky Month, across Scotland
Throughout May
May is Whisky Month, taking in a diverse range of events ranging from whisky tasting sessions to behind-the-scenes experiences and distillery tours.  

 

Machynlleth Comedy Festival, Machynlleth, Wales
1 – 3 May
The Machynlleth Comedy Festival has quickly gained a reputation as a hidden gem, featuring as-seen-on-TV comedy acts. The town is known for its quirky venues, which helps to make it popular with both the acts and audience alike.

 

Brighton Fringe, Brighton, south-east England
1 – 31 May  
The Brighton Fringe celebration of all things creative consists of more than a thousand events and performances across a hugely eclectic range of art forms. As an open-access festival, anyone can put on an event and be included in the brochure and website listings on payment of a fee, enabling the development of both new and established work to attract fresh audiences, press and promoters. 

 

Isle of Wight Walking Festival, Isle of Wight, south England
2 – 17 May
The Isle of Wight’s popular walking festival has a full schedule of walks for all ages and abilities. Thousands of local and visiting walkers explore trails across the island, taking in chalky cliffs and rolling hills, sand dunes and pebbly beaches, bustling towns and sleepy villages of thatched cottages.

 

Brighton Festival, Brighton, south-east England
2 – 24 May 
Brighton is known as a place that welcomes diversity, creativity and innovative thinking, and its annual festival celebrates this pioneering spirit and experimental approach. Established in 1967 and now one of Europe’s leading arts festivals, this celebration of music, theatre, dance, circus, art, film, literature, debate and family events takes place in a variety of venues across Brighton and Hove.

 

Tour de Yorkshire, Yorkshire, north England
3 May
This 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 county. 

 

Cheltenham Jazz Festival, Gloucestershire, south-west England
5 – 10 May
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. 
 

Llandudno Victorian Extravaganza, Llandudno, north Wales
8 – 10 May
Over the May Bank Holiday weekend Llandudno will be packed full of steam engines and Victorian musical organs, vintage cars and costumes, curiosities and sideshows, and people dressed as they were back in the Victorian days. 

 

Norfolk & Norwich Festival, east England
8 – 24 May
The internationally renowned Norfolk & Norwich Festival is a highlight of the region’s cultural calendar. Held over 17 packed days in various locations across the county, the festival presents more than 100 performances in a superb line-up of companies and ensembles from all over the world. There’s music, theatre, dance, circus and visual arts as well as a host of spectacular free outdoor events and plenty of opportunities to get involved in the range of festival workshops.

 

Women’s FA Cup Final, Wembley Stadium
9 May
The SSE Women's FA Cup Final returns to Wembley for a sixth consecutive year in 2020. Manchester City scooped the trophy in 2019, will they triumph again in 2020?

 

Stratford-upon-Avon Literary Festival, Stratford upon Avon, west England
9 – 17 May
This Stratford-upon-Avon festival is one of the most significant literary festivals in the UK, attracting thousands of people who share a love of books, writing and reading. Alongside the debates, celebrity author events and workshops that make up the adult programme, there will be a series of education events designed to entertain and inspire children aged 2 to 18.

 

The Bath Festival, Bath, south-west England
15 – 24 May
Bath’s flagship festival consists of 17 days of music and literature in the city’s most beautiful venues. With more than 180 live events to choose from, highlights include Bath’s biggest night of free music, Party in the City, and the highly anticipated Finale Weekend.

 

Chelsea Flower Show, London
19 – 23 May
One of the best know Royal Horticultural Shows, the world-famous Chelsea Flower Show returns with even more unforgettable floral and horticultural displays.

 

Edinburgh International Children’s Festival, Edinburgh, Scotland
20 – 31 May
The Edinburgh International Children's Festival presents the world’s best theatre and dance for young audiences with performances that are engaging, innovative and inspiring, with an emphasis on striking visual productions.

 

Hay Festival of Literature and Arts, Brecon Beacons, south Wales
21 - 31 May
The renowned Hay Festival of Literature and Arts, held annually in a tented village on the edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park, brings together some of the greatest contemporary practitioners and the most exciting new voices in literature and arts. Past speakers and performers have included Margaret Atwood, Ian McEwan, Chelsea Clinton, Michael Woolf, Jake Bugg, Laura Mvula, David Walliams, Simon Schama, David Olusoga, Rose McGowan, Dara O'Briain and many more. 

 

Football Association Cup Final, Wembley Stadium, London, England
23 May
The FA Cup, the oldest domestic Cup competition in the football world, is established as one of the country's great sporting institutions. The history and tradition of the competition, and the pageantry of the Cup Final, is familiar to millions. 

 

Birmingham Pride, Birmingham, central England
23 – 24 May
The second largest city in England hosts its annual gay pride, a technicolour spectacular celebration of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender culture

 

WalkFest 2020, North York Moors, north England
24 – 27 May
Walks for all ages and abilities, expert guides, children’s treasure hunts, moorland hikes, afternoon tea strolls and steam train rides characterise this walking festival in the beautiful North York Moors National Park.

 

Cheese rolling at Coopers Hill, Gloucestershire, south-west England *Quirky *
25 May
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. There are downhill races throughout the afternoon including ones for men and for women. The race starts with the master of ceremonies rolling a 7- 8 lb (4kg) Double Gloucester cheese down the hill. Dozens of competitors run, roll and somersault down the hill after it. 

 

Denbighshire Urdd Eisteddfod, Kilford Farm, Denbigh, north-east Wales
27 May – 2 June
The Urdd Eisteddfod is one of Europe’s largest youth touring festivals that attracts around 100,000 visitors each year. More than 15,000 children and young people will be competing during the Eisteddfod week in various competitions such as singing, dancing and performing. There is plenty of attractions for the whole family at the Eisteddfod, from enjoying the competitions to visiting the various stalls and exhibitors on site.

 

Round the Island Race, Isle of Wight, south England
30 May
An annual one-day yacht race around the Isle of Wight, attracting more than 1,700 boats and around 16,000 sailors, making it one of the largest yacht races in the world. Competitors come from all over the world and follow the 50 nautical mile course, which starts and finishes in Cowes. 

 

The Late Shows, NewcastleGateshead, north-east England
May (dates to be confirmed)
The Late Shows is an inspiring, late-night programme of events and exhibitions through cultural venues in NewcastleGateshead that are usually closed in the evening. Museums, galleries and visitor attractions stay up late to encourage people to do something cultural with their evening – in celebration of the international event ‘Museums at Night’. 

 

Highland Games, across Scotland
May – September (dates to be confirmed)
Around 100 Highland games and gatherings take place in Scotland each year. Each one has a mix of piping, athletic events and Highland dancing. 

