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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.

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

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

Glastonbury Festival

June 26–30, 2019 • event

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

Exploring the Lake District

April–October • nature

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

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

Coast to Coast Walk

April–October • activity

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

Jurassic Coast

April–October • activity

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

Dolphin Watching

June–August  • activity

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

Puffins on the Farne Islands

April–mid-July • nature

See these amazing birds on the northeast coast of England!

English Greyhound Derby

May–June • event

Watch elite dogs compete with grace in this traditional race

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

Wireless Festival

July 03–07, 2019 • event

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

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....

Bishop Rock Lighthouse

April–October • activity

Visit the world's smallest island with a building

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!

Crabs

April–November  • food

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

Hadrian's Wall

June–August • activity

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

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!

Shark Watching

May–October • nature

Now giant sharks are more frequent visitors of English coastal waters

Lavender Blooming

July • nature

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

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

Poppy Bloom

June–August • nature

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

Berry Season

May–October • food

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

Bats Fluttering

June–August • nature

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

Peasholm Park Naval Battles

late May–September 01 • event

Witness the oldest continuously simulated battle in the world

Boating along Chesterfield Canal

April–October • activity

A historical canal as a peak of British engineering at its time

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

May–June • food

Asparagus has acquired the glory of an aristocratic product

Wistman's Wood

all year round • nature

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

Birdwatching

May–June | November–March • activity

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

Lobster

June–August • food

Be sure to try the local lobster in London

Sea Fishing

March–October  • activity

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

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

Tower of London

all year round • activity

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

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St Patrick's Day Parade

March 18, 2018 • event

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

Oswestry Balloon Festival

August 25–26, 2018 • event

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

Bristol International Balloon Fiesta

August 09–12, 2018 • event

One of the biggest hot air balloon events in Europe

Stratford River Festival

June 30–July 01, 2018 • event

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

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

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

BBC Proms

July 13–August 08, 2018 • event

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

Tewkesbury Medieval Festival

July 14–15, 2018 • event

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

Broadstairs Dickens Festival

June 14–17, 2018 • event

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

Lawn Mower Racing World Championships

September 08–09, 2018 • event

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

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

Cooper's Hill Cheese-Rolling and Wake

May 28, 2018 • event

This race for cheese is a lot of fun for daredevils

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

London to Brighton Veteran Car Run

November 04, 2018 • event

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

Jorvik Viking Festival

February 20–27, 2019 • event

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

Rugby Union

September–May • event

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

Wimbledon

July 02–15, 2018 • event

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

Greenwich + Docklands International Festival

June 21–July 07, 2018 • event

This summer weekend is devoted to modern art and outdoor performances

Crocuses

late-February–March • nature

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

World Worm Charming Championships

June 23, 2018 • event

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

Lovebox Festival

July 13–14, 2018 • event

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

Deer Watching in Richmond Park

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

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

Bestival

August 02–05, 2018 • event

Chilling with your family couldn't be more exciting!

Festival of Light at Longleat

November 10 2018–January 06 2019 • event

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

British Grand Prix

July 2019 (TBA) • event

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

Horse-Racing: Royal Ascot

June 19–23, 2018 • event

Royal Ascot combines exquisite English fashion with high-quality racing

New Year's Eve

December 31 • event

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

Winter Mountain Biking

November–March  • activity

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

Creamfields

August 23–26, 2018 • event

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

Download Festival

June 08–10, 2018 • event

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

Isle of Wight Festival

June 21–24, 2018 • event

This festival is all about escapism thanks to its atmospheric location

Hebden Bridge Burlesque Festival

May 03–06, 2018 • event

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

Easter

April 21, 2019 • event

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

Christmas Holidays

December 24–December 26 • event

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

Surfing

October–April • activity

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

Love Supreme Jazz Festival

June 29–July 01, 2018 • event

Three days of jazz and blues in the Sussex countryside

Knaresborough Bed Race

June 09, 2018 • event

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

Whitby Goth Weekend

April 27–29, 2018 • event

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

Cheltenham Festival

March 12–15, 2019 • event

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

Robin Hood Festival

August 27–September 02, 2018 • event

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

Boomtown Fair

August 09–12, 2018 • event

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

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

Swan Upping

July 16–20, 2018 • event

The swans are surrounded with special attention in England

Oysters

October–February • food

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

Christmas Carols

late November–late December • event

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

Rhubarb and Ginger Crumble

May • food

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

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

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

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

Pumpkin Season

October • food

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

Apple Day

October  • event

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

World Toe Wrestling Championships

June 22, 2018 • event

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

Jerusalem Artichokes

September–March • food

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

Punkie Night in Somerset

October 25, 2018 • event

Enjoy an atmospheric event linked with Halloween

Shrove Tuesday (Pancake Day)

March 05, 2019 • event

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

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

August, 12–February • activity

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

Lambing Season

March–May • nature

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

Malton Food Lovers Festival

May 25–26, 2019 • event

Get your hands on Yorkshire's family foodie extravaganza!

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

Chillingham Castle

March 30–November 04, 2018 • activity

This haunted castle was an inspiration for famous novels and movies

York Food Festival

September 21–30, 2018 • event

Awesome gastronomical festival fitting every taste

Mushroom Season

September–October • food

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

Peas

August • food

Enjoy freshly shelled English peas!