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43 THINGS TO DO IN UNITED KINGDOM (APRIL 30 - MAY 09)

Cruise to Staffa

Cruise to Staffa

April–October  • activity

The trip to Staffa amazes with wildlife encounters, puffin colonies, and the geometric shapes of Fingal's Cave

Blooming Bluebells

Blooming Bluebells

April–May  • nature

Words seem needless at the site of this blue beauty

Dolphin and Whale Watching in Scotland

Dolphin and Whale Watching in Scotland

April–November  • nature

Grand Minkes, Humpbacks, Fins, Orcas, and above all the cute and playful Bottlenose dolphins will amuse you during the seasonal cruises

Atlantic Puffins on Skomer

Atlantic Puffins on Skomer

mid April–July (best early to mid-July) • nature

These "sea parrots" really make your day and put a smile on your face!

Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival

Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival

April 27–May 2, 2022 • event

It is a great Scotch fun to intoxicate oneself to traditional Celtic singing, dancing, and storytelling

Scotland's Most Remote Pub

Scotland's Most Remote Pub

April–October • activity

The waterway to the Old Forge Pub overlooks Europe's Last Wilderness, and the very pub pleases with strong ale, langoustines, and live music

Hillwalking or Munro Bagging

Hillwalking or Munro Bagging

April–October  • activity

To become a "completer" you have to bag not less than 284 Munros

Tower of London

Tower of London

all year round • activity

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

Land or Sand Yachting

Land or Sand Yachting

September–November | March–May  • activity

Water is not absolutely necessary to sail—when your boat has wheels and a sail you can easily glide on land

Puffins on the Farne Islands

Puffins on the Farne Islands

April–mid-July • nature

See these amazing birds on the northeast coast of England!

Coasteering

Coasteering

May–October • activity

The brave and curious will enjoy exploring the nearly inaccessible craggy coastlines of western and eastern Scotland

Hedgehog Rescue

Hedgehog Rescue

April–October • activity

Hedgehogs are now on the endangered species list in Wales

Cherry Blossom

Cherry Blossom

April–early May • nature

Beautiful pink sign of spring arrival

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

Ben Nevis

Ben Nevis

April–July  • activity

True hikers will not respect themselves having visited Scotland without ascending its highest summit

Great Orme Tramway

Great Orme Tramway

late March–late October • activity

Ride a Victorian tramcar to feel the atmosphere of old Llandudno

Sheep Trekking in the Brecon Beacons

Sheep Trekking in the Brecon Beacons

April–August • activity

Check out this typical Welsh scene and try some trekking among Wale's famous fluffy residents in the Brecon Beacons

Horse Flat Racing Season

Horse Flat Racing Season

April–September  • activity

Musselburgh Racecourse provides year round great racing action with 27 racedays

Dan-yr-Ogof, the National Showcaves Centre for Wales

Dan-yr-Ogof, the National Showcaves Centre for Wales

April–October • nature

Explore the underworld of Brecon Beacons' caves, one of the most significant natural attractions of the UK!

Adventure Tubing and River Bugging

Adventure Tubing and River Bugging

April–October  • activity

At some moments it might be unclear whether you flow or fly—either way a good dose of adrenaline is guaranteed

Sailing around the Small Isles

Sailing around the Small Isles

late April–mid-August • activity

The picturesque Small Isles area is perfect for a sailing holiday on a traditional wooden yacht

English Greyhound Derby

English Greyhound Derby

May–June • event

Watch elite dogs compete with grace in this traditional race

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

Langoustines, Crabs and Lobsters

Langoustines, Crabs and Lobsters

April–November  • food

The search for the tastiest langoustines, crabs and lobsters will take you to the most beautiful scenery of Scotland

Scotch Pie and Bovril

Scotch Pie and Bovril

August–April  • food

A football match cannot do without a piece of warm nourishing mutton pie and a glass of hot beef-flavoured Bovril

Cruising on a Vintage Steam Boat

Cruising on a Vintage Steam Boat

late April–mid-September • activity

Even if you do not fancy visiting museums, you will definitely enjoy a sail on the Vic 32 proclaimed a "smokey living museum"

Bluebells in Bloom

Bluebells in Bloom

April–May • nature

Don't miss the blooming of this natural treasure of Wales in spring—countryside fields, woodlands, and gardens are covered with blue flower carpet!

Crab Apple Jelly

Crab Apple Jelly

April–October  • food

Crab apple jelley with peanut butter makes for a delicious sweet-sour sandwich

Horse Riding

Horse Riding

May–July | September • activity

Explore the Brecon Beacons horseback—the experience you've never been riding before!

