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Summer is made to be spent outside, and while we love pub gardens and walks as much as the next person, sometimes you want something a little more special to do over the warmer months. That's where we come in! We've highlighted some of the best outdoor events taking place that we think you will love. From comedy gardens, to food festivals, evenings at the zoo to outdoor theatre shows, there is plenty to keep you entertained.

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At Home Farm

When? 6 June - 12 September

Where? Home Farm, Hertfordshire

These uniquely intimate, curated events are held within the rustic setting of Home Farm, Elstree, a stone’s throw from Central London. It's a countryside haven where guests dine under trees, or wander through the fairy-lit woods to a secret woodland stage. The woodland concert series, in collaboration with Communion Presents, includes artists Laufey, The Shires, and Ronnie Scott’s Blues Explosion. Plus celebrated chefs, including Sabrina Gidda, Josh Katz, and more will be collaborating with Ben Quinn and his acclaimed Woodfired Canteen. Book now!

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Back To The Future Outdoor Undercover Cinema

When? 25 June

Where? Melbourne Hall, Derbyshire

Live At Melbourne Hall are continuing their love of all things 80's, screening 'Back To The Future' as part of the new Outdoor Under Cover Cinema in the walled garden on Sunday 25th June. It is still considered one of the most iconic and loved movies of all time and perfect for all the family to enjoy in a great summer setting at the stately home in South Derbyshire.

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Brighton Comedy Garden

When? 5 - 9 July 

Where? Preston Park, Brighton

The south coast’s biggest comedy festival returns to Preston Park with a blisteringly hot line-up of stand-up’s finest, featuring Jack Dee, 'Off Menu’s' Ed Gamble, the phenomenal Sara Pascoe, 'Qi’s' Alan Davies, 'Taskmaster' star Phil Wang, viral sensation Jen Brister, plus Dylan Moran, Lolly Adefope, Nish Kumar, Fern Brady, Rose Matafeo, David O'Doherty and many more. Across five nights a series of sensational open-air shows combine with awesome street-eats, craft beers and more in the glorious Preston Park. Tickets on sale now!

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Bristol Comedy Garden

When? 14 - 18 June 

Where? Queen Square, Bristol

The southwest’s biggest comedy festival returns to Queen Square with a Big Top bursting with comedy’s best acts! A huge lineup featuring Jack Dee, Ed Gamble, Sara Pascoe, Alan Davies, Phil Wang, plus Tim Key, Rachel Parris, Fern Brady, David O'Doherty and many more. The five-night comedy extravaganza is a city favourite. Each year a series of mixed-bill shows, featuring the absolute best names in comedy combine with quality bars and street food from the leading lights of the local scene. Get your tickets now and get ready to enjoy the Southwest’s mightiest comedy extravaganza!

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Cheese and Chilli Festival

When? Across Summer

Where? Christchurch, Winchester, Swindon, Chichester & Guildford

This family festival offers something for everyone. There will be many traders selling cheese and chilli products as well as craft and retail stands. The family area accommodates FREE shows such as Punch and Judy, a Magician, Circus Skills, children’s fun rides (paid-for activity), inflatables, and more. With plenty to eat and drink with authentic food stalls and dedicated ale, cider, cocktails, and general bars available.

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Chelsea Physic Garden

When? Across Summer

Where? Chelsea, London

London's oldest botanic garden is marking its 350th anniversary in 2023, so to celebrate there are all sorts of events and activities you can take part in across the summer, or you can simply explore the beautiful gardens! Book your tickets today.

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When? 13 May - 24 September 

Where? Multiple locations across the UK

Dog lovers and anyone who just loves a fantastic day out, it’s time! DogFest is back and bursting with wonderful activities for you to enjoy with the whole family, four-legged included! There is something for everyone whether that's watching action-packed demonstrations, getting free expert advice and workshops, teaching your dog new tricks, or taking part in the Big Dog Walk. There is a full schedule of unique experiences guaranteed to get tails wagging. Book now!

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Duxford Summer Air Show

When? 24 - 25 June 

Where? IWM Duxford, Cambridgeshire

In the air, on the ground and all around, get ready for sky high entertainment at the family friendly Duxford Summer Air Show this June! You can watch aerial displays and awesome flypasts, enjoy special entertainment across the showground, discover aircrafts up close on the flight line before the pilots and crew take off, plus explore IWM Duxford's vast hangars and exhibitions.

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Fearne Cotton's Happy Place Festival

When? 15 - 16 July & 2 - 3 September

Where? Chiswick House, London & Tatton Park, Cheshire

Fearne Cotton's Happy Place Festival returns for two weekends across 2023! It promises to be an uplifting, nourishing festival experience involving a rich tapestry of immersive workshops, enriching talks, delicious food and a schedule of top tier guests and speakers. Grab your tickets now!

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Foodies Festival

When? 29 April - 10 September

Where? Multiple locations across the UK

Get ready for all the mouth-watering goodness that is Foodies Festival! Tantalise your taste buds with a tasty line up of music legends, top chefs and fine food. This family-friendly festival is fun for all ages, where kids can enjoy fair rides and cooking classes and you can sample all there is to offer.

