Calendar of Events- Whats happening this year

Here's a month by month selection of event dates for your diary. We've added all the major celebration dates through the next 12 months and maybe a few of the lesser well known!
Please contact us if you spot any we've missed and space allowing we'll add them!

January 2017 - Happy New Year!

1st New Year’s Day

1st Independence Day - Haiti

1st Independence Day - Sudan

1st Liberation Day - Cuba

3rd Festival of Sleep Day

3rd Big Schools Birdwatch (to Feb 17th)

4th World Braille Day (Louis Braille born 1809)

5th Twelfth Night - take those Christmas decorations down!

7th F A Cup 3rd Round

8th Elvis Presley's Birthday (1935)

9th Republic Day - Serbia

10th Introduction of the “Penny Post” 1840

15th The Masters Snooker (to 22nd)

15th First Super Bowl played (1967)

16th Blue Monday

16th Australian Open Tennis (to 29th)

18th Winnie the Pooh Day (AA Milne born 1882)

18th World Religion Day

18th Martin Luther King Day

20th Simon de Montford organised the first parliament 1265

21st First flight of Concorde – 1976

21st National Hug Day

21ST RNLI SOS Radio week (to 29th)

24th Global Belly Laugh Day

25th Burns Night

26th Republic Day - India

26th Australia Day

28th F A Cup 4th Round

28th RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch (to 30th)

28th Chinese New Year (Year of the Rooster)

28th National Storytelling Week (to 4th Feb)

February 2017

1st Sir Stanley Matthews born (1915)

1st Clark Gable born (1901)

2nd World Wetlands Day

2nd National Hedgehog Day

3rd Wear it. Beat it. – British Heart Foundation Day

3rd NSPCC Number Day

4th Independence Day - Sri Lanka

4th RBS Six Nations begins

4th RBS 6 Nations Rugby – Scotland v Ireland

4th RBS 6 Nations Rugby – England v France

5th RBS 6 Nations Rugby – Italy v Wales

5th National Doodle Day

5th British Yorkshire Pudding Day

5th American Super Bowl

6th Waitangi Day - New Zealand

6th National Libraries Day

6th Bramley Apple Week (to 12th )

7th Send a Card to a Friend Day

7th U. K. Safer Internet Day

7th Charles Dickens born (1812)

7th Independence Day - Grenada

9th National Pizza Day

11th RBS 6 Nations Rugby – Italy v Ireland

11th RBS 6 Nations Rugby – Wales v England

12th RBS 6 Nations Rugby – France v Scotland

12th Charles Darwin Day

12th 70th BAFTA Film Award Ceremony

13th Robbie Williams born (1974)

13th World Radio Day

13th Go Green Week (to 19th)

14th Valentine’s Day

15th National Day - Serbia

16th Lithuanian State Re-establishment Day

17th Random Act of Kindness Day

18th Independence Day - Gambia

18th Martyr's Day – Nepal

19th International Tug-of-War Day

20th Student Volunteering Week (to 26th)

22nd Bruce Forsyth born (1928)

22nd Washington's Birthday

22nd World Thinking Day

23rd National Day - Brunei

23rd Republic Day - Guyana

24th Independence Day - Estonia

25th National Day – Kuwait

25th RBS 6 Nations Rugby – Scotland v Wales

25th RBS 6 Nations Rugby – Ireland v France

26th RBS 6 Nations Rugby – England v Italy

26th Liberation Day - Kuwait

26th 89th Academy Awards Presentation

27th Fair Trade Fortnight (to 12th March)

27th Independence Day - Dominican Rep

28th Shrove Tuesday (Pancake Day)

