Best time to visit England

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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.

38 THINGS TO DO IN ENGLAND (JULY 27 - AUGUST 05)

BBC Proms

BBC Proms

unconfirmedmid-July–mid-September, 2021 • event

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

Poppy Fields

Poppy Fields

mid-June–September (best in late June–July) • nature

Enjoy rural England in early summer when the countryside turns red with flowering poppies

Peasholm Park Naval Warfare

Peasholm Park Naval Warfare

late May–September 01 • event

Witness the oldest continuously simulated battle in the world

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

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

Tower of London

Tower of London

all year round • activity

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

The War and Peace Revival

The War and Peace Revival

July 27–31, 2021 • event

The world's largest military vehicle show and festival

Lavender Fields

Lavender Fields

mid-June/July–early August • nature

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

Crabs

Crabs

April–November  • food

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

Jurassic Coast

Jurassic Coast

April–October • activity

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

Wistman's Wood

Wistman's Wood

all year round • nature

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

Coast to Coast Walk

Coast to Coast Walk

April–October • activity

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

Exploring the Lake District

Exploring the Lake District

April–October • nature

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

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

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

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

Dolphin Watching

Dolphin Watching

June–August  • activity

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

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

Berry Season

Berry Season

May–October • food

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

Robin Hood Festival

Robin Hood Festival

on holdAugust 2021 • event

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

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

Snake Pass

Snake Pass

April–October • activity

One of the most beautiful roads in England

Bishop Rock Lighthouse

Bishop Rock Lighthouse

April–October • activity

Visit the world's smallest island with a building

Bestival

Bestival

July 29–August 1, 2021 • event

Chilling with your family couldn't be more exciting!

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

Sea Fishing

Sea Fishing

March–October  • activity

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

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!

Shark Watching

Shark Watching

May–October • nature

Now giant sharks are more frequent visitors of English coastal waters

Kirkstone Pass

Kirkstone Pass

all year round • activity

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

Winnats Pass

Winnats Pass

March–November • activity

A narrow and winding road at the Peak District National Park

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

Cat and Fiddle Road

Cat and Fiddle Road

all year round • activity

The most dangerous road in Britain attracts bikers and tourists

Chillingham Castle

Chillingham Castle

May 17–October 31, 2021 • activity

This haunted castle was an inspiration for famous novels and movies

Boating along Chesterfield Canal

Boating along Chesterfield Canal

April–October • activity

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

Hardknott Pass

Hardknott Pass

April–October • activity

This scenic road is one of the steepest in England

Kitesurfing & Windsurfing

Kitesurfing & Windsurfing

all year round • activity

Numerous sandy beaches around London are perfect for a weekend trip

Peas

Peas

August • food

Enjoy freshly shelled English peas!

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Lumiere Festival

Lumiere Festival

out of rangeNovember 18–21, 2021 • event

The largest light festival in the UK features amazing installations

Bristol International Balloon Fiesta

Bristol International Balloon Fiesta

out of rangeAugust 12–15, 2021 • event

One of the biggest hot air balloon events in Europe

Balloon Carnival in Oswestry

Balloon Carnival in Oswestry

unconfirmedAugust 20–21, 2021 • event

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

Whitby Goth Weekend

Whitby Goth Weekend

out of rangeApril 23–25, 2021 | October 29–31, 2021 • event

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

Notting Hill Carnival

Notting Hill Carnival

out of rangeAugust 29–30, 2021 • event

The capital of Great Britain is hardly recognizable when the Afro-Caribbean spirit revels in the streets of London

