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.

31 THINGS TO DO IN ENGLAND (NOVEMBER 30 - DECEMBER 09)

London Christmas Lights

London Christmas Lights

early November–early January • event

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

Northern Lights

Northern Lights

late September–mid-March • nature

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

Christmas Carols in London

Christmas Carols in London

December • event

The jolly singers share Christmas joy with everyone

Christmas Markets

Christmas Markets

early November–early January  • event

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

Tower of London

Tower of London

all year round • activity

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

Wistman's Wood

Wistman's Wood

all year round • nature

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

Crabs

Crabs

April–November  • food

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

Starling Murmuration

Starling Murmuration

November–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

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

Rugby Union

Rugby Union

September–May • event

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

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

Christmas Lights in Liverpool

Christmas Lights in Liverpool

November 26, 2021–January 5, 2022 • event

Liverpool looks brighter than ever during the holiday season

Surfing

Surfing

October–April • activity

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

Liverpool Ice Festival

Liverpool Ice Festival

November 19, 2021–January 3, 2022 • event

Wonderland-style event at the iconic Liverpool Pier Head

Manchester Christmas Markets

Manchester Christmas Markets

November 12–December 22, 2021 • event

Manchester City Center is especially joyful during the winter season

Oysters

Oysters

October–February • food

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

Winter Mountain Biking

Winter Mountain Biking

November–March  • activity

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

Kirkstone Pass

Kirkstone Pass

all year round • activity

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

Chester Christmas Market

Chester Christmas Market

November 18–December 22, 2021 • event

One of Cheshire's best Christmas markets, close to Liverpool and Manchester

Hemel Hempstead Snow Centre

Hemel Hempstead Snow Centre

November–March • activity

Discover skiing and snowboarding within one hour drive from London

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

Christmas Lights in Manchester

Christmas Lights in Manchester

mid-November–early January • event

From the city center to the Greater Manchester area, there are plenty of winter trails to explore

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

Liverpool Christmas Market

Liverpool Christmas Market

November 15–December 23, 2021 • event

The traditional winter market in the city center is one of the best in England

Birdwatching

Birdwatching

May–June | November–March • activity

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

Mussels

Mussels

October–March • food

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

Blackpool Illuminations

Blackpool Illuminations

September 3, 2021–January 3, 2022 • event

Six miles of the brightest light display in England

Christmas Markets in England

Christmas Markets in England

mid-November–late December • event

Holidays wouldn't be complete without a winter market experience

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

Kitesurfing & Windsurfing

Kitesurfing & Windsurfing

all year round • activity

Numerous sandy beaches around London are perfect for a weekend trip

112 THINGS TO DO OUT OF SELECTED DATE RANGE

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

out of rangeAugust 21–22, 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 rangeOctober 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

BBC Proms

BBC Proms

out of rangeJuly 30–September 11, 2021 • event

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

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

unconfirmedpostponed to 2022-2023 season • event

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

Poppy Fields

Poppy Fields

out of rangemid-June–September (best in late June–July) • nature

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

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

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

Peasholm Park Naval Warfare

Peasholm Park Naval Warfare

out of rangelate May–September 01 • event

Witness the oldest continuously simulated battle in the world

Jorvik Viking Festival

Jorvik Viking Festival

unconfirmedFebruary 2022 • event

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

Glastonbury Chilkwell Carnival

Glastonbury Chilkwell Carnival

out of rangeNovember 19, 2022 • event

The medieval town welcomes an army of brightly illuminated floats

St Patrick's Day Parade

St Patrick's Day Parade

out of rangeMarch 13, 2022 • event

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

Globe Theatre

Globe Theatre

out of rangeMay–October • event

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

Greenwich + Docklands International Festival

Greenwich + Docklands International Festival

out of rangeAugust 27–September 11, 2021 • event

This summer weekend is devoted to modern art and outdoor performances

Lovebox Festival

Lovebox Festival

canceledJune 11–13, 2021 • event

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

Broadstairs Dickens Festival

Broadstairs Dickens Festival

out of rangeJune 17–19, 2022 • event

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

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

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!

Truro City of Lights

Truro City of Lights

unconfirmedmid-November 2022 • event

Cornwall's most prominent lights and arts festival

Lavender Fields

Lavender Fields

out of rangemid-June/July–early August • nature

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

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

on holdlate 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

The War and Peace Revival

The War and Peace Revival

out of rangeJuly 27–31, 2021 • event

The world's largest military vehicle show and festival

Glastonbury Festival

Glastonbury Festival

unconfirmedlate June 2022 • event

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

Burning the Clocks

Burning the Clocks

out of rangeDecember 21 • event

A unique community lantern parade in Brighton

Buckingham Palace Tours

Buckingham Palace Tours

out of rangeAugust–September • activity

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

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!

