The most Exciting Events in the UK’s Annual Calendar
Changing of the Guard, Buckingham Palace, London
A popular tourist attraction and one of the best-known celebrations in London where the old guards in front of the Buckingham Palace are being exchanged by new ones. Join the hundreds of visitors when the guardsmen in their traditional uniform march along with musical support. Generally, the change of guards takes place in May, June and July at around 11.30 and goes on for around 45 minutes. Otherwise, it is held every other day, however, without liability. Please check tourism websites for current schedule.
Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts, Pilton
The Glastonbury Festival is a highlight in the annual events calendar of the United Kingdom. The Biggest Open-Air-Festival in the world takes place on the last weekend in June and is a magnet for music and art lovers alike. The musical acts are excellent and the performing arts including theatre, dance and comedy shows are offering entertainment for the whole family.
New Year's Day Parade, Parliament Square, London
If you plan a trip to London around New Year, you should not miss this spectacular annual parade. It was established in 1987 and makes his way through London’s West End on January 1 ever since. Mingle with the lively and happy crowd and admire the clowns, dancers, cheerleaders, vintage cars and many other surprises. Over 10,000 performing artists, hundreds of thousands of visitors, and over 10 million people following on TV are witnesses of this iconic happening every year.
Remembrance Day, all over Britain
This is day dedicated to the victims of World War I. It is celebrated on November 11 in the UK as well as in France and Belgium. Special services and ceremonies are held at war related memorials and several churches all over Britain. The day is also known as Poppy Day, as the symbol of this day is a red poppy.
Notting Hill Carnival, Notting Hill, London
Every year in August, over one million people flock to Notting Hill to witness the spectacular Notting Hill Carnival. It was established in 1950 by the Caribbean society of Notting Hill. Astonishing costumes, mind blowing performances and lively music await.
Guy Fawkes (Bonfire Night), all over Britain
This day is celebrated on the night of November 5 in the whole of Britain, New Zealand and Australia. Bonfire Night remembers the failed attempt of Guy Fawkes in 1605 to blow up the parliament including King James I (Gunpowder Plot). The celebrations once included burning dolls symbolising Guy Fawkes. Today this habit is widely considered as rude so that the main elements of this Bank holiday are firework displays and bonfires all over Britain.
Royal Ascot, Ascot
This annual horse race first took place on August 11, 1711. It has a long-standing reputation and tradition in Britain and attracts the elite of the United Kingdom. Apart from the exciting horse races the event impresses with it’s visitors’ looks: the extremer the better, especially the magnificent hats are internationally hailed as the most intricate in the world.
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