Canoeing on the River Wye

Canoeing on the River Wye

March–May • activity

An unforgettable outdoor activity for water sports fans

Golf

Golf

April–October • activity

Golf courses of Scotland will impress you with breathtaking scenery—especially the course on the River Clyde encased by the Ayrshire hills

Dolphin & Whale Watching in Wales

Dolphin & Whale Watching in Wales

May–February • nature

Pembrokeshire, or the Celtic Deep, is the favourite feeding ground for sea mammals in Wales

Asparagus Season

Asparagus Season

May–June • food

Asparagus has acquired the glory of an aristocratic product

Lambing

Lambing

April • nature

Join the farmers and find out just how busy lambing season can be

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Llanfair­pwllgwyngyll­gogery­chwyrn­drobwll­llan­tysilio­gogo­goch

year round • activity

With 58 characters this village has the longest name in Europe

Cat and Fiddle Road

Cat and Fiddle Road

all year round • activity

The most dangerous road in Britain attracts bikers and tourists

Rugby Season

Rugby Season

November–April • activity

Attend an exciting match of rugby at the most prestigious stadium on the planet in Cardiff!

Water Skiing and Wakeboarding

Water Skiing and Wakeboarding

April–September  • activity

Scotland's glistening lakes are there not just for visual delight—try out some skiing or wakeboarding!

Stand Up Paddleboarding

Stand Up Paddleboarding

March–November  • activity

"Row, row, row the board, gently down the stream"–yes, the board, no misspelling here. This sport​ combines surfing with kayaking

Canyoning and Gorge Walking

Canyoning and Gorge Walking

late March–late September • activity

The steep Scottish canyons, seemingly inaccessible at the first sight are actually explored by thousands of adventurous enthusiasts

Kitesurfing & Windsurfing

Kitesurfing & Windsurfing

March–August (all year round) • activity

Perfect wind in your sail and kite all year round

Surfing in Wales

Surfing in Wales

September–April (prime season) | April–October (classes and camping) • activity

This exhilarating experience, both good for confidence and the spirit, is one of the best ways to make your coastal adventure in Wales unforgettable

96 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

Porthcawl Elvis Festival

Porthcawl Elvis Festival

out of rangeSeptember 24–26, 2021 • event

Paying tribute of love to the King of Rock'n'Roll, for several years they clothe Elvis Presley' suits and wigs, imitate an immortal voice and motions, despite the age and sex

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

Northern Lights

Northern Lights

out of rangelate September–mid-March • nature

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

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

Up Helly Aa

Up Helly Aa

out of rangeJanuary 31, 2023 • event

To mark the end of the Yule season, thousands of Vikings traditionally burn the galley with thousands of torches

The Jacobite Steam Train

The Jacobite Steam Train

out of rangeApril 2–October 29, 2021 • activity

Did you know that the route of the Hogwarts Express passes through the Scottish Highlands?

The Big Cheese Festival

The Big Cheese Festival

out of rangeJuly 29–31, 2022 • event

Take a break in one of Europe's largest castles to enjoy the medieval traditions of Wales

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

Fairy Pools of the Isle of Skye

Fairy Pools of the Isle of Skye

out of rangeOctober–November  • activity

Emerald-coloured pools possess magic powers that make you dive into the water, no matter how chilly it is

Edinburgh Military Tattoo

Edinburgh Military Tattoo

out of rangeAugust 6–28, 2021 • event

A memorable representation of dance, military pageantry and music as part of the Edinburgh Festival

Hogwarts in the Snow

Hogwarts in the Snow

out of rangeNovember 12, 2021–January 16, 2022 • activity

Still waiting for your invitation letter to Hogwarts? Luckily, today muggles can freely roam the school for wizards!

The Burry Man

The Burry Man

out of rangeAugust 13, 2021  • event

Follow the Burry Man throughout the streets of Queensferry as he drinks whisky and spreads good luck

Heather

Heather

out of rangeJuly–September/October (best in August) • nature

Purple heather blooms on ornate open Scottish fields, heathlands, wetlands, and forests

Trooping the Colour & The Queen's Birthday Parade

Trooping the Colour & The Queen's Birthday Parade

out of rangeJune 12, 2021 • event

Even rows of marching soldiers called "Trooping the Colors​," royal flyovers, and salutes celebrate the Birthday of Her Majesty

Common Ridings on the Scottish Borders

Common Ridings on the Scottish Borders

canceledJune–early August • event

Though today there is no need to protect the Scottish borders, the Scots still celebrate their centuries-old traditions and history

Braemar Gathering

Braemar Gathering

out of rangeSeptember 4, 2021 • event

The Gathering is famous for its hospitality, friendship, multitude of events and the presence of the Royal Family, and it's only a 2-hour drive from Edinburgh

Royal Welsh Show

Royal Welsh Show

out of rangeJuly 19–22, 2021 • event

Witness this popular agricultural event in Llanelwedd that attracts lots of visitors from all over the world

