When is the best time to visit United Kingdom?

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The best time to visit the UK is between May and September, and in December. Take advantage of the warmer mid-year weather to enjoy some of the UK’s most popular events, or get in the holiday spirit with a winter break.

The months of May to September in the UK bring some surprisingly warm weather, blue skies, and long days. Join the locals in the sunshine for major sporting events, festivals, and parades. You might get caught in the occasional downpour, but that’s all part of a visit to the UK. Come December, the UK turns into a winter wonderland in preparation for the holiday season. The weather outside might be frightful, but the cozy pubs, comfort food, and Christmas markets should have you feeling all warm and fuzzy on the inside.

Monthly weather and travel tips for United Kingdom

December’s Christmas festivities may have come and gone, but there are still a handful of reasons to celebrate in the UK in January. Gray skies and plenty of drizzle will do their best to dampen spirits, so an umbrella and raincoat are essential at this time of year.

The new year in the UK begins with the London Parade, when marching bands and troupes of scouts liven up the streets of the West End. Elsewhere in the UK, January sees Scotland raise a glass to the life and work of poet Robert Burns. When you’re not celebrating with the locals, the wetter January weather lends itself perfectly to exploring some of the UK’s fascinating museums and art galleries.

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Events in United Kingdom in January

New Year's Day

January 1, 2022

New Year's Day Holiday

January 3, 2022

New Year's Day observed

January 3, 2022

2nd January (substitute day)

January 4, 2022

Epiphany

January 6, 2022

Orthodox Christmas Day

January 7, 2022

Orthodox New Year

January 14, 2022

Tu B'Shevat (Arbor Day)

January 17, 2022

Burns Night

January 25, 2022

The weather is usually at its coldest in the UK inFebruary, so it’s the best time to visit if you’re hoping for snow, particularly in Scotland where there’s a chance you can catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights too.

With temperatures low and some rainy forecasts, the February events calendar in the UK may be on the quiet side, but the Six Nations Rugby Championship will be in full swing. International home games are played in London, Edinburgh, and Cardiff. There’s also the chance to embrace York’s rich history and heritage with the Yorvik Viking Festival. If it’s getting a bit too chilly outside, you’ll find plenty of restaurants and pubs to cozy up in across the UK.

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Events in United Kingdom in February

Chinese New Year

February 1, 2022

Valentine's Day

February 14, 2022

Flowers beginning to blossom offer a hint of the warmer months ahead, but average March temperatures in the UK tend to stay around a cool high of 50ºF. This can easily drop down to the 30s, so it’s best to be on the safe side with an umbrella and warm clothing.

The start of spring brings a lot of events, like the week of traditional Irish and Celtic music as part of Belfast's Féile an Earraigh festival. Saints’ days are also cause for celebration in March. Watch parades and concerts in Wales for St. David’s Day, or join in with neighboring Ireland’s St. Patrick’s Day festivities in Belfast, London, and cities all over the UK.

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Events in United Kingdom in March

St Patrick's Day

March 17, 2022

Big Event

March 3, 2022

Carnival / Shrove Tuesday

March 1, 2022

Isra and Mi'raj

March 1, 2022

St. David's Day

March 1, 2022

Carnival / Ash Wednesday

March 2, 2022

Purim

March 17, 2022

March Equinox

March 20, 2022

Mothering Sunday

March 27, 2022

An umbrella is always a good idea in the UK, particularly with plenty of April showers in the forecast. These intermittent bursts of rain make way for warmer temperatures, sunnier skies, and fresh air typical of spring in the UK – ideal conditions for walks and hikes in the countryside.

Make the most of the warmer weather by watching—or even taking part in—the London Marathon, or cheering on your favorite team as the Scottish Premiership draws to a close. With the English Premier League also nearing its final games, it’s easy to get swept up in sports, but save some time for other April activities too. There’s a week-long literary festival in Shakespeare’s hometown of Stratford, the annual Belfast Film Festival, and music and comedy during Wales’s Laugharne Weekend.

