Years Day - 1st
Observed Friday or Monday if it falls on a weekend.
Hilary festival. January 13
Charles 1 Commemoration - Trafalgar Square.
London Contemporary Art
Square Historic Westminster Since 1987 and billed as Europe's greatest street
spectacle featuring almost
10,000 participants from around the world. with giant balloons & marching bands.
The Lord Mayor of
Westminsters New Years Day
Parade draws a street audience of
close to 1 million people.
Charles J. Commemoration.
Last Sunday in January.
To commemorate the anniversary of King Charles execution, cavaliers march
through Central London dressed in 17th century attire. Prayers are said at
the Banqueting House in Whitehall
International Mime Festival
International Mime Festival
venues throughout London for the last part of the month
Mimes from all
over the world all over the world gather to show their stuff to their peers
and you too. Since 1978
(phone 0171 637 5661 for brochure, Tel: +44-171-637-2994
International Boat Show
Earl's Court Exhibition
Centre, Warwick Road, SW5
For 10 days in early January, the latest in boats, equipment and holidays make up
Biggest Boat show in Europe
Earl's Court (info 0990 100556) 44-1784-473377
Wembley Conference Centre,
tube/rail: Wembley Park tube/ Wembley Central box office 0181 902 0902)
The world's top potters cue up for a shot at this much-desired trophy.
|| Shetland Times
Reports Vikings return on the last Tuesday of
January for one of Britain's biggest fire festival and torchlight procession
in Lerwick a small town on Scotland's remote Shetland Islands, Scotland,
Mothering Sunday [Mother's Day]. Fourth
Sunday in Lent.|
Exhibition - Earls Court.
London Book Fair, at Olympia.
Head of the River race.
Chelsea Antiques Fair - Chelsea
Old Town Hall.
Butterworth Charity - St Bartholomew the Great.
Mothering Sunday - 22nd.
Harness Horse Parade -
London Fashion Week.
Oxford & Cambridge
University Boat Race - 28th.
British Summertime begins 29th
Spitalfields Pancake Race on Fat Tuesday Day March 7, 2000
entrance on Commercial Street or Brushfield Street, E1
On the day before Lent and its 40 days of fasting comes Pancake Day. Tossers should
check in a few days in advance.
Liverpool Street (0171 375 0441)
Crufts Dog Show ||Coolest
Thursday March 9 to Sunday 12 Mar 2000
Birmingham National Exhibition Centre (NEC)
Birmingham, England, U.K.
Crufts® is the world's greatest dog
show with over 21,000 top pedigree dogs competing to achieve the title of
"Best In Show", the most prestigious award in the world of dogs ||
National Hunt Races & Festival Cool
Cheltenham Race Track Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England
Over 150,000 participate in what some call the "the Olympics of
steeplechasing" Since 1819, the National Hunt Races have been one of
the most elegant and fashionable events in horse racing with a great deal
of socializing fun mixed in between some serious gambling
Patrick's Day March 17th
various venues over London
London has the third largest Irish population of any city in the world,
after New York and Dublin. There are no big parades, but head up to Kilburn
(NW6) for a taste of boisterous Irish jubilation.
of the River Race
on the Thames, from Mortlake,
SW14, to Putney, SW15 (01932 220401)
Turn up at about 11.30am for the 12.30pm start
from Mortlake. . The best views of the race are to be had from Hammersmith
Bridge; alternatively, watch from the finish line at Putney.
Less well-known than the Oxford and Cambridge Race but just as impressive,
this one goes in the opposite direction, with over 400 boat crews
competing for the best time
Home Exhibition 18 Mar-11 Apr
Earl's Court Exhibition
Centre, Warwick Road, SW5 (box office 0171 373 8141/info 0171 244 0371)
Earl's Court tube.
The biggest consumer show in the UK draws in huge crowds from all over the
country to drool over every conceivable household gadget and innovation.
It's all a bit tacky, though.
Day Bank Holiday
observed first Monday in May.
of Cannabis March & Festival
Whitsuntide (Whit Sunday and Whit Monday).
Seventh Sunday after Easter.
Spring Bank Holiday (last Monday in May, early May in Scotland)
Commonwealth Day (formally called Empire Day).
116th FA Cup
Final - Wembley -16th.
Rugby League Cup Final - Wembley.
Windsor Horse Show - Windsor Park.
Bounds - Tower of London 1999, 2002.
Punch and Judy Festival - Covent Garden.
Open-air Theatre -
Regents Park until August Bank Holiday.
Pilkington Rugby Union Cup
Final at Twickenham.
One-day International Cricket at Lords.
Spring Bank Holiday - 25th.
Elsewhere in the UK & on the web
Festival Arts festival in May '99
"May Day is Jay Day" say they
Where: Clapham Common, London SW4
Global event held for the first time in 1999 in nearly 50 cities. Check for
Fayre & Puppet Festival
May 9, 1999
St Paul's Church Garden,
Covent Garden, WC2
A free festival of Punch and Judy and other puppetry.
