England’s 2020 agenda is shaping up to be a busy one, with lots of exciting festivals and events taking place throughout the year. Here’s a short list of some festivals and events in England this year.
London Fashion Week 14-18 Feb
The first London Fashion Week of the year takes place in February, where top brands such as Burberry, Tommy Hilfiger, and Victoria Beckham showcase their latest collections through catwalk shows. Kicking off on Valentine’s Day, perhaps this makes an ideal outing for a Valentine’s weekend away?
Gymnastics World Cup 28 March
See the athletes compete before they make their way to Tokyo for the 2020 Olympic Games at the Gymnastic World Cup, held in Birmingham, a renowned venue for competitive sport. The Gymnastics World Cup 2020 will feature some of the world’s greatest gymnastics as they compete for prestigious titles.
Grand National 2-5 April, Aintree
Undoubtably the most famous horse races in the world, the Grand National makes a classy and memorable day for all. The event is spread over three days, starting with the Grand Opening Day, followed by the infamous Ladies Day, and finally, the highlight, Grand National Day.
Women’s FA Cup Final 9 May
Returning to Wembley Stadium for a sixth consecutive year, the SSE Women’s FA Cup Final is a highlight event in the women’s domestic calendar. Manchester City took the trophy home last year, beating West Ham 3-0. Will they win again this May?
Isle of Wight Festival 11-14 June, New Port, Isle of Wight
The roots of the iconic Isle of Wight Festival dates back to the seventies, when the likes of Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, and The Who performed on stage. This year, headliner acts include Lionel Richie, Snow Patrol and Duran Duran.
Pride in London 27 June
Pride in London is the biggest, oldest and most diverse pride event in the UK, attracting around one million visitors to the city. More than 300 groups and floats travel in the parade that leaves from Portland Place station, to Trafalgar Square, where there are many free festivity events to enjoy.
Wimbledon 29 June – 12 July, London
Every tennis fan must experience Wimbledon at least once in their life. The Wimbledon Championships has been running since 1877, making it the oldest tennis tournament in the world. Unsurprisingly, it can be difficult getting tickets for this prestigious event as fans must enter a yearly ballot.
Reading and Leeds Festival 28 – 30 August,
Britain’s number one rock music festival takes place during England’s bank holiday weekend – one of the busiest weekends of the year. Around 100,000 gig-goers attend Reading, while Leeds holds a capacity of more than 80,000 attendees.
Heritage Open Days 11 – 20th Sept
Every year, different buildings across the country open their doors to the public for a chance to explore hidden places. Heritage Open Days is a fantastic festival of history and culture, which unites over 2,000 organisations, hosts 5,500 events and attracts 46,000 volunteers. Ever wanted to see what the inside of an English courtroom looks like? This is your chance!
BFI London Film Festival October 7 – 18th October
2020 marks the year London hosts its 64th annual film festival organised by the British Film Institute. More than 300 movies are premiered at the festival, with lots of fascinating talks from industry experts too. The Headline Galas even gives guests the chance to walk the red carpet before settling down to enjoy a movie.
Bonfire Night (Guy Fawkes Night) 5 November, UK wide
Every year on November 5th, Britain’s skies are lit up by fireworks to celebrate Guy Fawkes Night. Most towns and cities across the UK hold their own bonfire and firework displays, so you’re sure to find one if you’re visiting the country during this time.
NewcastleGateshead Winter Festival and New Year’s Eve Carnival 31 December
Looking to end or begin your year in England? Look no further than NewcastleGateshead Winter Festival and New Year’s Eve Carnival. Whether you’re looking to bring in the bells with friends or family, there is something for everyone to enjoy, including two spectacular New Year’s Eve firework displays.
This is just a small selection of some events in England taking place throughout the year – there’s so much more!
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