Christmas at Powis Castle

Christmas at Powis Castle

out of rangeDecember 4–30, 2021(closed on December 24–26) • event

Try a fabulous Christmas at Powis Castle: Carols, Father Christmas in his grotto, and an illuminated garden

Changing of the Guard

Changing of the Guard

out of rangeApril–July • event

A guard in an iconic scarlet tunic and bearskin hat must be always on alert to protect the Queen, so the changing of the guard is a vital tradition

Autumnal Castles

Autumnal Castles

out of rangeSeptember–October • activity

Scottish castles nested atop extinct volcanoes or on the loch islands and cliff edges are beautifully​ surrounded by fall colours

Museums at Night

Museums at Night

overOctober 31–November 2, 2019 • event

Museums have a special charm when explored at night—​you might see something special you'd miss during the day

Burning of the Clavie

Burning of the Clavie

out of rangeJanuary 11 • event

This Pagan feast may be erased from Gregorian calendar, but not from people'​s minds

Abergavenny Steam Rally

Abergavenny Steam Rally

canceledMay 30–31, 2021 • event

Amazing vintage autos can be found in Abergavenny’s Bailey Park

Lovebox Festival

Lovebox Festival

canceledJune 11–13, 2021 • event

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

Hogmanay (New Year's Eve)

Hogmanay (New Year's Eve)

out of rangeDecember 29, 2021–January 1, 2022 • event

Hogmanay is a unique way to celebrate the New Year with torchlights, bonfires, fireworks, and loads of music and whiskey

Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Edinburgh Festival Fringe

out of rangeAugust 6–30, 2021  • event

A unique blend of thousands of known and less-known artists performing a wide variety of shows in smaller venues around the city

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

The Tall Ship Races

The Tall Ship Races

out of rangeAugust 12–15, 2021 • event

One of the most impressive sailing events worldwide

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

Wireless Festival

Wireless Festival

out of rangeSeptember 10–12, 2021 • event

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

Autumn Foliage

Autumn Foliage

out of rangelate September–October  • nature

Though Scots Pine is definitely the king of the Highlands, in autumn it lets other trees outshine it with beautiful colors

Glastonbury Festival

Glastonbury Festival

unconfirmedlate June 2022 • event

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

Christmas Markets

Christmas Markets

out of rangeearly November–late December • event

Get into the mood for the holidays with traditional European entertainment

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

The Ba' Game

The Ba' Game

out of rangeDecember 25 | January 1 • activity

When charged up Uppies and Doonies fight for the leather trophy ball, the townspeople protect their dwellings with wooden barricades

Monmouth Festival

Monmouth Festival

canceledlate July–early August 2021 • event

Check out the best live sounds of Welsh summer

Christmas Markets or Fayres

Christmas Markets or Fayres

out of rangemid-November–early January  • event

Festive Christmas atmosphere full of Welsh traditions and charms

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

Edinburgh International Festival

Edinburgh International Festival

out of rangeAugust 7–29, 2021 • event

The Festival is a showcase of world's best music, dance, theatre, and opera in Edinburgh every August

Red Deer​ Rutting

Red Deer​ Rutting

out of rangeSeptember–October  • nature

The loud clash of red deer signals that rutting season is on–time to watch the stags' fight​

The Loony Dook

The Loony Dook

out of rangeJanuary 1 • event

It is the perfect event if you have the urge plunging in icy waters while facing horrific weather conditions

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

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

Seasonal Meats

Seasonal Meats

out of rangeSeptember–November  • food

Discover the freshest meats and vegetables locally produced and indulge your sweet tooth with the best seasonal fruits

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

Bottlenose Dolphins in Cardigan Bay

Bottlenose Dolphins in Cardigan Bay

out of rangeJune–September • activity

Summer in Cardigan Bay is marked with playful spectacles performed by dolphins

Saundersfoot New Years Day Swim

Saundersfoot New Years Day Swim

out of rangeJanuary 1 • event

Check out this traditional charity swimming in the icy waters at Saundersfoot on the first day of the New Year

Rude Health Bog Snorkelling Championships

Rude Health Bog Snorkelling Championships

out of rangeAugust 29, 2021 • event

Spiderman, a cavewoman, Batman, mermaids, and others superheroes race in this peat bog

Lunan Bay Bathing Season

Lunan Bay Bathing Season

out of rangeJune–mid-September • nature

Every princess would have enjoyed a swim on an appealing pink beach overlooked by a castle

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!

Seal Pups

Seal Pups

out of rangeNovember  • nature

The world's largest grey seal population and their cute pups inhabit the shores of the Scottish Orkney Islands

Hiking Legendary Landscapes of Wales

Hiking Legendary Landscapes of Wales

out of rangeJune–October • activity

Explore Wales with outdoor pursuits from June to October—the ideal period for hiking

Eisteddfod

Eisteddfod

out of rangeJuly 31–August 7, 2021 • event

The largest and oldest celebration of Welsh culture in the world

Wimbledon

Wimbledon

out of rangeJune 28–July 11, 2021 • event

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

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?