28th Mardi Gras

March 2017

1st National Noodle Month

1st The Great Daffodil Appeal Month – Marie Curie

1st National Bed Month

1st St David's Day

1st Time for a Cuppa Week to 8th

2nd World Book Day

6th British Pie Week to 12th

6th Battle of the Alamo 1836

8th International Women’s Day

8th No Smoking Day

9th International School Meals Day

9th Crufts Dog Show to 12th

10th British Science Week to 19th

10th RBS 6 Nations Rugby – Wales v Ireland

11th RBS 6 Nations Rugby – Italy v France

11th RBS 6 Nations Rugby – England v Scotland

11th FA Cup Quarter Finals to 13th

13th Nutrition and Hydration Week to 19th

13th Commonwealth Day

13th National Butchers Week to 19th

14th Cheltenham Festival to 17th

14th Albert Einstein born 1879

*** 17th St Patrick's Day ***

18th RBS 6 Nations Rugby – Scotland v Italy

18th RBS 6 Nations Rugby – France v Wales

18th RBS 6 Nations Rugby – Ireland v England

19th National Poultry Day

20th Spring Equinox

20th World Storytelling Day

20th Premier League Founded 1992

20th International Day of Happiness

20th The Big Pedal to 31st

20th National Salt Awareness Week to 26th

21st World Poetry Day

22nd World Water Day

23rd National Puppy Day

24th World Cup Qualifier – Republic of Ireland v Wales

24th Red Nose Day

25th English Tourism Week to 2nd April

26th Mother's Day

26th British Summertime (BST) begins

26th Australian Grand Prix

26th World Cup Qualifier – Northern Ireland v Norway

26th World Cup Qualifier – Scotland v Slovenia

26th World Cup Qualifier – England v Lithuania

31st Eiffel Tower inaugurated (1889)

31st Wear a Hat Day

31st NSPCC Big Board Game Day

April 2017

1st Independence Day - Iran

1st April Fool's Day

1st International Pillow Fight Day

2nd International Children's Book Day

2nd University Boat Races – River Thames

3rd National Day - Guinea

4th Independence Day - Senegal

4th International Carrot Day

6th Golf - The Masters - Augusta, Georgia (to 9th )

7th Walk to Work Day

7th World Health Day

7th Cricket - Start of County Championships

8th Horse Racing - The Grand National - Aintree

9th Motor Racing – Chinese Grand Prix

9th Paris Marathon

10th National Gardening Week (to 16th)

12th International Day of Human Space Flight

13th Maundy Thursday

14th Good Friday

15th £5 note first issued by the Bank of England 1793

15th Snooker - World Championships - Sheffield (to 1st May)

16th Tennis - ATP Masters - Monte Carlo (to 23rd)

16th World Voice Day

16th Easter Sunday

16th Motor Racing – Bahrain Grand Prix

17th Horse Racing - Irish Grand National - Fairyhouse

17th Easter Monday

17th National Day - Syria

17th Boston Marathon – U.S.A.

18th Independence Day - Zimbabwe

21st H M Queen Elizabeth II 's Birthday

21st National Skipping Day

22nd Horse Racing - The Scottish Grand National

22nd Record Store Day

22nd International Mother Earth Day

22nd First tin can manufactured in 1813 - it took another 60 years before the tin opener was invented!

22nd International Marconi Day

23rd Great Edinburgh Run

23rd St. George's Day

23rd English Language Day

23rd London Marathon

23rd William Shakespeare's birthday 1564

23rd World Book Night

23rd Drive It Day

23rd Madrid Marathon - Spain

24th Tennis - ATP Masters - Barcelona (to 30th )

24th National Day - Vatican City

24th National Stop Snoring Week (to 29th)

25th Guglielmo Marconi born (1874)

25th World Penguin Day

26th National Day - Tanzania

27th National Freedom Day - South Africa

27th Independence Day - Sierra Leone

27th National Day - Togo

28th Cycling - Tour De Yorkshire (to 30th)

29th International Dance Day

30th International Jazz Day

30th Motor Racing – Russia Grand Prix

May 2017

1st Children's Book Week (to 7th)

1st National Asparagus Month

1st National Pet Month

1st National Walking Month

1st Bank Holiday (UK)

1st National Share A Story Month

2nd Donkey Week (to 9th)

2nd World's first ever jet airliner (the De Havilland Comet 1) leaves from London 1952

3rd National Day - Poland

3rd Columbus discovers Jamaica 1494

4th Star Wars Day

4th 'Night Fever' top of UK charts 1978

4th First Derby was run (1780)

4th Margaret Thatcher 1st Female Prime Minister, 1979

5th Cinco de Mayo, Mexicans celebrate defeating the French at Puebla, Mexico

6th National Doughnut Week (to 13th)

6th Horse Racing - Kentucky Derby

6th Roger Bannister breaks the four minute mile 1954

6th Horse Racing - Newmarket 2000 Guineas

6th World Kids Colouring Day

6th Real Bread Week (to 14th)

7th Horse Racing - Newmarket 1000 Guineas

7th International Dawn Chorus Day

7th Red Cross Week (to 13th)