 

Mersey River Festival, Liverpool, north-west England
May (dates to be confirmed)
Explore Liverpool’s maritime heritage during the annual Mersey River Festival.

 

Loves Saves The Day, Bristol, south-west England
May (dates to be confirmed)
This two-day love-in in Eastville Park is an eclectic blend of the original UK pioneers of the UK dance scene with some of the most exciting emerging artists. It’s from the people behind the Wow! Stage at Glastonbury, so expect a fantastic line-up of over 300 acts playing dance, hip hop, dub and reggae.
 

Blenheim Palace Food Festival, Oxfordshire, central England
May (dates to be confirmed)

Oxfordshire’s largest food festival brings 150 food stalls, strolling jazz musicians, children’s storytellers and some of the biggest names in the foodie world to Blenheim Palace’s magnificent grounds. Raymond Blanc and MasterChef winners have attended in the past.

 

HowTheLightGetsIn Festival, Hay on Wye, Wales
May (dates to be confirmed)
On the banks of the River Wye, you'll find the festival where the world's leading thinkers come together to debate the most cutting-edge ideas. HowTheLightGetsIn, the world's largest philosophy and music festival, returns to Hay for the Bank Holiday weekend of May 2019. Previous speakers have included political theorist Noam Chomsky, physicist Lawrence Krauss, Diane Abbott and former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams. All of this alongside a programme of music, comedy, culture and performance. 

 

Bath Fringe Festival, Bath, south-west England
May (dates to be confirmed)
Expect the unexpected in this festival featuring dance, music, visual arts, comedy, a children’s festival, street theatre, and plenty more

 

Museums at Night, Britain-wide
May and October (dates to be confirmed)
Britain’s major museums, historic sites and cultural venues open their doors after dark with a variety of torchlit tours, live music and new exhibitions.

 

Stratford Festival of Motoring, Stratford-upon-Avon, west England
May (dates to be confirmed)
More than 300 cars zoom through the countryside around Stratford-upon-Avon before parking up in the town centre, as part of the popular Stratford Festival of Motoring. Expect plenty of family friendly activities as well as all sorts of classic and special-interest cars to gawp at.

 

JUNE  

Crimefest, Bristol, south-west England
4 – 7 June
Whether you’re a die-hard crime fanatic or you simply like to read an occasional crime novel, this annual convention is an opportunity to celebrate the genre in a friendly, informal and inclusive atmosphere. Drawing crime novelists, readers, editors, publishers and reviewers from around the world, the programme consists of: interviews with its featured and highlighted guest authors; over 40 panels with more than a hundred participating authors; a gala awards dinner; and one or two surprises.

 

Investec Derby, Epsom Downs Race Course, Surrey, south-east England
5 – 6 June
The world’s most famous flat race will see riders and owners in pursuit of one of the richest prizes in British racing on 6 June, with the famous Ladies’ Day held the day before on 5 June.

 

Conwy Pirate Weekend, Conwy, north Wales

6 – 7 June

Ahoy there! Grab your shipmates and head down to Conwy Quayside for a weekend of pirate fun. This annual celebration consists of three days of swashbuckling entertainment, including boat races, live music, a market, pirate costume competitions and more.   

 

Open Garden Squares Weekend, London

6 – 7 June

This special weekend event sees more than 200 green spaces and urban gardens across London, many of which are usually closed to the public, open up for the public to explore. 

 

Upfest – Bristol, England

6 June – 1 November 2020

Visitors can put their finger on the pulse of Bristol’s incredible street art scene during Upfest. Back for 2020 after taking a fallow year in 2019, Europe’s biggest street art and graffiti festival is set to feature even more inspirational pieces around the city. With over 300 artists give a brand new look to 40 venues, there will be plenty to inspire when exploring Bristol’s charming streets.

 

Dragon Ride L’Etape Wales, Wales
7 June
Dragon Ride L’Etape Wales by Le Tour de France is one of the most iconic sportives in the UK, organised by Human Race and ASO to offer an inspiring Tour de France riding experience to UK cyclists. With a selection of four distances to choose from ranging from the Macmillan 100 over 100km, to the gruelling 305km Dragon Devil, 2020 is the first time the famous route has been reversed. Epic signature climbs include Devil’s Elbow, Rhigos, Bwlch, Black Mountain and Devil’s Staircase.

Charles Dickens’ anniversary - UK

9 June 2020

Visitors to London can mark 150 years since Dickens’ death with a Charles Dickens walking tour. Explore the capital as seen by the writer himself and discover the haunts of his famous and infamous characters as revealed by an expert guide. Alternatively, trace his footsteps to his former home, now the Charles Dickens Museum in London or travel to Hampshire on a visit to the Charles Dickens Birthplace museum.

 

RHS Chatsworth Flower Show, Derbyshire, north England
11 – 14 June
This Royal Horticultural Society’s flower show made its debut in 2017, joining the existing portfolio of shows at Malvern, Chelsea, Hampton Court Palace and Tatton Park. It’s hosted in the expansive 1,000-acre grounds of stunning Chatsworth House in Derbyshire.
 

Isle of Wight Festival, Isle of Wight, south England
11 – 14 June 
This popular music festival on the famous island situated off the south coast of England has an impressive musical heritage stretching back to Bob Dylan (who performed here in 1969) and Jimi Hendrix (who took to the stage in 1970). Recent headliners have included Noel Gallagher’s Flying Birds, George Ezra and Biffy Clyro.

 

Moray Walking & Outdoor Festival, Scotland 
12 – 21 June 
This midsummer walking festival stages events across Moray including walking challenges, gentle ambles and other outdoor events. From the foothills of the Cairngorms to Moray’s award-winning coastline, participants can enjoy long summer days exploring coastal, hill, forest, river and town walks. 

 

Man v Horse Marathon, Llanwrtyd Wells, Wales
13 June
The Man versus Horse Marathon is an annual 22-mile race, where runners compete against riders on horseback, in the Welsh town of Llanwrtyd Wells. The event started in 1980 after a pub landlord overheard two drinkers discussing the merits of men and horses running over mountainous terrain. The course was changed in 1982 to provide a more even match between the man and the horse but it took until 2004 before a man finally beat a horse.

 

Queen’s Birthday / Trooping the Colour, London, England
13 June 2020
Trooping the Colour is the annual celebration of the Queen's official birthday. Otherwise known as The Queen's Birthday Parade, it’s a colourful display of military pageantry featuring 1,400 officers and men on parade in ceremonial uniform, 200 horses and 400 musicians. The Queen always attends the ceremony, which takes place on Horse Guards Parade behind Whitehall, London.

