20 Things to Do in July 2019

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Take advantage of the summer weather and get outside at one of the region’s many events this July. Music festivals, BBQs, outdoor theatre, pop ups and more, read our guide to the hottest July events.

Great Brick Safari at Woburn Safari Park, until 14 July

Woburn Safari Park, Crawley Road, Woburn, Bedford MK17 9QN

If you have a little one obsessed with LEGO, head to Woburn Safari Park, where among the wildlife you’ll find the ‘Great Brick Safari’ featuring featuring life size LEGO® brick animals.

Once you journey through Woburn’s Road Safari to see magnificent lions, tigers, monkeys, giraffes and rhinos, visitors can head into the Foot Safari for an expedition that will have them seeking out the LEGO® brick models as an additional treat.

Over a million bricks have been used to create the models, which took over 7400 hours in total to build. Amongst the impressive LEGO® brick sculptures are an entire pride of lions, a proud antelope and a 1.2 ton elephant that took 1,600 hours to create from a whopping 271,739 LEGO® bricks!  Suitable for the whole family, this interactive safari experience is included in the price of your admission ticket. www.woburnsafari.co.uk



Strawberries and Screen, 1-14 July

CB1 area, Cambridge

The sights and sounds of Wimbledon will once again provide a feel-good factor for the CB1 area this July. Pull up a chair and watch all tennis matches between 1 and 14 July on the big screen located between One The Square and The Tamburlaine hotel. Cambridge BID will supply 100 chairs on a first-come-first served basis, and viewers are welcome either to bring their own refreshments or to purchase from the food vans and ice cream sellers that will be available, mainly at lunchtimes. www.cambridgebid.co.uk/wimbledon 

PAUSE Yoga Experience at Bury Cathedral, 4 July  

St Edmundsbury Cathedral, Bury St Edmunds

Described as a multi-sensory wellbeing journey, PAUSE is a UK-first yoga event being held at the St Edmundsbury Cathedral, from 6pm-9pm.Hosted by Bury St Edmunds-based fitness company, The Pop Up Gym, the three-hour event will see the cathedral break from tradition, supporting a vision to promote the social side of fitness whilst harnessing the experience of unexpected locations. Guests will be welcomed with a mint tea reception and choral choir, before participating in a yoga session held by instructor, Jacqui Sinclair. This will be followed by a sound bath, which hasfast become a popular form of sound therapy, facilitated by gong master, Lisa Horwell.With only 100 spaces available, tickets are limited! Tickets cost £39.50, including a goody bag. www.thepopupgym.org/fitness-events

Sounds Green, 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31 July

Cambridge University Botanic Garden, 1 Brookside, Cambridge CB2 1JE

Cambridge University Botanic Garden opens its gates late on Wednesday evenings throughout July for the Sounds Green series, a celebration of summer and music – relaxed, sociable, picnic concerts in the Gardenwith Cambridge Summer Music. This year, there are five Wednesdays in July so there is one more concert to enjoy than in the past few years. Tickets priced £6. Children under 16 free. www.botanic.cam.ac.uk

Maverick Music Festival, 5-7 July

Easton Farm Park, Suffolk

Yee-haa! Join in the Americana Maverick Music Festival as it hosts a fantastic line up of American and English music acts all waiting to bring you a taste of the American dream. Visitors can see over 50 artists across six stages, both indoors and out. www.maverickfestival.co.uk

Music on a Sunday, 7 & 21 July, 12noon-4pm

Audley End House and Gardens, Saffron Walden, Essex

 Enjoy your very own theme tune to your day out at Audley End House and Gardens as your afternoon is accompanied by a musical treat. Whether you’re picnicking with friends, or taking a summertime stroll, you can enjoy music in the stunning surroundings of Audley End’s gardens.Adult: £18.50, Child: £11.10, Family Ticket: £48.10. www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/audley-end-house-and-gardens

Ivy Norwich Brasserie Boadicea Gin Tasting, 10 July, 6.30pm

London Street, Norwich

Calling all gin fans! This one is for you. The Ivy Norwich Brasserie has partnered with with Boadicea Gin, local to Norwich for an evening of entertainment. Guests will be invited to enjoy a three-course meal, paired with bespoke cocktails created in collaboration with Boadicea Gin. Each cocktail – including a ‘Norfolk 75’ with Boadicea Gin, lemon juice, sugar syrup, fresh basil and Ivy Champagne – has been specially created to match and complement each dish.Tickets priced £45 per person. www.theivynorwich.com

Chapelfield Summer Circus, 11-14 July

Norwich, Norfolk

Lost in Translation Circus presents a Big Top style tent with a hand-picked selection of international contemporary circus shows appearing in Norwich for the first time alongside up and coming local performers and free daytime outdoor circus fun. Daytime and early evening shows are suitable for family audiences with late night cabaret for adults on Friday and Saturday evenings. www.circusnorwich.co.uk

Battle of the Proms, 13 July

Hatfield House, Herts

A summer celebration, the event begins at 4.30pm, and offers an afternoon and evening of entertainment including Napoleonic re-enactors, WWI Cavalry Display, The Red Devils, singing duo The Vignettes and evening gun salute. The Battle Proms Orchestral performance and a traditional sing-along, flag-waving and grand firework display closes the event. www.hatfield-house.co.uk

Al Festo, 13-14 July

Sun Inn, Dedham, Essex

Get into the summer spirit as the Sun Inn hosts its fifth free family-friendly festival. Serving up everything you might expect; live music, food, craft ales, a Prosecco and Gin bar and children’s garden games, it’s a great summer’s day out. You can even bring the dog along! www.thesuninndedham.com/alfesto/

Dog Show & Family Fun Day, 14 July

East Park, Holkham Estate

Have a fun day out with the whole family – dogs included! In aid of Wells Community Hospital Trust, the day will feature classes and activities for dogs, a programme of children’s entertainment, live music and over 50 craft stalls to browse. Free entry, parking £3 per car.

