The Best Outdoor Summer Events

Summer is finally within our reach and that means getting to make the most of being outside in the warmer weather. There are so many incredible outdoor events, comedy shows, theatre productions and gigs on sale for you to make the most of your summer evenings and weekends, so, to ease the stress of searching, we've compiled some of our recommendations. Take a look and bring your family and friends along for some summer fun!

Days Out


When? 20 - 29 August 

Where? Evolution London, Battersea Park

This August the much-loved family show BRICKLIVE returns to London. Themed around the world of interlocking toy bricks, you can find multiple themed zones, giant sculptures, interactive play and hands on building fun for budding builders young and old. They have pulled out all the stops for this one, so bring all the family along for a fun day out in the capital!

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When? 7 May - 25 September

Where? Various locations across the UK 

Treat your dog to a day dedicated to getting their tales wagging at one of these exciting festivals in six locations across the country. You can enjoy dog displays, get training tips, go on the Big Dog Walk and so much more, plus there is plenty of festival food & drink and more dogs than you could ever imagine! Created by dog-lovers for dog-lovers, this is not one to be missed.

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Dragon Slayer

When? 12 - 21 August 

Where? Warwick Castle

Experience an unforgettable evening of captivating storytelling, fearless fighting, majestic horses and thrilling battles all set around the local legend of Guy of Warwick in this spectacular theatrical light projection. Returning for the first time since 2019, this is set to be more epic than ever, an experience you won't want to miss with the family!

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Foodies FestivalFoodies Festival

When? 30 April - 18 September

Where? Various locations across the UK 

Discover exciting new flavours, meet top chefs and enjoy amazing live music at Foodies Festival this year! You can expect to feast on a mouth-watering selection of street food and drinks, shop from artisan producers, and meet MasterChef Champions and Michelin Star chefs. Plus, there will be live music from the likes of Natalie Imbruglia, Sophie Ellis Bexter, Scouting For Girls and more. With 12 UK venues to choose from, you can enjoy the UK's biggest celebration of food, chefs and live music wherever you live.

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IWM Duxford Flying Season

When? 7 May - 9 October

Where? Duxford, Cambridgeshire

Expect plenty of sky-high entertainment at IWM Duxford in Cambridgeshire this summer. With a range of air shows from VE Day and D-Day commemorations, to their spectacular Summer Air Show, there is something for the whole family with the best of everything Duxford has to offer.

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London Concours

When? 28 - 30 June

Where? The Honourable Artillery Company, London

Hosted right in the heart of the City Of London this June, this exciting automobile extravaganza will see 80 of the world's most precious cars gather in the gardens of the historic and beautiful Honourable Artillery Company Headquarters. Expect a ferocious collection of horsepower arranged in specially curated, themed displays, plus plenty of entertainment, food and drink!

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Pub In The Park

When? 12 May - 18 September 

Where? Various locations across the UK 

Fancy a feast and a party? Tom Kerridge and lots of his chef mates are heading to a town near you to turn it into the hottest foodie destination of the summer. With a curated line-up of award-winning and Michelin-starred eateries, the nations favourite chefs, and performances from chart-topping acts like Craig David TS5, Rag'n'Bone Man, Kaiser Chiefs and many more, this is set to be a highlight of the summer!

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Supercars & Classics Weekend

When? 21 - 22 May

Where? Stonor Park, Oxfordshire

Experience an exciting weekend garden party where you'll be surrounded by stunning cars, amazing food and fun for the entire family. Across the weekend, over 500 classic and supercars will take centre stage showcasing automotive anniversaries and milestone from historic marques, plus track parades of these eclectic cars! The weekend is a must-attend event for not only car enthusiasts, but the whole family.

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Superbloom LogoSuperbloom

When? 1 June - 18 September

Where? Tower of London

Don't miss an unmissable moment this summer as the Tower of London is encircled by millions of flowers in a stunning new Superbloom - a spectacular floral display, in celebration of her Majesty The Queen's Platinum Jubilee. You can make a day of it by enjoying something to eat and drink from a range of pop up bars or book a table with a view overlooking the iconic London skyline and the River Thames at The Reveller!

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Taste of London

When? 15 - 19 June

Where? Regents Park, London

What better way to celebrate summer than with five delicious days of feasting in the green oasis of Regents Park? Celebrating 18 years, Taste Of London will be bringing some of the hottest restaurants, world's best chefs, exclusive culinary experiences and champagne-fuelled entertainment! There will even be mini golf course, interactive masterclasses, cooking demonstrations and dining experiences for those looking for something extra. You won't want to miss this!