 

London Fashion Week Men’s, London, England 
13 – 15 June
The best of British menswear design comes to the capital for the second time in the year, with catwalk shows, events, and presentations.

 

Royal Ascot, Berkshire, south-east England
16 – 20 June 
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. Tradition, pageantry, fashion and style all mix together, as well as around 30 races over five days.

 

Edinburgh International Film Festival, Edinburgh, Scotland
17 – 28 June
Established in 1947, the Film Festival is renowned for discovering and promoting the very best in international cinema, and for heralding and debating changes in global filmmaking. Celebrating its 74th year in 2020, the festival seeks to spotlight the most exciting and innovative new film talent and brings a mix of red-carpet glamour, innovative and exciting cinematic discoveries and massive audience appeal.
 

The Royal Highland Show, Edinburgh, Scotland
18 – 21 June
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. 

 

West End LIVE at Trafalgar Square, London
20 – 21 June
West End LIVE returns to Trafalgar Square in summer 2020, offering the chance to see the best of the London stage performed over one weekend, all for free.

 

Stonehenge Summer Solstice, Wiltshire, south-west England
21 June 
Every year visitors from around the world gather at Stonehenge overnight to celebrate the Summer Solstice and watch the sun rise over the stones. It’s the most important day of the year at Stonehenge and a truly magical time to visit. The celebration brings together England's New Age Tribes (neo-druids, neo-pagans and Wiccans) with ordinary families, tourists, travellers and party people. 

 

Bristol Pride, Bristol, south-west England
26 June – 11 July
Bristol Pride is a week-long series of events dedicated to the city’s LGBT+ community ­to spread the message of love and equality for all. The week’s finale is a Pride Parade through the city as part of a colourful outdoor music and arts celebration on 11 July. Entertainment includes a funfair, market stalls, bars and a Community Area hosting over 60 organisations.

 

Swaton Vintage Day & World Egg Throwing Championships, Swaton, Lincolnshire, central England *Quirky*
28 June 
A unique festival and country fayre, contestants have to construct a gravity-powered egg-hurling device to launch an egg to a waiting team member. Distances to be achieved start at 30 metres but can be extended up to 150 in the knock-out competition. Another activity that takes place on the day is the Russian Egg Roulette where two participants select from five hard boiled eggs and one raw egg; they have to smash them onto their own foreheads. 

 

Wimbledon Tennis Championships, London, England
29 June – 12 July
Arguably the most famous tennis tournament in the world, the Wimbledon Championships have been played since 1877 and tickets are always in fierce demand. The championships start at the end of June, and last approximately two weeks, or until all events are complete. The club operates a public ballot (lottery) for advanced sales of Centre, No. 1 and No. 2 court tickets. 

 

Kynren, Auckland Castle, County Durham, north-east England
29 June – 30 September
During the summer, Auckland Castle will host Kynren - the movie-like open-air night spectacular that brings to life 2,000 years of Britain's history, from the Roman period to post-World War II. The show take its audience on a 90-minute journey of epic storytelling, using pyrotechnics, lighting, and water effects across a seven-and-a-half acre stage, and starring more than 1,000 professionally trained volunteers.

Torchlit Summer Evenings at the Roman Baths, Bath, south-west England
June – August (dates to be confirmed)
Every summer, the Roman Baths opens its doors until 10pm every evening, giving visitors the chance to explore the awe-inspiring attraction by torchlight.
 

Taste of London Festival, London, England
June/July (dates to be confirmed) 
Every year Regent's Park transforms into a foodie wonderland for four days of summer eating, drinking and entertainment. Around 40 of the city's best restaurants dish up their finest dishes for the ultimate alfresco feast, while 200 producers provide a bounty of the best food and beverages from Britain and around the world. 
 

Eroica Britannia, Peak District, central England
June (dates to be confirmed)
This unique three-day vintage cycling festival sees around 3,500 cyclists from all over the world don retro gear and hop on pre-1987 bikes for this special race, passing through some of the finest Peak District landscapes and villages en route. Bakewell Showground, in the heart of the Peak District, hosts the festival’s live music, acres of vintage shopping, and specialist food stalls. 

 

TweedLove Bike Festival, Tweed Valley, Scottish Borders, Scotland
June (dates to be confirmed)
Britain’s fastest-growing cycling festival is held every year in the beautiful Tweed Valley. There are three main races: Vallelujah, TweedLove International Enduro and Expo, and King and Queen of the Hill: Scottish Open Champs. Or, there’s the option for riders to enter all three – a challenge known as the Triple Crown.  

 

Walled City Music Festival, Derry, Northern Ireland
June (dates to be confirmed)
The Walled City Music Festival hosts talented classical musicians of wide-ranging genres and styles. 

 

Pride in London, London, England
June – July (dates to be confirmed)
London hosts a huge party in the summer with Pride in London - one of Europe’s largest non-ticketed events. The festival usually comes to a close with a sizzling carnival of colour of music, floats and dancing, drawing a huge crowd of spectators. 

 

Jane Austen Regency Week, Hampshire, south England
June (dates to be confirmed)
This nine-day festival is packed with all things Austen. It takes place in and around the market town of Alton and nearby Chawton, the home of Jane Austen’s House & Museum. Expect Regency-style music, dining, drama, singing, talks and guided walks and tours as well as the famous Regency Ball.
 

Major League Baseball London Series, London
June (dates to be confirmed)
The second annual Major League Baseball games to be held in Europe, the London Stadium in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park will host the St. Louis Cardinals and the Chicago Cubs in 2020.

 

Glasgow Mela, Glasgow, Scotland
June (dates to be confirmed)
Scotland’s biggest multi-cultural festival lights up Glasgow’s Kelvingrove Park every summer in a kaleidoscope of colours, with music, dance, performance and tastes from around the globe. 

 

JULY 

Henley Royal Regatta, Henley-on-Thames, central England
1 – 5 July
The picturesque market town of Henley-on-Thames is transformed into a cosmopolitan hub of rowing when the Henley Royal Regatta comes to town. This five-day festival, which attracts international rowing crews, is one of the highlights of the British summer social calendar and offers up to 90 world-class races. The races are head-to-head knock-out competitions, raced over a course of one mile 550 yards (2,112m) from Temple Island upstream towards Henley Bridge. 

 

Cardiff International Food and Drink Festival, Cardiff, Wales
3 – 5 July
Every year the Welsh capital welcomes this popular festival, with hundreds of stalls offering delicious food and drink to try and buy, from Wales and all over the world. Highlights include Welsh cheeses, Norwegian smoked salmon, French wines and Persian snack foods. 

