Awareness Days & Events You Need to Know About in 2024

There are almost countless awareness days in the UK and Internationally. Each of which is designed to bring attention to important health, social, environmental, and economic issues.Β 

Dedicating a day, a week or even a whole month to a certain cause creates awareness around issues that may fall by the wayside otherwise.

Ultimately, marking awareness days develops a sense of empowerment and unity that brings people together to create a positive impact.

In this piece, we’ve collated a comprehensive list of awareness days and events you need to know about in the UK for 2024.

Whether you’re looking to beef up your social media game, create super relevant paid ad opportunities, empower your team or you’re wondering when Drink Wine Day is (February 18th, by the way), this piece is perfect for you!

Why Are Awareness Days Important?

Awareness days offer businesses a fantastic opportunity to connect their audiences and employees with causes that align with their values as a business.

Not only can this help you raise awareness for these causes, but also aid in your attempts to connect with your audiences.

With 72% of UK consumers now expecting businesses to speak out about societal issues, it’s now very important for businesses to step into the breach to help shine a light on problems in our communities.Β 

Issues around racism, mental health, LGBT+ rights, the environment and poverty are no longer problems that businesses can ignore.Β 

By keeping an eye on our calendar, you can plan ahead for the next twelve months so your business can help improve the lives of others.

January


Did you know…The first recorded reference to a β€œJanuary sale” in the UK was way back in 1865?

Jan 1st – 31st – Veganuary
– National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month
– Dry JanuaryΒ 
– Walk Your Dog MonthΒ 
– National Mentoring MonthΒ 
– Love Your Liver Month
Jan 3rd – Festival of Sleep Day
Jan 4th – World Braille Day
– National Spaghetti Day
Jan 9th – 15th – Houseplant Week UK
Jan 11th – National Human Trafficking Awareness Day
Jan 14th – STIQ Day
Jan 15th – Martin Luther King Day
– Blue Monday
Jan 15th – 21st – Big Energy Saving Week
Jan 16th – National Religious Freedom Day
– Brew Monday
– National Do Nothing Day
Jan 20th – National Cheese Lovers Day
Jan 21st – Race Against Dementia Day
– National Hug Day
– World Religion Day
Jan 23rd – National Pie Day
– National Reading Day
Jan 22nd – 28th – Cervical Cancer Prevention Week
Jan 25th – Burns Night
– St Dwynwen’s Day
Jan 26th – Australia Day
– National Spouses Day
Jan 27th – Holocaust Memorial Day
Jan 27th – Feb 4th – National Storytelling Week

February


Did you know…February is the only month that can pass without a full moon?

Feb 1st – 29th – LGBT History Month
– Spay/Neuter Awareness Month
– National Children’s Dental Health Month
– Boost Your Self-Esteem Month
– Heart Month USA
– Black History Month USA
Feb 1st – Dignity Action Day
Feb 2nd – Time To Talk Day
– Lung Leavin Day
– World Wetlands Day
– NSPCC Number Day
– Wear Red Day
Feb 4th – World Cancer Day
Feb 5th – 11th – Children’s Mental Health Week
– School’s Football Week
– Tinnitus Awareness Week
– National Apprenticeship Week
– National HIV Testing Week
– Sexual Abuse and Sexual Violence Awarness Week
Feb 6th – Safer Internet Day
Feb 7th – Send A Card To A Friend Day
Feb 10-17th – Chinese New Year
Feb 11th – International Day of Women and Girls in Science
Feb 12-18th – Student Volunteering Week
– You Can Care Week
Feb 12th – International Epilepsy Day
Feb 13th – Shrove Tuesday/Pancake Day
Feb 14th – Valentines Day
Feb 15th – Singles Awareness Day
Feb 16th – Care Day
Feb 17th – Random Act of Kindness Day
Feb 18th – Drink Wine Day
Feb 20th – National Love Your Pet Day
Feb 20th – 26th – Cancer Prevention Action Week
Feb 22nd – World Encephalitis Day
– World Thinking Day
Feb 23rd – Helplines Awareness Day
Feb 26th – March 3rd – Eating Disorders Awareness Week
– Cyber Scotland Week
Feb 27th – March 12th – Fairtrade Fortnight
Feb 29thΒ  – Rare Disease Day

March


Did you know…Twitter was officially launched on March 21, 2006, with the first ever β€œtweet” going out the same day?

