2018 – The Best UK Events, Anniversaries & Things to Do

We’re looking forward towards an amazing 2018 with loads of things to brighten your holidays and weekends away. Royal weddings, huge sporting events, cultural events and anniversaries and so much more – it’s going to be a great year!

Here’s the ultimate guide to 2018’s events and activities in Britain, with added suggestions for places to go and celebrate.

Frankenstein’s 200th birthday: January

Bath: unlikely birthplace of Frankenstein’s monster

Mary Shelley’s classic novel birthed the iconic creature and many believe the science fiction genre, so there’s much to celebrate in Frankenstein’s double century!

The Orkney Islands and Scotland featured in the text, but it was a wet summer in Geneva that really shaped the tale.

Where to go: If you fancy somewhere more civilised then pay a visit to Bath. It was here that Mary Shelley spent the autumn and winter of 1816/17 writing her horror classic!

The Avengers Re-Assemble: 27 April

Durham Cathedral as seen on screen in 2018

The spectacle of Spider-Man, the Guardians of the Galaxy and Doctor Strange teaming up with The Avengers to save the world may be enough to bring most to their local cinemas in spring 2018, but it’s the filming locations that are the real stars!

Filmmakers headed to Scotland to capture scenes in Edinburgh (Waverly Station and Cockburn Street); they then headed to the coast to film at the National Trust’s St Abb’s Head before visiting Durham Cathedral.

Where to go: When you’ve finished watching what is bound to be 2018’s biggest film, assemble for a break in one of the UK filming locations.

The Royal Wedding: 19 May

Scalby Lodge
Holiday like royalty at Scalby Lodge

In 2018 it will be 7 years since the nuptials of William and Kate, and while we’re busy wondering where that time’s gone, Harry and Meghan will be busy prepping for their big day in May.

Windsor Castle’s St. George’s Chapel is the venue for the big day. Experts claim it will be a relatively low-key affair – at least by Royal standards!

Where to visit: Stay at one of cottages.com properties at Scalby Lodge in Yorkshire, owned by Her Majesty in Right of Her Duchy of Lancaster. Scalby Lodge is a collection of fifteen beautiful cottages with options for romantic escapes or family breaks – maybe even honeymoons?

World Cup 2018: June-July

Enjoy cottages with private pitches and more

Russia is the host for the first European set World Cup since 2006, and the hosts will be playing the opening game against Saudi Arabia on 14 June.

2018 is notable for the lack of the Netherlands and Italy (the first time since 1958!). Unfortunately, Wales and Scotland will also be sitting this one out, but England’s games are on the 18, 24 and 28 June – and hopefully beyond!

Where to visit: A manageable time difference means this is a perfect World Cup to enjoy on the sofa. Why not try a property with its own private cinema or football pitch?

A Brontë Birthday: July

Follow the sign to Wuthering Heights

Next year marks the 200th birthday of Emily Jane Brontë, sister of Anne, Charlotte and Branwell and writer of the classic Wuthering Heights.

Few novels are as closely linked to their inspiration as the windswept moors above Haworth in Yorkshire, so few literary locations are as satisfying to visit!

Where to go: There’s no better time to explore the amazing moors of Yorkshire. Visit Haworth to see the Brontë’s home and appreciate Emily’s inspiration.

Wimbledon: July

Anyone for tennis? (MWF)

Could 2018 be the year Andy Murray returns to Wimbledon dominance or will Roger Federer successfully defend his title?

With Garbiñe Muguruza breaking a three year winning streak from the Williams sisters in 2017 and set to defend her title in 2018, next year looks like a banner year for Britain’s biggest tennis competition.

Where to go: unless you’re lucky enough to get tickets to Centre Court, the sofa offers the best view of the action. Fancy going the extra mile? View properties with home cinemas and tennis courts!

Special Olympics GB 40th Anniversary Games: August

The Wallace monument marks the gateway to the Highlands

A double celebration: 50 years since the Special Olympics was founded and 40 since it made its way over Atlantic.

This commemorative competition is taking place in Stirling and promises 1,200 athletes competing in boccia, badminton, table tennis, football, swimming, athletics, cycling, golf and netball. There’s an opening ceremony on 9 August and the games begin the next day.

Where to go: Visit to Stirling for the spectacle of the games and the beauty of the scenery. They don’t call it the ‘gateway to the Highlands’ for nothing! If you fancy an active adventure then take a look at our guide to the best accessible adventures in the UK.

Happy Birthday, Hey Jude: August

Explore The Beatles’ birthplace

The first single from the Beatles’ Apple Records, the longest single to top the charts (at the time) and still a stone-cold classic, Hey Jude celebrates a half-century of singalongs in August.

Written by Paul Macartney and recorded in London for ‘the White Album’, the song stayed in the charts for sixteen weeks following its release on 7 September.

Where to go: Liverpool: home of ‘the Fab Four’ and celebrating the 10 year anniversary of being City of Culture in 2018. See Terracotta Warriors, tall ships and maybe even a few Yellow Submarines?

Edinburgh Fringe: 3-27 August

The world’s largest arts festival

The ever-popular Fringe festival offers weeks of entertainment in and amongst the beautiful surroundings of Edinburgh – over 300 venues in fact!

Open access means there’s a low bar for entry, so quality veers from amazing to…less amazing, but that’s all part of the experience!

Many top-tier comedians have been discovered at the Fringe, including Rowan Atkinson, Billy Connolly, Eddie Izzard, The League of Gentlemen, Flight of the Conchords and more, so you never know who you might discover.

Where to go: There’s no other place but Edinburgh itself. Be quick, properties get booked up a long time in advance.

Robin Hood returns: September

A stunning summer walk in Sherwood Forest

A new version of the Robin Hood myth arrives in cinemas in late 2018, so expect action, adventure and plenty of arrows.

Though filmed in France, Croatia and Hungary, we expect there to be added interest in Nottinghamshire in 2018 – perfect for a jaunt into Sherwood Forest!

Where to go: Not only is Sherwood the home of Robin Hood, it is also an excellent day out in its own right with lovely walks and plenty of activities.  

Big Top Birthdays: Circus250

circus sign

The circus ring was invented in 1768 when Philip Astley performed equestrian tricks in a circle on a patch of land near London’s Waterloo. He filled the breaks with performers, crowds gathered and the circus was born!

Needless to say, 2018 is going to be a big year for the big top, with events taking place all over the country.

Where to go: You never have too far to travel to find a circus, but why not try mastering a circus skill in the garden on your break?

Enid Blyton Anniversary: November

Dorset is perfect for your famous adventure

November 2018 marks 50 years since Enid Blyton’s passing. She is believed to have written an amazing 700 books in her lifetime, and there are two new entries in the Secret Seven saga planned for publication (written by Pamela Butchart).

Blyton is also believed to be the most translated children’s author in the world, the fourth most translated author of all time and has sold a staggering 500 million books!

Where to go: Dorset was the author’s dream holiday destination, and she visited many times with her family over 20 years. Why not take your friends or family on their own famous adventure?

Mary Poppins Returns: December  

Enjoy a break in stunning Sussex

Equally beloved of children, P. L. Travers’s tale of super-nanny Mary Poppins became a cinematic classic, and its sequel is due out over 50 years later.

Emily Blunt is carrying the bottomless bag and iconic brolly in the sequel, set 25 years after the first film, and its December release date is bound to make it a Christmas classic in the next festive period (and hopefully in another 50 years too!).

Where to go: Travers first started writing Mary Poppins after trading London for a cottage in Sussex, so we’d suggest the same.

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