 

Alice’s Day, Oxford, England
4 July

Join the annual festivities celebrating Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland in Oxford on 4 July. In 2020 the event combines with the 200th birthday of Sir John Tenniel, the novel’s original illustrator. Dress up as favourite characters at The Story Museum, take a walk through the story’s history, and explore the highlights of the city that inspired Lewis Carroll’s classic children’s tale.

 

Wales Airshow, Swansea, Wales
4 – 5 July
The show is visible along the entire five-mile stretch of Swansea Bay with spectacular views of the air displays that feature some of the world’s best military and civilian aviation display teams. Ground attractions include an interactive military village, trade stands, children’s entertainment, funfair and lots more.

 

RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, Surrey, south-east England
7 – 12 July
The world’s largest annual flower show returns in 2020. A plant lover’s paradise, it’s packed with stunning show gardens, floral displays, and plenty of garden inspiration. 

 

Goodwood Festival of Speed, Sussex, south England 
9 – 12 July
Along the Sussex coast lies the Goodwood Motor Circuit near Chichester. Each summer the circuit is the venue for the Goodwood Festival of Speed, the largest car culture event in the world. Around 150,000 visitors attend four days' worth of races to celebrate the history of motor racing, including a hill climb featuring classic Formula One cars, and a forest rally stage.
 

Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open and Ladies Scottish Open, Renaissance Club, east Scotland
9 – 16 July 
Watch some of the world’s top male and female golfers at their best during this major golf tournament on the European Tour. 

 

Liverpool Biennial of contemporary art – Liverpool, England

11 July – 25 October 2020

With cutting-edge modern art from almost 500 international artists, 2020’s Liverpool Biennial installation will showcase incredible works in galleries, museums and public spaces across the city. Now in its eleventh year, Ecuadorian curator Manuela Moscoso will use her expertise to shape the 2020 festival into something truly special.

 

The Open Championship, Royal St George’s, England
12 – 19 July 
Marking its 149th year in 2020, the major golf championship, often referred to as The Open or the British Open, will be held at Royal St George’s, Kent.

 

Formula 1 British Grand Prix, Silverstone, central England
17 – 19 July 
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. 

 

Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival
17 – 26 July
Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival plays host to some of the finest jazz and blues talent from all corners of the globe. From bop to boogie-woogie to blues-rock, from samba to swing to soul, the festival takes place over ten groove-packed summer days.

 

Bristol Harbour Festival
17 – 19 July
Bristol Harbour Festival is a free weekend of music, markets and maritime fun based around Bristol’s historic harbourside. Packed with live performance, artists, musicians, circus acts, children’s events, dancers, food markets and street stalls. On the water, hundreds of sailing vessels provide a vibrant backdrop to the activities.

 

Northern Pride, Newcastle, north-east England
17 – 19 July
This annual celebration of LGBTQ+ life on Tyneside is one of the biggest and most diverse free events in the North East. It starts with a Pride march through Newcastle and ends with a day of music, education, fun and celebration.

 

Llangollen Fringe Festival, north-east Wales
17 – 26 July
The Festival includes an eclectic mix of performance-based events including punk, reggae, rock, folk, flamenco, poetry, drama, art and film. Main events take place in Llangollen's town hall, as well as on a narrow boat, steam train, at the ancient ruins of Castell Dinas Bran and in the atmospheric setting of Vale Crucis Abbey.

 

World Snail Racing Championship, Norfolk, east England *Quirky*
19 July
Ready, steady, slow! For more than 25 years, the World Snail Racing Championships have been held at Congham in Norfolk, where more than 300 snails slug it out for the title of ‘Fastest Snail in the World’. Anyone with a snail can enter and a number of heats are held before the final. The winner receives a silver tankard stuffed with lettuce. 

 

The Royal Welsh Show, Llanelwedd, Powys, mid-Wales
20 – 23 July
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, and shopping. 

 

RHS Flower Show Tatton Park, Cheshire, north-west England
22 – 26 July 
This plant lover’s paradise is hosted at Cheshire’s historic neo-classical country mansion, Tatton Park, featuring stunning show gardens, floral displays, and plenty of green-fingered inspiration. 

 

The Big Cheese Festival, Caerphilly, south Wales
24 – 26 July
The town of Caerphilly comes to life as people of all ages come to The Big Cheese, a free extravaganza including street entertainers, living history encampments, music, dance, traditional funfair, folk dancing, falconry, fire eating, minstrels, troubadours and much more.

 

Glorious Goodwood Festival, West Sussex, south England 
28 July – 1 August
Enjoy picnics, evening jazz and famous faces alongside flat racing at this small and sophisticated horseracing event held every year at the course owned by the Earl of March on his country estate near Chichester.  

 

Bestival, Lulworth Castle, Dorset, south-west England
30 July – 2 August
Bestival consists of four days of live music and premier league DJs and is one of Britain's most colourful festivals, with dressing up encouraged and even a Roller Disco. Previous years have seen headliners such as The Cure, Rudimental and Hot Chip take the stage. 

 

Edinburgh Art Festival, Edinburgh, Scotland 
30 July – 30 August
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 at the city’s galleries and museums. 

 

Barclaycard presents British Summertime, Hyde Park, London
July (dates to be confirmed)
Returning to London’s Hyde Park, Barclaycard presents British Summertime will once again see some of the world’s greatest bands and musicians take to the stage for six days (over two weekends) of amazing performances.

 

Stratford River Festival, Stratford-upon-Avon, west England
July (dates to be confirmed)
Stratford’s largest free family friendly event welcomes over 70,000 visitors, with market stalls, entertainment and events both on and off the river. There will be live music and dance, local ales and Pimms, an artisan craft market, and a spectacular illuminated parade of boats and a grand firework display.

 

Cardigan Bay Seafood Festival, Cardigan Bay, north Wales
July (dates to be confirmed)
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.

 

International Eisteddfod, Llangollen, Wales
July (dates to be confirmed)
The annual festival will be held at the Royal International Pavilion in Llangollen. Six days of music and folk dance from all over the world in one place.

 

The BBC Proms, Royal Albert Hall, London, England
Summer (dates to be confirmed)
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. Founded in 1895, each season currently consists of more than 70 concerts, with a wide range of classical music to choose from, at affordable prices, in an informal atmosphere. The famous Last Night performances include BBC Proms in the Park. 

 

Buckingham Palace Summer Opening, London, England
July – September (dates to be confirmed)
Explore the palace’s lavishly furnished State Rooms – where the Queen and members of the Royal Family receive and entertain guests on State, ceremonial and official occasions – and admire some of the greatest treasures from the Royal Collection. 

