Up Coming Special Events, Festivals, Carnivals in London UK

Totally Thames-  1 – 30th September

  • The Totally Thames festival will once again grace the banks of our much-loved waterway this September (Sep 1–Sep 30 2017).
  • An annual celebration of the River Thames, dive into a month-long party full of arts festivals, community events, regattas, river races, foreshore archaeology and environmental activities.
  • With new installations for 2017 and an event line-up bigger than previous years, check out our pick of highlights below and head down to the river for one of the many london events in Septemberworth making a splash about.

Bonfire Night in Lewes- 4th November

  • The Lewes Bonfire Night, or the #LewesBonfire Night Celebrations, is the biggest celebrated Event in the world, and is held in the usually peaceful county town of Lewes (pronounced “lu-is or loo-is”), East Sussex, every year on 5th November, and the carnival or festival is known as either the Lewes Bonfire Night Celebrations, Lewes Bonfire Night or just simply the Fifth.
  • It is the biggest and the only proper bonfire night celebration left of its kind in the Uk. This year it will be on Saturday, 4th November 2017.
  • If you feel uneasy in crowds, freaked out by fire, scared of the dark or, worst of all, somewhat unsettled by sudden, ear-splitting explosions, don’t even think about coming here – but if you love noise, smoke and fireworks, you’ll be blown away.
  • Their Bonfire Boys parade through the streets carrying blazing torches and flaming crosses to the steady beat of drums. Some drag barrels of smouldering tar, others parade huge satirical effigies of public figures, destined to be incinerated at the end of the night. Stirring speeches are read, bangers ricochet across the bonfire sites and, at the climax of proceedings, hundreds of rockets fill the sky.

York Christmas Festival -16 Nov – 22 Dec

It’s the most wonderful time of the year and the York Christmas Festival will be back bigger than ever! Please keep checking this page for updates and events.

Christmas Dates

16 Nov – Festive First Night

18 – 19 Nov – Brass Band Weekend

25 – 26 Nov – Choir Weekend

2 – 3 Dec – Family Weekend

9 – 10 Dec – Ice Trail

16 – 17 Dec – Shambles Party

 

St Nicholas Fair Market

16 Nov – 22 Dec

 

Keswick’s Victorian Fayre –  3rd December

  • The Keswick Victorian Fayre will take place on Sunday 3rd December 2017, 10.30am – 4pm
  • Free live entertainment on stage in the Market Place and Packhorse Court, including bands, choirs, children’s entertainer and more.
  • Nativity Scene and Children’s Funfair. Over 30 charity stalls, selling a selection of Christmas homemde crafts, produce, festive food and drink.
  • Numerous entertainers are appearing in Packhorse Court.
  • Santa will be making a special visit to the Fayre.
  • The Fayre offers the opportunity for local charities and good causes to raise money and their profile.

Hogmanay in Edinburgh

  • Edinburgh’s Hogmanay is one of the world’s greatest New Year celebrations and the city is well equipped to host such an event!
  • From the cascade of fireworks tipping over the castle rock to uninhibited displays of stranger-kissing as midnight chimes and the sight of the classical pillars of the Royal Scottish Academy being transformed into a giant urinal, Edinburgh consistently throws the world’s most memorable New Year’s Eve party.
  • And it’s a party on a grand scale, with around 80,000 people from around the world joining in.
  • The evening starts with a candlelit concert in St Giles Cathedral, the hulking medieval church on the Royal Mile. From then on the tempo rises, with a massive street party on Princes Street and a boisterous ceilidh in the Princes Street Gardens, followed by a large-scale concert.

 

  • At midnight, the fireworks kick off, and from Calton Hill to Salisbury Crags, from the new town to the old town, from the pubs and from the castle esplanade, the whole city looks skywards and celebrates. Auld Lang Syne is belted out, and any last shreds of Presbyterian reserve are abandoned, as people bound around hugging and kissing each other.

Blackpool Illuminations–  1st Sept – 5th Nov

  • Blackpool Illuminationsis an annual lights festival, founded in 1879 and first switched on 19 September that year, held each autumn in the British seaside resort of Blackpool on the Fylde Coast in Lancashire. Also known locally as The Lights or The Illuminations, they run each year for sixty-six days, from late August until early November at a time when most other English seaside resorts‘ seasons are coming to an end.
  • Dubbed as “the greatest free light show on earth” they are 6 miles (10 km) long and use over one million bulbs. The display stretches along the Promenadefrom Starr Gate at the south end of the town to Bispham in the north.
  • As well as the miles of traditional festoons and tableaux along the Promenade, there are now extraordinary 3D projection shows on the front of the Blackpool Tower building every night during Illuminations season.No wonder it’s commonly known as the greatest free light show on Earth!