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England Hockey

When?  21 May - 19 June

Where? Various locations across London

If you're into Hockey or know someone who is, then don't miss out on tickets to England's home matches in the 2021/22 FIH Hockey Pro League. With four big weekends of exciting international hockey, including the matches against the Netherlands at the Twickenham Stoop, the Pro League gives you the chance to watch the highest levels of Hockey and is a fantastic, social day out!

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Soccer Aid for UNICEF

When? 12 June 

Where? London Stadium

Soccer Aid for UNICEF is returning to London this summer on Sunday 12th June at the London stadium, and will feature a special half time show from Mr Soccer Aid himself, UNICEF UK Ambassador Robbie Williams! Celebrity favourites including Liam Payne, Alex Brooker, Tom Grennan and Chunkz will lace up their boots to play alongside footballing legends Gary Neville, Jamie Carragher, Patrice Evra and more. Usain Bolt also makes his returns as captain of the World XI team.

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At Home Farm

When? 8 May - 30 July 

Where? Home Farm, Hertfordshire

At Home Farm transports you to a countryside haven for the evening with a summer of intimate events and residencies just a short journey from central London. At the start of the summer guests can dine under trees amid the long grass, and then later in the Summer, you can catch their series of live music performances from Jade Bird, Rae Morris, The Staves and more in their woodlands. Don't miss this unique series of events this summer!

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bryan adamsBryan Adams 

When? 2 - 11 July

Where? Widnes, Telford & Cardiff

The legendary 'Summer of '69' singer is heading to the UK for three huge outdoor shows this July! Stopping at DCBL Stadium in Widness, QEII Arena in Telford and finally at the beautiful Cardiff Castle, you won't want to miss what is set to be an iconic show.

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Cafe Mambo In The Park

When? 29 July 

Where? Bedford Park

Following the success of 2021, Cafe Mambo Ibiza is returning to Bedford for an incredible open-air show to bring thousands of dance music fans together. With some of the biggest DJs in dance music on the line-up, including Mark Knight, Amine Edge & Dance, Lovely Laura and more, you'll get to relive the soundtrack to generations of Ibiza adventures.

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Dermot Kennedy

When? 3 June

Where? Cardiff Castle

The Irish singer-songwriter is headlining a special live show at the historic Cardiff Castle this June for what is bound to be a spell bounding show. He has established himself as one of the UK's leading musicians following the release of his debut album 'Without Fear' in 2019, which featured his top ten single 'Outnumbered', and has continued to impress fans and critics alike! You won't want to miss this.

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Diana Ross

When? 10 June & 29 June 

Where? Cardiff Castle & Emirates Riverside, Durham

The queen of Motown Diana Ross has confirmed a run of summer shows that coincide with her Legends slot at this year’s Glastonbury. If you missed out on tickets – fear not, you can hear iconic hits such as ‘I’m Coming Out’, ‘Upside Down’ and many more at Cardiff Castle and Emirates Riverside this June! Tickets are flying out so make sure you grab yours now.

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Duran Duran

When? 17 June & 2 July

Where? Castle Howard, York and Tulloch Caledonian Stadium, Inverness

Iconic pop favourites Duran Duran are heading to the stunning Castle Howard this June and Tulloch Caledonian Stadium for what promises to be a highlight of the summer schedule! With more than 100 million records sold across the world, the Birmingham formed quartet released their 15th studio album 'Future Past' last year to critical acclaim, and we can't wait to catch them perform it live alongside all the hits!

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ed-sheeran-albumEd Sheeran

When? 26 May - 1 July

Where? Various locations across the UK

Ed Sheeran's '+-=÷ x TOUR' is kicking off this May, taking the singer-songwriter around the UK to play huge stadium concerts in Cardiff, Sunderland, Manchester and Glasgow,  and ending with three nights at Wembley Stadium in London! These shows will be the perfect kick start to your summer, so grab tickets and bring your friends and family for a night they won't forget.