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

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

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

Jurassic Coast

Jurassic Coast

out of rangeApril–October • activity

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

Cherry Blossom

Cherry Blossom

out of rangeApril–early May • nature

Beautiful pink sign of spring arrival

Horse and Pony Riding

Horse and Pony Riding

out of rangeApril–October • activity

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

Coast to Coast Walk

Coast to Coast Walk

out of rangeApril–October • activity

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

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

out of rangeApril 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

Robin Hood Festival

Robin Hood Festival

canceledAugust 2021 • event

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

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

Exploring the Lake District

Exploring the Lake District

out of rangeApril–October • nature

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

Royal Shrovetide Football

Royal Shrovetide Football

out of rangeMarch 1–2, 2022 • 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

Shambala Festival

Shambala Festival

out of rangeAugust 26–29, 2021 • event

Adventures in utopia with plenty of music, art and films

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!

Wimbledon

Wimbledon

out of rangeJune 28–July 11, 2021 • event

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

Halloween

Halloween

out of rangelate October  • event

The festival of fear: London's spookiest Halloween events will scare the hell out of you

Hadrian's Wall

Hadrian's Wall

out of rangeJune–August • activity

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

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

Snake Pass

Snake Pass

out of rangeApril–October • activity

One of the most beautiful roads in England

Berry Season

Berry Season

out of rangeMay–October • food

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

English Greyhound Derby

English Greyhound Derby

out of rangeMay–June • event

Watch elite dogs compete with grace in this traditional race

Dolphin Watching

Dolphin Watching

out of rangeJune–August  • activity

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

Horse-Racing: Royal Ascot

Horse-Racing: Royal Ascot

unconfirmedJune 15–19, 2021 • event

Royal Ascot combines exquisite English fashion with high-quality racing

Beach Season

Beach Season

out of rangemid-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 you with their beauty

Polo

Polo

out of rangeMay–September • activity

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

Tokyo World Festival

Tokyo World Festival

out of rangeSeptember 18–19, 2021 • event

Bristol's favourite dance music festival

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

Cheltenham Festival

Cheltenham Festival

out of rangeMarch 15–18, 2022 • event

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

Chinese New Year in Liverpool

Chinese New Year in Liverpool

out of rangeFebruary 6, 2022 • event

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

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

Sea Fishing

Sea Fishing

out of rangeMarch–October  • activity

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

Chalk Cliffs of East Sussex

Chalk Cliffs of East Sussex

out of rangeApril–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

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

Bishop Rock Lighthouse

Bishop Rock Lighthouse

out of rangeApril–October • activity

Visit the world's smallest island with a building

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

Bestival

Bestival

out of rangeJuly 29–August 1, 2021 • event

Chilling with your family couldn't be more exciting!

Christmas Holidays

Christmas Holidays

out of rangeDecember 24–December 26 • event

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

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!

NKD Festival

NKD Festival

out of rangeAugust 26–30, 2021 • event

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

Manchester New Year's Eve

Manchester New Year's Eve

out of rangeDecember 31 • event

Round off the old year with an amazing fireworks display in Manchester

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

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

Crufts

Crufts

out of rangeJuly 15–18, 2021 • event

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

Chester Winter Watch Parade

Chester Winter Watch Parade

out of rangeDecember 9, 2021 | December 16, 2021 • event

An extravagant Christmas tradition stemming from the Middle Ages

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

Canoeing on the River Wye

Canoeing on the River Wye

out of rangeMarch–May • activity

An unforgettable outdoor activity for water sports fans

English Cricket

English Cricket

out of rangeApril–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!

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

Shark Watching

Shark Watching

out of rangeMay–October • nature

Now giant sharks are more frequent visitors of English coastal waters

Dunster by Candlelight

Dunster by Candlelight

out of rangeDecember 2–3, 2022 • event

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

Chinese New Year in Manchester

Chinese New Year in Manchester

out of rangeFebruary 1–6, 2022 • 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

May Day

May Day

out of rangeMay 3, 2021  • event

A beautiful spring-time tradition with long history

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!

Virgin Money London Marathon

Virgin Money London Marathon

out of rangeOctober 3, 2021 • 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

Lobster

Lobster

out of rangeJune–August • food

Be sure to try the local lobster in London

Hardknott Pass

Hardknott Pass

out of rangeApril–October • activity

This scenic road is one of the steepest in England

Bats Fluttering

Bats Fluttering

out of rangeJune–August • nature

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

Apple Day

Apple Day

out of rangeOctober  • event

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

Chillingham Castle

Chillingham Castle

out of rangeMay 17–October 31, 2021 • activity

This haunted castle was an inspiration for famous novels and movies

Boating along Chesterfield Canal

Boating along Chesterfield Canal

out of rangeApril–October • activity

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

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 rangeSeptember 3–5, 2021 • event

UK's major Americana event in the Suffolk countryside

Punkie Night in Somerset

Punkie Night in Somerset

out of rangeOctober 28, 2021 • event

Enjoy an atmospheric event linked with Halloween

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 rangeMarch 1, 2022 • event

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

Noisily Festival

Noisily Festival

out of rangeJuly 8–12, 2021 • event

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

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

Aintree Grand National

Aintree Grand National

out of rangeApril 8–10, 2021  • event

The most famous handicap horse race in the world

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

Peas

Peas

out of rangeAugust • food

Enjoy freshly shelled English peas!

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