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Best time of year to visit England

Although you can enjoy the relatively temperate climate all year round, April to early June and September to October are the best time to visit England. The weather during these months is warm, mostly dry and pleasant. In spring, you can witness crocuses in bloom and puffins flickering on Farne Islands. Autumn offers you exquisite delicacies like chestnuts, oysters, and crabs and beautiful red and yellow hues in national parks. Although sunny summer mornings can abruptly turn into rainy afternoons, late June to August show the driest and the hottest weather and host lots of open-air festivals. The crowds during summertime are madding, but the stunning beaches and the chalk cliffs of East Sussex are still great to visit. December to February can be an enjoyable time to visit English cities when major attractions see shorter queues and Christmasy spirit warms visitors and locals.

36 THINGS TO DO IN ENGLAND (JUNE 25 - JULY 04)

Globe Theatre

Globe Theatre

May–October • event

Would you like to visit a Renaissance Theatre? The reconstructed open-air Globe stages plays in a 17th century fashion

Jurassic Coast

Jurassic Coast

April–October • activity

Check out this awesome geological time capsule and take a big step back in time!

Exploring the Lake District

Exploring the Lake District

April–October • nature

Idyllic landscapes with ancient villages preserve the memory of the old times

Tower of London

Tower of London

all year round • activity

Visit the iconic landmark which played a pivotal role in the history of London

Coast to Coast Walk

Coast to Coast Walk

April–October • activity

Recognized as a classic, the Coast to Coast route continues to delight trekkers

Hadrian's Wall

Hadrian's Wall

June–August • activity

The remains of the wall between the cities of Corbridge and Greenhead are the best preserved

Horse and Pony Riding

Horse and Pony Riding

April–October • activity

Horses—for adults, ponies—for younger riders, and beautiful natural trails with windmills​ and red deer—for all to enjoy

Polo

Polo

May–September • activity

There is a tradition of priming the turf after the first two chukkers: spectators leave their seats and stroll around the field....

Crabs

Crabs

April–November  • food

Crab meat is a real delicacy, it is tender, tasty, and like almost all seafood, very nutritious

Churchill War Rooms

Churchill War Rooms

November–March (all year round) • activity

This place used to be the best-kept secret of the British government, the place from where Sir Winston Churchill directed the World War II

Puffins on the Farne Islands

Puffins on the Farne Islands

April–mid-July • nature

See these amazing birds on the northeast coast of England!

English Greyhound Derby

English Greyhound Derby

May–June • event

Watch elite dogs compete with grace in this traditional race

Dolphin Watching

Dolphin Watching

June–August  • activity

Admire the games of dolphins in their natural surroundings and magnificent views off the coast of England

Beach Season

Beach Season

mid-May–September • activity

Sunny mornings in England can easily turn into afternoon rains, but if you don't mind the weather local beaches can surprise with their beauty

Bishop Rock Lighthouse

Bishop Rock Lighthouse

April–October • activity

Visit the world's smallest island with a building

Poppy Bloom

Poppy Bloom

June–August • nature

Enjoy England in early summer when the country immediately turns red with flowering poppies

Duck and Goose Eggs

Duck and Goose Eggs

February–June | September • food

Try a duck or goose egg omelette for a change or for the sake of new experience. You may develop a taste for it!

English Cricket

English Cricket

April–late September • activity

For beginners who are watching this game for the first time, it can seem boring before you understand the intricacies, but dedicated Englishmen really appreciate this sport!

Peasholm Park Naval Battles

Peasholm Park Naval Battles

late May–September 01 • event

Witness the oldest continuously simulated battle in the world

Snake Pass

Snake Pass

April–October • activity

One of the most beautiful roads in England

Berry Season

Berry Season

May–October • food

Treat yourself to delicious deserts with pieces of strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, or blackberries

Lavender Blooming

Lavender Blooming

July • nature

Fields of flowering lavender decorate the landscapes of Cotswold with enchanting shades from smoky-lilac to blue-purple

Shark Watching

Shark Watching

May–October • nature

Now giant sharks are more frequent visitors of English coastal waters

Chalk Cliffs of East Sussex

Chalk Cliffs of East Sussex

April–October • nature

Please your eyes with the white cliffs of Seven Sisters and Beachy Head covered with green grass, and enjoy some hike along the shore whatever the weather

Wistman's Wood

Wistman's Wood

all year round • nature

One of the few remote high-altitude oakwoods that remain in England

Bats Fluttering

Bats Fluttering

June–August • nature

Bats have been an integral part of the wildlife in England for many centuries

Lobster

Lobster

June–August • food

Be sure to try the local lobster in London

Elderflowers

Elderflowers

June • nature

Native to Britain, elder trees steeped in mystery and superstition were even referred to as a panacea: it's believed that the elderflower prolongs life!

