Let’s face it. A trip to Britain is never going to be boring. Whether it’s proudly celebrating the Kingdom’s cultural and sexual identity at Brighton’s vibrant Gay Pride, tucking into Vegan Scottish Food at the festival by the same name or cheering on the World Bog Snorkelling champion of Wales (it’s a real thing), what makes this destination truly unique is a never-ending choice of year-round activities. From football matches to food festivals, there are endless things to do, see and eat in Great Britain. So get inspired and plan your trip around one of these brilliant (and sometimes bizarre!) sporting, gastronomical or cultural events and experiences.

ENGLAND

Leeds International festival – Celebrate innovation and ideas at the LIF, which will this year relocate to the art deco headquarters of the former Tetley Brewery (May 2- 12)

Queen’s Birthday– Annual celebrations of the Monarch’s birthday are officially marked with the The Trooping of the Colour military parade (June 8)

Royal Ascot – Place a bet at Britain’s most prestigious and valuable horse race meeting (June 18-22)

Stonehenge Summer Solstice – Gather at the rocks of Stonehenge to mark the moment in time when the sun reaches its highest position in the sky (June 21)

Glastonbury Festival – Set up camp at one of the world’s most famous multi-genre music and performing arts festivals (June 26-30)

Wimbledon Tennis Championships – Watch the world’s best tennis players take
centre court at this Grand Slam tennis tournament (July 1-14)

Brighton Pride – Celebrate diversity and inclusivity at this colourful street march, headlined this year by Kylie Minogue (August 2-4)

SCOTLAND

Glasgow International Comedy Festival – The largest comedy festival in Europe attracts visitors from all over the world (March 14-31)

Scottish Vegan Festival – You won’t find haggis on the menu, but an abundance of fantastic meat and dairy-free food stalls, caterers and cookery demonstrations will share some of the country’s freshest produce (April 7 and October 20)

Edinburgh Art Festival – Scotland’s leading annual visual arts festival showcases a diverse and vibrant programme of exhibitions and events across museums, galleries and public space (July 25 – August 26)

Bonfire Night – Guy Fawkes Night is also celebrated across England and Wales, but some of the most spectacular firework displays can be found in Scotland (November 5)

Highland Games – Celebrate traditional Scottish culture with quirky sporting events, such as shot putt, hammer throw and Tug o’ War (Various dates, May 12-September 21)

St Andrew’s Day – Expect to see plenty of bagpipes, kilts and whisky during this national holiday (November 30)

Edinburgh Christmas markets – Christmas Markets abound throughout Great Britain, but these ones are a spectacular, six-week season of festive entertainment, rides, food and attractions (November 17 2018 – 5th January 2019)

WALES

Cricket World Cup – Wales will join England in hosting the 12th edition of the ICC Cricket World Cup. The first ball will be bowled at the end of May, but the 10-team tournament runs through to Mid July (Various dates, May 30-July 14)

The Royal Welsh Show – The pinnacle event in the British agricultural calendar, the four-day long RWAS will feature livestock competitions, and activities including forestry, horticulture, crafts, food and drink, countryside sports and shopping (July 22 – 25)

World Bog Snorkeling Championship – As weird as it is wonderful, competitors swim through the dirty waters of a Llanwrtyd Wells bog trench in this yearly race (August 25)

Barmouth Walking Festival – Experience the beauty of the rugged Rhinogydd mountain ranges, as well as the charm of the coast, with this 10 day festival catering to all fitness levels (September 14-23)

Artes Mundi Exhibition & Prize – This biennial international art event shortlists a diverse selection of international and includes some of the pioneers of current contemporary art (October 2019 to February 2020. Dates To Be Confirmed)
Elton John Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour – This music legend will close the curtains on his live performance career, with a global tour that includes Cardiff (June 15)

Abergavenny Food Festival – Join chefs, journalists and other foodies and indulge in a glorious spread of fresh dishes and artisan delights at this taste-bud tempting annual food festival (September 21-22)