Land of Light at Longleat

Land of Light at Longleat

out of rangeDecember 3, 2020–January 10, 2021 (on selected dates) • event

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

London to Brighton Veteran Car Run

London to Brighton Veteran Car Run

out of rangeNovember 7, 2021 • event

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

Tewkesbury Medieval Festival

Tewkesbury Medieval Festival

out of rangeJuly 10–11, 2021 • event

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

Northern Lights

Northern Lights

out of rangelate September–mid-March • nature

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

Stratford River Festival

Stratford River Festival

out of rangeJuly 3–4, 2021 • event

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

London Christmas Lights

London Christmas Lights

out of rangeearly November–early January • event

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

Christmas Carols

Christmas Carols

out of rangelate November–late December • event

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

St Patrick's Day Parade

St Patrick's Day Parade

out of rangeMarch 17, 2021 (digital event) • event

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

Glastonbury Chilkwell Carnival

Glastonbury Chilkwell Carnival

out of rangeNovember 21–24, 2020 (virtual event) • event

The medieval town welcomes an army of brightly illuminated floats

Jorvik Viking Festival

Jorvik Viking Festival

unconfirmedFebruary 2022 • event

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

Greenwich + Docklands International Festival

Greenwich + Docklands International Festival

unconfirmedlate June–early July 2021  • event

This summer weekend is devoted to modern art and outdoor performances

Lovebox Festival

Lovebox Festival

unconfirmedJune 11–13, 2021 • event

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

Swan Upping

Swan Upping

canceledJuly 19–23, 2021 • event

The swans are surrounded with special attention in England

Stonehenge: Spring Equinox, Summer Solstice, Autumn Equinox, and Winter Solstice

Stonehenge: Spring Equinox, Summer Solstice, Autumn Equinox, and Winter Solstice

out of rangeMarch 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

Truro City of Lights

Truro City of Lights

out of rangeNovember 18, 2020 (virtual event) • event

Cornwall's most prominent lights and arts festival

London New Year's Eve Fireworks & Traditions

London New Year's Eve Fireworks & Traditions

canceledDecember 31 • event

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

Broadstairs Dickens Festival

Broadstairs Dickens Festival

unconfirmedJune 18–20, 2021 • event

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

Burning the Clocks

Burning the Clocks

out of rangeDecember 21 • event

A unique community lantern parade in Brighton

Glastonbury Festival

Glastonbury Festival

unconfirmedlate June 2022 • event

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

Wireless Festival

Wireless Festival

out of rangeSeptember 10–12, 2021 • event

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

World Worm Charming Championships

World Worm Charming Championships

unconfirmedlate June, 2021 • event

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

Lewes Bonfire Night

Lewes Bonfire Night

out of rangeNovember 5, 2020 (canceled) • event

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

Premier League

Premier League

out of rangeSeptember 12, 2020–May 23, 2021 • event

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

Cooper's Hill Cheese-Rolling and Wake

Cooper's Hill Cheese-Rolling and Wake

unconfirmedMay 31, 2021 • event

This race for cheese is a lot of fun for daredevils

The Great Knaresborough Bed Race

The Great Knaresborough Bed Race

out of rangeJune 12, 2021 • event

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

Hebden Bridge Burlesque Festival

Hebden Bridge Burlesque Festival

unconfirmedApril 29–May 2, 2021 • event

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

Love Supreme Jazz Festival

Love Supreme Jazz Festival

out of rangeJuly 2–4, 2021 • event

Three days of jazz and blues in the Sussex countryside

Reading & Leeds Festivals

Reading & Leeds Festivals

out of rangeAugust 27–29, 2021 • event

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

Puffins on the Farne Islands

Puffins on the Farne Islands

out of rangeApril–mid-July • nature

See these amazing birds on the northeast coast of England!

Starling Murmuration

Starling Murmuration

out of rangeNovember–February • nature

It's unclear how these birds are choosing their wintering grounds. But for some reason, quite a lot stop by at Brighton Pier for the entire season

Cherry Blossom

Cherry Blossom

out of rangeApril–early May • nature

Beautiful pink sign of spring arrival

Deer Watching in Richmond Park

Deer Watching in Richmond Park

out of rangeSeptember–October (rutting) | May–July (birthing)  • nature

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

Christmas Markets

Christmas Markets

out of rangeearly November–early January  • event

Pop-up ice rinks and holiday fairs cheer up the dark winters with their twinkling lights

Royal Shrovetide Football

Royal Shrovetide Football

out of rangeFebruary 16–17, 2021 • 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

Boomtown Fair

Boomtown Fair

out of rangeAugust 11–15, 2021 • event

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

Shambala Festival

Shambala Festival

out of rangeAugust 26–29, 2021 • event

Adventures in utopia with plenty of music, art and films

Halloween

Halloween

out of rangeOctober 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

Lawn Mower Racing World Championships

Lawn Mower Racing World Championships

out of rangecanceled in 2020 • event

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

York Food Festival

York Food Festival

out of rangeSeptember 17–26, 2021 • event

An awesome gastronomical festival fitting every taste

Wimbledon

Wimbledon

out of rangeJune 28–July 11, 2021 • event

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

Rugby Union

Rugby Union

out of rangeSeptember–May • event

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

English Greyhound Derby

English Greyhound Derby

out of rangeMay–June • event

Watch elite dogs compete with grace in this traditional race

Tokyo World Festival

Tokyo World Festival

unconfirmedlate September, 2021 • event

Bristol's favourite dance music festival

Horse-Racing: Royal Ascot

Horse-Racing: Royal Ascot

unconfirmedJune 15–19, 2021 • event

Royal Ascot combines exquisite English fashion with high-quality racing

Cheltenham Festival

Cheltenham Festival

out of rangeMarch 16–19, 2021 • event

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

Crocuses

Crocuses

out of rangelate-February–March • nature

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

Isle of Wight Festival

Isle of Wight Festival

out of rangeSeptember 16–19, 2021 • event

This festival is all about escapism thanks to its atmospheric location

British Grand Prix

British Grand Prix

out of rangeJuly 16–18, 2021 • event

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

The Tar Barrels of Ottery St Mary

The Tar Barrels of Ottery St Mary

out of rangeNovember 5, 2020 (canceled) • event

One of the most colourful Bonfire Night traditions in England

Chinese New Year in Liverpool

Chinese New Year in Liverpool

out of rangeFebruary 15, 2021 • event

Watch the iconic Dragon, Unicorn, and Lion Dancer parades and lots of cultural activities in the heart of Liverpool’s Chinatown

Christmas Holidays

Christmas Holidays

out of rangeDecember 24–December 26 • event

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

Surfing

Surfing

out of rangeOctober–April • activity

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

Duck and Goose Eggs

Duck and Goose Eggs

out of rangeFebruary–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!