March 1st – 31st – Marie Curie Great Daffodil Appeal
– National Nutrition Month
– Brain Tumour Awareness MonthΒ 
– Deep-Vein Thrombosis Month
– National Bed Month
– Endometriosis Awareness Month
– Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month
– National Irish-American Heritage Month
– Brain Injury Awareness Month
– Walk All Over CancerΒ 
– Mustache March
– National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
– National Save Your Vision Month
March 1st – Self Injury/Harm Awareness Day
– St David’s Day
– Employee Appreciation Day
March 3rd – World Hearing Day
– Dyscalculia Awareness Day
March 3rd – 9th – Endometriosis Awareness Week
March 4th – International HPV Awareness Day (IHAD)
– World Spa Day
March 4th – 10th – No More Week
– National Careers Week
– British Pie Week
– National Butchers Week
March 5th – St Piran’s Day
March 6th – National No Smoking Day
March 7th – World Book Day
March 7th – 10th – Crufts
March 8th – International Women’s Day
– Women In Tech SEO Festival
March 8th – 17th – British Science Week
March 10th – Mother’s Day UK
– Ramadan
March 11th – 12th – Retail Week Live
March 11th – Commonwealth Day
March 11th – 17th – Compost Week UK
– Healthcare Science Week
– Nutrition and Hydration Week
March 13th – Young Carers Action Day
March 14th – National Potato Chip Day
– Dog Theft Awareness Day
– University Mental Health Day
– World Kidney Day
– International School Meals Day
March 15th – Comic Relief/Red Nose Day
– World Sleep Day
March 15th – 24th – English Tourism Week
March 15th – 31st – The Great British Spring Clean
March 17th – St Patrick’s Day
March 18th – Global Recycling Day
March 18th – 24th – Neurodiversity Celebration Week
– Debt Awareness Week
March 20th – Spring Equinox
– World Oral Health Day
– International Day of Happiness
– National Native AIDS Awareness Day
March 20th – 24th – Train It Chooseday
March 21st – World Down Syndrome Day
– International Day of Forests
– National French Bread Day
– World Poetry Day
March 22nd – World Water Day
March 23rd – National Day of Reflection
March 24th – National Skipping Day
– World TB Day
March 27thΒ  – World Theatre Day
March 28th – Maundy Thursday
March 29th – Good Friday
March 30th – World Bipolar Day
March 31st – Easter Sunday
– Daylight Savings Begin

April


Did you know…April is named in honour of the Greek goddess of love, Aphrodite?

April 1st – 30th – Parkinson’s Awareness Month
– IBS Awareness Month
– Jazz Appreciation Month
– International Cesarean Awareness Month
– Stress Awareness Month
– Bowel Cancer Awareness Month
– Move More Month
– Mathematics and Statistics Awareness Month
– Active For April
– National Pet Month
April 1st – April Fool’s Day
– Easter Monday
April 1st – 7th – Community Garden Week
April 2nd – World Autism Awareness Day
– International Children’s Book Day
April 2nd-8th – World Autism Acceptance Week
April 3rd – 9th – Community Garden Week
April 5th – Walk To Work Day
April 6th – International Pillow Fight Day
April 7th – World Health Day
April 10th – 16th – World Homeopathy Awareness Week
April 11th – World Parkinson’s Day
April 14th – 20th – Parkinson’s Awareness Week
April 16th – World Voice Day
April 17th – 23rd – National Feet Week
April 19th – National Early Years Teacher Week
April 21st – National Tea Day
April 22nd – International Mother Earth Day
– Stephen Lawrence Day
April 22nd – 28th – World PI Week
– National Stop Snoring Week
– Allergy Awareness Week
– MS Awareness Week
– Food Allergy Awareness Week
April 23rd – St George’s Day
– English Language Day
– World Book Night
April 24th – Stop Food Waste Day
April 24th – 30th – World Immunisation Week
April 25th – World Penguin Day
– National DNA Day
– World Malaria Day
April 25th – 26th – BrightonSEO
April 25th – May 1st – Bake For Dementia
April 26th – World IP Day
April 29th – International Dance Day
April 30th – International Jazz Day

May


Did you know…May is the only month of the year where the day of the week it starts and ends does not match any other month?