 

The Welsh Proms, Cardiff, Wales
July – September (dates to be confirmed)
The Welsh Proms feature the world's top orchestras, soloists and conductors. There’s a strong classical programme, alongside jazz, soul, rock dance and world music. 

 

SummerTyne Americana Festival, Sage Gateshead, Newcastle, north-east England
July (dates to be confirmed)
SummerTyne Americana Festival is a 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. 

 

Liverpool International Music Festival, Sefton Park, Liverpool, north-west England 
July (dates to be confirmed)
This two-day celebration in Liverpool hosts big names in hip-hop, house and pop, while also promoting new talent, musical heritage and cultural diversity.

 

Discover National Parks Fortnight, nationwide
July (dates to be confirmed)
Britain’s 15 national parks do their bit for Discover National Parks Fortnight with plenty of events to celebrate everything that’s great about the nation’s “breathing spaces”. Extended in 2019 from a week to a fortnight, the event has a different theme every year, and all sorts of activities take place, from cycling and walking to stargazing – and many of them are free. 

 

RHS Garden Bridgewater – Manchester, England

Summer (dates to be confirmed)

Salford in Greater Manchester is gearing up for the opening of one of the largest gardening projects in Europe - RHS Bridgewater! Projected to open in summer 2020, RHS Garden Bridgewater aims to restore Worsley New Hall to its former glory and beyond, adding a vast walled garden and an impressive modern welcome building, as well as returning the remaining historic buildings to their beautiful best.

 

AUGUST  

Leeds Pride, Yorkshire, north England
2 August
A ‘must-not-miss’ event on Yorkshire’s LGBT calendar, Leeds Pride is the biggest event of its kind in Yorkshire. Thousands flock to the city for a diverse line up of acts at Millennium Square, a march through the centre of Leeds and the biggest parties until the early hours.

 

Bristol International Balloon Fiesta, Bristol, south-west England
6 – 9 August
The city’s largest outdoor event, held annually at the city’s Ashton Court Estate, is the largest fiesta of its kind in Europe. The mass ascents at dawn and teatime are a sight to behold, with more than 100 balloons taking off, and after-dark firework shows to follow. More than half a million people attend the fiesta, which offers a packed four days of fun for the whole family.

 

Cowes Week, Isle of Wight, south England
8 – 15 August
As one of the sailing calendar’s biggest events, Cowes Week brings together the world’s biggest sailing stars, with more than 1,000 yachts and 8,000 competitors taking part. 

 

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, Edinburgh, Scotland
7 – 29 August
The Tattoo is an iconic Edinburgh institution, with music, dance and precision displays with the Massed Pipes and Drums, the Massed Military Bands, cultural troupes, singers and the poignant refrain of the Lone Piper against the stunning backdrop of Edinburgh Castle. Each year's Tattoo is very much a 'global gathering' - showcasing the talents of musicians and performers from every corner of the globe. Each Tattoo is different from the last and always embraces different themes; nature, creativity and Scotland's homecoming are just some of the concepts explored in recent times.

 

Edinburgh International Festival, Edinburgh, Scotland
7 – 31 August
Every August, the Edinburgh International Festival presents three exhilarating weeks of the finest creators and performers from the worlds of the arts. Edinburgh's six major theatres and concert halls, a few smaller venues and often some unconventional ones too, come alive with the best music, theatre, opera and dance from around the globe.

 

Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Edinburgh, Scotland
7 – 31 August
The world's largest arts festival transforms Scotland's capital every August, as thousands of performers take to hundreds of stages all over the city to present shows of all kinds and for every taste. The work on show ranges from huge names in the world of entertainment to unknown artists looking to build their careers. Audiences can enjoy theatre, comedy, dance, circus, cabaret, children's shows, physical theatre, musicals, opera, music, spoken word, exhibitions and events.

 

Piping Live! Glasgow, Scotland
8 – 16 August
Piping Live! brings more than 40,000 visitors and hundreds of pipe bands and soloists to Glasgow, showcasing the best piping from around the world.   

 

Race the Train, Tywyn, mid-Wales *Quirky*
15 August
This contest between man and machine takes place alongside, as far as practicable, the route taken by the Talyllyn Railway on its journey to Abergynolwyn and back. To do this, all courses use a mixture of public roads, lanes, tracks, agricultural land and rough grazing pastures. 

 

RideLondon, London-Surrey, south-east 
15 – 16 August
Developed by the Mayor of London and his agencies in 2013, Prudential RideLondon is a world-class festival of cycling that wants to encourage more people to cycle more safely, more often. TfL anticipates tens of thousands of spectators and participants every year will take up regular cycling after each event. There is no other closed-road event quite like it, combining a fun and accessible free family ride in central London with the excitement of watching the world’s best professional cyclist’s race.

 

Edinburgh International Book Festival, Edinburgh, Scotland
15 – 31 August
The Edinburgh International Book Festival programme offers more 800 events featuring rising stars of fiction to Nobel Prize-winners plus events for children and young adults featuring the finest writers and illustrators for young people. From author events and interactive workshops to lively debates and book signings, the Book Festival allows visitors to meet favourite authors.

 

The Garlic Festival, Isle of Wight, south England *Quirky*
15 – 16 August
Garlic ice cream, jelly beans, fudge and beer are just some of the unusual garlic-based produce that can be sampled at this unique festival. It attracts around 25,000 people and features live music and children’s entertainers alongside all the garlic! 

 

RiZE Festival, Chelmsford, Essex, south-east England
17 – 19 August
RiZE is a multi-genre music festival that launched in 2018, taking over from the annual V Festival held at Chelmsford's Hylands Park. The music genres range from indie and pop to dance and urban.

 

Green Man Festival, Brecon Beacons, south Wales
20 – 23 August
This wonderful family-friendly festival takes place on the Glanusk Estate in the beautiful Brecon Beacons National Park and features far more than just great music. Visitors can also enjoy live comedy acts as well as watch films, theatre and live poetry.
 

Creamfields, Liverpool, north-west England
27 – 30 August
Regarded as an iconic dance music festival, every year this legendary event in Liverpool showcases superstar DJs and artists from the music genres of EDM, house, trance, drum and bass and grime.

 

Reading Festival & Leeds Festival, England
28 – 30 August 
Britain's premier rock music festival features global acts uniquely performing at both locations over three days allowing for 100,000 revellers at Reading and more than 80,000 at Leeds to experience global rock superstars. Previous headliners include the Kings of Leon and Kendrick Lamar.

 

World Bog Snorkelling Championships, Llanwrtyd Wells, mid Wales
29 August
This unusual sport consists of contestants swimming two consecutive lengths of a water-filled trench in the shortest time possible. Held annually in Llanwrtyd Wells in mid Wales, the championships attract visitors from all over the world. There are food and drink stalls, crafts, a bouncy castle, live music and a real ale and cider bar on the site, so it's a great day out even if you don't fancy taking the plunge.

