Events calendar

Here are the highlights we’ve picked out for the next five months, have a look to see whether you fancy sitting in the cinema or a big, muddy field…


1-3 London HE (higher education) convention

Organised by UCAS, this will be taking place at Earl’s Court. Visit to book, or find out what exhibitions and events are taking place in your area.

5 Amazing Butterflies

Head to the East lawn of the Natural History Museum and you’ll be able to live through the life cycle of a butterfly, before emerging into the butterfly house itself. Details can be found at

23 St George’s Day

Generally gets less attention that St Patrick’s Day in England, but there are people trying to change that – is drumming up support for the patron saint.


5 Bank Holiday

Not only do you get a day off today, but another one on 26 May as well. You’d be laughing all the way to the bank if it wasn't closed.

10-11 BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend

It's big and it's free. This year the music festival will be held in Maidstone in Kent and even though a general ballot will allocate tickets randomly, they will be weighted in favour of those living in Maidstone and the surrounding areas. Don't forget to register for tickets between 21-28 April.

14 The Uefa Cup Final comes to Manchester

Will British teams Aberdeen, Bolton, Everton or Tottenham be fighting it out at the City of Manchester stadium?

22 Indiana Jones hits cinemas

Harrison Ford – in his first outing as Indiana Jones since 1989 – will be searching for the Kingdom of The Crystal Skull. Let’s hope this resurrection of a movie classic will be more Batman Begins than The Phantom Menace.

26 Bank holiday

Yep, it's another day off work the working people.


5 World Environment Day

Kick The Habit! Towards a Low Carbon Economy is the slogan for this year’s activities, courtesy of the United Nations. Visit to see how you can get involved.

15 Father’s Day

Mothering Sunday (2 March) always seems to get more coverage, but don’t forget poor old dad as well. Just give him some wine gums and you’ll immediately be in his good books.

27-29 Glastonbury Festival

Mud and commercial hip-hop on the pyramid stage aside, you know Glastonbury is still going to be great fun.

30 Last date for receipt of Ucas applications

This is the very last day you can get your application in this year, though it will be considered late. Any applications sent in after this date will go through clearing. A look at will give you all the details.


11-13 T in the Park

At the time of going to press, neither the line-up or the date that tickets will go on sale was confirmed, but this is bound to be good if you like good indie fare. Go to to register for updates.

12-13 Formula Student

A competition to get young engineers involved in the automotive sector. Find out more about getting involved at and look into heading along to the free event at Silverstone.

25 UK release of The Dark Knight

The new Batman movie sees the late Heath Ledger as the Joker, in what should be a fitting tribute to his acting talent. Log on to to see a trailer.


1-3 The Big Chill festival

With such diverse acts as Alabama 3, Roisin Murphy, Leonard Cohen, Trentemøller and The Mighty this year's Big chill is worth checking out. It takes place at the Booshastnor Castle Deer Park in Malvern Hills, Herefordshire. For more information check their website

8-24 The Olympics

The BBC will broadcast coverage from 2am to 6pm every day, with an evening round-up show. Great Britain’s cycling, rowing and swimming teams are expected to do well; visit for news of the GB team’s preparations.

14 A-level results

Stop biting your fingernails and remember: if you don’t get the results you want, there’s always Clearing.

22-24 Reading and Leeds festivals

Another festival and another cracker. Again, too early to mention line-ups and ticket sales, but register at for regular updates.


5-7 Bestival

BBC Radio One's Rob Da Bank is curating this festival at Robin Hill Countryside Adventure Park near Newport on the Isle of Wight. Headliners this year are: Amy Winehouse, Underworld, My Bloody Valentine, check to find out who else is playing.