26 things to do this June 2018

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Celebrate the start of summer with these great outdoor events including festivals, music, arts, food and drink and more, all taking place in the East of England this June.

Pulse Festival, Ipswich, Suffolk, 31 May – 9 June

If you’re a fan of theatre and the arts, this is one festival not to be missed! Returning for its 18th year, this 10 day festival offers a bright and inspiring snapshot of contemporary theatre with established and emerging artists, both local and those from further afield. Performances and events take place at a number of venues across the town including the New Wolsey Theatre, Jerwood Dace House and HEG High Street Exhibition Gallery. www.wolseytheatre.co.uk/pulse-festival/

The Cambridgeshire County Show, Wimpole Home Farm, Cambs, 3 June

This year the show celebrates its 19th anniversary. With its roots firmly in agriculture and the rural community, the classic country show offers an exciting day of traditional crafts, livestock, food hall, rural crafts, displays, vintage tractors, fairground and ring events. http://www.cambscountyshow.co.uk

St Botolph’s Festival on the Green, 15, 16 & 17 June

Botolph Green, Peterborough PE2 7DD


Thirteen years ago a group of neighbours met for a BBQ because they wanted to get to know each other. And so an idea was born. Run by the residents of Botolph Green, the Festival is now firmly established and sees over 2,000 visitors enjoy a weekend packed with events. There’s snail racing fun for all the family, stage events include Retrolux, Military Wives Choir and children’s Storytelling, while the outside arena hosts a dog show, village games, Palmerston Ukulele Band and much more. There’s also stalls, classic cars, fairground rides and more making this a great day out for the whole family. www.botolphgreen.net/             

The East Anglian Storytelling Festival, Jimmy’s Farm, Ipswich 15-17 June

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

Wymondham Music Festival, Norfolk, 22 June – 1 July

The Festival returns with a packed programme of open air events, recitals and concerts. A mix of free and paid for performances, over a fortnight there will be music of all genres, plus the popular annual Town Busking Day and Teddy Bear’s Picnic. www.wymfest.org.uk

Aldeburgh Music Festival, Suffolk, 8-24 June

This year the popular festival will celebrate Britten and America, as well as 1948, the period in post-war British history when the festival began. The music Berstein plays a major part in the festival, while America is represented by the Artists in Residence, composer Michael Hersch, flautist Claire Chase and violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja. Plus there’s a line-up of concerts, exhibitions, talks, films, walks and events. The availability of £10 tickets for every performance is a new festival offer. www.aldeburgh.co.uk

Newmarket Nights, Newmarket Racecourse, Suffolk, 9-29 June

The line up for this year’s concerts is one of the best yet, but you’ll need to be quick, tickets are selling out fast. Combining an evening of horse racing and live music the Newmarket Nights are a great summer event. This month’s the line-up includes Demi Lovato on 9 June, Paloma Faith on 22 June and James Blunt on 29 June. More performances from artists such as Craig David, Plan B, Nile Rodgers and George Ezra continue through the summer. www.newmarket.thejockeyclub.co.uk/newmarket-nights

Homegrown Music Festival, Barrow, Suffolk, 8-10 June

Homegrown Music Festival will return for its 6th year to Barrow for a long weekend of live music from the best of East Anglia’s signed and unsigned talent. Visitors can enjoy a showcase of the local bands. Unlike other festivals Homegrown is all about keeping it simple with realistically priced food and drink available. As well as great music there’s activities such as yoga and art workshops. There’s over 40 local bands plus Sunday is free entry. www.homegrownfest.co.uk

Peterborough Heritage Festival (in association with Vivacity), Friday 15 to Sunday 17 June

Now in its tenth year, the UK’s largest multi-period, city-centre, living history festival is returning for what promises to be a fabulous weekend of events.The festival begins with ‘900 Years of Church Music: a Whistle-Stop Tour’ on 15 June at 7.30pm, followed by Tower Top Climbs and 1940s themed party on 16 June and a Choral Evensong with Installation of Mayor on 17 June. Ticket prices vary. https://vivacity.org/heritage/heritage-festival-2018-save-the-date/

