In the important words of Bruno Mars in Uptown Funk, "Stop, wait a minute". I imagine you're thinking, in the current world crisis, surely there are no events happening across Britain to share this month. While you would be right that cultural institutions are closed, sporting events are cancelled or postponed and public gatherings are not possible, historical anniversaries … [Read more...] about What’s On Around Britain in April 2020: No Actual Events But Plenty to Celebrate With Historical Anniversaries
What's On in Britain
Hello, springtime! In the UK it's Mother's Day on Sunday 22 March 2020. The date changes each year because Mothering Sunday is the fourth Sunday of Lent and exactly three weeks before Easter. And the arrival of spring means the flowers are coming out, especially the daffodils – the national flower of Wales. St David's Day Daffodils are traditionally worn in Wales on 1 March … [Read more...] about What’s On Around Britain in March 2020 – The Boat Race, Daffodils, Florence Nightingale, Scotland, Wales, England Events and Much More!
February is often considered a month of love with Valentine's Day on 14 February. And as 2020 is a leap year we have 29 February when, traditionally, women can propose to men (yes, I know this is an antiquated belief). But it's not all about being loved up this month as there is a one-week school holiday in the latter weeks of February in England, Scotland and Wales. And I've … [Read more...] about What’s On Around Britain in February 2020: Jane Austen, Wife Carrying, Six Nations, London Fashion Week, Jorvik Viking Festival, Eden Project, and More!
Happy new year! Welcome to 2020! Let's have a look what's happening across Britain this month and see what weirdness I've managed to find this time. Twelfth Night I've been to the London Twelfth Night celebration so can recommend the event but there is also a Twelfth Night celebration in Guildford, Surrey, each year. Counting twelve nights on from Christmas Day, the twelfth … [Read more...] about What’s On Around Britain in January 2020 – Twelfth Night, Chinese New Year, Burns Night, Blenheim Palace, Ballet, Wales, History, and More!
And so we reach the height of the festive season. As we don't have Thanksgiving, Christmas is our major winter celebration and the lights go on across Britain often earlier than this month. Families come together for a big roast turkey dinner on Christmas Day and, generally, stay together for the following day as Boxing Day (26 December) is another public holiday. Christmas Eve … [Read more...] about What’s On Around Britain in December 2019 – Christmas in Britain, Wales, Blenheim Palace, Stonehenge Winter Solstice, Lincoln, Puddings and More!,
It's definitely getting cooler across Britain in November but it's never so cold we can't get out and about. The dark evenings are appreciated with pyrotechnics and light displays this month and there is a major celebration connecting England and America. River of Light River of Light 2019 is Liverpool's nine-day festival of light, colour and spectacle. It is bringing … [Read more...] about What’s On Around Britain in November 2019 – Liverpool, Lumiere Durham, Bonfire Night, Mayflower 400, St Andrew’s Day, Winter Wonderland and Much More!
Welcome to autumn in Britain. It's definitely cooler at this time of year and usually wetter too. The school children get a week-long holiday to break-up the September to Christmas term. Dates will vary, but it's usually mid to late October. RHS Gardens To start the month, the RHS offers a free entry day to enjoy the autumn colour at its gardens on 1 October. At RHS Garden … [Read more...] about What’s On Around Britain in October 2019 – Royal Horticulture Society, Harvest Time, Hastings, Railway in Wartime, Manchester, Literary Festivals and More!
September brings us to late summer yet the weather is usually mild across Britain. The Autumn (Fall) Equinox is on 23 September 2019 so later in the month the days will start getting shorter and the nights get longer. As ever, I've brought together a collection of the quirky and entertaining events happening around Britain this month. Annual Horn Dance The Abbots Bromley … [Read more...] about What’s On Around Britain in September 2019 – Horn Dance, Puddings, Gurning, Heritage Open Days, and So Much More!
Longer daylight hours and a bit of sunshine means Britain has a lot of annual celebrations and events this month! Yorkshire Day Start the month by eating Yorkshire pudding to honour England’s largest county as it's Yorkshire Day. 1 August was chosen because it is also the anniversary of the 1759 Battle of Minden when soldiers picked white roses (the symbol of Yorkshire) as a … [Read more...] about What’s On Around Britain in August 2019 – Yorkshire Day, Gravy, Robin Hood, Edinburgh Fringe, Air Shows, and More!
As we reach the 'real summer' in Britain, the schools close and everyone spends more time outside. In Scotland, the school summer holidays from the start of July and in England and Wales, it's from about the last week of the month. Here's our round-up of all the wonderful things you can do in July when you travel to Britain. Alice's Day In case you don't know the connection … [Read more...] about What’s On Around Britain in July 2019 – Alice in Wonderland, Henley Regatta, Leeds Castle, Wimbledon, Festivals, Culture, and More!
As we enter summer the temperature increases across Britain so we've got lots of reasons to be outside this month. (I'm not saying it's hot here but you will find brave locals wearing t-shirts from Lands End to John O'Groats.) This is a bumper round-up of the traditional and quirky events happening across this great land so grab a cuppa and enjoy reading. St Albans Join … [Read more...] about What’s On Around Britain in June 2019: St Albans, Dickens Festival, Yorkshire, Manchester Day, Bletchley Park and Much More!
There are two public holidays (bank holidays) this month on Monday 6 May and Monday 27 May 2019. Mostly, people will just enjoy that free time with their family and friends and there will be some traditional entertainment, such as maypole dancing on May Day. People used to cut down young trees and dance around them in the centre of villages to mark the arrival of summer. It … [Read more...] about What’s On Around Britain in May 2019: Bank Holidays, Morris Dancing, Highland Games, Hay Festival, Cheese Rolling, Blenheim, Liverpool and more!
I hope you enjoyed the March 2019 recommendations as I've got plenty more ideas for April. There's so much to see and do, we hope you can incorporate some of these into your upcoming trips (or plan for next year)! This month moves us properly into spring so nature is bringing us more colourful flowers and those well known 'April showers' will keep them well watered. Easter … [Read more...] about What’s On Around Britain in April 2019 – Easter Celebrations, St George’s Day, Queen’s Birthday, Flower and Garden Shows and More!
Editor's Note: This is the start of a new regular column on Anglotopia. We want to highlight the most interesting events happening in Britain throughout the year so people planning trips can have the information on hand. These will not be exhaustive lists of every event in Britain - that would not be possible - it's a survey or what we deem to be the most interesting. Not only … [Read more...] about New Column Alert: What’s On Around Britain in March 2019 – St Davids Day, Cornwall, Shrove Tuesday, Lincolnshire, and More