3rd January 2020

What’s On? Your Pub Guide to 2020

Discover the important Dates for your pub calendar year!

January can appear to be a little thin on the ground for excuses to have a party, and often the pub trade can be affected by campaigns such as Dry January, however, have you thought about giving people an excuse to come to the pub?

Why not book a band or a DJ, host a party night or games evening? Just because some people might do a month of sobriety following Christmas indulgences, doesn’t mean they can’t come out for a ginger beer or cranberry juice.

band playing a packed out pub

Read on to see just how jam packed 2020 is!


20th January – Blue Monday

25th Burns Night – Do you need an excuse to order some of the finest whisky available? Here it is.
25th Saint Dynwyn’s Day – Welsh equivalent of Valentine’s Day.


1st Feb – Guinness 6Nations Tournament begins!
1st Feb – Wales vs Italy and Ireland vs Scotland
2nd Feb – France vs England

8th Feb – 6Nations; Ireland vs Wales and Scotland vs England
9th Feb – 6Nations: France vs Italy

Valentine’s Day: Friday 14 February – Don’t forget this one!

22nd Feb – 6Nations; Italy vs Scotland and Wales vs France
23rd Feb – 6Nations: England vs Ireland

Shrove Tuesday: Tuesday 25 February (Pancake Day)

29th Feb – Leap Year!

Wales fans in London for rugby

The Guinness 6Nations Rugby Tournament kicks off in February and concludes in March. Wales are current Grandslam Champions.


St David’s Day: Sunday 1 March

6th March – 6Nations; Ireland vs Italy and England vs Wales
7th March – 6Nations: Scotland vs France

14th March – 6Nations; Wales vs Scotland and Italy vs England
15th March – 6Nations; France vs Ireland

St Patrick’s Day: Tuesday 17 March
Mothering Sunday: Sunday 22 March

Daylight saving time starts – Sunday 29 March – Remember to change the clocks!


1st – April Fool’s Day
4th – Grand National
9th – Masters Tournament

Good Friday: Friday 10 April
Easter Sunday: 12th April
Easter Monday: Monday 13th April

St George’s Day: Thursday 23rd April


FRIDAY 8th Bank Holiday – (NOT Monday, 75th Anniversary of VE Day)

12th – 16th – Eurovision – (Live Final Saturday 16th)

Saturday 23rd – FA Cup Final
Monday 25th – Bank Holiday


Euro 2020 begins! And for this year, celebrating the 60th anniversary of the European football competition, there is no host nation, but a multi-nation format.

12th June – Euro 2020 1st fixture Turkey v Italy
13th June – Euro 2020 – Wales vs Switzerland
14th June – Euro 2020 – England vs Croatia

17th June – Euro 2020 Turkey vs Wales
19th June – Euro 2020 England vs TBC

Summer Solstice: Saturday 20 June

Father’s Day: Sunday 21 June
21st June – Euro 2020 Italy vs Wales
23rd June – Euro 2020 Czech republic vs England
24th June – Glastonbury Festival
27th June – Tour De France
29th June – Wimbledon begins


12th July – Euro 2020 Final
24th July – 2020 Summer Olympics


2nd August – FA Community Shield
Summer bank holiday: Monday 3 August (Scotland only)
25th August – 2020 Paralympic Games begin

Summer bank holiday: Monday 31 August (England, Wales and Northern Ireland only)


11th September – Stand Up To Cancer
22nd September – The Ryder Cup starts

Tywarnhayle Inn Halloween pumpkins

Hosting a Pumpkin competition on Halloween can be a great way of driving custom. This is from The Tywarnhayle Inn in Perranporth.


Daylight saving time ends: Sunday 25 October

Halloween: Saturday 31 October

Guy Fawkes/Bonfire Night: Thursday 5 November

Remembrance Day: Wednesday 11 November

St Andrew’s Day: Monday 30 November (Scotland only)


Winter Solstice: Monday 21 December

24th Christmas Eve
25th Christmas Day – The BIG ONE for a lot of pubs, I know it’s only just rolled past for another year, but remember to keep your eye on the calender, you’ll be promoting Christmas Bookings before you know it!

26th Boxing Day
Monday 28th December (substitute Bank Holiday as Boxing Day is a Saturday in 2020)
31st New Years Eve – (If you are planning on hosting a hand night, singer or entertainment, make sure you book the acts early)

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