Our Guide to this Summer's Unmissable Events!



Summer is finally here and there are so many fun events happening throughout the next few months that we've compiled together a list of some of our favourites... From cinema experiences to comedy, and installations to street food, there's literally something for everyone (friends and family alike) to enjoy...

Summer of Sound

When? 9 July - 12 September

Where? Wakehurst, Kew, Sussex

This summer, Wakehurst, Kew’s wild botanic garden in Sussex, will be brought alive by a symphony of sounds. Six striking large-scale installations situated across the landscape will delicately and playfully inspire a greater connection to nature. Journey through the wild gardens and find a new dimension to the term 'surround sound' as the natural noises of the gardens are amplified and explored by award-winning sound artists. PLUS Enjoy a vibrant evening of live performances, botanical cocktails, open-air cooking and spoken word at their after-hours event on specific days. Tickets here.

 

London Zoo After Dark

When? 1 - 23 July

Where? London Zoo, London

London Zoo is staying open later this July for adult-only sessions where you can discover wonderful wildlife in a relaxed, child-free environment. Along with 19,000 amazing animals, you’ll celebrate world cultures with pop-up activities and experiences across the zoo, explore different habitats from rainforest to savannah to jungle, and when you’ve worked up an appetite, enjoy an array of street food vendors offering exciting flavours from around the globe.

 

English Heritage - Historic Sites Near You

Where? Various Locations

When? Various Dates

Get back outdoors and reconnect with England's history, with English Heritage. Whether you love visiting ancient castles, magnificent country houses or spectacular gardens you will find plenty to explore. Take yourself and your family on a bank holiday adventure, and stand where history happened.

 

 

 

Backyard Cinema's LA Nights

When? Now - August

Where? Capitol Studios, London

LA Nights is back and better than ever. Complete with family film favourites, delicious food and 24/7 sunshine on London’s biggest beach. Pack up the kids and catch your first flight of the year when Backyard Airlines transports you the sun-kissed beaches of Los Angeles. Let the littles play in the sand with an ice cream, while you enjoy a cocktail from the Palm Lounge. Save room for artisan pizza from the Studio Bar or catch rays in The Yard with perfect patties from the Honest Burgers Test Kitchen.

 

 

Friends Fest

When? 16 July - 20 Augustt/ticket-options

Where? Bristol, London, Manchester, Milton Keynes

FriendsFest is heading to various locations around the country this year with brand new Friends experiences including photo ops, exclusive merchandise, visiting Monica's Apartment, Central Perk, Joey & Chandler's and Ross's Apartment and so much more!

 

 

 

 

Jurassic Encounter

When? 21 August - 5 September

Where? Cardiff

Jurassic Encounter is an interactive installation of 50 life-sized animatronic dinosaurs from the Jurassic, Triassic and Cretaceous periods. Visitors will walk a perilous path through grasslands and woodlands and come face-to-face with snarling, roaring and hissing dinosaurs amongst the trees, bushes and woods... Plus book today and get 20% Earlybird discount off tickets!

 

 

 

Foodies Festival

When? July - October 2021

Where? Cheshire, Hampshire, Cambridge, Edinburgh, London, Oxford, Bristol, Bournemouth, Brighton, Chelmsford

Enjoy food, drink, top-chefs and amazing live music at the various locations where Foodies Festival will be taking place this summer! Expect street food, gourmet treat, a lineup of too chefs, masterclasses, live music including Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Scouting for Girls (at some locations) plus much more! Kids will also be entertained with cooking lessons, crafting and fair rides making this a festival for all ages.

 

Carfest & Retro Carfest

When? July - August 2021

Where? Cheshire, Bicester, Hampshire

Not only is CarFest celebrating its 10th birthday in 2021 but they are also adding a new CarFest to their family – Retro Carfest. The ultimate nostalgia trip with the best music, films, gadgets, cars & legends from the past. Brought to you by Chris Evans, CarFest is the biggest family fundraising festival in the UK. This summer you'll be spoilt for choice - join in at one, two, or all three festival weekends as we can finally gather for a long-awaited weekend filled with great music, lots of love, and fun.

