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What's on this summer?

Summer is not what it used to be – it’s so much better. It seems every village, town and city in the UK is celebrating something this summer and you could fill every day with festivals, shows and events.

The bunting is out across the country and we’ve decided to dig around and find some of the hidden gems that you may have missed. Here is a dozen summer events, celebrating everything from Robin Hood to rockabilly.

UK summer events in June 2018

Which event will you book your June break around?

Retrofestival, 8-10 June, at Newark Showground is a step back in time, with vintage cars, aeroplanes and steam engines, music, dance and retro fairground rides. Sherwood Forest is just 40 minutes’ drive away.



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Sundown Cinema at Ickworth House, 15-17 June, is a feast of films in the gardens of this fine country house near Bury St. Edmunds, including Tangled, La La Land, Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Wonder Woman (maybe not quite the line-up for a Father’s Day gift!) Thorpe Forest is just half an hour away.



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Kitesurfing Armada Festival on Hayling Island in Hampshire, 22-24 June, is officially the UK’s Best Kitesurfing Event. There’s music, food, family fun and, of course, kitesurfing for beginners and pros. If you are not camping at the festival, stay at Blackwood Forest, an hour away.



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Winchester Hat Fair, 30 June-1 July. This is the UK’s longest running festival of outdoor arts and it’s FREE too. It’s not a celebration of hats; the name relates to its origins as a busking fair, with hats out for donations. Stay at nearby Blackwood Forest.

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UK summer events in July 2018

Choose an event to enjoy on your July break

Llangollen International Eisteddfodd, 3-8 July, is an annual musical spectacular that brings together over 4,000 musicians from 35 countries for a week of exceptional music. Alfie Bo, Van Morrison and the Kaiser Chiefs are among this year’s line-up. Our new location at Beddgelert Snowdonia, is just an hour’s drive away.



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Coleford Music Festival, 14-15 July, is a hidden gem in the heart of the Forest of Dean. A genuinely friendly, community feel makes it perfect for all the family and, musically, there’s everything from rock to rockabilly. Our Forest of Dean cabins are a perfect base.



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Callander and Trossachs Summerfest, 14 -29 July, is a lively two weeks of music, arts and crafts, heritage and history, sports, tastings and more, with a distinctly Scottish flavour. Stay at nearby Strathyre and walk or cycle to the town.



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Inveraray Highland Games, 18 July 2018. A Scottish summer is not complete without attending a Highland Gathering. With pipe bands, Scottish dancing and caber tossing, in the grounds of Inveraray Castle, this a must-see event. Ardgartan Argyll is a great base.



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Port Elliott Festival, 26-29 July, is slowly getting national acclaim. A delightful family friendly affair, it has been described as ‘like falling from the sky into a magic garden. Stay at Deerpark to continue the magic.



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UK summer events in August 2018

Looking for inspiration for your August break?

Fowey Regatta and Carnival Week, 19-25 August, is a feast for the senses as boats race around the harbour, carnival colours brighten the streets, and live music plays on the quay. Don’t miss the carnival fireworks over the river on Wednesday 22 August. Stay at Deerpark, just over half an hour away.



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Deershed Festival 9, 25 -27 July. Possible the best family friendly festival in the UK, combining music, comedy, crafts and sports. The kids will love it and so will you. This year’s theme is Making Waves, and it certainly will. Stay at Cropton or Keldy for home comforts in the forest.



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The Robin Hood Festival, 28 August – 2 September, in the Sherwood Forest Country Park in Nottinghamshire, is a perfect way to round off the school summer holidays. Kids will love re-enacting the legend and you can enjoy staying at one of our woodland cabins at Sherwood Forest.



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Finally, a quick word for the Forestry Commission’s Forest Live concerts. A few have already sold out, but you can still see some big names. Combine it with a weekend away where we have nearby cabin locations, at Sherwood Forest, Dalby Forest (close to Cropton and Keldy) and Thetford Forest (close to Thorpe Forest).

Enjoy a UK summer break at one of our 10 idyllic locations and base it around one of these great local events, for a holiday to remember.



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