'Public holidays are a big part of UK culture. There aren't many, so when they do come along everyone is determined to make the most of it - whether it's a snow fight at Christmas, a carnival in May or ice-cream on the beach in August. You'll also find plenty of traditional UK celebrations to enjoy on bank holidays and weekends all year round.'
Visit the Directgov website for a full list of bank holidays in the UK over the next three years:
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Traditional UK celebrations
One of the best ways to experience UK tradition is to join in with one of the many festivals taking place throughout the year:
- Bonfire Night (5 November) – Celebrate the failure of Guy Fawkes’ attempt to blow up the Houses of Parliament. Experience spectacular fireworks and blazing bonfires as you tuck into some delicious traditional food in organised events across the country.
- Burns Night (usually 25 January) - Get together with your fellow students and celebrate the life and works of Scottish writer Robert Burns with a traditional Burns Supper of Haggis, Neeps and Tatties.
- Eisteddfod Festival (early August) – The largest cultural event of its kind in Europe, Eistefffod is a Welsh celebration of music, literature and performance. Enjoy a great mix of talent competitions, concerts, plays and exhibitions.