 

Kew Secret World of Plants

When? 25 June - 23 July

Where? Kew, London

Rediscover the natural world as the sun goes down at Kew this summer... With
an illuminated Temperate House, surround yourself with a hypnotic soundscape and be enchanted by the spectacular sights, sounds, smells – and tastes – of nature. Take a stroll through the gardens and discover Britain’s hedgerow habitats through large Plantscape installations, encounter pop-up performances and breathe in the heady scents of the rock roses.

 

 

Terrible Thames

When? 17 July - 31 October

Where? Thames, London

Horrible Histories proudly presents a wicked new tour of the Terrible Thames, where you and the family can dive into the stories of King Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn, Julius Caesar, the Duke of Wellington, Queen Boudicca, Jack the Ripper and Captain Kidd, in this history of the Thames with the nasty bits left in!

 

 

 

 

Monopoly Lifesized

When?  August - 2022

Where? London

Complete challenges, build houses, charge rent, escape jail and even control London’s waterworks as you travel around the lifesized board earning as much money as you can by completing escape room style challenges in Monopoly Lifesized, which comes to London in August!

 

 

 

 

Taste of London

When? 7 - 18 July

Where? Regent's Park, London

The ultimate celebration of food and drink returns to Regents Park in July!  Enjoy a roundup of London restaurants, hunt down the future food heroes and hit up a few chefs about to launch their next big thing. Also the Daily Specials give you the chance to sample some of the city’s tastiest new concepts, popping up for one or two days only...

 

 

 

Depot Street Food Social

When? May - September

Where? Cardiff

Street Food Social encompasses seven of the finest street food traders in South Wales - traders still to be announced! The event will have socially distanced tables and a fully licensed bar, plus all of the seating will be covered and DEPOT will be hosting the events in three-hour sessions with plenty of sanitising stations dotted around.

 

 

 

Big Dog Walk

When: May - October 2021

Where: Leicestershire, Surrey, Sussex, Yorkshire, Glasgow, Kent, Essex

If you want to treat your dog to an extra special day out, love walking alongside like-minded dog lovers and making new friends (both human and four-legged), then the Big Dog Walk is the perfect day out for you. Watch your dog try out the have-a-go obstacles, enter the Fun Dog Show, cool down in the doggy splash zone, take a seat and enjoy some refreshments, browse the stalls and shop local products - there is so much to do! Check out our Big Dog Walk blog here.

 

 

Just The Tonic Comedy Shindig

When? 4 July - 22 August

Where? Bishop's Stortford, Nottingham, Leeds, Perth, Derby, Linlithgow

Don't miss this series of outdoor comedy events with brilliant line ups throughout the UK including Jason Manford, Laura Lexx, Rich Hall, Gary Delaney, Dara O'Brian and loads more! Grab your tickets while you can...

 

 

 

 

Arboretum Sunsets

When? 25 June - 4 September

Where? Nottingham

Arboretum Sunsets is taking place in Nottingham this summer at a pop up venue where the likes of This Is The Kit, Tony Hadley, Turin Brakes, The Bootleg Beatles, Rumer(just announced) and more will perform in the park's iconic bandstand.

 

 

 

 

Affordable Art Fair

When? 8 - 11 July

Where? Battersea, London

Affordable Art Fair returns to Battersea Park, London for a one-off summer edition this year! Discover a hand-picked selection of galleries showcasing original contemporary artworks, priced between £100 to £6,000, to help you find the perfect artwork to fill your walls at home.

 

 

 

 

Travelling Feast

When? 6 - 19 August

Where? Cornwall

Paul Ainsworth's 'Travelling Feast' is touring Cornwall this summer, perfect for food lovers everywhere! The festival has an incredible lineup of food trucks... from award-winning chefs, amazing festival nights with top class acts, and outstanding experiences PLUS music from The Human League, Gabrielle, The Feeling and more!

 

 

 

 

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I’m Georgia & I’m on the Marketing team. Depending on which month you ask, you will find me either at a Festival, in the sea, with a camera in my hand or in full on hibernation mode.

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