18 sizzling summer events in July

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Soak up the sunshine with our guide to the best events, festivals, pop ups and exhibitions taking place this July.

Pop up spa in Bourn, Cambs 

Move over glamping, spas and retreats, there’s a new Scandinavian lifestyle trend to embrace and it’s about to appear in the Cambridgeshire countryside. Inspired by the Scandis’ laid back lifestyle and love affair with water and wood, PAUS is a new relaxation centre comprising wood fired, red cedar hot tubs and sauna on the hill top of Bourn. Set to open in July, visitors can enjoy a soak in the wood fired tubs, whilst sipping a complimentary drink of choice. Cool pools provide an opportunity to refresh before heading to the Terraza where a range of delicious, healthy meze can be enjoyed sat by the open fire. PAUS will also be hosting a number of exclusive events throughout the year, from outdoor cinemas to yoga, hands-on workshops and author’s readings. Tickets will be on a first come first served basis.

Tickets will range from £35 to £80 for a day’s relaxation and can be purchased at www.pauscambridge.com. Walk-ins are welcome but this will be on a first come first served basis, as space is limited.

Sounds Green at Cambridge University Botanic Garden, Wednesday evenings throughout July

The Cambridge garden is set to host another year of open-air music from Cambridge Summer Music. A celebration of summer and music, ‘Sounds Green’ takes place every Wednesday evening in July on the Garden’s Main Lawn. Events include performances from Prime Brass, TG Collective and Afrosamba, among other talented artists. Admission: adult £5.45, children under 16 free. www.botanic.ac.uk


Southend Festival, 1 July – 15 August

Inspired by its famous Scottish counterpart, the brand-new Southend Festival has ambitions to become the ‘go-to place’ for some of Britain’s top comedians as they warm-up for the famous Edinburgh Fringe. The festival’s organisers, Southend BID, also hopes its exciting, six-week programme of events, including art, music, literature, performance and more will put the Essex coastal town on the wider cultural map. Expect family films, an art trail, Paint jam, Chalk Fest, comedy, poetry performances and much more!

For more information about the Southend Festival, click on www.visitsouthend.co.uk

Cambridge BID brings Giant Outdoor Screen to Station Quarter, 2-15 July

Office workers and residents in the station quarter are invited to enjoy an al fresco lunch while watching Wimbledon on a giant screen, delivered by Cambridge BID, from 2-15 July. Entitled ‘Strawberries & Screen’, this is one of a number of community-spirited events being hosted by the organisation in Cambridge this summer. BBC coverage of the tournament, including early evening highlights, will be shown on a large LED screen next to The Tamburlaine hotel. Seating for 100 viewers will be provided for free, on a first-come, first-served basis. foodPark will be supporting the event with a food truck every Monday to Thursday lunchtime, with the regular foodPark available as usual on Fridays.

Southend Festival

 The Weird and Wacky Plants Project by Mr Plant Geek, Thursday 5 July, 7pm at The Exchange Restaurant, Jarrolds, Norwich

 An exciting event for the green fingers out there, to welcome The Plant Den to Jarrolds, the store will be holding an event with Michael Perry, aka Mr Plant Geek. 

For over 20 years, Michael Perry’s career has taken him around the world in his quest to find new, different and unusual plants. He has now brought all this together in the Weird and Wacky Plants Project! With help from some of the world’s most prominent plants-people, you can join him on an hour’s visual journey through the fascinating plant world!  Tickets £17.50 and include pizza, light bites, wine and craft beer. Buy tickets at jarrold.co.uk/events or Jarrold Customer Services, floor 2

Mr Plant Geek

Live music at Euston Hall, Thetford, IP24 2QW, 5-7 July

Euston Hall will be hosting three nights of live music this summer on the grounds of the spectacular stately home. II Divo, the world’s first classical crossover group will be performing for part of their UK tour, alongside Sir Tom Jones who will be performing on the second night, and British pop icons; Madness, on the third. Tickets from £39.50. www.eustonhall.co.uk/madness_21668.html

Folk In A Field Festival, Bradmoore Woods, Kings Lynn, PE32 1TS, 6-8 July

Folk In A Field Festival is a unique music festival situated in a rural, woodland setting in the heart of Norfolk. This rustic location helps contribute to the carefree, nonchalant feel throughout the festival. As well as having a diverse range of performers, from the acoustic, folk and roots music scene, the festival offers much more than just that. With craft demonstrations, archery and music workshops for all ages, as well as free camping and a children’s play area, this festival is perfect for the whole family. Price from £62. www.folkinafield.co.uk/

Jazz BBQ at Royal Norwich Golf Club, 8 July

Enjoy a summer’s evening at Royal Norwich with an outdoor BBQ while listening to the gentle sound of jazz by Take Four. Perfect for catching up with friends and family. Book a table of 10 and receive two complimentary bottles of house wine. This event runs from 3pm until 6pm and £10 per person. Non-members welcome, vegetarian option available.  www.royalnorwichgolf.co.uk