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Events in United Kingdom in April

Good Friday

April 15, 2022

Easter Monday

April 18, 2022

Ramadan Start

April 3, 2022

Palm Sunday

April 10, 2022

Maundy Thursday

April 14, 2022

First day of Passover

April 16, 2022

Holy Saturday

April 16, 2022

Easter Sunday

April 17, 2022

Easter Monday

April 18, 2022

Orthodox Good Friday

April 22, 2022

Stephen Lawrence Day

April 22, 2022

Last day of Passover

April 23, 2022

Shakespeare Day

April 23, 2022

Orthodox Holy Saturday

April 23, 2022

Orthodox Easter

April 24, 2022

St. George's Day

April 25, 2022

Orthodox Easter Monday

April 25, 2022

Yom HaShoah

April 28, 2022

Laylatul Qadr (Night of Power)

April 28, 2022

With the weather well warmed up, the UK takes to the outdoors for shows, soccer finals, and all kinds of festivals. National holidays in England at either end of May mean roads and public places get busier, as locals take advantage of the last month of spring and its longer days.

A big date on the calendar for many football fans in England is the FA Cup Final, decided on a (hopefully) sunny Saturday at Wembley Stadium. Elsewhere in the country, you’ll have a choice of festivals and shows, from three weeks of art performances in Brighton, to the Lake District’s Kenswick Mountain Festival, and the beautiful Chelsea Flower Show. Wales’s Hay Festival is a must for art and literature lovers, while Belfast puts runners to the test on the first Sunday of May each year.

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Events in United Kingdom in May

Early May Bank Holiday

May 2, 2022

Spring Bank Holiday

May 30, 2022

Eid ul Fitr

May 3, 2022

Yom HaAtzmaut

May 5, 2022

Lag B'Omer

May 19, 2022

Ascension Day

May 26, 2022

Both hot weather and a busy events calendar make June one of the best times to visit the UK. With festival season and the pub garden scene in full swing, you’ll want to pack some sunscreen for the long sessions outside in the British and Northern Irish summertime.

June’s festivals are some of the hottest tickets around in the UK. You’ll have lots of options with the likes of Glasgow’s West End Festival, the Gŵyl Gregynog classical music fest in Wales, the Isle of Wight Festival, and the legendary Glastonbury. Festivals aside, Pride events and the Trooping the Color ceremony should both be high on your to-do list in London, as well as kicking back and enjoying the weather in parks dotted around the UK.

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Events in United Kingdom in June

Restricted Forest

June 25, 2021

Drum In The Sun

June 25, 2021

Tribute Festival Comes to Manchester

June 26, 2021

Shavuot

June 5, 2022

Pentecost

June 5, 2022

Whit Monday

June 6, 2022

Queen's Birthday

June 11, 2022

Trinity Sunday

June 12, 2022

Corpus Christi

June 16, 2022

Father's Day

June 19, 2022

June Solstice

June 21, 2022

As the UK’s hottest month, July brings long days filled with all kinds of fun outdoor activities. Sunscreen is recommended, whether you’re sightseeing in the city, exploring the countryside, or chilling on the beach.

Tennis fever grips the UK as world-class competitors battle it out on the grass courts at Wimbledon. Cheering on your favorite player while eating strawberries and cream is an essential British summertime experience. Up in the north of England, locals celebrate all things agricultural at the Great Yorkshire Show, while Wales puts on a show of its own with the week-long International Musical Eisteddfod festival. If you’re in Scotland, expect some crowds in the seaside towns as the school breaks begin, and an even bigger turnout across the North Channel for Belfast Pride.

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Events in United Kingdom in July