St Albans Folk Festival, 15-17 June

A celebration of local folk music centered around a Day of Dance on Saturday 16 June. It will include free showcase performances, sessions, singarounds, workshops and a festival concert at 7.45pm at the Maltings Arts Theatre, featuring The Dovetail Trio, Granny’s Attic, Spånga Folkdansgille from Sweden, Watford Folk Club song competition winner, Julian Mount and New Roots finalist Lizzy Hardingham. www.stalbansfolkmusic.org.uk

Culford’s Opera in the Park, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, 16 June

This magical outdoor concert with internationally acclaimed London Festival Opera returns for a midsummer’s evening to remember. Operatic favourites and popular showstoppers will be performed in Culford Hall’s beautiful grounds. This year the event will feature staged highlights in costume from Verdi’s masterpiece La Traviata and the evening will celebrate arias from the operas of Mozart, Rossini, Bizet and Puccini ending with a patriotic Last Night of the Proms Finale. Adult tickets from £26.25 www.culford.co.uk/opera

Cheese Festival at The Gog, Stapleford, Cambridge, 16 June

The multi-award winning specialist food shop based just south of Cambridge, will be hosting a day dedicated to cheese! Set up in a market style, English cheese makers will be showcasing a number of cheeses for visitors to try. It’s a great opportunity to meet and chat with producers and learn more about your favourite flavours. A must for all cheese lovers! www.thegog.com/events

Haven Great Yarmouth Air Show, 16-17 June

More than 175,000 people are expected to flock to the debut weekend to see two afternoons of flying action from 16 aerial display teams. The flying is from 1pm to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday, but visitors are being encouraged to arrive early to sample the stalls, exhibition stands and pop up beach bars along the Golden Mile. A map showing park-and-ride options can be found here https://www.great-yarmouth.co.uk/air-show/.

Leigh Folk Festival, Leigh on Sea, Essex, 21-24 June

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. Headliners include Digby Fairweather and Band and Richard Digance. Soak up the atmosphere on the cobbled streets of Old Leigh and its waterside location. www.leighfolkfestival.com

Wimpole History Festival, Fri 22 – Sun 24 June

Three days of family activity and cerebral substance. Taking place at the Wimpole Estate just south-west of Cambridge, this is a brilliant union of National Trust property, literature festival, and living history. www.wimpolehistoryfestival.com

Williams Antiques Showroom Open Days, 10am-4pm on Friday 22 – Saturday 23 June

Williams Antiques, Tythe Farm, School Lane, Colmworth. Beds. MK44 2JZ 

The showroom will be hosting special open days on Friday 22 and Saturday 23 June. As well as the showroom being open there will be two other antique traders. Ralph Moss; selling silver and  collectables and Copperplate Maps selling maps and prints. There will be furniture, pictures, glass, silver and ceramics, plus lots of great ideas for gifts. www.williamsantiques.co.uk

Cambridgeshire Food Festival, East of England Showground, Peterborough, 23-24 June

Tickets sell out quickly for this hotly anticipated event, so snap them up now! There’ll be plenty of great food and drink to sample and buy, plus amazing cookery demonstrations, free activities and more, including dancing. There are also camping tickets available for the whole weekend. This really is a weekend of foodie fun to remember.


Oundle Food Festival Street Market, Saturday 23 June

The Oundle Food Festival street market remains one of the most popular dates in regional foodies’ diaries, when over 75 of the region’s finest independent food and drink producers as well as makers of kitchenware gather in the town’s Market Place and New Street.  Local venues run demonstrations, events and offers throughout June, providing more opportunities to learn about, experience and enjoy the region’s produce. Music and dance from the Oundle Fringe Festival, street entertainment from Balls Up Juggling Club and a brilliant atmosphere make it a great family day out. www.oundlefestival.org.uk

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Southwold Arts Festival, 23-30 June