Covent Garden (0171 375 0441)
|| Chelsea Flower
Show by whatsgoingon
Last weekend in May (27 &28) in 1999
Where: grounds of Royal Hospital,
Royal Hospital Road, SW3
tube: Sloane Square (0171 834 4333)
World-renowned gardening extravaganza by the river. In
the meantime you can search their database of 70K plants
End of May
Wembley Stadium, Wembley,
Middx (0181 902 0902/ bookings 0181 900 1234)
Wembley Park tube/Wembley Central tube/rail.
The most important day of the year for football fans.
of Mind, Body, Spirit
Royal Horticultural Halls,
Greycoat Street, SW1
tube: St James's Par (0171 938 3788)
A New Age festival featuring a mind-blowing array of approaches to health,
spiritualism and the environment.
Embankment Gardens Summer Events
30 May-25 July
Victoria Embankment Gardens,
Villiers Street, WC2 (0171 375 0441)
Cooper's Hill Cheese Roll ||
Cooper's Hill, near Gloucester Gouchestershire, England,
May 31, 1999
The Vicar says "One to be ready, two to be steady, three to be prepared,
and four away," and their off chasing the cheese roll down the steep hill
till everyone is rolling and tumbling at high speeds. Numerous races for all
who dare. Started as a way to preserve the commoner's rights.
(¼) Midsummer's Day or Summer Solstice - Stonehenge
Stoke Newington Festival
International Festival of
Lufthansa Festival of Baroque Music
& Highgate Festival
Academy Summer Exhibition
Epsom Derby Stakes
Royal Academy's Summer Exhibition - Piccadilly Circus
Greenwich Festival (2 weeks).
Stella Artois Tennis Tournament - Queens Club
Swan Upping -Upper Thames
Fine Art and Antique Fair - Olympia.
Fathers Day - 21st.
Garter Ceremony - St Georges Chapel at Windsor.
London to Brighton annual Bicycle Race.
of Classical Music.
2nd Cricket Test match at Lords.
Court Palace Music Festival.
Coin Street Festival - Oxo
When: 2-3 June 1999
The `Retreat' is beaten on
drums by the Mounted Bands of the Household Cavalry and the Massed Bands of
the Guards Division in this colorful musical ceremony.
Westminster tube/Charing Cross (0171 930 4466)
The Grosvenor House Art &
Antiques Fair, London
14 - 20 June 2000
For eight days in June the Great Room at Grosvenor House is transformed as
nearly 100 select dealers display over 300 million in antiques. Prestigious
Tube Marble Arch, Hyde Park Corner, Green Park
Kenwood Lakeside Concerts.
Location: North side of
For over 50 years the Northern London suburg has held outdoor concerts Now
with fireworks and laser shows.
When: Late June
Where: Showground, Park Road,
A great family day out with morris dancing, falconry, shire-horses, veteran
cars and dog agility trials.
Uxbridge (0181 866 1367)
When: 20th-23rd of June 2000
Where: Ascot Racecourse, Ascot,
Ascot (01344 622211)
Official website: Sporting-life.com/racing/ascot/about/
Ascot, founded in 1711 by Queen Anne, is the World's most famous Racecourse. A
high society event with all the pompous trimmings. The 24 races over four days
offer some of the best people watching anywhere.
suggests " Put on your formalwear, even if you're not going to
be sitting in the Royal Enclosure; you'll fit in better, have a lot more fun,
and maybe even make it into the papers."
Henley Royal Regatta
Event || Meridith's
Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, England
June 30 - July 4, 1999
The oldest annual river regatta in the world. The first
race was held in 1839, and requires numerous trail heats before the two person
finals. Over 100 races at 5-kinute intermavas are runover the 5 days. Big
crowds picnic along the Thames and sometimes even watch the action on the
Henley Tourist Information Centre (+44-491-578-034)
Trooping the Colour: Queens's
Birthday & Horse Guards
When: 12 June
Where: Whitehall, SW1
tube/rail: Westminster tube/Charing Cross (0171 414 2479)
The Queen will leave Buckingham Palace at 10.40am and travels down
The Mall to Horse Guards Parade, arriving at 11am.
Arrive early for a good view, best spots may be on the Green Park side of The Mall.
Even though the Queen's birthday is in April, she has an official birthday
party in June.
Where: Highbury Fields
Islington International Festival is a dynamic two-week multi-disciplinary Arts
Festival, combining international and Islington-based artists, culminating in
an explosion of colour and sound on the mile-long stretch of Upper Street on
the final Saturday.
By tube/train: Highbury & Islington
(Victoria Line/North London) By
bus: 4, 19, 30, 43, 271, 277
Lawn Tennis Championships
Wimbledon Championships, Wimbledon
All England Lawn Tennis
Club, PO Box 98, Church Road, SW19
Get tickets well in advance
Southfields tube/Wimbledon (0181 944 1066/recorded info 0181 946
When: A Three
week program till
mid-July of international soloists, string quartets, orchestras and
choirs. Also poetry and theatre in City churches. World-class arts events in the City's finest buildings including
Theatre || Barbican
Centre || The Brewery || Tower
of London || St. Paul's Cathedral || The
Spitz || Guildhall
School of Music & Drama ||