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Giorgio Armani Tennis Classic

When? 1 July 

Where? The Hurlingham Club, Fulham

The Giorgio Armani Tennis Classic at Hurlingham returns with a stellar line-up featuring Mansour Bahrami, Marcos Bagdatis, Xavier Malisse and more! Experience world-class tennis and enjoy the pristine grounds of the Hurlingham Club, as well as free-flowing Whispering Angel rosé and other wines, beers & soft drinks from the comfort of a grandstand seat.

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BBC Good Food Festival at Goodwood

When? 18 - 20 August 

Where? Goodwood Racecourse, Chichester

The BBC Good Food Festival is back at the world-renowned Goodwood Racecourse this August, to bring the ultimate summer family day out to West Sussex. The Festival brings together award-winning street food, hand-picked artisan producers, unlimited family entertainment, masterclasses to get you in the festival spirit, exclusive top tips from renowned chefs and experts, plus, new for this year LIVE cooking demonstrations from our Festival Kitchen!

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London Concours 

When? 6 - 8 June

Where? The Honourable Artillery Company, London 

The London Concours, presented by Montres Breguet, is a luxurious automotive garden party hosted in the heart of the City of London. This hugely 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.

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London Zoo Nights

When? 9 June - 28 July

Where? London 

As the sun goes down, join London Zoo after hours for an unmissable evening free from kids, mixing wildlife and city life. Experience the Zoo in a whole new light and explore the world of wildlife with grown-up tours and talks from the experts, learning all about the animals and what they really get up to after dark. Grab your tickets now!

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When? 31 August - 3 September

Where? Tobacco Dock, London

Meatopia is back for it’s 10th anniversary for the ultimate bacchanalian party! Taking place in the hallowed Tobacco Dock, London Meatopia is a weekend-long love affair with food, drink, fire and music. Don’t miss out, tickets are on sale now.

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Pub In The Park

When? 12 May - 10 September

Where? Multiple locations across the UK

For 2023, Pub In The Park returns with a jam-packed set of music acts, restaurants, and more for you this summer, filled with lots of new surprises. Chef hosts such as Ainsley Harriott, Marco Pierre White, and more will join Tom Kerridge, and the incredible Sugababes, Sam Ryder, Rudimental, Craig David, plus many more, are just some of the few exciting artists planned for the music line-up.

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Regent Park Open Air Theatre

When? 10 May - 16 September

Where? Regent Park, London 

Regent Park’s Open Air Theatre is back for 2023. This season includes the revival of the hilarious smash-hit musical of La Cage aux Folles, a thrilling new take on the classic tale Robin Hood, Dinosaur World Live is back by popular demand and more.

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Royal Highland Show

When? 22 - 25 June

Where? Ingliston, Edinburgh

Following a near sell-out in 2022, Scotland’s biggest agricultural show is back! The annual Royal Highland Show celebrates the best in food, farming, and rural life, giving visitors the chance to get up close with a range of farmyard animals. There’s plenty to sample at every corner such as delicious and locally produced food and drink, hundreds of local businesses, and amazing shopping experiences.

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Soccer Aid

When? 11 June 

Where? Old Trafford, Manchester

There is now less than two months until Soccer Aid for UNICEF 2023! This exciting event is making its return to Manchester this summer as one of 2023’s most hotly anticipated events. England once again takes on the Soccer Aid World XI for what promises to be a hugely memorable day, packed with the biggest and best names in sport and entertainment.

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St Albans Comedy Garden

When? 26-30 July

Where? Verulamium Park, St Albans

The Comedy Garden is back in Verulamium Park for five awesome nights from stand-up’s finest this summer, bringing a HUGE line-up for 2023 featuring Ed Gamble, Sara Pascoe, Phil Wang, Russell Kane, Fern Brady, Dylan Moran and many more. Across five nights a series of sensational open-air shows combine with awesome street-eats, craft beers and more in the glorious Verulamium Park in St Albans. Tickets on sale now!

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Summer Cycle at Kew Gardens

When? 27 July 

Where? Kew Gardens, London

Come down to Kew Gardens this summer to celebrate the season with an even bigger and better evening bike ride. With bicycles not usually allowed in the Gardens, this is the perfect opportunity to explore Kew’s most beautiful spots and take in the enchanted woodlands as the sun sets. Enjoy the entertainment on offer and stop for a picnic or summer drink and listen to the live music dotted around the Gardens.

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Taste of London

When? 14 - 18 June 

Where? Regent's Park, London

London’s largest food festival returns for another stellar year this June! Get ready for over 30 of London’s best and most exciting restaurants, exciting newcomers such as Dim Sum Terrace and Vegan Caribbean revelations Jam Delish, a Portuguese gastronomy showcase from Visit Portugal, cooking schools, cocktail masterclasses, and more!

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When? 2 – 29 July

Where? Various Venues

Bastille has confirmed a number of outdoor shows as part of their '10 Years of Bad Blood' Anniversary Tour. Bastille continues to be one of the world’s most streamed bands and this tour will be an opportunity you do not want to miss out on in 2023!