Matilda the Musical, 16 July – 17 August

Norwich Theatre Royal, Norwich

The Roald Dahl classic and multi-award-winning show is coming to the Norwich Theatre Royal. The much loved tale will be created on stage, expect excitement and magic as the story of Matilda Wormwood comes to life. This is one not to be missed! www.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk

North Norfolk Railway Beer Festival, 19-21 July

Sheringham Station, Norfolk

This annual Beer Festival gets bigger each year. It will feature beer, food, drink and entertainment over the three days. The Beer Festival is established in the calendars of beer (and rail) enthusiasts’ alike. www.nnrailway.co.uk/beer-festival

Shuttle worth Air Show. Image: Brian Sibley

July Evening Airshow, 20 July

Shuttleworth, Biggleswade

This classic evening airshow will bring to the fore the fun of flying, and a range of aircraft of all shapes and sizes supported by the LAA. With a relaxed atmosphere, and where the light can be at its best for photography, this airshow will showcase displaying aircraft from the early and pioneering years of aviation quite unlike any found anywhere else in the UK! Tickets: Adults from £20, children free. www.shuttleworth.org/events/julyeveningairshow

Holkham Country Fair, 20-21 July

Holkham Hall, Norfolk

Visitors can enjoy a fantastic Grand Ring line-up featuring a number of brand-new headline acts for this summer’s celebration of land, sea and sky. Taking to the stage for the very first time will be the Broke FMX team. Visitors will be able to watch as the top UK freestyle motocross riders jump 35 feet in the air, pulling aerobatic stunts over gaps approaching 100 feet. There’s also adrenaline thrills with Aerobatics from Steve Carverand the Atkinson Action Horses (Saturday only) will demonstrate their stunt riding and tricks. In addition to stunts and performances fairgoers will also be able to indulge in hundreds of trade stands, a Fine Food Village full of with tasty treats, a Cookery Demonstration Theatre and more. www.holkhamcountryfair.co.uk

Steam Punk Fair, 21 July

East Anglian Railway Museum, Chappel Station, Colchester, Essex, CO6 2DS

Step back in time for a day of Victorian heritage.  The railway’s first ever Steampunk fair is hosted in conjunction with the League of Essexordinary Gentlemen.  Suitably attired in all your splendour, guests can enjoy the delights of  Ichabod Steam and his animatronic band, free-style hula-hooping, tea-duelling and… emerging from his dungeon especially for this day, the legendary Herr Doctor.  www.earm.co.uk/extra_ordinary_steam_punk

Two Centuries of Afternoon Tea, 24 July & 28 August

Woburn, Bedfordshire, MK17 9WA

This summer Woburn Abbey will host ‘Two Centuries of Afternoon Tea’ on 24 July and 28 August. Visit where the concept of afternoon tea begun for this fascinating illustrated talk by Simon Pestell, head housekeeper at Woburn Abbey, with full afternoon tea included. It will cover how tea drinking was fi rst introduced into England, how it was popularised and how afternoon tea became a social institution. Enjoy a glimpse into history and find out, through entertaining anecdotes how Duchesses past and present like to take their afternoon tea. Tickets priced £40. www.woburnabbey.co.uk/events

Bedford Park Concerts, 26-28 July

Bedford Park

The concerts return for another summer weekend of live music! The action kicks off with Café Mambo. Ibiza’s most iconic sunset bar will bring some Balearic magic from the White Isle to Bedford on 26 July. DJ sets include Danny Howard, Jason Bye and Judge Jules. Headliner Rita Ora will be blasting out her hits on 27 July, followed by Radio one DJ ‘MistaJam’. Bedford Park Proms will close the weekend on 28 July with a musical celebration which will culminate with rousing favourites of flag-waving and singing along, including Rule Britannia and Land of Hope & Glory, as thousands of lasers and fireworks light up the sky. This year includes Welsh tenor Wynne Evans! It’s bound to be a sell out so book your tickets now! www.bedfordparkconcerts.co.uk

Legendary Joust, 27-28 July, 10.30am-5pm

Audley End House and Gardens, Saffron Walden, Essex

Jousting goes back to its roots in this no-holds-barred tournament of strength, skill and horsemanship. Charging at each other at full speed with only chain mail for protection, each knight will attempt to knock their opponent from their horse. It’s every man for himself in this thrillingly authentic 13th-century tournament, inspired by the brutal early days of jousting.The encampment will be alive with the sights, sounds and smells of medieval life. Listen to merry music, join in with the jester’s jokes and learn about cookery and crafts from centuries ago. You can even meet the knights as they prepare for battle. Adult: £21, Child: £12.60, Family Ticket: £54.60. www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/audley-end-house-and-gardens

Outdoor Theatre – Pride and Prejudice, 31 July

Doors open 6.30pm, performance starts 7.30pm

Framlingham Castle, Church Street, Framlingham, Woodbridge IP13 9BP

Enjoy the Chapterhouse Theatre Company’s outdoor production of ‘Pride and Prejudice’ and take a step back in time to meet Elizabeth Bennet, Jane Austen’s most loveable heroine. When Elizabeth meets the rude and abrupt Mr Darcy, she loathes him at first sight. But is there more to him than meets the eye? Brought to life by award winning writer Laura Tuner, this adaptation promises to be the most splendid evening of the summer. So, join friends and family as you picnic under a beautiful summer sky at Framlingham Castle and lose yourself in this unforgettable love story.  Please bring a picnic blanket or low back chair to watch the performance – and be prepared for the British weather! Adult: £16, Child: £11, Family Ticket: £46. www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/framlingham-castle



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