The fifth Southwold Arts Festival will feature over 30 events including a wide range of music, comedy, art and drama. Highlights include the opening parade and street event, rhythm and blues giant Georgie Fame, Jazz at the Movies, comedy from Barry Cryer and talks from ding BBC and Royal Correspondent Michael Cole; Radio and television actor Terry Molloy to name a few! www.southwoldartsfestival.co.uk

Alban Street Festival, 24 June

On Sunday 24 June St Peters Street is given over to an all-day festival with activities for all the family. A special First World War area will give kids a chance to see, learn and experience a soldier’s life in World War One, there’s a bike zone with live stunt shows, and a chance to visit the city centre community food garden. Make a puppet, learn the art of screen printing or just enjoy an afternoon of musical entertainment from local artists and street performers. www.enjoystalbans.com

Alban Street Festival 2017 Credit Stephanie Belton

St Albans Film Festival, 26 June – 1 July

Over the past five years, the St Albans Film Festival competition has earned its place alongside the bigger international film festivals, attracting more than 1,500 entries from filmmakers from 40 countries. Expect screenings, events and talks in a variety of different exciting locations. The open-air cinema makes a welcome return to the Abbey Orchard, with films including Sing, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri. A range of food and drink stalls, and a prosecco and popcorn marquee will provide refreshments. www.stalbansfilmfestival.com

Fling Festival, Hylands Park, Chelmsford, Essex, 30 June

The fun and creative festival for adults returns for a day of live music, burlesque and cabaret, surreal theatre and immersive arts and crafts, plus the yummy food. Headliners include punk legends the Buzzcocks, who will be taking to the main stage and DJ Norman Jay MBE who will perform in The Fling Dance Tent. 2018 sees the introduction of two new music stages to Fling; Bays Days and Shakey’s Sessions Unplugged. www.flingfestival.com

The Wildwood Disco, Horseheath Racecourse, Cambs, 30 June

The Wildwood Disco will bring world renowned DJs and music producers Groove Armada among many other musical talents such as Stanton Warriors and House music legend Seb Fontaine. Festival-goers can dance the day away or relax and listen to the sleazy disco and funk from DJs at the new Sundown Stage. Lasers, entertainers, fire pits, bars and Cambridge’s best street food will mean this is a perfectly formed mini festival with something for everyone. Tier 3 tickets are now on sale at £45.   www.thewildwooddisco.com

Music by the Sea, Aldeburgh, 30 June  

The free Music by the Sea open air charity concert returns to Aldeburgh this summer with a great line-up of national and local artists performing live from 4pm until dark. Taking place in the King’s Field, top acts at this summer’s concert include a dynamic ELO tribute band and popular Suffolk band Albion Mills playing their repertoire of classic rock and pop from the Golden Age of the 60s and 70s. Other confirmed performers include Everly Everly and rock ‘n roll band J.S & The Lockerbillies, who are sure to get the audience up on their feet. Dance the day away and refresh at the Prosecco, Pimm’s and beer marquees. A  sensational firework display will bring the evening to a rousing finale at 10pm. www.musicbythesea.co.uk 

Inflatable Labyrinth to pop up in Suffolk on 30 June – 1 July

The longest continuous inflatable obstacle course in the world, The Labyrinth Challenge, is heading to Suffolk for the first time this summer. The new course, which is over 1,000ft long and includes more than 30 fun obstacles in five-themed zones, comes to Ipswich Trinity Park on 30 June. The pop-up attraction  was enjoyed by around 100,000 people last year and features inflatable challenges including hurdles, climbing walls, tunnels and slides.

This year also sees the return of The Village, an inflatable playground which includes a Mini Labyrinth course for children aged 5-9 to enjoy. The event takes place across the weekend of 30 June – 1 July.The Labyrinth Challenge course and The Village are also available for corporate hire on Friday, 29 June for between 50 and 2,000 people.

Tickets for the Labyrinth Challenge and unlimited use of The Village are priced at £20 and £15 for the under 10s and are available online at www.thelabyrinthchallenge.com.

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