Field Day - UK

July 9, 2021

Camp Bestival

July 28, 2021

Lets Rock Exeter

July 2, 2021

Kendal Calling

July 28, 2021

Bluedot Festival

July 21, 2021

The Beat-Herder Festival

July 14, 2021

MADE Birmingham

July 30, 2021

NASS Festival

July 7, 2021

Newsam Park 2021

July 10, 2021

[RESCHEDULED] Field Day

July 10, 2021

Newsam Park 2021

July 11, 2021

Bassfest Summer Festival

July 16, 2021

Standon Calling

July 21, 2021

Playground Festival

July 29, 2021

Battle of the Boyne

July 12, 2021

TRNSMT 2021 - Sunday VIP

July 11, 2021

Rouken Glen Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival

July 24, 2021

Depot In The Castle

July 10, 2021

Womad Festival

July 25, 2021

Kelburn Garden Party

July 1, 2021

International Ceramics Festival

July 1, 2021

Hifields

July 2, 2021

Colour Clash

July 9, 2021

Sandfest

July 10, 2021

New World FSTVL

July 16, 2021

Nozstock

July 21, 2021

Latitude Festival 2021 (Saturday) Bastille

July 24, 2021

Latitude Festival 2021 (Sunday) Snow Patrol

July 25, 2021

Farmfest

July 29, 2021

Coloursfest

July 30, 2021

Made In Leeds Festival

July 2, 2021

Mouth of the Tyne Festival

July 8, 2021

Mouth of the Tyne Festival - Keane

July 8, 2021

Mouth of the Tyne Festival - Lighthouse Family

July 10, 2021

Hidden Wonderland Festival

July 1, 2021

Noisily Festival

July 7, 2021

Platform 18 Street Festival

July 2, 2021

Retro In The Park

July 2, 2021

60's in the sun festival' featuring 'The Bootleg Beatles'

July 4, 2021

Innervisions Festival

July 17, 2021

Tropicana Nights Festival 2021

July 17, 2021

Innervisions Festival

July 17, 2021

MCFLY Plus Special Guests

July 31, 2021

Splendour

July 24, 2021

The UK may be into its last month of summer in August, but the jovial atmosphere shows no sign of slowing down. The weather plays its part too, with average temperatures coming in at a daily high of 70ºF. Pack plenty of sunscreen, especially if you’re in the more southern spots where temperatures can creep into the mid 70s and even into the high 80s.

August is a busy festival period up and down the UK, so it’s worth checking ahead so you can either join the parties or steer clear of the busier roads around the cities hosting them. The likes of Reading, Leeds, Brecon Beacons, and Edinburgh are all home to major festivals in August. Never one to miss out, London also hosts its own party in the form of Notting Hill Carnival, while in Liverpool you can celebrate the city’s greatest musical export during International Beatleweek.

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Events in United Kingdom in August

Summer Bank Holiday

August 2, 2021

Boomtown Fair

August 10, 2021

Elrow Town - London

August 20, 2021

Leeds Festival 2021 - Early Entry Pass

August 25, 2021

The Great Estate Festival

August 3, 2021

51st State Festival

August 6, 2021

Boardmasters

August 10, 2021

Wilderness

August 4, 2021

Tribfest Tribute Band Music Festival

August 18, 2021

Alfresco Festival

August 26, 2021

Breakin Science Open Air

August 27, 2021

Newark Festival

August 27, 2021

Clubland On The Beach

August 5, 2021

South East Dance Festival 2021

August 28, 2021

The Cheshire Gala Festival

August 8, 2021

Leeds Ska & Mod Festival 2021

August 8, 2021

Muharram/Islamic New Year

August 10, 2021

Assumption of Mary

August 15, 2021

Ashura

August 19, 2021

Raksha Bandhan

August 22, 2021

Janmashtami

August 30, 2021

BILSTON BLUES, RHYTHM & ROCK FESTIVAL

August 29, 2021

At The Edge Of The Sea

August 13, 2021

Lazy Sunday Old Skool & Jungle Festival 2021

August 29, 2021

Gloworm Festival 2021

August 13, 2021

Gloworm Festival - Payment Plan

August 15, 2021

September sees the weather starting to cool and leaves beginning to fall as the UK enters autumn. Milder temperatures make it an ideal time of year to roam around the countryside and admire the trees as they change to an array of reds, oranges, and yellows.

For something a little more fast-paced, there’s Tyneside’s Great North Run—the biggest half-marathon in the world when it comes to the number of runners—or the 44-mile mountain bike course that makes up the Brecon Beast. After challenging outdoor pursuits like these, it’s important to bundle up as the evening temperatures drop. Head down to the catwalks at London Fashion Week to get some tips on autumn and winter wear from leading designers and fashion figures.

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Events in United Kingdom in September

Sundown Festival

September 2, 2021

The Little Orchard Cider & Music Festival

September 9, 2021

Boundary Brighton

September 24, 2021

Sunbourne and Moondance

September 17, 2021

Mint Festival

September 24, 2021

Southport Weekender Festival

September 3, 2021

Illusive Festival

September 2, 2021

Let's Rock Kent!