Sweet Chestnut Season

Sweet Chestnut Season

out of rangeOctober–late December • food

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

Oysters

Oysters

out of rangeOctober–February • food

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

Creamfields

Creamfields

out of rangeAugust 26–29, 2021 • event

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

World Toe Wrestling Championships

World Toe Wrestling Championships

out of rangeJune 27, 2021 • event

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

Download Festival

Download Festival

out of rangeJune 10–12, 2022 • event

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

Winter Mountain Biking

Winter Mountain Biking

out of rangeNovember–March  • activity

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

Malton Food Lovers Festival

Malton Food Lovers Festival

out of rangeMay 29–31, 2021 • event

Get your hands on Yorkshire's family foodie extravaganza!

Victorious Festival

Victorious Festival

out of rangeAugust 27–29, 2021 • event

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

Chester Winter Watch Parade

Chester Winter Watch Parade

canceledDecember 3, 2020 | December 10, 2020 • event

An extravagant Christmas tradition stemming from the Middle Ages

Easter

Easter

out of rangeApril 4, 2021 • event

Easter brings in long-standing traditions: baking Easter cakes, painting eggs, and attending a night mass at church

Liverpool Christmas Ice Festival

Liverpool Christmas Ice Festival

out of rangeNovember 13, 2020–January 3, 2021 • event

Wonderland-style event at the iconic Liverpool Pier Head

Crufts

Crufts

out of rangeJuly 15–18, 2021 • event

The World's greatest dog show full of competitions, awards and entertainment

Chinese New Year in Manchester

Chinese New Year in Manchester

canceledFebruary 12–14, 2021 • event

The weekend full of fun, culminating with the colorful Dragon Parade

Asparagus Season

Asparagus Season

out of rangeMay–June • food

Asparagus has acquired the glory of an aristocratic product

Rhubarb and Ginger Crumble

Rhubarb and Ginger Crumble

out of rangeMay • food

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

Elderflowers

Elderflowers

out of rangeJune • 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!

Mushroom Season

Mushroom Season

out of rangeSeptember–October • food

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

Lambing Season

Lambing Season

out of rangeMarch–May  • nature

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

Virgin Money London Marathon

Virgin Money London Marathon

out of rangeOctober 04, 2020 (limited event) • 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

Jerusalem Artichokes

Jerusalem Artichokes

out of rangeSeptember–March • food

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

May Day

May Day

out of rangeMay 3, 2021  • event

A beautiful spring-time tradition with long history

Apple Day

Apple Day

out of rangeOctober  • event

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

NASS Festival

NASS Festival

out of rangeJuly 8–11, 2021 • event

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

Maverick Festival

Maverick Festival

out of rangeJuly 2–4, 2021 • event

UK's major Americana event in the Suffolk countryside

Birdwatching

Birdwatching

out of rangeMay–June | November–March • activity

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

Punkie Night in Somerset

Punkie Night in Somerset

unconfirmedOctober 29, 2020 • event

Enjoy an atmospheric event linked with Halloween

Mussels

Mussels

out of rangeOctober–March • food

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

Pumpkin Season

Pumpkin Season

out of rangeOctober • food

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

Shrove Tuesday (Pancake Day)

Shrove Tuesday (Pancake Day)

out of rangeFebruary 16, 2021 • event

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

Dunster by Candlelight

Dunster by Candlelight

out of rangeDecember 3–4, 2021 • event

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

Noisily Festival

Noisily Festival

out of rangeJuly 8–12, 2021 • event

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

Aintree Grand National

Aintree Grand National

out of rangeApril 8–10, 2021  • event

The most famous handicap horse race in the world

Blackpool Illuminations

Blackpool Illuminations

canceledSeptember 4, 2020–January 3, 2021 • event

Six miles of the brightest light display in England

NKD Festival

NKD Festival

unconfirmedlate August 2021 • event

Youth and families gather every summer for this clothes-free festival. Dare to join?

Hunting Season & Game Meat

Hunting Season & Game Meat

out of rangeAugust, 12–February • activity

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

Wheels and Fins Festival

Wheels and Fins Festival

overSeptember 7–8, 2019 • event

An eclectic music and action sports festival

The Beat-Herder Festival

The Beat-Herder Festival

out of rangeJuly 15–18, 2021 • event

A summer festival in Lancashire that combines psychedelic rock and techno

Chagstock Festival

Chagstock Festival

out of rangeJuly 23–24, 2021 • event

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

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