Check out what’s happening in April and May
London Marathon, London, England
The Virgin London Marathon is a massive event for both runners and the general public. The race is not only a monumental physical challenge but also one of the biggest charity events in the world.
St George’s Day, England
St. George’s Day celebrates England’s patron saint with a range of activities, including festivals, “dragons” and medieval banquets.
Shakespeare’s birthday celebrations, Stratford-upon-Avon, Central England
April 22 and 23
Every year, a unique event takes place in Stratford-upon-Avon to mark the birthday of the world’s greatest playwright, William Shakespeare. The celebrations make up a tradition that stretches back
more than 200 years. Festivities fall on the weekend of the bard’s birthday, April 23.
Highland Games, Scotland
From May to September
About 100 games and meets take place in the Scottish Highlands each year. Each has its own mix of music, athletic competition and dance.
Whisky Month, Scotland
May is Whisky Month, with a series of events that includes tasting sessions and behind-the-scenes distillery tours.
Brighton Festival, Brighton, SE England
May 5 and 27
Diversity, creativity and innovative thinking grip the city of Brighton in May. The annual festival celebrates this pioneering, experimental spirit. The Brighton Festival, one of today’s most important art festivals in Europe, held its first edition in 1967. Ever since music, theatre, dance, circus, art, cinema, literature, debates and other family activities have become important events in Brighton and Hove.
Royal Wedding – Prince Harry and Megan Markle, Windsor, England
St. George’s Chapel, at Windsor Castle, will host the Royal Wedding between Prince Harry and Megan Markle. Windsor, a 900-year-old castle located about 30 minutes west of London, is the Queen’s favourite weekend getaway and one of the UK’s top tourist attractions. The castle has been described as “a special place” by the couple, Harry and Meghan, who have visited there regularly since the courtship began.
FA (Football Association) Cup Final, Wembley Stadium, London, England
The FA Cup, the oldest national football tournament in the world, is one of the country’s great sporting institutions. The history and tradition of the competition and the pomp of the final are welcome scenes for millions of Brits and football fans around the world.
Birmingham Pride, Birmingham, Central England
May 26 and 27
England’s second largest city hosts its annual gay parade, a colourful spectacle of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender culture.