Read our guide to the best events taking place this June. From arts and culture, food festivals and family friendly activties, there’s something for everyone.
Cambridgeshire County Show, 2 June
Wimpole Home Farm, SG8 0BW
From farm animals to fairground rides, the best of local food, drink and crafts, vintage tractors, trade stands and an exciting schedule of Main Ring events including stunt-bike entertainment! This year, celebrating its 20th anniversary, show visitors will be able to see large eagles flying, cheeky terriers racing, American quarter horses prancing, sheep dogs ‘coming-bye’ and Young Farmers Clubs’ competing plus much more. Dogs welcome. Free car parking. www.cambscountyshow.co.uk
Great Yarmouth Arts Festival, 6-16 June
Multiple venues, Great Yarmouth
The hugely successful Great Yarmouth Arts Festival returns in 2019 for the 6th year with cultural activities, shows and events in a range of locations around the town for everyone to enjoy. www.greatyarmouthartsfestival.co.uk
Cambridge Town & Country Fair, 8-9 June
Parker’s Piece, Cambridge
All day entertainment will include historical re-enactment, birds of prey flying displays, terrier racing, children’s entertainer, the goat show including bottle feeding lambs and kids, children’s petting pens and much more.
Harpenden Carnival, 8 June
Harpenden Common, Hertfordshire
This year’s theme is ‘Get Active’. 2019 Carnival will include the Savills sponsored Dog Show, craft stalls, bouncy inflatables, children’s activities along with food and drink. www.harpendencarnival.com
The Wildwood Rumpus, 8 June
Horseheath Racecourse, Cambs
My Little Festival’s magical one-day family festival returns for a second year in a woodland at Horseheath Racecourse. Designed to attract families from the area, the event focuses on creating a beautiful, eco-friendly, woodland event, with enchanting activities and performances around every corner. Expect art installations, story-tellers, woodland crafts, children’s theatre & authors, plus fantastic food from local street food vendors, bars, and live music from the Brass Funkeys and local bands. Family tickets are now on sale (2 adults and 2 children) from £65. www.thewildwoodrumpus.com
Ascot Summer Party, 20 June
Braxted Park, Essex
Braxted Park will open its gates for its Ascot Ladies Day Summer Party! This event will see fans of horse racing enjoy all the action live from Ascot Ladies Day but from the surrounding of the Braxted Park Estate. Guests will be able to enjoy a cool drink in the summer sunshine whilst having a flutter on the Royal Ascot races, enjoy live music from ultimate party band POPGUN 80’s, have a go at a free polo taster session with Silver Leys polo club or shop in one of carefully selected exclusive stalls. They will experience all the thrills and spills of a day at the races with big screen action of Royal Ascot with onsite betting facilities, late night dancing and great summer cocktails.
Tickets for this event start at £60 per person and includes a fizzy reception and canapés on arrival, two course gourmet banquet barbecue and traditional afternoon tea. www.braxtedpark.co.uk
The East Anglian Storytelling Festival, 14-16 June
Elmswell Village, Suffolk
Created by a group of East Anglian Storytellers – known as The East Anglian Fabulation, the festival will feature children’s stories, adult stories, storyrounds, professional development sessions and guest tellers. www.eastanglianstorytellingfestival.co.uk
Life Arts Wellbeing Festival, 15-16 June
Chelmsford City Racecourse, Chelmsford, Essex
Put your health first at the largest wellbeing event in the region. Yoga, live music, NHS health checks, pain relief workshops, mindfulness, meditation and more will be on offer at the Life Arts Wellbeing Festival. Visitors will be treated to a wide-range of free-of-charge activities, including cooking demos and talks from leading industry experts, to help boost their wellbeing.