8th Coca Cola first sold on this day in 1886

8th V E Day 72nd Anniversary

8th Sun Awareness Week (to 14th)

9th Europe Day – creation of the European Union

9th National Day - Alderney

9th National Lost Sock Day

9th National Day - Guernsey & Dependencies

9th National Day - Jersey

9th National Day - Sark

10th Bike to School Day

12th National Limerick Day

12th Florence Nightingale born 1820

13th 'Rock around the Clock' released 1954

13th Eurovision Song Contest

13th World Fairtrade Day

14th Work Wise Week (to 20th)

14th British Sandwich Week (to 20th)

14th Motor Racing - F1 Grand Prix - Spain

14th Be Nice To Nettles Week (to 25th)

15th Walk to Work Week (to 19th)

15th International Day of Families

15th National Vegetarian Week (to 21st)

15th Walk to School Week (to 19th)

15th National Smile Month (to 15th June)

16th Academy Awards Ceremony first held 1929

17th Cannes Film Festival (to 28th)

17th National Day - Norway

17th World Baking Day

17th Al Capone first jailed (1929)

18th First Wimpy bar opened 1954

18th International Museum Day

19th Great British Fish and Chip Supper

20th First picture received from Hubble Space Telescope 1990

20th Cuban Independence Day

20th National Day - Cameroon

20th National Day - East Timor

22nd Tennis - French Open (to 11th Jun)

22nd British Tomato Week (to 28th)

22nd World Goth Day

22nd National Day - Rep of Yemen

22nd Sir Arthur Conan Doyle born 1859

23rd Bonnie & Clyde killed by police (1934)

23rd Chelsea Flower Show (to 27th)

24th National Day - Bermuda

24th National Day - Eritrea

25th Star Wars first shown 1977

25th Towel Day (Douglas Adams – Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy)

25th National Day - Argentina

25th National Day - Jordan

26th Memorial Day USA

26th National Day - Georgia

26th John Wayne's Birthday

27th English Wine Week (to 4th June)

27th Football - FA Cup Final

27th Football - Scottish Cup Final

27th Rugby – Aviva Premiership Final, Twickenham

28th Francis Chichester sails in to Plymouth after single-handed voyage around the world 1967

28th Horse Racing - Irish 1000 Guineas – Curragh

28th Ian Fleming born (1908-1964) - 007 author

28th Great Manchester 10K Run

28th Motor Racing - F1 Grand Prix - Monaco

28th National Day - Armenia

28th National Day - Azerbaijan

28th National Day – Ethiopia

28th Motor Racing - Indianapolis 500 Indy Car - USA

29th Hillary and Tenzing conquer Everest 1953

29th Manchester Utd win European Cup 1968

29th National BBQ Week (to 4th June)

29th Bank Holiday (UK)

June 2017

1st – Cricket - ICC Champions Trophy - England v Bangladesh, The Oval

1st Sgt Pepper released by the Beatles 1967
1st Marilyn Monroe born (1926)
1st National Day – Samoa

1st International Children’s Day

2nd National Fish and Chip Day

2nd - Cricket - ICC Champions Trophy - Australia v New Zealand, Edgbaston

2nd Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, 1953 – 62nd Anniversary
2nd National Day - Italy

3rd - Cricket - ICC Champions Trophy - Sri Lanka v South Africa, The Oval

3rd Butterfly Education and Awareness Day
3rd First Bikini modelled in Paris 1946

3rd – British Lions Tour - NZ Provincial Barbarians v British & Irish Lions

4th - Cricket - ICC Champions Trophy - India v Pakistan, Edgbaston

4th National Day - Tonga

5th - Cricket - ICC Champions Trophy - Australia v Bangladesh, The Oval

5th National Day - Denmark

5th World Environment Day

5th Heart Rhythm Week

6th - Cricket - ICC Champions Trophy - England v New Zealand, Cardiff

6th D Day 1944 73rd Anniversary

6th National Day – Sweden

7th - British Lions Tour - Blues v British & Irish Lions

8th World Oceans Day

8th - Cricket - ICC Champions Trophy - India v Sri Lanka, The Oval

8th Isle of Wight Festival (to 11th)

9th - Cricket - ICC Champions Trophy - New Zealand v Bangladesh, Cardiff

10th - British Lions Tour - Crusaders v British & Irish Lions

10th - Cricket - ICC Champions Trophy - England v Australia, Edgbaston

10th Prince Phillip Birthday

10th First Oxford v Cambridge Boat Race 1829
10th National Day - Portugal

10th Bike Week (to 19th)

