Annual Events in England

England has great festivals and events of all kinds all year round. If you plan to spend at least a part of your trip to England visiting London, contact VisitBritain, the official tourism agency of the country, and request a copy of London Planner, which a monthly publication that lists most important events of all kinds, including theater and arts. To get information about what’s going on in other parts of England, look for printed materials at the tourist information centers located all around the country.

If you are in London in January, make sure to visit the London’s New Year’s Day Parade. The parade has marching bands, floats and more. In the late January, you will see colorful street celebrations around Gerrard Street for the Chinese New Year.

Bath Literature Festival happens in March. The festival was established in 1995 and since then has become an important event in the national literary circles. The festival attracts some of the best novelists, poets, journalists, comedians and writers.

Saint Patrick’s Day is a big event all over the country, but especially in London, since the city has the third-largest Irish population in the world after Dublin and the City of New York. Annual Saint Patrick’s Day parade usually occurs on the weekend around March 17, usually in Trafalgar Square.

The London Marathon occurs in April. It was established in 1981 and since then become of the most well-known sporting events in the city with over 40,000 participants from all over the world.

The Brighton International Festival occurs in May in the resort town of Brighton. The festival centers around visual arts, dance, literature and all kinds of music, from hard rock to classical.

The Derby happens in June in Surrey and is one of the most important events of the racing season. The most prestigious horse-racing event is Royal Ascot. It happens near Windsor in Berkshire with the royal family in attendance.