 

Notting Hill Carnival, London, England
30 – 31 August
London’s famous free Caribbean festival is the largest street party in Europe, with great music, outrageous floats and fabulous costumes. Hear everything from traditional steel bands, Soca and Calypso to the latest dub, drum ‘n’ bass, R&B and reggae blasting out from pumping sound systems and moving floats. Live stages also feature local bands, top international artists and sounds from around the world, plus hundreds of Caribbean food stalls. 

 

World Gravy Wresting Championships, Lancashire, north-west England *Quirky*
31 August
Teams competing for this quirky title slip and slide about in lukewarm gravy, and win points for pinning the opposition down in the gloop. The event was started in 2007 and brings out the crowds in force to laugh at the proceedings, while TV cameras and the press often record it for audiences all over the world from Australia to the USA. 

 

Brighton Pride, Brighton, south-east England  
August (dates to be confirmed)
Brighton’s Pride festival kick offs with the annual Pride Community Parade, a dazzling visual spectacle that sees Brighton and Hove's diverse community take to the streets in a show of unity and equality, with more than 200,000 people participating. The party carries on with The Pride Festival in Preston Park, featuring main stage entertainment, dance tents, cabaret, a funfair, a family area, and a market. The Pride Village Party brings the festivities to St James Street and the city's iconic seafront Marine Parade.

 

Pride Cymru, Cardiff, south Wales
August (dates to be confirmed)
LGBTQ+ Mardi Gras, trading as Pride Cymru, returns to Cardiff for Wales' biggest celebration of equality and diversity. The variety of entertainment will continue along with a funfair, a cultural market with arts and crafts, plenty of food and drink, and a social hub, offering advice and support to LGBTQ+ communities and their friends and family.

 

Merchant City Festival, Glasgow, Scotland
August (dates to be confirmed)
Glasgow’s cultural quarter comes to life with its annual celebration of live music, street performances, art, dance, theatre, comedy, food and drink.  

 

Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House, London, England
August (dates to be confirmed)
Every summer the beautiful Fountain Court at Somerset House hosts London's most impressive open-air cinema: Film4 Summer Screen. The series features a range of films, all showing on a state-of-the-art screen with full surround sound. 

 

SEPTEMBER  

Hull Freedom Festival, Yorkshire, north England 
2 – 6 September
Hull's annual flagship arts and culture event, the Freedom Festival, brings five days of entertainment to Yorkshire's waterfront city.   

 

Dundee Food and Flower Show, Dundee, Scotland
4 – 6 September
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. It is also one of Dundee’s major annual events.

 

The Braemar Gathering, Aberdeenshire, north Scotland
5 September
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 heavy events. Sample contemporary Scotland with live music, top-quality arts and crafts and local food and drink at one of The Queen’s favourite annual events. 

 

Ironman Wales, Pembrokeshire, west Wales
6 September
A spectacular course, often called one of the most challenging races in the world, that takes in stunning beaches and medieval fortresses.

 

British Science Festival, Chelmsford, south England
8 – 12 September
Held in Chelmsford for the first time in 2020, the British Science Festival is organised each year by the British Science Association to bring together hundreds of Britain’s top scientists, journalists and tens of thousands of members of the public. The Festival lasts over six days and events range from lectures and debates for adults, to hands-on activity for schools and families, to comedy, theatre and expeditions. 

 

The Good Life Experience, Flintshire, north Wales
10 – 13 September TBC
The Good Life is created by Cerys Matthews, Steve 'Abbo' Abbott and Charlie and Caroline Gladstone who have put together the very best of music, books, food and the great outdoors. This will be a voyage of fun and discovery for the whole family. 

 

Goodwood Revival, Chichester, West Sussex, south-east England
11 – 13 September
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. Vintage fashion is at the heart of the event, with many visitors going to great lengths to dress in period style. Live music – from big band to jazz, and boogie-woogie to rock ‘n’ roll – all play a part in adding to the unique nostalgic atmosphere.

 

Heritage Open Days, across England 
11 – 20 September   
Heritage Open Days celebrates England’s fantastic architecture and culture by offering free access to places that are usually closed to the public or normally charge for admission. Every year on four days in September buildings of every age, style and function throw open their doors. It is a once-a-year chance to discover architectural treasures and enjoy a wide range of tours, events and activities that bring local history and culture to life.

 

Jane Austen Festival, Bath, south-west 
11 – 20 September
Visit Bath during the 20th Jane Austen Festival for an immersive Regency experience. Walk alongside 500 Jane Austen fans in the spectacular, opening Grand Regency Costumed Promenade. Throughout the rest of the festival, join other Jane Austen fans on guided walks and day trips, sit back and enjoy talks, music recitals and concerts or get hands on at workshops and dance classes.

 

Great North Run Weekend, NewcastleGateshead, north-east England
12 – 13 September
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'. The run starts in the city centre, winds past several iconic sights, and ends at the sea.
 

Roald Dahl Day, Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire, south-east England
13 September
The official Roald Dahl Day takes place every year on the storyteller’s birthday, 13 September.  A number of activities and events take place at the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre in his home village of Great Missenden. 

 

London Fashion Week, London, England
18 – 22 September
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. 

 

Encounters Short Film & Animation Festival, Bristol, south-west England
September (dates to be confirmed)
This is the longest-running competitive short film and animation festival in the UK. Based at Watershed in Bristol’s historic floating harbour, the week-long programme pulls together some of the best short films from around the world alongside a series of special big screen events, a comprehensive industry programme and free public screenings. This is a chance to see films from 90 seconds to 20 minutes, across all film-making genres and made by film-makers and animators from 60 countries.

 

Bristol Open Doors, Bristol, south-west England
September (dates to be confirmed)
This annual weekend event offers the chance to get inside more than 100 landmark buildings and curious spaces, many of which are usually closed to the public. Organised by The Architecture Centre, a registered charity, the weekend offers a mix of drop-in and must-book events including tours, talks, walks and visitor experiences that get under the skin of the city. 

 

Bath Children’s Literature Festival, Bath, south-west England
September – October (dates to be confirmed)
Featuring the best children’s and teen authors, incredible illustrators, favourite characters, professional storytellers and the biggest names in children’s literature from across the world.

 

York Food and Drink Festival, York, north England
September – October (dates to be confirmed)
One of the biggest foodie festivals in Britain, York Food and Drink Festival celebrates the best local and regional food and drink. There’s a great variety of day and evening events, from wine and food tastings to cookery demonstrations and hands-on workshops in some of the city’s iconic historic buildings.