May 1st – 31st – Skin Cancer Awareness MonthΒ 
– May Measure Month
– National Walking Month
– National Teen Self Esteem Month
– Local and Community History Month
– National Share a Story Month
– National Clean Air Month
– Action on Stroke Month
– Maternal Mental Health Month
– Big Asthma Bake Sale
May 1st – 7th – Sun Awareness WeekΒ 
– Deaf Awareness Week
– National Gardening Week
May 1st – World Maternal Mental Health Day
May 2nd – National Day of Reason
May 4th – Firefighters Memorial Day
– Bird Day
– Star Wars Day
May 5th – International Day of the Midwife
– International Dawn Chorus Day
May 6th – Early May Bank Holiday
May 7th – World Asthma Day
May 6th – 12th – Red Cross Week
– Dying Matters Week
– Viral Meningitis Awareness Week
May 8th – World Ovarian Cancer Day
– V-E Day
– World Red Cross Day
– World Donkey Day
– National Amyloidosis Day
– National Receptionist’s Day
May 8th – 14th – Food Allergy Awareness Week
May 9th – Europe Day
May 9th – 15th – Coeliac UK’s Awareness Week
– ME Awareness Week
May 9th – 22nd – Foster Care Fortnight
May 10th – World Lupus Day
May 12thΒ  – World Fibromyalgia Day
– ME Awareness Day
– International Nurses Day
– National Limerick Day
– National Children’s Day
May 13th – 19th – Mental Health Awareness Week
– Dementia Awareness
– Water Saving Week
May 13th – June 13th – National Smile Month
May 14th – Garden Day
– World Fairtrade Day
May 17th – National Numeracy Day
May 18th – World AIDS Vaccine Day
– International Museums Day
May 20th – 24th – Walk to School Week
May 20th – 26th – National Vegetarian Week
– World Salt Awareness Week
– Action For Brain Injury Week
May 21st – World Meditation Day
May 22nd – 28th – National Epilepsy Week
May 23rd – World Turtle Day
May 25th – National Wine Day
– International Missing Children’s Day
– FA Cup Final
May 27th – Spring Bank
– Gloucestershire Cheese Rolling
May 27th – June 2nd – National BBQ Week
May 28th – World Hunger Day
May 29th – National Biscuit Day
– World Digestive Health Day
– International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers
May 30th – World MS Day
– Hug Your Cat Day
May 31st – World No Tobacco Day

June


Did you know…Depending on where you are in the world, June has both the longest and shortest days of the year?

June 1st – 30th – SANDS Awareness Month
– National Candy Month
– Pride Month
– Tourettes Awareness Month
June 1st – 7th – Volunteers Week
June 1st – World Milk Day
– Global Day of Parents
– National Fish and Chips Day
June 2nd – National Leave The Office Early Day
– Cancer Survivors Day
June 3rd – National Egg Day
June 4th – National Cheese Day
June 5th – World Environment Day
June 6th – 12th – Child Safety Week
– Aromatherapy Awareness Week
– Garden Wildlife Week
June 7th – Tourettes Awareness Day
June 8th – National Best Friends Day
– King’s Birthday
– World Oceans Day
June 9th – UK Clothing Poverty Awareness Day
June 10th – 14th – Healthy Eating Week
June 10th – 16th – Carers Week
– Diabetes Awareness Week
June 12th – 18th – Loneliness Awareness Week
– Men’s Health Week
June 14th – World Blood Donor Day
– International Surfing Day
June 14th – July 14th – UEFA Euros 2024
June 15th – National Beer DayΒ 
June 16th – World Refill Day
– National Clean Air Day
– Father’s Day
June 18th – Autistic Pride Day
– International Picnic Day
June 17th – 25th – National Picnic Week
June 17th – 23rd – Children’s Hospice Week
– Cervical Screening Awareness Week
– Refugee Week
– National School Sport Week
June 18th – 25th – Drowning Prevention Week
June 19th – 25th – English Wine Week
– World Continence Week
June 20th – Summer Solstice
June 21st – World Humanist Day
– World Music Day
– Global MND Awareness Day
– National Indigenous Peoples Day
– Reserves Day
– Bring Your Dog to Work Day
June 21st – 27th – Love Your Lungs Week
June 22nd – Rare Chromosome Awareness Day
– Windrush Day
June 23rd – International Widows Day
– Public Service Day
– International Women in Engineering Day
June 26th – 30th – World Wellbeing Week
June 26th – July 2rd – Deafblind Awareness WeekΒ 
June 29th – Armed Forces Day
June 29th – July 19th – Children’s Art Week

July


Did you know…July was named after Julius Caesar?

