As England emerges from the short, dark days of winter, swathes of daffodils and trees laden with blossom breathe new life into this ancient land. As the days grow lighter, it feels as though there’s more time for fun, and people begin to embrace the outdoors again in every way imaginable. Wherever you go, you can be pretty certain that there are a whole host of springtime events happening nearby. Some are worthy of planning an entire break around; others are a perfect distraction on a weekend afternoon.
Have your diary at the ready. There’s so much to look forward to in the coming months. Here’s our guide to some of the best spring events in England for 2022…
5 – 8 May
RHS Malvern Spring Festival, Malvern Hills
This wonderful floral celebration is set against the backdrop of the beautiful Malvern Hills which straddle Worcestershire, Herefordshire and part of north Gloucestershire. The RHS Malvern Spring Festival features flowers, food, crafts and family fun. Find inspiration in the spectacular Floral Marquee and talks & demos from gardening glitterati in the Festival Theatre.
6 May – for one month
Brighton Fringe & The Brighton Festival, Brighton
The Brighton Fringe is a month-long arts festival with over 250 events from stand-up comedy and cabaret, to theatre and silent disco walking tours. On 7 May, The Brighton Festival begins, opening with its traditional Children’s parade, followed by a 3-week event showcasing a vibrant mix of music, theatre, dance, circus, debate and more. If you’re heading to the south east of England this May, this is a must-see.
24 - 28 May
RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Chelsea – London
The English spring events calendar isn’t complete without the world’s greatest flower show, and this year it returns to its rightful springtime slot having previously taken place in September as a result of the pandemic. Meander through spectacular show gardens, discover fantastic food & drink, pick up expert advice and marvel at the science displayed within the educational exhibits in the Great Pavilion. It’s wise to book tickets early.
28 May – 1 June
Jorvik Viking Festival, York
Immerse yourself in Viking history at Europe’s largest Viking festival. Experience hands-on family fun, bustling banquets, contests for the best beard and strongest Viking, and a Traders Market, plus a whole lot more. The Battle Spectacular, complete with pyrotechnics, returns this year, as does the epic March to Coppergate and the popular Viking Banquet.
England arguably does pomp and pageantry like no other nation, and countless miles of bunting will be rolled out this season to celebrate Queen Elizabeth’s historic 70-year reign. Events are being held throughout the year with many planned for June including an extended bank holiday weekend from Thursday 2nd to Sunday 5th June.
Sunday 5 June
The Big Jubilee Lunch, nationwide
Bringing the good old street party back in style, the Big Jubilee Lunch encourages people to share friendship, food and fun with neighbours as part of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations. A Big Jubilee Lunch can be big or small - street party or picnic, tea and cake or a garden barbeque.
For tips and ideas on how to celebrate, visit the Big Jubilee Lunch website.
2 – 5 June, Jubilee Bank Holiday
Blenheim Palace Food Festival, Oxfordshire
Set in the stunning grounds of Blenheim Palace, this is the perfect weekend to visit Oxfordshire’s largest food festival packed with food stalls, jazz musicians and some of the biggest names in the foodie world. For an extended break, Blenheim is located on the far right edge of the Cotswolds, making it an excellent base from which to explore the region.
11 - 12 June
London’s prettiest private gardens, usually only for residents’ use, open up for one glorious weekend a year. Explore the capital’s hidden gems, learn about their history and linger a while to enjoy some tranquillity in the middle of the city. There are over 100 private gardens available to explore.