Starling Murmuration

Starling Murmuration

out of rangeNovember–February • nature

A regular sunset shows performed by migrating starlings in Gretna shows that the birds are really into that small town in the south of Scotland

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

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

Red Squirrels

Red Squirrels

out of rangeNovember–March  • nature

Cheeky red squirrels play in the white snow and among the green pines of Devilla Forest

Oysters

Oysters

out of rangeSeptember–mid-April • food

Once the very Roman emperor deemed Scottish oysters as the best shellfish in the world

Haggis

Haggis

out of rangeJuly–January | January 25 • food

Sheep's insides are sewn into its stomach, boiled, and served with "tatties and neeps" and a glass of Scotch Whisley for Burns Supper

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

Stirling Highland Games

Stirling Highland Games

out of rangeAugust 21, 2021 • event

Multiple fun events combined with stalls full of local products are the main attractions at Stirling Highland Games

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

Beach Season

Beach Season

out of rangeJune–September • activity

If you are not afraid of the cold, try Welsh beaches which attract lots of holidaymakers from year to year

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

Christmas Lights in Liverpool

Christmas Lights in Liverpool

out of rangeNovember 26, 2021–January 5, 2022 • event

Liverpool looks brighter than ever during the holiday season

Bestival

Bestival

out of rangeJuly 29–August 1, 2021 • event

Chilling with your family couldn't be more exciting!

Isle of Man TT

Isle of Man TT

out of rangeMay 28–June 12, 2021 • event

The most spectacular and dangerous motorsport event in the world

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?

Boxing Day

Boxing Day

out of rangeDecember 26 • event

The occasion has nothing to do with fists and punching, but rather boxes full of gifts

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

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

Lamb Meat

Lamb Meat

out of rangeJuly–January  • food

Scottish lamb is the sweetest and the leanest in the world owing to the excellent Highland pastures

St. Patrick's Day

St. Patrick's Day

out of rangeMarch 12–17, 2021 (virtual) • event

The celebration of all things Irish all over the Great Britain

Christmas Lights in Manchester

Christmas Lights in Manchester

out of rangemid-November–early January • event

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

Seabirds in Glan y Môr Elias

Seabirds in Glan y Môr Elias

out of rangeSeptember–February • nature

Walk along the shoreline of Glan y Môr Elias Local Nature Reserve for a real bird spectacle

Barnacle Geese

Barnacle Geese

out of rangeSeptember–mid-April • nature

These tri-coloured birds are numerous in Scotland—they bark as if they were dogs and are believed to have originated from mollusks in Scottish folklore

Hunting Season

Hunting Season

out of rangeAugust 12–March • activity

The season starts with grouse, snipe, and ptarmigan then proceeds with other wildfowl and finishes with deer

White Water Rafting

White Water Rafting

out of rangeJune–September  • activity

Previous experience is not required, but you must be brave to survive the "Zag Zag," the "Sharks Tooth," and the drop over the Falls of Tummel

Six Nations Championship

Six Nations Championship

out of rangeFebruary–March • event

Witness one of the most impressive games of rugby heroes and losers during the Six Nations Championship

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

Christmas Markets in Scotland

Christmas Markets in Scotland

out of rangelate November–early January • event

Scotland loves Christmas! It hosts some of the best Christmas Markets in the UK

Punkie Night in Somerset

Punkie Night in Somerset

out of rangeOctober 28, 2021 • event

Enjoy an atmospheric event linked with Halloween

Winter Hiking

Winter Hiking

out of rangeDecember–February • activity

Explore the winter magic of the snow-capped peaks of Snowdonia or Brecon Beacons and walk historical trails along the Wales Coast Path

Snow Buntings

Snow Buntings

out of rangeDecember–February • nature

Take a look at this showy game bird when you visit the Gronant Sand Dunes

Pumpkin Season

Pumpkin Season

out of rangeOctober • food

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

Surfing

Surfing

out of rangemid-October–mid-November • activity

It is not true that the treacherous Scottish waves leave no opportunities for inexperienced surfers—there are options for everyone

Snowdrops

Snowdrops

out of rangeFebruary–mid-March • nature

Delicate snowdrops rising up from the snow are able to console and inspire even the saddest souls

HowTheLightGetsIn

HowTheLightGetsIn

out of rangeJune 2–5, 2022 • event

The world's largest philosophy and music festival

Noisily Festival

Noisily Festival

out of rangeJuly 8–12, 2021 • event

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

Peas

Peas

out of rangeAugust • food

Enjoy freshly shelled English peas!

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