Best British annual events in Spring 2021


1. St. David’s Day

Date: 1st March 2021

Location: Wales

St David is the patron saint of Wales and this day is a celebration of all things Welsh. Expect plenty of red dragons adorning Welsh flags, as well as parades of daffodils, leeks and flags of St David himself. Traditionally, the capital of Cardiff holds a National St David's Day Parade.

2. Glasgow International Comedy Festival

Date: 6th – 24th March 2021

Location: Glasgow, Scotland

After rescheduling some of the cancelled acts from the 2020 programme, the Glasgow International Comedy Festival is set to bring some laughs into 2021. Regularly the largest event of its kind in Europe, this comedy extravaganza features a line-up of both big-league players and emerging talent from around Britain and beyond, performing in venues throughout the city.

3. Cheltenham Festival

Date: 16th – 19th March 2021

Location: Cheltenham, South West

Held close to the lovely Regency town of Cheltenham, this National Hunt race meeting attracts prize money second only to the Grand National. Famous for the roar arising from the stands as the tape is raised for the start of the first race, the excitement continues to build until its climax with Friday’s signature Gold Cup – one of the greatest of all jump-racing events.

4. St Patrick’s Day

Date: 17th March 2021

Location: London, South East and across the country

The national saint of Ireland is celebrated in traditional fashion with festivals, parades, carnivals and concerts taking place across Northern Ireland and around Britain, usually including a parade in London.

5. Liverpool Biennial of contemporary art

Date: 20th March – 6th June 2021

Location: Liverpool, North West

With cutting-edge modern art from more than 50 international artists, 2021’s Liverpool Biennial installation will showcase incredible works in galleries, museums and public spaces across the city. Now in its eleventh edition, and rescheduled from 2020, Ecuadorian curator Manuela Moscoso will use her expertise to shape the 2021 festival into something truly special.

6. Cardiff Half Marathon

Date: 28th March 2021

Location: Cardiff, Wales

Competitors race right through Cardiff city centre past iconic locations, with beautiful scenery and historic buildings, starting at Cardiff Castle, and passing the Principality Stadium, Penarth Marina, before crossing the Cardiff Barrage and racing through Cardiff Bay before finishing close to Cardiff City Hall.


1. The Oxford & Cambridge Boat Race

Date: 3rd April 2021

Location: Oxford and Cambridge, South East

First raced in 1829, the Boat Race is one of the oldest sporting events in the world. Watched along the banks of The Tideway, located between Putney and Mortlake in South London, this unique sporting event sees two strong squads of athletes competing against each other.

2. Grand National

Date: 8th – 10th April 2021

Location: Liverpool, North West

One of the most famous horse races in the world sees competitors make two circuits of the Grand National course, tackling 30 fences as they cover four and a half miles. The event’s colourful, fashionista celebration, Ladies’ Day, will take place on 9 April.

3. Highland Games

Date: 17th April – 22nd August 2021

Location: Scotland

Around 100 Highland games and gatherings take place in Scotland each year. Each one has a mix of piping, athletic events and Highland dancing.

4. St George’s Day

Date: 23rd April 2021

Locations: Across the South East, East of England, South West, North East and North West of England

St George’s Day celebrates the patron saint of England with activities ranging from festivals to ‘dragon’ hunts and medieval banquets usually happening across England.

5. Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival

Date: 28th April – 3rd May 2021

Location: Speyside, Scotland

Spirited, inspiring, Scottish – this festival puts on hundreds of whisky-inspired events over six days. Discover the passion behind the world’s finest whiskies.

6. Cheltenham Jazz Festival

Date: 28th April – 3rd May 2021

Location: Cheltenham, South West

Every year, Cheltenham Jazz Festival represents the start of the summer in Cheltenham and is a great way to spend the long weekend over May Bank Holiday.

7. The Good Life Experience

Date: 29th April – 2nd May 2021

Location: Flintshire, Wales

The Good Life is created by Cerys Matthews, Steve 'Abbo' Abbott and Charlie and Caroline Gladstone who have put together the very best of music, books, food and the great outdoors. This festival will be a voyage of fun and discovery for the whole family.

8. Liverpool Sound City

Date: 30th April – 2nd May 2021

Location: Liverpool, North West

Liverpool Sound City is an annual international music festival and industry conference taking place over the weekend. The event welcomes global stars, local artists and key industry figures. The festival has provided a platform for many future stars early on in their careers, including the likes of Ed Sheeran, Alt J and Calvin Harris.


1. Brighton Festival

Date: 1st – 23rd May 2021

Location: Brighton, South East

Brighton is known as a place that welcomes diversity, creativity and innovative thinking, and its annual festival celebrates this pioneering spirit and experimental approach. Established in 1967 and now one of Europe’s leading arts festivals, this celebration of music, theatre, dance, circus, art, film, literature, debate and family events takes place in a variety of venues across Brighton and Hove.

2. The Emirates FA Cup Final

Date: 15th May 2021

Location: Wembley Stadium, London, South East

The FA Cup, the oldest domestic Cup competition in the football world, is established as one of the country's great sporting institutions. The history and tradition of the competition, and the pageantry of the Cup Final, is familiar to millions.

3. Chelsea Flower Show

Date: 18th – 22nd May 2021

Location: London, South East

One of the best know Royal Horticultural Shows, the world-famous Chelsea Flower Show returns with even more unforgettable floral and horticultural displays.

4. Women’s FA Cup Final

Date: 22nd May 2021

Location: London, South East

The SSE Women's FA Cup Final returns to Wembley for a seventh consecutive year in 2021.

5. Hay Festival of Literature and Arts

Date: 27th May – 6th June 2021

Location: Brecon Beacons, Wales

The renowned Hay Festival of Literature and Arts, held annually in a tented village on the edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park, aims to bring together some of the greatest contemporary authors and the most exciting new voices in literature and the arts. Past speakers and performers have included Margaret Atwood, Ian McEwan, Chelsea Clinton, Michael Woolf, Jake Bugg, Laura Mvula, David Walliams, Simon Schama, David Olusoga, Rose McGowan, Dara O'Briain and many more.

6. Birmingham Pride

Date: 29th- 30th May 2021

Location: Birmingham, Midlands

The second largest city in England hosts its annual gay pride, a technicolour spectacular celebration of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender culture.

7. Blenheim Palace Food Festival

Date: 29th – 31st May 2021

Location: Oxfordshire, South East

Oxfordshire’s largest food festival brings food stalls, strolling jazz musicians, children’s storytellers and some of the biggest names in the foodie world to Blenheim Palace’s magnificent grounds. Raymond Blanc and MasterChef winners have attended in the past.

8. Denbighshire Urdd Eisteddfod

Date: 31st May – 5th June 2021

Location: Denbigh, Wales

The Urdd Eisteddfod is one of Europe’s largest youth touring festivals, with children and young people competing in various competitions such as singing, dancing and performing. There are plenty of attractions for the whole family at the Eisteddfod, from enjoying the competitions to visiting the various stalls and exhibitors on site.

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