Asparagus Season

Asparagus Season

May–June • food

Asparagus has acquired the glory of an aristocratic product

Boating along Chesterfield Canal

Boating along Chesterfield Canal

April–October • activity

The historical canal was a peak of British engineering at its time

Sea Fishing

Sea Fishing

March–October  • activity

Fishing in English waters is rewarding, taking into account quantity of the catch and its size

Birdwatching

Birdwatching

May–June | November–March • activity

Watching birds in their natural habitat is a popular pastime in England

Hardknott Pass

Hardknott Pass

April–October • activity

This scenic road is one of the steepest in England

Winnats Pass

Winnats Pass

March–November • activity

A narrow and winding road at the Peak District National Park

Cat and Fiddle Road

Cat and Fiddle Road

all year round • activity

The most dangerous road in Britain attracts bikers and tourists

Kirkstone Pass

Kirkstone Pass

all year round • activity

The highest pass in the Lake District that is open to motor traffic

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Balloon Carnival in Oswestry

Balloon Carnival in Oswestry

August 24–25, 2019 • event

The Balloon Festival is an amazing visual spectacle and a great way to cap off the weekend

Lumiere Festival

Lumiere Festival

November 14–17, 2019 • event

The largest light festival in the UK features amazing installations

St Patrick's Day Parade

St Patrick's Day Parade

March 17, 2019 • event

Raise a glass to Ireland while the green procession paves its way through the centre of London

Bristol International Balloon Fiesta

Bristol International Balloon Fiesta

August 08–11, 2019 • event

One of the biggest hot air balloon events in Europe

London to Brighton Veteran Car Run

London to Brighton Veteran Car Run

November 03, 2019 • event

Spectacular cars from the end of the 19th century preserve the spirit of good old England

Tewkesbury Medieval Festival

Tewkesbury Medieval Festival

July 13–14, 2019 • event

Check out theatrical performances depicting one of the decisive battles of the Wars of the Scarlet and White Roses

Stratford River Festival

Stratford River Festival

July 06–07, 2019 • event

Spectacular narrow boats invite you to sail down the banks of the Avon

Whitby Goth Weekend

Whitby Goth Weekend

October 25–27, 2019 • event

Dress up for one of the world’s premier Goth events and listen to some great music at this alternative music festival

Glastonbury Festival

Glastonbury Festival

June 26–30, 2019 • event

Have you ever been to the most significant greenfield event in the world?

BBC Proms

BBC Proms

July 19–September 14, 2019 • event

One classical music concert can heal your soul, develop more positive thinking, and improve your productivity

Buckingham Palace Tours

Buckingham Palace Tours

August–September • activity

The finest pieces of art, exquisite furniture, and the overall magnificence of the palace evoke great awe

Stonehenge: Solstice and Equinox

Stonehenge: Solstice and Equinox

March 21 | June 21 | September 21 | December 21 • event

Thousands of pagans, Krishnaits, druids and a plentitude of curious wanderers celebrate solstices and equinoxes at the famous Neolithic site

Wireless Festival

Wireless Festival

July 03–07, 2019 • event

Let this fantastic event be a highlight of your London summer!

Jorvik Viking Festival

Jorvik Viking Festival

February 20–27, 2019 • event

Plunge into history, returning to the Viking era in the historical city of York

Lovebox Festival

Lovebox Festival

July 12–13, 2019 • event

Enjoy the the genre-blurring lineup during one of the finest festivals in London

Reading & Leeds Festivals

Reading & Leeds Festivals

August 23–25, 2019 • event

Some of the most popular music festivals in the UK with great names of pop and rock

Premier League

Premier League

mid-August to mid-May • event

Crazy about football? Give in to your passion at the greatest games of the English Premier League hosted in the capital

Lawn Mower Racing World Championships

Lawn Mower Racing World Championships

September 08–09, 2018 • event

Racing is always competitive and spectacular. And how about lawn mower racing?

Broadstairs Dickens Festival

Broadstairs Dickens Festival

June 21–23, 2019 • event

This costumed event brings back Oliver Twist and other Victorian era charcters

Cooper's Hill Cheese-Rolling and Wake

Cooper's Hill Cheese-Rolling and Wake

May 27, 2019 • event

This race for cheese is a lot of fun for daredevils

New Year's Eve

New Year's Eve

December 31 • event

The British consider the New Year to be a secondary holiday, but they celebrate it well anyways!