 

Blackpool Illuminations, Lancashire, north-west England
September – November (dates to be confirmed)
This annual light show has been a major part of Blackpool’s appeal since 1879. The Festival of Light complements the traditional Illuminations with a contemporary take on entertainment made from light and art. The Illuminations are usually bookended by a fantastic celebrity-packed Switch-on Festival Weekend with bespoke Illumination performances, and Lightpool Festival, a spectacular walking route linking Blackpool’s most iconic buildings and history through light installation artworks. 

 

Abergavenny Food Festival, Abergavenny, south Wales
September (dates to be confirmed)
One of the biggest events on the UK foodie calendar.  A packed menu of celebrity chefs, master-classes, mouth-watering street stalls and entertainment.

 

Elvis Festival, Porthcawl, south Wales
September (dates to be confirmed)
Elvis lives, thanks to the thousands of fans and the tribute artists who attend this annual gathering of blue suede shoes, Vegas jumpsuits, and whopping sideburns in Porthcawl.
 

London Design Festival, London, England
September (dates to be confirmed)
This colourful annual festival has celebrated and promoted London as the design capital of the world since 2003. The festival showcases the work of contemporary designers, architects and artists, with striking large-scale installations and events popping up around the city.  

 

Egremont Crab Fair & World Gurning Championships, Cumbria, north-west England *Quirky* 
September (dates to be confirmed)
Gurning consists of contestants putting their heads through a horse collar and contorting their faces into the scariest, most grotesque, silliest expression possible! The person who gets the most applause for their ugly face wins. The event dates back to 1267, celebrating the time when the local Lord of the Manor wheeled a cart of crab apples through the village of Egremont as a goodwill gesture to the poor. Crab apples have a sharp taste and it is said the gurning competition originates from the faces the locals made when they bit into them.  

 

World Stone Skimming Championships, Argyll, Scotland *Quirky*
September (dates to be confirmed)
Each competitor is allowed three skims using specially-selected slate skimming stones. For a skim to qualify, the stone must bounce at least three times; it is then judged on the distance achieved before it sinks. The championships were launched in 1983 and now attract more than 200 participants and many spectators, hailing from around the world.

 

Last Night of the Proms & BBC Proms in the Park, Royal Albert Hall & Hyde Park, London
September (dates to be confirmed)
For a very British cultural experience, don’t miss the final night crescendo of the biggest classical music festival on earth, the BBC Proms. The legendary Last Night of the Proms is the culmination of an eight-week summer season of daily orchestral and classical music concerts taking place across London. Last Night of the Proms tickets are very popular, so plan ahead. The celebrations include BBC Proms in the Park, which take place in London’s Hyde Park. 

 

Turner Prize 2020, Tate Britain, London
30 September – 3 January 2021
The famous Turner Prize will return to Tate Britain in 2020. Both venue and event are named after the innovative landscape artist JMW Turner. Four shortlisted entries will be judged, with only one artist progressing to win the world-renowned accolade, which will be announced in December 2020.

 

Cumbria’s Hidden Coast Project 2020 – Cumbria, England

Throughout 2020

Nature lovers can discover spectacular sea stacks and smuggler’s coves, or enjoy a challenging cycling route from Whitehaven to Millom with the launch of the Connecting Cumbria Hidden Coast Project. Giving visitors access to a secluded stretch of north-west England’s incredible coastline, the trail guarantees adventure activities and inspiring cycling trails for those of all ages, for a coastal foray to remember from autumn 2020.

 

OCTOBER 

Wales Rally GB, Flintshire, north Wales
October (dates to be confirmed)
The British leg of the FIA World Rally Championship takes place over four thrilling days based at the Rally Village in Deeside, Flintshire.

 

Cardiff Half Marathon, Cardiff, south Wales
October (dates to be confirmed)

Competitors race right through Cardiff city centre past iconic locations, with beautiful scenery and historic buildings, starting at Cardiff Castle, and passing the Principality Stadium, Penarth Marina, before crossing the Cardiff Barrage and racing through Cardiff Bay before finishing close to Cardiff City Hall.  

 

Iris Prize Festival, Cardiff, south Wales
October (dates to be confirmed)
A six-day celebration of LGBT film, including screenings of a series of short films competing for the Best of British Iris Prize.

 

Artes Mundi, Cardiff, south Wales
October (dates to be confirmed)
Best known for its biennial international exhibition and prize, which takes place in Cardiff, this is Wales’ biggest contemporary visual art show. One of the shortlisted artists is awarded the prize of £40,000, the largest art prize in the UK and one of the most significant in the world.

 

Dylan Thomas Festival, Swansea, south Wales
27 October – 9 November (dates to be confirmed)
This annual two-week festival starts on Dylan's birthday and finishes on the date of his death with talks, performances, exhibitions, readings and music with a Dylan Thomas theme.
 

World Conker Championships, Northamptonshire, central England *Quirky*
October (dates to be confirmed)
The game of conkers has been a popular pastime of British schoolchildren for decades. The rules are simple. Each player is given a conker attached to a piece of string and takes turns in trying to break their opponent’s nut using a swinging motion. The World Conker Championships are held on the village green in Ashton, Peterborough, and attract more than 300 competitors attempting to become the King or Queen of conkers. 
 

Creative Mackintosh Festival, across Glasgow, Scotland
October (dates to be confirmed)
The annual Creative Mackintosh Festival celebrates acclaimed Glaswegian architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh, his architecture, design, arts and crafts in Glasgow. The events programme showcases the Mackintosh buildings and legacy, as well as focusing on Glasgow and its creativity through the work of contemporary artists.

 

Melton Mowbray Food Festival, Leicestershire, central England
October (dates to be confirmed)
If you’ve never tried the traditional British delicacy that is a pork pie, the Melton Mowbray Food Festival is the place to go for your initiation; it’s known as one of the top regional food events in the country. Around 200 stands showcase some of the region’s finest food and drink, alongside a street food area serving hot food from around the world. 

 

BFI London Film Festival, Southbank, London, England
October (dates to be confirmed)
In 2020 London will host its 64th annual film festival organised with the British Film Institute. The event screens more than 300 films, documentaries and shorts in the capital from around 50 countries. Highlights include the world's best new films, and director and actor retrospectives. Previous A-lister guests have included Nicole Kidman, Amy Adams, Casey Affleck, Sigourney Weaver, Liam Neeson, and director Tom Ford.