September 4, 2021

Tranzmission

September 4, 2021

A Way Of Life - London

September 17, 2021

Belarus Electronic Music Festival

September 9, 2021

Manchester Psych Fest 2021

September 4, 2021

Burn It Down Festival

September 10, 2021

Hide & Seek Festival

September 3, 2021

Rosh Hashana

September 7, 2021

Ganesh Chaturthi

September 10, 2021

Yom Kippur

September 16, 2021

First day of Sukkot

September 21, 2021

September Equinox

September 22, 2021

Hoshana Rabbah

September 27, 2021

Shemini Atzeret

September 28, 2021

Simchat Torah

September 29, 2021

Cambridge Ska Festival ^

September 25, 2021

Field Maneuvers

September 2, 2021

The UK is well into autumn by October, so expect grey skies, chilly weather, and rain. The locals don’t let that stop them from going out for Halloween parties, food festivals, and countryside walks though. With a raincoat on and an umbrella in hand, you should be well equipped to join them and take in the best of the UK in autumn.

If you don’t mind the rain, there’s plenty that makes the UK worth a visit this time of year. London rolls out the red carpet for its annual Film Festival, the homely Belfast pubs will look all the more inviting, and your photos of Edinburgh landmarks will have an effortlessly cool, mysterious vibe.

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Events in United Kingdom in October

West Lounge - Lush Classical

October 16, 2021

Xfest Presents From the Jam, the Blockheads & Natural Rhythm Band

October 2, 2021

Feast of St Francis of Assisi

October 4, 2021

Navaratri

October 7, 2021

Dussehra

October 14, 2021

Milad un Nabi (Mawlid)

October 19, 2021

Halloween

October 31, 2021

Band of Friends

October 8, 2021

Short days, dreary skies, and lots of rain don't make the UK the most attractive place to visit in November. But with cold weather come less crowds, which makes exploring the UK’s cities, sites, and landmarks a little bit easier.

One event bringing some warmth and color to the otherwise grey skies of the UK is Guy Fawkes Night on November 5, when locals commemorate a failed treason attempt with fireworks, bonfires, and sparklers. Remembrance Day on November 11 is an important date in the UK, honoring fallen soldiers with moments of silence and commemorative events. The city streets start to fill up towards the end of November in the lead up to Black Friday sales. Whether you want to brave the crowds to pick up some bargains or stay well away from the busy shopping areas is up to you.

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Events in United Kingdom in November

St Andrew's Day

November 30, 2021

Deacon Blue - Cities of Love

November 23, 2021

Monsterfest 2021

November 12, 2021

All Saints' Day

November 1, 2021

All Souls' Day

November 2, 2021

Diwali/Deepavali

November 4, 2021

Guy Fawkes Day

November 5, 2021

Remembrance Sunday

November 14, 2021

First Sunday of Advent

November 28, 2021

First Day of Hanukkah

November 29, 2021

December in the UK mainly revolves around Christmas and New Year celebrations towards the end of the month. Holiday cheer might have you feeling warm inside, but a thick jacket and gloves are also a good idea to ward off the winter cold.

You’re likely to see Christmas lights whichever city you’re in. Most will have been on since November, but the shop windows and sparkling lights along London’s Oxford Street are real showstoppers. If you’ve already finished all your Christmas shopping, then head to Winter Wonderland—in London or Cardiff—for all kinds of holiday activities, like ice skating, carnival rides, and drinking mulled wine. The nation’s New Year parties will be just around the corner. Close out the year with a rendition of Auld Lang Syne during Scotland’s Hogmanay celebration.

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Events in United Kingdom in December

New Year's Eve

December 31, 2021

Christmas Day

December 25, 2021

Boxing Day

December 26, 2021

Substitute Bank Holiday for Christmas Day

December 27, 2021

Substitute Bank Holiday for Boxing Day

December 28, 2021

Christmas Day observed

December 28, 2021

48 Hour Party People - Winter Weekender 2021 New Dates

December 3, 2021

Last day of Hanukkah

December 6, 2021

Feast of the Immaculate Conception

December 8, 2021

December Solstice

December 21, 2021

Christmas Eve

December 24, 2021

Weather and temperature in United Kingdom

For the best weather during your trip to the UK, visit between May and September. While sunny skies are never certain, these months—July and August in particular—are the warmest across all regions in the UK. You’ll feel the heat most in England, where temperatures can reach into the 80s, while Wales and Northern Ireland tend to have slightly cooler climates. In contrast, temperatures drop in December – most noticeably in Scotland, which is your best bet if you’re after some snow.

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Cost of stay in United Kingdom

Want to travel smart? Here you can check out the average cost of accommodations per night in the United Kingdom.

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