11th - Cricket - ICC Champions Trophy - India v South Africa, The Oval

11th F1 Canadian Grand Prix

12th - Cricket - ICC Champions Trophy - Sri Lanka v Pakistan, Cardiff

12th National Day - Russia
12th National Day - Philippines
12th National Day - Falkland Islands

12th Men’s Health Week (to 18th)

12th UA Open Golf (to 18th)

13th - British Lions Tour - Highlanders v British & Irish Lions

14th Cricket – England v New Zealand – Third ODI
14th Flag Day - USA

14th - Cricket - ICC Champions Trophy - First semi-final, Cardiff

15th National Beer Day

15th - Cricket - ICC Champions Trophy - Second semi-final, Edgbaston

16th The Big Lunch- The Great Get Together 16th-18th

16th National Picnic Week (to 25th)

17th - British Lions Tour - Maori All Blacks v British & Irish Lions

17th Trooping the Colour
17th National Day – Iceland

17th World Juggling Day

18th - Cricket - ICC Champions Trophy - Final, The Oval

18th National Day - Seychelles

18th Battle of Waterloo 1815

18th Father’s Day

20th - British Lions Tour - Chiefs v British and Irish Lions

21st World Music Day

21st Edinburgh Film Festival (to 2nd July)

21st International Surfing Day
21st National Day – Greenland

23rd National Day – Luxembourg

23rd Bring Your Dog To Work Day

24th Glastonbury Festival (to 25th)

24th - British Lions Tour - New Zealand v British and Irish Lions – 1st Test

24th Armed Forces Day

24th Picasso's first art exhibition in Paris 1901

24th National Day - Québec

24th National Kissing Day
25th National Day - Croatia
25th National Day - Mozambique
25th Battle of Little Big Horn 1876
25th National Day – Slovenia
26th National Day - Madagascar

27th - British Lions Tour - Hurricanes v British and Irish Lions

27th National Sunglasses Day

27th National Day – Djibouti

27th International Sunglasses Day
28th Coronation of Queen Victoria 1834

29th Goodwood Festival of Speed (to 2nd July)
30th Tower Bridge opens 1894
30th Alfred Hitchcocks "Psycho" released 1960

30th Wrong Trousers Day

July 2017

1st Canada Day

1st International Reggae Day
1st 999 Emergency Service introduced 1937
1st National Day - British Virgin Islands
1st National Day - Burundi
1st National Day - Rwanda
3rd The Mallard breaks speed record for steam engine 126mph 1938
3rd National Day – Belarus

3rd Wimbledon starts

4th USA Independence Day

5th NHS is born (1948)
5th National Day - Isle of Man
5th National Day - Venezuela
6th National Day - Malawi
7th Boris Becker (unseeded and 17) wins Wimbledon 1985

7th Dixon of Dock Green first televised 1955
7th National Day - Solomon Islands
8th NSPCC founded 1884

10th Don’t step on a bee day
10th National Day - Bahamas
11th World Population Day
11th Andy Pandy first televised 1950
11th National Day - Mongolia
12th Panama Canal opened 1920

12th Wimbledon Mens’ Singles Final
12th Battle of the Boyne - Northern Ireland
13th Live Aid Concert 1985
13th National Day - Montenegro
14th Bastille Day celebrating the start of the French revolution 1789

15th St Swithin's Day
16th National Cherry Day

16th British Grand Prix
17th National Day – Iraq

20th Apollo 11 lands on the moon 1969

20th The Open Championship Golf (to 23rd)
20th National Day - Colombia

20th British Open Golf

21st National Fishing Month (to 28th August)
21st National Day - Belgium

22nd Prince George Born 2013
23rd National Marine Week (to 7th Aug)

23rd National Day – Egypt

24th National park day
24th GPO launch the first speaking clock (TIM) 1936
25th St James' Day

25th Royal International Horse Show (to 30th July)

25th New Forest & Hampshire County Show (to 27th)
25th National Day - Puerto Rico
26th National Day – Liberia

26th National Day - Maldives
28th Fingerprints first used for identification purposes 1901
28th Hungarian Grand Prix (to 30th July)
28th National Day - Peru