York Food and Drink Festival – 22nd Sep– 1st Oct

 

The York Food & Drink Festival is the biggest food festival in the UK and the ultimate celebration of delicious Yorkshire fare. York Food Festival run events throughout the year celebrating local and regional food and drink, with the main 10 day festival held at the end of September.

Aims of  the York Food & Drink Festival

  • To promote local food producers, independent restaurants and retailers in York.
  • To provide educational and fun workshops and cookery demonstrations to encourage people to eat healthy, homemade and locally sourced food.
  • To establish York as a culinary hotspot and a place to visit all year round (not just for the festival), building on: York’s history as a chocolate city and historic market; the city’s talented food specialists and the qualities of Yorkshire food.
  • To transform the city streets throughout the days and in the evenings during the festival with a wealth of activities for all ages to enjoy.

London Fashion Week Festival – 21- 24 September

  • London Fashion Week Festival. Set your style compass to The Store Studios, 180 The Strand and don’t miss this great opportunity to update your wardrobe with shopping from over 150 brands at show exclusive prices, sit front row at catwalk shows by your favourite London Fashion Week designers, get a head start on the key trends of the coming season and listen to industry experts share their secrets on making it to the top – all under one roof.
  • The 4-day London Fashion Week Festival offers consumers an exclusive Fashion Week experience.

Jane Austen Festival, Bath – 8-17 September

  • In September every year, hundreds of lovers of all things Austen descend on the city of Bath, England, for the largest gathering of Jane Austen enthusiasts in the world.
  • During the course of ten days, this annual Festival includes over eighty events such as – theatricals, musical soirees, food tasting, the Regency Costumed Masked Ball, walks, tours, talks, the Country Dance, workshops of all sorts from dancing to making Masks, reading the novels and commences on the first Saturday with the world famous record breaking Grand Regency Costumed Promenade.
  • Whilst many participants take the opportunity to immerse themselves in the spirit of the Festival and dress for the entire ten days in costume, apart from two events, costume is not obligatory.
  • Having fun, meeting and making new friends is what the Festival is all about and it is not necessary to have a partner and perfectly fine to come on your own.
  • Have the time of your life this September. Meet like-minded fans of Miss Austen and

Lord Mayor’s Show – 11th  November

  • The Lord Mayor’s Showis one of the best-known annual events in London as well as one of the longest-established, dating back to the 16th century. The ‘Lord Mayor’ after whom the show is named is the Lord Mayor of the City of London, a city and ceremonial county within Greater London and the historic centre of the wider metropolis.
  • The City is also London’s main modern financial district, widely known informally as ‘the Square Mile’.
  • A new lord mayor is appointed every year and the public paradethat takes place as his or her inauguration ceremony reflects that this was once one of the most prominent offices in England.
  • The position of Lord Mayor has a role within the City and is entirely distinct from the position of Mayor of London(a role which has existed only since 2000), namely the elected head of the Greater London Authority, currently Sadiq Khan.
  • The Lord Mayor’s Show is centred on a street parade which in its modern form is a light-hearted combination of traditional British pageantry and elements of carnival.

Glastonbury Carnival–  18th November

  • Somerset Carnivals are the highlight of the year around here, and one of the most exciting displays of amateur entertainment anywhere in the world.
  • We’d like to invite you to join us for at least one evening of fun, and a chance to see what Somerset’slike when we locals let down our hair – it’ll be a completely new experience for you and the family.
  • There are various organised Somerset carnivals every year, some with over a hundred brilliantly lit and decorated floats – ‘carts’, we call them – and exotically dressed performers from the local carnival clubs.  The carnivals operate on a circuit, travelling from town to town, so you are sure to be able to catch one near where you are staying.
  • The festive spirit first breaks out in September, and we keep it up during October, with the Guy Fawkes carnivals until late November, just when your spirits need lifting – that’s how carnivals started, as one of these prehistoric ‘winter’s coming, let’s have a festival’ occasions.