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Guide to Holidays, Festivals, Parades, Expos & Annual Events
in London and the United Kingdom
Event information is subject to change. Please check with local contacts before attending an event.
Bank Holiday Monday
(last Monday in August, early August in
Scotland). Bank Holiday Weekend marks London's major Carnival event: The
Notting Hill Carnival.
Leicester Caribbean Carnival
Nottingham Riverside Festival
Teddy Bears Picnic
Stockton International Riverside Festival
Decorated floats bursting with noise and colourful themes London Mela
The V Festival
Green Man Festival
Matthew Street Festival
Leeds West Indian Carnival
The Proms. Mid- July to Mid-September. The traditional Henry
Wood Promenade Concerts, launched in 1895, attract music aficionados from
around the world.
Royal Academy's Summer Exhibition Early-June to Mid-August.
Founded on 1768 this institution has sponsored for some two centuries Summer
Exhibitions of living painters. You can browse and make purchases at very
reasonable prices. Location: Burlington House, Piccadilly Circus. For
information call (0171) 439-7438.
Outdoor Shakespeare Performances. Late May - Summer. Bring a blanket and enjoy Shakespeare plays in the open air. For information call (0171) 486-2431
Watch This Space Late June - Early September
The National Theatre's fiesta of street theatre, music, acrobatics, comedy
and spectacle from all over the world. For information call 44 (0) 20 7452
- Old Town Hall.
Uckfield Carnival & Bonfire Parade
Trafalgar Square Festival, London
4th - 16th October 1999
Trafalgar Square, WC2
Nelson's victory at the Battle of Trafalgar (21 October 1805) is commemorated with marching bands and music performances by sea cadets. It ends with the laying of a wreath at the foot of Nelson's Column.
tube/rail: Charing Cross (0171 928 8978)
All Saint's Day November 1
House of Lords, Palace of Westminster, SW1
Members of Parliament are welcomed back from their summer holiday by the Queen. Only the Queen's arrival is open to the public although it is televised. A gun salute is fired as the Queen as she arrives attended by an Irish or Australian State Coach and Household Cavalry.
tube. Westminster (0171 219 4272)
- Earls Court.
Trafalgar Square Early December, London displays a lighted fir tree received from the Norwegian people in thanks for Britain's role in liberating Norway from the Nazis. Numerous other displays including St Christopher's Place, W1; Bond Street, W1; and Kensington High Street, W8. Covent Garden, WC2 Oxford Street, W1 Regent Street, W1 Bond Street, W1 Trafalgar Square, SW1 Try london.gov.uk for more info
Year's Eve Celebrations
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