This year’s event will have a wellness zone with a yoga studio where festival-goers will be able to enjoy yoga for pain and stress management, restorative yoga, pilates, hatha yoga, chair yoga, gong bath, drum circle, yoga flow and a family rave! Tickets cost from £5 for adults, under 16s go free. www.lifearts.co.uk
An Audience with Harry Redknapp, 21 June
Watford Colosseum, Hertfordshire
‘I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here 2018’ winner and famous football manager Harry Redknapp will be telling stories from his football days and his time in the jungle. Expect a hilarious evening, with this great raconteur who has a wealth of hilarious stories to share with you! There will be an opportunity to ask Harry questions in an audience Q&A at the end of the evening. www.watfordcolosseum.co.uk
Alban Roman Festival, 21-30 June
It kicks off with the Alban Pilgrimage on 22 June and the Alban Street Festival on 23 June and incorporates events and activities across the city.
The Prosecco and Gin Festival, 22 June
The festival comes to Norwich for the first time serving up over 60 gins and a great selection of sparkling wines and prosecco. It’s the perfect summer event to enjoy with friends! www.proseccoandginfestival.co.uk/norwich
First Light Festival, 22-23 June
A brand new festival comes to the Suffolk coast this summer. Taking place on Lowestoft’s glorious sandy South Beach, with its backdrop of colourful, traditional beach huts and Victorian gardens, the First Light Festival is a free non-stop 24 hour long, multi-arts festival celebrating Lowestoft’s position as the first place that sun rises in the UK.
It will begin at noon on Saturday 22 June and will run continuously through changing tides, light and darkness, sun and stars until noon on Sunday 23 June. The programme will include music, dance, film, art, science, talks, walks, fire, sports and workshops – as well as the best regional food, drinks and produce. www.firstlightlowestoft.com
Felixstowe Book Festival, 27-30 June
The festival has become one of the highlights of the East Anglian arts calendar. From politics to sport, crime fiction to romance, there’s something to capture everyone’s imagination! There’s a whole programme of pop up events too! www.felixstowebookfestival.co.uk
Woburn Abbey Garden Show, 22-23 June
Set in the glorious gardens of Woburn Abbey, this hugely popular garden show returns to celebrate its 10thanniversary. The two day event offers rare access to the Private Gardens of the Duke and Duchess of Bedford, which is not normally open to the public. Adam Frost and Pippa Greenwood, will be joined by Woburn’s Estates Gardens Manager Martin Towsey at the Demonstration and Talks Theatre and new for 2019 is ‘The Good Life Connection’ area.
A brand new theme this year is ways to make life richer, healthier more mindful, more meaningful and more sustainable. By adopting ‘The Good Life’ approach and the Show’s mantra that ‘everything comes back to the plant’, visitors and exhibitors will be brought together through sharing, learning and building confidences to become successful, independent and happy growers. There will also be ‘Garden Shed Talks’, beekeeping demos, edible flower demos, Q&As, have-a-go pop ups, plenty for advice and free garden tours with RHS qualified gardeners. Tickets priced£16.25 for adults, £15.25 for seniors and free of charge for children under 15 years of age. www.woburnabbey.co.uk/gardenshow
Concour’s d’Elegance, 22-23 June
Heveningham Hall, Suffolk
Taking place alongside a country fair, the event will see an exhibit of 50 of the world’s most iconic motor cars, plus a simultaneous aviation concours featuring some of the world’s rarest aeroplanes. There will be a Horsepower Hill, a ‘drag race’ for owners and guests along the main estate road and The Heveningham Tour; a 50-mile drive through the Suffolk countryside with a stop for lunch for owners. www.heveninghamconcours.com
Open Air Cinema, 26 June – 6 July
Cathedral grounds, St Albans
As part of the St Albans Film Festival, the Abbey Open-Air Cinema will take place in the Cathedral grounds with a programme of classic movies over two weeks. www.stalbansfilmfestival.com
Leigh Folk Festival, 27-30 June
Leigh on Sea, Essex
A fabulous festival that draws visitors from far and wide. The festival brings together over 200 artists in music, poetry and dance across 20 venues.The festival is now in its 28th year. www.leighfolkfestival.com
Hemingford Abbots Flower Festival, 29-30 June
Hemingford Abbots, Cambridgeshire
The pretty village will be full of blooms and colour. The church will be the focal point of the weekend, but visitors can also view over 20 open gardens and a display of historic cars, motorcycles and bicycles. There’s also entertainment from Morris Dancers, river trips and more. Entry £8. www.hemingfordabbots.org.uk