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Gerry Cinnamon

When? 4 - 5 June

Where? Victoria Embankment, Nottingham, Singleton Park, Swansea, & Cardiff Castle

As well as headlining a phenomenal line-up at the inaugural Meadowlands Festival in Nottingham, Scottish singer-songwriter Gerry Cinnamon will perform at Cardiff Castle and Swansea’s Singleton Park this summer for what promises to be a run of memorable shows. With massively catchy anthems ‘Belter’, ‘Sometimes’ and ‘Where We’re Going’; the Glasgow indie hero is one of the must-see acts of the past few years.

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When? 25 June - 6 August

Where? Various locations across the UK 

London electronic duo Jungle are gearing up to take their incredible soundscapes across the country with headline performances in  Bristol, London, Leeds and Glasgow. Their latest LP, ‘Loving in Stereo’ peaked at number three in the UK album charts and featured the brilliant singles ‘Keep Moving’, ‘Talk About It’ and ‘Truth.’ Be sure to pick up tickets soon so you don’t miss the biggest party of the summer.

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When? 10 June - 19 June 

Where? Various locations across the UK 

With a discography packed with some of the most iconic hits in British musical history – including ‘Is It Any Wonder?’, ‘Everybody’s Changing’ and ‘Somewhere Only We Know’ – Keane are one of the best loved bands of a generation. Set to perform in Gloucester, Staffordshire, Cornwall, Suffolk, Cheshire and Kent, there is no easier time to hear your favourite tracks live. Buy your tickets today.

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Liam Gallagher

When? 1 - 26 June

Where? Manchester, Stevenage and Glasgow

When iconic indie icon Liam Gallagher announced a special Knebworth headline show last year it was fair to say we were as excited as the public! Combine that with massive shows at Manchester’s Etihad Stadium and Glasgow’s Hampden Park and it is clear to see how many fans still adore the former Oasis frontman – we can’t wait to hear a mixture of solo material and the classics around the country this June. Final tickets on sale now.

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Manic Street PreachersManic Street Preachers

When? 12 June

Where? Peterborough Embankment

One of the most influential and iconic rock bands to come out of Wales, Manic Street Preachers have a whole host of awards and praise under the belt including eleven NME Awards, eight Q Awards, and four Brit Awards. From their first album 'Generation Terrorists' released in 1992, to their most recent 'The Ultra Vivid Lament' released last year, they have matured and changed musically while keeping the Manics sound. Don't miss their huge live show at Peterborough Embankment where you can hear all your favourite tracks from over the years.

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Michael Ball & Alfie BoeMichael Ball & Alfie Boe - Together This Summer

When? 26 June - 10 July 

Where? Various locations across the UK

The formidable partnership of Michael Ball and Alfie Boe are taking their ‘Together This Summer’ tour to Norwich, Kent, Colchester, Plymouth and Ayr across June and July. The must-see shows will see the Classic Brit Awards winners showcase latest material and give fans a glimpse of their authentic friendship that formed when they met by chance over a decade ago in a production of Kismet. Remaining tickets are on sale now.

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Paul Weller

When? 18 June - 31 July

Where? Various locations across the UK 

Respected music and style icon Paul Weller – aka the Modfather – has toured extensively over the past few years and released some of his finest work to date, including 2021’s stunning ‘Fat Pop’ and mesmerising ‘An Orchestrated Songbook With Jules Buckley & the BBC Symphony Orchestra’ project. This summer he heads out to Kent, London, Lincoln, Margate, Bedford and Swansea for a what are guaranteed to be legendary performances. A handful of tickets remain for each show – these will sell out in the next two weeks!

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Primal Scream

When? 1 - 22 July

Where? Various locations across the UK

30 years on from the release of their influential landmark album 'Screamadelica', Primal Scream are heading out on a string of huge outdoor summer shows to play the album in full, alongside a selection of their greatest hits! What could be better? These will be some of the biggest and most iconic shows of their career, so don't miss out on tickets to what is set to be a night to remember.

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When? 3 May - 13 August

Where? Various locations across the UK

The ever-popular Texas, fronted by Sharleen Spiteri, are heading out on a string of huge outdoor shows across the UK this summer! The tour is a celebration of the 30th anniversary of their iconic album 'Southside' which they will play in its entirety, plus of course all the hits, set amongst the beautiful locations including Delamere Forest, Margate Winter Gardens and Edinburgh Castle!

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The Specials

When? 3 June

Where? Bedford Park

The iconic pioneers of UK SKA are heading to Bedford Park for a special outdoor show this June! You can expect to hear all the hits including 'Too Much Too Young', 'Ghost Town', 'A Message To You, Rudy' and so many more. Support will come from none other than Tribes - the four piece rock 'n' roll band from Camden whose latest album is set for release this year. Tickets are selling fast, so grab yours now so you don't miss out!