Moët and Chandon July Festival at Newmarket Racecourses,  Newmarket, CB8 0TG, 12-14 July

Newmarket’s summer highlight, the Moet and Chandon festival is returning in July, for a weekend of sun, entertainment and of course races! Over forty thousand visitors assemble at the picturesque Adnams racecourse in their best attire, for one of Britain’s most stylish summer events. Fashion guru, Gok Wan will be returning to co-host Feel Good Friday on the second day, as well as present the prize for most Stylish Group. Tickets from £15. newmarket.thejockeyclub.co.uk/events-tickets/whats…/the-moet-chandon-july-festival

Bedford River Festival, 14-15 July

The much-anticipated bi-annual River Festival is celebrating its 40th birthday this year. The River Festival takes place on 14 – 15 July along the banks of the River Great Ouse, with six music and performance stages, sports and heritage villages and dozens of events taking place on the water. A fabulous free family day out, this year’s festival site extends to incorporate the new Riverside Bedford development and there’s even a river taxi to help you beat the crowds. Bedford.gov.uk/riverfestival

Bedford River Festival

Melanie C at Ladies Night, Great Yarmouth Racecourse, Norfolk, 18 July

Sporty Spice, Mel C will be hosting the after-race entertainment at Great Yarmouth’s Ladies Night event this summer. The popular solo-singer will be presenting tracks to reflect the ‘girl power’ feel of the annual event, alongside her own favourite music. Tickets from £17. www.greatyarmouth-racecourse.co.uk/

Jazz in the Gardens, Wimpole Hall, Royston, SG8 0BW, 21 July

Enjoy an evening of Jazz with the Cambridge Jazz Theorem, amongst the gardens of a historic stately home; Wimpole Hall.  The talented band of musicians create an exciting and stimulating blend of music, by putting their own spin on classical jazz. Bring along Pimms and a picnic for a night of great music. Tickets from £10. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wimpole-estate

Stowe Maries at War,  21 July

Stowe Maries in Essex is holding the event, Stowe Maries at War on the 21 July. This event focuses on the British Armed Forces of the Great War, from soldiers and nurses through to airmen and covers everything from their uniforms and weaponry through to equipment and training. There will be demonstrations, a chance to view a selection of Great War aircraft and some fantastic air displays throughout the day. (www.stowmaries.org.uk/calendar/60/92-Stow-Maries-at-War).

Little Mix tickets

Little Mix at Earlham Park, Norwich, NR4 7TQ, 21 July

The popular girl band, Little Mix will be performing at Norwich’s Earlham Park this summer, for part of their UK ‘Summer Hits’ tour. They will be joined by fellow X Factor winners Rak-Su and the Germein Sisters, who won the 2017 series. You can expect to hear the band’s well-known classics such as Wings, and Black Magic alongside more recent hits from their Platinum Glory Days album, such as Shout Out To My Ex. Prices from From £47.75

Shrek the Musical at Milton Keynes Theatre, 25 July – 1 August

Following the unprecedented success of the first UK and Ireland tour, the original production team reunites to bring the hit musical to a swamp near you. The production will be coming to Milton Keynes Theatre, Wednesday 25 July – Sunday 5 August.  Leading the cast as beloved swamp-dwelling ogre ‘Shrek’ will be Steffan Harri, having previously starred in the original UK tour and ‘Call the Midwife’ star Laura Main as ‘Princess Fiona’. Also joining the cast will be Marcus Ayton as Shrek’s wisecracking sidekick ‘Donkey’ and Samuel Holmes as pint-sized villain ‘Lord Farquaad’. www.atgtickets.com/MiltonKeynes

Laura Main as Princess Fiona and Steffan Harri as Shrek. Shrek the Musical. Credit Helen Maybanks

Wells Carnival, Friday 27 July to Sunday 5 August

The annual carnival dates as far back as 1926. There are a variety of beer festivals, live music performances, craft fairs and sporting events on either side of the main parade on the 4th. www.wellscarnival.co.uk

The Old Buckenham Air Show, 28-29 July  

Featuring a huge array of air displays including wing walkers, spitfires and hurricanes. There’ll also be the chance to take to the skies yourself with a ride in a helicopter, tank rides, classic cars, a funfair and so much more. The best bit? Under 12s go free! (www.oldbuckenhamairshow.co.uk)

Knebworth House – Greatest Showman

Luna Cinema launches children’s cinema, 30 July – 4 Aug  

This summer sees the addition of a ‘Kids Cinema’ at Hatfield House in Hertfordshire from 30 July – 4 Aug, showing blockbusters such as The Greatest Showman, Trolls and Tangled, to name a few.  Price starts at £12.50 for adults, £7.50 for children.  You can also watch star-studded films on the big screen outdoors at Holkham Hall, Audley End House, Knebworth House, Hylands House and Harpenden Common. www.thelunacinema.com


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