29th National Day - Faroe Islands

29th Cowes Week

August 2017

1st Yorkshire Day

1st National Day – Switzerland

1st World Wide Web Day

2nd World Friendship Day

3rd Christopher Columbus discovered the Americas 1492
4th National Day - Cook Island

4th International Beer Day

4th Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo (to 26th)
6th Playday

6th Wiggle Your Toes Day

6th International friendship day
7th Independence Day – Ivory Coast

7th National Lighthouse Day

7th Golf – PGA Championship – USA (to 13th)
7th National Allotment Week 2017

8th Great British Beer Festival - CAMRA – Olympia London (to 12th)
9th Book Lovers Day

10th Bristol Balloon Fiesta (to 13th)

10th World Lion Day

12th Vinyl Record Day

12th international cat Day

13th International Left Handers Day
14th Independence Day - Pakistan

15th VJ Day 70th Anniversary (1945)

15th Indian Independence Day

15th Weymouth Carnival, Dorset
15th Relaxation Day

19th National Potato Day

19th V Festival (to 20th)

19th World Photo Day

19th World Humanitarian Day 2017
21st National Day - Belgium
23rd Motor Racing - F1 Belgium Grand Prix

25th Reading Festival (to 27th)

26th Tomatino Fight (Tomato fight in Spain)

27th Notting Hill Carnival (to 28th)

28th Summer Bank Holiday

29th International Bat Night

31st Coco-Cola arrived in Britain 1900

31st Independence Day – Trinidad & Tobago

31st Bournemouth Air Show (to 3rd September)

September 2017

1st Friendship Month (to 30th)

1st Blue September 2017

1st Organic September

1st F1 Italian Grand Prix (to 3rd)

2ndThe Great Fire of London started in Pudding Lane 1666

2nd Scottish Food and Drink Fortnight (to 17th)

4th Organ Donation Week

5th International day of Charity

7th Tour of Britain, Cycling (to 14th)

8th International Literacy Day

9th Last Night of the Proms

13th Roald Dahl Day

13th Agatha Christie Week

15th National Cupcake Week (to 24th)

15th Great British Beach Clean (to 18th)

16th Mexican Independence Day

16th Oktoberfest starts

16th Great Gorilla Run, London

19th Talk like A Pirate Day

21st International Day of Peace

21st F1 Singapore Grand Prix

22nd Jeans For Genes Day

22nd National Work Life Week (to 26th)

23rd British Food Fortnight (to 8th Oct)

25th Ryder Cup - Gleneagles, Golf (to 30th)

26th European Day of Languages

26th Red Squirrel Week (to 4th Oct)

29th World Heart Day

29th World's Biggest Coffee Morning

30th The first episode of Thunderbirds was shown 1965

October 2017

1st National Homemade Cookies Day

1st Black History Month (to 31st)

1st National Cholesterol Month (to 31st)

1st World Vegetarian Day

2nd Humphreys Pyjama Week (to 10th)

2nd National Name Your Car Day

2nd National Child Health Day

3rd National Boyfriend Day

3rd National Day - Germany

4th World Animal Day

4th National Golf Lover’s Day

4th National Walk to School Day

4th World Space Week (to 10th)

5th World Teachers Day

5th National Do Something Nice Day

6th Seafood Week to 13th

6th F1 Japanese Grand Prix

6th National Badger Day

6th World Smile Day

6th National Mad Hatter Day

6th National Noodle Day

6th Red, White and Blue Day

8th Wool Week (to 17th)

9th British Egg Week (to 15th)

9th World Post Day

9th National Chess Day

9th Native American Day

9th National Curry Week (to 15th)

9th 13th Chocolate Week (to 15th)

10th National Cake Decorating Day

12th National Day – Spain

12th National Farmer’s Day

13th National Knitting Week (to 21st)

16th World Food Day

16th Blue Peter first televised 1958

20th National Tea & Cake Break

20th Wear It Pink

21st Trafalgar Day

24th United Nations Day

25th Charge of the Light Brigade 1854

26th British Summer Time (BST) ends

27th Wear your Whiskers DAY Battersea Cats & Dogs Home

28th The Statue of Liberty was unveiled in New York harbour 1886

29th National Day - Turkey

30th James Bond made his first screen debut 1962

*** 31st Halloween ***

November 2017

1st Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)

5th Guy Fawkes / Bonfire Night

11th Armistice Day

11th Poland Independence Day

16th Beaujolais Nouveau

23rd Thanksgiving

30th St Andrew's Day

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