July 1st – 31st – Sarcoma Awareness Month
– National Picnic Month
– Plastic Free July
– Good Care Month
– Independent Retailer Month
– National Fishing Month
– Group Strep B Support Awareness Month
July 1st – 14th – Wimbledon
July 1st – 7th – Clean Beaches Week
July 1st – Canada Day
July 3rd – 9th – Alcohol Awareness Week
July 4th – Independence Day
July 6th – International Kissing Day
July 7th – World Chocolate Day
– Thank You Day
July 15th – Social Media Giving Day
– St Swithins Day
July 17th – World Day for International Justice
– World Emoji Day
July 21st – World Ice Cream Day
July 22nd – Aug 6th – National Marine Week
July 24th – 24/7 Samaritans Awareness Day/The Big Listen
July 24th – Aug 2nd – Love Parks Week
July 25th – National Schizophrenia DayΒ 
– National Wine and Cheese Day
July 28th – World Hepatitis Day
July 29th – International Tiger Day
July 30th – World Friendship Day

August


Did you know…The first sandwich was allegedly made on August 6 1762?

Aug 1st – 31st – National Immunisation Month
– National Road Victim Month
– Psoriasis Awareness
Aug 1st – 7th – World Breastfeeding Week
Aug 1st – Cycle to Work Day
Aug 4th – Coast Guard Day
Aug 5th – National Oyster Day
Aug 8th – International Cat Day
Aug 12th – International Youth Day
Aug 12th – 18th – Afternoon Tea Week
– National Allotments Week
Aug 19th – World Photo Day
– World Humanitarian Day
Aug 26th – National Dog Day
– Summer Bank Holiday

September


Did you know…The Great Fire of London began in September 1666?

Sept 1st – 30th – Sourdough September
– Urology Awareness Month
– Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
– Secondhand September
– World Alzheimer’s Month
– Gynecological Cancer Awareness Month
– Move More September
– Organic September
– Blood Cancer Awareness Month
– Vascular Disease Awareness Month
Sept 1st – 7th – Migraine Awareness Week
Sept 2nd – National Cinema Day
– Back to School
Sept 3rd – Merchant Navy Day
Sept 5th – International Day of Charity
Sept 6th – 15th – Heritage Open Days
Sept 6th – National Read a Book Day
Sept 8th – National Literacy Day
Sept 9th – Emergency Services Day
Sept 10th – World Suicide Prevention Day
Sept 13th – World Sepsis Day
– Roald Dahl Story Day
– National Doodle Day
Sept 15th – World Lymphoma Day
– International Day of Democracy
Sept 15th – 22nd – National Eczema Week
Sept 16th – 22nd – Orchid Male Cancer Awareness Week
– Jeans for Genes Week
– Recycle Week
Sept 17th – Constitution Day
Sept 18th – 24th – Adult Learners Week
– National Coding Week
– Organ Donation Week
– National Eye Health Week
Sept 20th – National Fitness Day
Sept 20th – 29th – Great British Beach Clean
Sept 21st – International Day of Peace
– World Alzheimer’s Day
Sept 26th – World Contraception Day
– European Day of Languages
Sept 27th – World Tourism Day
Sept 29th – World Heart Day
– World’s Biggest Coffee Morning
– Thank You #hiddenheroes Day
– National Police Memorial Day

October


Did you know…Jack O’Laterns were originally carved from turnips?