Shambala Festival

Shambala Festival

August 22–25, 2019 • event

Adventures in utopia with plenty of music, art and films

World Worm Charming Championships

World Worm Charming Championships

June 29, 2019 • event

How many worms can you attract from the ground? An annual competition in Willaston (Cheshire, UK) draws enthusiasts from all over the world

Wimbledon

Wimbledon

July 01–14, 2019 • event

The oldest and most prestigious tennis tournament, one of four Grand Slam tournaments

Halloween

Halloween

October 31 • event

Owing to its long and sometimes bloody history there's no shortage of hauntings and ghosts in London if you know where to look

Rugby Union

Rugby Union

September–May • event

England takes great pride in Rugby Union, the oldest type of rugby football

Northern Lights

Northern Lights

late September–mid-March • nature

This incredible natural phenomenon can be seen even in Kent and Cornwall

Crocuses

Crocuses

late-February–March • nature

Exploring London's parks, one might find a "Crocus Carpet" or even an entire meadow of crocuses

Greenwich + Docklands International Festival

Greenwich + Docklands International Festival

June 21–July 07, 2019 • event

This summer weekend is devoted to modern art and outdoor performances

Royal Shrovetide Football

Royal Shrovetide Football

March 05–06, 2019 • event

This wild 16-hour football match in Ashbourne is a grand event that has been taking place in the town since the 17th century

Knaresborough Bed Race

Knaresborough Bed Race

June 08, 2019 • event

This fun event involves almost everybody in the town and attracts thousands of visitors

Festival of Light at Longleat

Festival of Light at Longleat

November 09 2019–January 05 2020 • event

Thousands of elegant Chinese style lanterns attract a large number of visitors to Longleat

Cheltenham Festival

Cheltenham Festival

March 12–15, 2019 • event

Discover the elite world of English royal races with their upscale atmosphere and entertainment

Bestival

Bestival

July 25–28, 2019 • event

Chilling with your family couldn't be more exciting!

Surfing

Surfing

October–April • activity

The best place to surf in Foggy Albion is Cornwall with its extensive beaches and big waves

Swan Upping

Swan Upping

July 15–19, 2019 • event

The swans are surrounded with special attention in England

Deer Watching in Richmond Park

Deer Watching in Richmond Park

September–October (rutting) | May–July (birthing)  • nature

This park is not fenced off, deer roam where they want

Hebden Bridge Burlesque Festival

Hebden Bridge Burlesque Festival

May 02–05, 2019 • event

Spend a few nights in the company of artists of the most ambiguous art in West Yorkshire

Horse-Racing: Royal Ascot

Horse-Racing: Royal Ascot

June 18–22, 2019 • event

Royal Ascot combines exquisite English fashion with high-quality racing

Love Supreme Jazz Festival

Love Supreme Jazz Festival

July 05–07, 2019 • event

Three days of jazz and blues in the Sussex countryside

Isle of Wight Festival

Isle of Wight Festival

June 13–16, 2019 • event

This festival is all about escapism thanks to its atmospheric location

Christmas Holidays

Christmas Holidays

December 24–December 26 • event

"Have yourself a merry little Christmas"—in the English style!

Robin Hood Festival

Robin Hood Festival

August 05–11, 2019 • event

A knightly tournament with real ale, live music, and theatre performances in a medieval village with street artists and travelling minstrels

Creamfields

Creamfields

August 22–25, 2019 • event

The best weekend dance party in England! This event attracts the best DJs and thousands from all over the world

Download Festival

Download Festival

June 14–16, 2019 • event

The legendary rock festival in England which discovered some great names in the past

Winter Mountain Biking

Winter Mountain Biking

November–March  • activity

Winter is not a reason to hide your mountain bike in England

British Grand Prix

British Grand Prix

July 2019 (TBA) • event

The Grand Prix at Silverstone is one of the oldest in the history of Formula 1

Boomtown Fair

Boomtown Fair

August 07–11, 2019 • event

Be a part of a phenomenal alternative world, be a part of the story!

Oysters

Oysters

October–February • food

In the 19th century, oysters were cheap and abundant, nowadays—much more expensive and scarce so be appreciative!

Christmas Carols

Christmas Carols

late November–late December • event

Angelic singers celebrate the holidays and share goodwill and joy with Christmas carols

Easter

Easter

April 12, 2020 • event

Easter is associated with long-standing traditions: baking Easter cakes, painting eggs, and attending a night mass at church

The Tar Barrels of Ottery St Mary

The Tar Barrels of Ottery St Mary

November 05 • event

One of the most colourful Bonfire Night traditions in England

Burning the Clocks

Burning the Clocks

December 21 • event

A unique community lantern parade in Brighton

Lewes Bonfire Night

Lewes Bonfire Night

November 05 • event

Called bonfire capital of the world, Lewes hosts the largest festivities in the UK

Sweet Chestnut Season

Sweet Chestnut Season

October–late December • food

Large steaming braziers, from which a fragrant smoke spreads, is a typical sight for the Englishmen in the fall

Virgin Money London Marathon

Virgin Money London Marathon

April 28, 2019 • event

This London Marathon is a great way to observe the main landmarks of the city and collect money for charity all in a single day

Rhubarb and Ginger Crumble

Rhubarb and Ginger Crumble

May • food

Sour rhubarb crumble topped with ginger and sweetened with cicely leaves is a classic London favorite

Malton Food Lovers Festival

Malton Food Lovers Festival

May 25–26, 2019 • event

Get your hands on Yorkshire's family foodie extravaganza!

