Social events for your calendar:
1 January, London Parade;
New Year sales;
International Boat Show at Earls Court;
26 January, Australia Day parties held at the Australasian pubs;
Late January, Charles I Parade.
Chinese New Year in Soho;
Dog Show at Earl’s Court;
Waitangi Day (6th) celebrations at the Australasian pubs.
Mothering Sunday–if you’re planning on being away for Mothers’ Day (May), now is the best time to buy that card;
Oxford vs Cambridge Boat Race;
the National Hunt at Cheltenham;
St Patrick’s Day.
ANZAC Day (25th), there’s an ANZAC Day service at Westminster Abbey and ANZAC Day Celebrations at most of the Australasian pubs;
the Grand National Steeple Chase at Liverpool;
21 April – Queens Birthday Gun Salute, Hyde Park and Tower Hill..
Did you remember Mother’s Day?;
the Chelsea Flower Show;
FA Cup Final at Wembley;
Badminton Horse Trials;
May to September – Shakespeare at the Globe Theatre, Bankside.
Trooping of the Colour (the Queen’s birthday celebration);
Ascot Horse Races;
Cricket season begins;
Beating the Retreat;
Wimbledon (sometimes July) ;
the Buckingham Palace garden parties;
Glasgow International jazz Festival;
Father’s Day in South Africa;
Fleadh Music Festival, Finsbury Park.
British Grand Prix;
The Proms Concerts.
The Notting Hill Carnival;
Sailing at Cowes on the Isle of Wight;
Edinburgh Military Tattoo;
Surfing competition at Newquay, Cornwall;
Buckingham Palace opens to the public.
Chelsea Antique Fair;
Braemar Highland Games (which the Royal Family attends), Scotland;
Last Night of the Proms, Albert Hall;
Soho Jazz Festival.
Opening of the Royal Courts of Justice.
Opening of Parliament by the Queen;
Guy Fawkes’ Night;
Remembrance Day (Poppy Day);
Christmas lights turned on in Oxford and Regent Streets.
Christmas and Boxing Day.
The cold weather has well and truly arrived and chestnuts are roasted on street corners.
Hogmanay in Scotland from 29th December to 3rd January.