Top Events in the UK

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Top Events in the UK

February - BAFTAs

The BAFTAs are the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) awards ceremony held annually. It's one of the biggest celebrity events of the year as they take to the red carpet and it's the British version of the Oscars.

March - St Patrick's Day

St Patrick's Day is an Irish national holiday that commemorates Saint Patrick, a patron saint of Ireland. It now has international acclaim and is celebrated in the UK and the USA as much as it's celebrated in Ireland. Don your green and party with the Irish...

St Patrick's Day in the UK

March - The Boat Race

The Boat Race is an annual rowing race between the Oxford University Boat Club and the Cambridge University Boat Club, rowed on the River Thames. The first race was held in 1829 and annually since 1856, so it's a pretty old race.

April - The Grand National

The Grand National is the most popular horse race held in the UK, and it's a race that the entire nation watches. Essentially, everyone who doesn't watch or care about horse racing gets involved in this one event, puts a little bet on, loses, and remembers why they don't bet on horses.

Grand National

April - London Marathon

The London Marathon is one of the biggest running events in the world. Thousands participate in the race, including a number of celebrities, and millions watch, either in London or on TV, to see the London Marathon. The event has raised over £450 million for charity since 1981.

May - FA Cup Final

As the football season draws to a close the FA Cup Final is held in mid-May. It is the oldest football competition in the world and over 700 teams participate each year. Small teams, known as minnows, take on the big teams, and if they win, they become known as giant killers, and everyone supports them and celebrates.

FA Cup Final in the UK

June/July - The Championships, Wimbledon

Wimbledon is the oldest tennis tournament in the world and is considered the most prestigious. It was first played in 1877 and is one of the four Grand Slam tennis tournaments. Wimbledon traditions include a strict dress code for competitors, the eating of strawberries and cream, and Royal patronage. It rains a lot too...

June - Glastonbury Festival

Glasto is without a doubt the biggest and most popular music festival in the world. People flock from all over the world to come to the little village of Glastonbury in Somerset. It's not just a music festival, but an eclectic mix of acts, including comedians, circus performers, theatre performers, cabaret and lots more...

Glastonbury Festival

July - British Grand Prix

The British Formula 1 Grand Prix is held at Silverstone circuit in Northamptonshire and it's one of the most prestigious events in the F1 calendar. It's the oldest continuously staged F1 Grand Prix and it makes for a great day out.

August - Edinburgh Fringe Festival

This is the world's largest arts festival. It was established in 1946 and attracts acts from all over the world. The Fringe mostly attracts events from the performing arts, particularly theatre and comedy, and it's a great way to see the world's best comedians all in one place.

Edinburgh Festival

August - Notting Hill Carnival

London comes alive for the Notting Hill Carnival, a two day street carnival. It's the second largest street carnival in the world (after the Trinidad and Tobago Carnival) and attracts up to two million party-goers a year.

November - Guy Fawkes Night

Guy Fawkes Night is an annual celebration of the failed Gun Powder Plot. Celebrating the fact that King James I had survived the attempt on his life in 1605, people lit bonfires around London, and the tradition remains strong to this day. Expect fireworks all over the country.

Lewes Bonfire Night Fireworks

December - Hogmanay

This is basically New Year's Eve, but in Scotland they call it Hogmanay, which means 'the last day of the year'. It's one of the best places to be in the world to see in the New Year and the street party goes into the wee hours of the morning.