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Tom JonesTom Jones Live at Chelsea

When? 15 June 

Where? Royal Hospital Chelsea

The incredible Tom Jones has confirmed a special headline outdoor show this summer at the Royal Hospital Chelsea! The glorious courtyard will be transformed into one of the most stunning and unique concert venues in the country where he will be playing all of his seminal and ubiquitous hits like 'It's Not Unusual', 'Kiss', 'Sex Bomb' and so many others. He will also be supported by the acclaimed British country duo The Shires. This live performance is not want you're going to want to miss, tickets are flying out so get yours today.

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When? 1 - 2 July

Where? The Hop Farm, Kent & Colchester Castle Park

Westlife will be taking their iconic pop music on the road in summer 2022, following their record-breaking 2019 reunion tour. The best-selling Irish pop group will visit The Hop Farm in Kent and Colchester Castle Park in July, before heading to Wembley Stadium on Saturday 6th August. Released late last year, 'Wildest Dreams' is Westlife's most recent album which was welcomed by fans old and new. You can hear the latest tracks from the record, such as 'Starlight' and 'My Hero' alongside all their best loved hits live this summer in a beautiful outdoor setting.

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You Me At Six - Celebrating 10 Years of SinYou Me At Six

When? 1 - 2 June

Where? Temple Newsam, Leeds & Hatfield Park, Hatfield

This summer, transport yourself back to 2012 with You Me At Six, as they celebrate 10 years of their seminal album 'Sinners Never Sleep'. The iconic pop-punk outfit will be performing the album in full, plus other hits, with support from The Hunna. It's going to be a once-in-a-lifetime show - not one to be missed by any pop-punk fan. These shows will be taking place in Hatfield and Leeds on 1st and 2nd June, and tickets are selling fast!

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Brighton Comedy Garden

When? 6 - 10 July

Where? Preston Park, Brighton

The south coast's brightest comedy extravaganza returns to Preston Park for an open-air spectacular this July! With some of the biggest names in UK comedy performing including Stewart Lee, Dylan Moran, Sara Pascoe, Simon Amstell, Rosie Jones and so many more, this is set to be a hilarious summer activity.

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Bristol Comedy Garden

When? 15 - 19 June

Where? The Downs, Bristol

Returning for its 10th anniversary addition, this open-air comedy extravaganza is back in Bristol's Downs this June! With one of their biggest line-ups ever featuring James Acaster, Alan Davies, Aisling Bea and many many more. Grab your tickets now to one of the funniest events of the summer!

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Just The Tonic at Melbourne Hall

When? 13 May - 18 June

Where? Melbourne Hall, Derby

Just the Tonic’s Comedy Shindig is back in Melbourne Hall Derbyshire for May and June 2022! Enjoy two weekends of comedy featuring some of the best of the UK comedy circuit including Johnny Vegas, Julian Clary, Gary Delaney, Ed Byrne, David O’Doherty, Angela Barnes and many, many more. All events will be held undercover within the walled garden of the stately home that is Melbourne Hall, in Derbyshire.

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When? 3 - 24 September 

Where? Regents Park Open Air Theatre

A torn family. A hostile state. One heroic brother. One misguided son. One conflicted sister, and the second is on the run. A blistering retelling of the epic story from the writer of Barber Shop Chronicles, Inua Ellams in Regent's Park Open Air Theatre this September! Grab your tickets now.

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Legally Blonde 

When? 13 May - 2 July 

Where? Regents Park Open Air Theatre

The smash hit musical Legally Blonde based on the book and film of the same name is heading to Regents Park Open Air Theatre for a special run of shows! Follow the story of Elle Woods as she heads to law school in a bid to meet her ex boyfriend, but on the way discovered there's more to herself than meets the eye. It's time to bend and snap, so bring all your pals along to watch this funny musical in this beautiful setting.

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101 Dalmations 

When? 12 July - 28 August

Where? Regents Park Open Air Theatre

When infamous Cruella de Vil (Kate Fleetwood) sets her sights on a new Dalmatian fur coat, there’s trouble ahead for Pongo, Perdi and their adorable litter of puppies. Based on the classic story set in the heart of Regent’s Park, this new musical adaptation, packed with puppetry, is perfect for a summer’s day with all the family.

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