Cherry Blossom

Cherry Blossom

April–early May • nature

Beautiful pink sign of spring arrival

Apple Day

Apple Day

October  • event

Discover "tasty" Apple Day in England, although you will be offered much more than just apples

Punkie Night in Somerset

Punkie Night in Somerset

October 31, 2019 • event

Enjoy an atmospheric event linked with Halloween

Starling Murmuration

Starling Murmuration

November–February • nature

It's not clear how these birds are choosing their wintering grounds. But for some reason quite a lot stop by at Brighton Pier for entire season

Lambing Season

Lambing Season

March–May • nature

Learn more about lambing or just see little lambs up close in springtime on English farms

Pumpkin Season

Pumpkin Season

October • food

The "golden head" is full of delicious seeds and vitamins

Jerusalem Artichokes

Jerusalem Artichokes

September–March • food

Though the once named "Girasole" artichokes have been renamed "Jerusalem" artichokes though the great taste remains the same

Shrove Tuesday (Pancake Day)

Shrove Tuesday (Pancake Day)

March 05, 2019 • event

The day before the beginning of Lent when English families prepare a hearty meal with pancakes

World Toe Wrestling Championships

World Toe Wrestling Championships

June 22, 2019 • event

Have you ever met someone with extraordinary strong toes? You can do it during the annual Toe Wrestling Championship

York Food Festival

York Food Festival

September 20–29, 2019 • event

An awesome gastronomical festival fitting every taste

London Christmas Lights

London Christmas Lights

mid-November–early January • event

The capital of UK glows and shines getting ready for the holidays

Truro City of Lights

Truro City of Lights

November 20, 2019 • event

Cornwall's most prominent lights and arts festival

Tokyo World Festival

Tokyo World Festival

September 21–22, 2019 • event

Bristol's favourite dance music festival

NASS Festival

NASS Festival

July 11–14, 2019 • event

Long weekend full of action sports, cutting-edge music, and parties

Mushroom Season

Mushroom Season

September–October • food

Are you keen on fresh mushrooms? Local porcini must be a real treat for you!

Mussels

Mussels

October–March • food

Black mussels in the company of other "mollusk-like brothers" are known as a true gastronomic pleasure

Hunting Season & Game Meat

Hunting Season & Game Meat

August, 12–February • activity

While London's licensed hunters try their shooting skills, you can treat your stomach to some delicious game meat

Chillingham Castle

Chillingham Castle

April 06–November 03, 2019 • activity

This haunted castle was an inspiration for famous novels and movies

Glastonbury Carnival

Glastonbury Carnival

November 16, 2019 • event

The medieval town welcomes an army of brightly illuminated floats

Dunster by Candlelight

Dunster by Candlelight

December 06–07, 2019 • event

The medieval village lights its streets with soft candles, lanterns, and torches

Liverpool Christmas Ice Festival

Liverpool Christmas Ice Festival

November 10 2018–January 06 2019 • event

Wonderland-style event at the iconic Liverpool Pier Head

Wheels and Fins Festival

Wheels and Fins Festival

September 07–08, 2019 • event

An eclectic music and action sports festival

The Beat-Herder Festival

The Beat-Herder Festival

July 12–14, 2019 • event

A summer festival in Lancashire that combines psychedelic rock and techno

Noisily Festival

Noisily Festival

July 11–15, 2019 • event

An open-air electronic music and arts festival held in a beautiful setting

Victorious Festival

Victorious Festival

August 23–25, 2019 • event

A popular family-friendly event for music fans, a stone’s throw from the beach in Portsmouth

Chagstock Festival

Chagstock Festival

July 19–20, 2019 • event

An international music festival in Devon with 5,000-people capacity and great views

May Day

May Day

May 04, 2020 • event

A beautiful spring-time tradition with long history

The War and Peace Revival

The War and Peace Revival

July 23–27, 2019 • event

The world's largest military vehicle show and festival

Maverick Festival

Maverick Festival

July 05–07, 2019 • event

UK's major Americana event in the Suffolk countryside

Peas

Peas

August • food

Enjoy freshly shelled English peas!