Oct 1st – 31st – Go Sober for October
– International Babywearing Week
– Pituitary Awareness Month
– The Big Draw
– National Cholesterol Month
– National Cybersecurity Awareness Month
– International Walk to School DayΒ 
– Black History Month
– Breast Cancer Awareness Month
– ADHD Awareness Month
– Lupus Awareness Month
– National Bullying Prevention Month
Oct 1st – International Coffee Day
– World Vegetarian DayΒ 
Oct 2nd – 8th – Dyslexia Awareness Week
Oct 3rd – Buy British Day
– World Habitat Day
Oct 3rd-4th – BrightonSEO
Oct 3rd-9th – National Curry Week
Oct 4th – World Animal Day
– World Smile Day
Oct 4th – 10th – World Space Week
Oct 5th – World Teachers Day
Oct 6th – Grandparents Day
Oct 7th – Child Health Day
Oct 9th – 15thΒ  – Dyspraxia Awareness Week
– Baby Loss Awareness Week
Oct 10th – World Mental Health Day
Oct 11th – 17th – Sexual Health Week
– National Braille Week
Oct 11th – National Coming Out Day
Oct 12th – World Hospice and Palliative Care Day
– International Astronomy Day
Oct 14th – 20th – National Baking WeekΒ 
Oct 15th – Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day
– Global Wave of Light
Oct 16th – World Food Day
Oct 16th – 22nd – UK Coffee Week
– National Chocolate Week
– National Adoption Week
Oct 18th – Anti Slavery Day
– Wear It PinkΒ 
Oct 22nd – National Cat Day
Oct 26th – National Pumpkin Day
Oct 27th – Daylight Savings Ends
Oct 29th – RSPB Feed the Birds Day
– World Stroke Day
Oct 31st – Halloween

November


Did you know…The first ever colour TV advert was broadcast in November in 1969 to promote Birds Eye peas?

Nov 1st – 30th – Veg Pledge
– Mouth Cancer Action Month
– Lung Cancer Awareness Month
– Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month
– Movember (Men’s Health Awareness Month)
– National Career Development Month
– National Family Caregivers Month
– COPD Awareness Month
Nov 1st – World Vegan Day
– National Authors Day
– National Brush Day
– National Stress Awareness Day
Nov 2nd – Day of the Dead
Nov 3rd – National Sandwich Day
Nov 4th – 10th – Children’s Book Week
Nov 5th – Bonfire Night
Nov 5th – 9th – International Stress Awareness Week
Nov 7th – National Hug a Bear Day
Nov 8th – International Radiology Day
Nov 9th – Social Media Kindness Day
Nov 10th – Remembrance Sunday
Nov 11th – Armistice Day
Nov 11th – 17th – Anti-bullying Week
Nov 13th – Blue Wednesday
– World Kindness Day
Nov 14th – World Diabetes Day
Nov 18th – 24th – Book Week Scotland
Nov 19th – 25th – Road Safety Week
Nov 19th – World Toilet Day
– International Mens Day
Nov 19th-20th – BrightonSEO San Diego
Nov 20th – St Edmund’s Day
– Universal Children’s Day
Nov 21st – World Television Day
– World Pancreatic Cancer Day
Nov 22nd – Oceans of Plastic
Nov 23rd – National Adoption Day
Nov 25th – Black Friday
– White Ribbon Day
Nov 25th – Dec 10th – 16 Days of Action Against Domestic Violence 2024
Nov 28th – Thanksgiving
Nov 29th – Black Friday
Nov 30th – St Andrew’s Day
– Cyber Monday

December


Did you know…The very first Disney cartoon featuring Mickey Mouse was released in December 1901?

Dec 1st – 31st – Decembeard
Dec 2nd – International Day for the Abolition of Slavery
– Cyber Monday
Dec 2nd – 8th – National Grief Awareness Week
Dec 3rd – International Day of Persons With Disabilities
Dec 5th – International Volunteers Day
Dec 7th – Christmas Jumper Day
Dec 9th – International Anti Corruption Day
Dec 10th – Human Rights Day
– International Animal Rights Day
– National Lager Day
Dec 18th – International Migrants Day
Dec 20th – Festival of Winter Walks
Dec 25th – Christmas Day
Dec 31st – News Year Day
– Hogmanay

Takeaways

In conclusion, awareness days are a great way to connect with your target demographics and share the causes that you truly believe in as an organisation.

With consumers now expecting the brands they care about to shine a light on the issues we’re facing in society, it’s crucial that your business is showing that it can not only mark these important events, but also to make a positive impact to work towards a solution.

If you’d like to learn more about marketing for awareness days, or would like to know more about any of our other services, please get in touch with our team of experts.

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