 

Golden Spurtle, Inverness, Scotland *Quirky*
October (dates to be confirmed)
The Golden Spurtle is the annual World Porridge-Making Championship, which tasks each competitor to produce at least one pint (200ml) of porridge, divided into three portions for the judges to taste. The championship title is awarded to the competitor producing the best traditional porridge, made from oatmeal. The event includes a pipe band, cookery demonstrations and product tastings. 

 

Cheltenham Literature Festival, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, west England
October (dates to be confirmed)
This literary festival will celebrate its 71st anniversary in 2020 and will see the launch of major books, as well as more than 500 talks, workshops and performances touching upon subjects as diverse as history, politics, sport, food and fashion.

 

Belfast International Arts Festival, Belfast, Northern Ireland
October – November (dates to be confirmed)
This Belfast-based festival covers theatre, dance, classical and roots music, visual, film and digital arts and literature in the capital of Northern Ireland.

 

NOVEMBER

Saatchi Gallery Tutankhamun exhibition – London, England

2 November 2019 - 3 May 2020

Visitors can celebrate 100 years since the ground-breaking discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb with a visit to the Saatchi Gallery, which will be exhibiting more than 150 pieces from the world-famous site, at Tutankhamun: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh. Featuring 60 artefacts that have never been seen outside of Egypt before, this is the last opportunity to admire these fascinating relics before they are returned to their rightful home, making it a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience.

 

Bonfire Night, Britain-wide
5 November
Britain’s night skies light up with blazing bonfires and sparkling fireworks to celebrate Guy Fawkes Night. This unique British tradition, also known as Guy Fawkes Day, Bonfire Night or Firework Night, celebrates the foiling of the infamous Gunpowder Plot - a plan to blow up the Houses of Parliament on 5 November, 1605. It’s celebrated across Britain and most towns and cities host their own bonfire nights: here are seven of the best displays. 

 

Lumiere’s 11th anniversary – location to be confirmed
November (dates to be confirmed)
Following its return to its hometown of Durham for its 10th anniversary, in 2020 Lumiere will celebrate its 11th consecutive year in an as yet undisclosed location.

 

St Andrew’s Day, across Scotland
30 November
Events celebrating the patron saint of Scotland, St Andrew, take place throughout the country. In the past, they have included some of Scotland’s historic attractions offering free entry for the day.

 

London Jazz Festival, London, England
November (dates to be confirmed)
London Jazz Festival hosts world-class artists and emerging stars, packed into back-to-back concerts, workshops, talks, masterclasses and free events across London. A number of key events will take place at Southbank Centre. 

 

Skate at Somerset House, London, England
November (dates to be confirmed)
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. After dark, the rink hosts some of the best international clubs and festivals at exclusive Club Nights. For those looking to relax after taking to the ice, the Skate Lounge also offers delicious rink-side refreshments. 

 

World’s Biggest Liar, Lake District, Cumbria, north-west England *Quirky*
November (dates to be confirmed)
This annual contest is held at The Bridge Inn pub in Santon Bridge, a hamlet of the Lake District. The competition is held in honour of 19th-century Bridge Inn landlord Will Ritson, who was famous for his incredible stories. Competitors are given five minutes to impress the judges with an outrageous but convincing lie.

 

Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park, London, England
November – January  (dates to be confirmed)
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 ice rink, Winter Wonderland includes gentle rides for younger children.  

 

Longleat Festival of Light, Longleat, Wiltshire, west England
November (dates to be confirmed)
This festive outdoor light festival boasts hundreds of illuminated characters and scenes that transform the estate into a winter wonderland; with each year boasting a new theme.

 

FilmBath Festival, Bath, south-west England
November (dates to be confirmed)
Soak up the special atmosphere of packed auditoriums as you enjoy screenings of previews, documentary features, F-Rated films and talks with directors, producers and stars.

 

Bath Mozartfest, Bath, south-west England
November (dates to be confirmed)
Celebrate Mozart’s music, and that of his contemporaries or those influenced by him, in a glorious feast of classical music performed in some of Bath’s most beautiful and inspiring buildings.

 

CS Lewis Festival, Belfast, Northern Ireland
November (dates to be confirmed)
The CS Lewis Festival celebrates the legacy of Belfast-born author Clive Staples Lewis, famous for creating The Chronicles of Narnia.

 

Kendal Mountain Festival, Cumbria, north-west England
November (dates to be confirmed)
The world’s biggest Mountain Festival is a celebration of film, outdoor sports, literature, art and legends that hopes to inspire people to explore and enjoy mountains and the wilderness. The Mountain Film Competition is a main feature of the event, with entries competing to be the grand prize winner.
 

Leeds International Film Festival, Yorkshire, north England
November (dates to be confirmed)
One of the largest film events in the UK, Leeds International Film Festival presents an incredible selection of the best new and classic films from around the world. Each year, audiences are invited to step in from the cold autumn weather and enjoy the power of cinema at some of the city’s favourite venues, including Leeds Town Hall, The Hyde Park Picture House and Everyman Leeds.

 

DECEMBER 

Christmas at Kew, London, England
December (dates to be confirmed)
Learn to ice-skate against the picturesque background of Kew Gardens, which delivers a sparkling after-dark experience and a truly festive atmosphere every year. 

 

The Great Christmas Pudding Race – London & Brighton, England *Quirky*
December (dates to be confirmed)
One of the wackiest races you’ll ever see, teams race around a 150-metre course balancing a Christmas pudding on a flimsy paper plate. They have to navigate two slippery inflatables, balloons filled with flour, jets of foam and limbo poles. To complicate things even further, they do it all in fancy dress. 

 

Enchanted Parks, NewcastleGateshead, north-east England
December (dates to be confirmed)
Every year, a themed trail of art installations with lights, performances, sculptures and projections transforms Gateshead’s Saltwell Park into a winter wonderland. Enchanted Parks is part of Light up the North, a series of seven light festivals in seven cities in north England. Don’t delay buying tickets – they sell out quickly.

 

NewcastleGateshead Winter Festival and New Year’s Eve Carnival, NewcastleGateshead, north-east England
31 December
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. 

 

Hogmanay, across Scotland
31 December
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. Fireworks, open-air concerts and street parties make Hogmanay Scotland’s biggest party of the year.  

 

Stonehaven Fireball Festival, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
31 December
This fireball ceremony is the traditional way to greet the New Year in the Aberdeenshire town of Stonehaven.

 

Edinburgh International Magic Festival, Edinburgh, Scotland
December (dates to be confirmed)
Edinburgh International Magic Festival is one of the fastest-growing festivals in Edinburgh and the only event of its kind in Britain, giving the audience the opportunity to enjoy a breath-taking spectacle of the finest acts in magic. 

For more information contact:

Patrycja Woda

patrycja.woda@visitbritain.org

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