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Bedford Park Concerts

When? 23 June - 1 July

Where? Bedford Park, Bedford

Come and see spectacular live shows over the Summer, with each night showcasing a different musical genre. This year the line-up consists of The Jacksons & Sister Sledge, Sting, West End Proms, George Ezra, and Ministry of Sound Classical.

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When? 16 June

Where? Cardiff Castle, Cardiff

Iconic pioneers from the new wave scene of the mid-1970s in New York, Blondie are a band you need to see. You can grab yourself tickets to see them at Cardiff Castle this Summer, this is one not to be missed!

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Hampton Court Palace Festival 

When? 6 - 17 June

Where? Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey, Surrey

The stunning Hampton Court Palace will be hosting 2 weeks of top artists for another year, with the likes of Grace Jones, Kaiser Chiefs, Björn Again, Rick Astley and more taking to the stage. Grab your tickets now!

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Ministry Of Sound Classical

When? 1 – 16 September 

Where? Multiple locations across the UK

These outdoor venues will provide the perfect backdrop for an incredible live music spectacle from the Ministry of Sound Classical.  See your favourite dance tracks re-orchestrated, re-imagined, and re-lived by a breath-taking 30-piece orchestra, top DJs, stunning vocalists, and a sound and light experience like no other.

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When? 25 June

Where?  The National Bowl, Milton Keynes

In line with their ninth studio album 'Will Of The People', multi-platinum and Grammy Award-winning rock band Muse will play The National Bowl in Milton Keynes on Sunday 25th June! Widely recognised as one of the best live bands in the world, Muse has consistently produced exhilarating and ground-breaking shows, and their 2023 'Will Of The People' world tour will be no exception. They will also be joined by very special guests Royal Blood.

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Nile Rodgers Feat CHIC

When? 6 - 24 July

Where? Various Venues

Known for playing unforgettable live performances with CHIC, Nile Rogers has been included in “festival best performances” at both Glastonbury and Coachella resulting in a BBC Music Awards nomination for 'Best Live Performance'.  If they're not already on your list of people to see live, they should be! Get your tickets now.

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Nocturne Live

When: 14 June – 18 June

Where: Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire

The hugely successful concert series taking place in the stunning grounds of Oxfordshire's Blenheim, will, this year, see Lionel Richie plus special guests, Gregory Porter & Emeli Sandé, and Pete Tong Presents Ibiza Classics. It'll certainly be one to remember so grab your tickets while you can!

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Olly Murs

When? Sunday 27 August 2023

Where? Colchester Castle Park, Colchester

Following on from his seventh studio album 'Marry Me’ released in 2022, Olly Murs will be returning to Colchester Castle Park on Sunday 27th August 2023, in what is going to be a ‘bigger, better and louder’ gig for his hometown show as part of his brand-new ‘Marry Me’ tour.

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Rag'N'Bone Man

When? 25 June

Where? Cardiff Castle, Cardiff

English singer-songwriter Rag'N'Bone Man is known for his deep baritone voice, first hitting the scene in 2016 with hit single 'Human'. He's since been named British Breakthrough Act at the 2017 Brit Awards, and received the Critics' Choice Award as well as going on to receive a further BRIT Award for Best British Single, with the title track in 2018. See him live this June as he plays the historic Cardiff Castle.

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Red Hot Chili Peppers

When? 21 July 2023

Where? Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London

Iconic rock outfit Red Hot Chili Peppers will be performing a show at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium as part of their world tour. Performing their career-spanning hits as well as new music, you don't want to miss this!

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Sounds of the City

When: 29 June – 15 July

Where: Castlefield Bowl, Manchester & Millennium Square, Leeds

Sounds of The City has become a huge part of the summer music program starting out in Manchester and recently expanded to take over Leeds' Millenium Square last year! This year you can see Porcupine Tree, Blossoms, Mcfly, Kasabian, Hacienda Classical, The Wombats, Shed Seven, and many more.

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South Facing Concert Series

When? 28 July – 13 August

Where? Crystal Palace Bowl

South Facing Festival is an incredible series of open-air concerts with a round of show-stopping events in the heart of South London. This year we’ll see Noel Gallagher & The High Flying Birds, Rudimental Live, David Rodigan & The Outlook Orchestra, and Craig David.

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When? 24 June & 02 July

Where? Bedford Park & Cardiff Castle

Rock icon Sting will be taking his 'My Songs Tour' to Bedford Park & Cardiff Castle this Summer. The tour has travelled across the world and features fan favourites such as 'Roxanne', 'Every Breath You Take' and 'Englishman in New York', as well as hits from the latest record 'The Bridge'. Grab your tickets to one of his shows now!

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The Lumineers

When? 5 - 7 July

Where? Edinburgh Castle & Cardiff Castle

American folk favourites The Lumineers have confirmed plans of a World Tour throughout 2023 and will do shows in Edinburgh and Cardiff as part of the run. Their latest album, 'Brightside', was released in 2022 to wide praise from fans and critics alike, grab tickets to hear music old and new!

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I'm Abi - a lover of festivals, food and all things music.

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