Back

Our Guide To What’s Happening Across The UK In June 2018!

What’s that ball of orange in the sky? Why it’s sunshine of course! Which means only one thing… It’s time to grab your walking shoes, bag a picnic and head outdoors. Wherever you live in the UK, there’s plenty to do this month. Step outside and explore what’s on your doorstep (and beyond) with our Futon Company What’s On Guide…

 

SHEFFIELD
Mos Fest
Mos Fest (aka Mosborough Music Festival) has gone from strength to strength and has moved from its original home to the Don Valley Bowl. This year’s line-up includes The Lightening Seed, Cast, Ginger Tom and more. 2nd June.

Music in the Gardens
Music in the Gardens is back for another year of tantalising tunes, showcasing huge talents and great music at the ultimate picnic location for families and friends of all ages. Bring your own food or buy it at the venue. Summer evening concerts for those who like their festival experience with style and class. Plus the Sunday fireworks finale which will top off the event is set to be the most explosive yet! 29th June until 1st July.

Changing Lives: 200 Years of People and Protest in Sheffield
In 1918 the women’s suffrage movement successfully led to the passing of the Representation of the People Act, the first step in a major electoral reform that would extend voting rights to 8.5 million women across the UK. To mark the anniversary of this landmark development in British democracy, Changing Lives will celebrate how the people of Sheffield have stood up for what they believe in the past 200 years. Explore Sheffield’s remarkable history of protest and activism, from the Radical Press of the 1700s, through to the miners’ and steelworkers’ strikes and causes championed in the city today. Weston Park Museum from now until 1st July.

MANCHESTER
Parklife
Returning to Heaton Park on 9th and 10th June. Last year’s festival saw headliners The 1975 and Frank Ocean as well as acts from Boy Better Know, A Tribe Called Quest, Jess Glynne and the Two Door Cinema Club.

Envirolution Festival 2018
Returning to Platts Field for 2018, this year is set to be bigger and better than ever before! This is a community-minded, free, family-friendly festival full of sustainability-themed workshops, amazing live music, discussions and games to get stuck into. Expect brilliant music from local live artists throughout the day, and enough food to power through it all. 2nd June.

Personal Feeling is the Main Thing
As part of The Lowry’s second Week 53 Festival, Chantal Joffe’s fearless paintings confront the physicality of the human body and the complexities of human emotions in a remarkable combination of detachment, humour and intimacy. Regarded as one of the most distinctive and uncompromising figurative artists working today, her fearless paintings of women and girls often share glimpses of her own relationship with her daughter, while exploring transitions into adolescence and motherhood. The Lowry, The Quays, Salford from now until 2nd September.

EDINBURGH
Leith Festival
A week-long community festival held in the historic port of Leith with a programme covering art, music, theatre, dance and historic tours. 9th-17th June.

Let’s Rock Scotland 2018
Taking place at Dalkeith Country Park on 23rd June, this year’s line-up includes Billy Ocean, ABC, Bow Wow Wow, Heaven 17, Go West, Nik Kershaw, Altered Images, Midge Ure and many more amazing acts.

Emil Nolde
Nolde was one of the greatest German expressionists, and a supreme colourist. His fate and survival of the Nazis is the subject of a great novel by Siegfried Lenz, and his exhibition at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art showcases his work in bulk. Running until October 21st.

CHISWICK
Giffords Circus
This is a magical village green circus that tours England throughout the summer and it’s coming to Chiswick House and Gardens from 28th June-9th July. This year, Giffords Circus celebrates the birth of the circus which happened near Westminster Bridge in 1768, and is the most bonkers, surprising, diverse and life-affirming art form there is!

Kitchen Garden Open day
Visit the walled gardens of Chiswick House on 24th June and enjoy its plentiful displays of flowers and produce. Free entry.

Ocean Liners: Speed and Style
The great age of ocean liners was also an opportunity for the most extravagant contemporary design: this exhibition at the V&A promises to be an impressive survey of Art Deco and other excesses. Running until June 10th.

All too human: Bacon, Freud and a Century of Painting Life
Lucian Freud and Francis Bacon stand at the head of British painting, and here is a grand survey of the highly original figurative art of their time. Running at Tate Britain until August 27th.

Picasso 1932
This exhibition at Tate Modern is set to be the exhibition of the year, focusing on one of the greatest moments in the prolific painter’s life. Running until September 9th.

Chiswick Food Market
Open every Sunday come rain or shine from 10am to midday at Dukes Meadows Trust Pavilion Car Park W4 2RX, the market is a social enterprise, and proceeds made from running it are used to improve and maintain both the local meadows and the surrounding riverside area. Features 25 top producers from around the country.

OXFORD
Nocturne Live Concert in the Great Court
A series of concerts combining the talent of a fantastic line-up of artists with the spectacular backdrop of the Great Court. From 14th-17th June, including Nile Rodgers, Soul II Soul, Elvis Costello, Gary Barlow and more.

Giffords Circus
This is a magical village green circus that tours England throughout the summer and it’s coming to Blenheim Palace from 7th-11th June. This year, Giffords Circus celebrates the birth of the circus which happened near Westminster Bridge in 1768, and is the most bonkers, surprising, diverse and life-affirming art form there is!

Ashmolean Museum
Contained in a gorgeous building across from the Randolph Hotel, the Ashmolean has paintings, coins, musical instruments and antiques, statues of deities and a must see Egyptian exhibition.  Open every day. Free admission.

BRISTOL
Alex Cecchetti at Spike Island
Cecchetti’s exhibition brings together performance, drawing, painting, sculpture and sound installation, turning the gallery into a three-dimensional concert in which visitors are invited to contribute to the musical score as they make their way through an unexpected sensory pathway. Running now until 8th July.

Zoe Paul at Spike Island
Zoe Paul works primarily with sculpture, textiles and drawing to explore the character of domestic spaces, both in architectural and social terms, and in particular where the threshold between the interior and the exterior seem to disappear.  Her work aims to examine our relationship with tradition, and explores shifts in perception around the value of an object according to time and content. Paul often works with simple, timeless materials and techniques such as clay, weaving and drawing that have been used throughout centuries and can be sourced and crafted applying very little technology. Running now until 8th July.

No Man’s Land Exhibition
No Man’s Land offers rarely-seen female perspectives on the First World War, featuring images taken by women who worked as nurses, ambulance drivers, and official photographers, as well as contemporary artists directly inspired by the conflict. Featuring photographs by three women of the epoch, alongside three women making work a century later. Showing at Bristol Cathedral from now until 1st July.

NOTTINGHAM
Newark Festival
Set to take place at Riverside Park on Saturday 16th June, this fabulous festival has a line-up which includes Kim Wilde, Go West, Hothouse Flowers, Limahl, Nick Heyward and Marti Pellow.

Detonate Festival
An unmissable day of music, sunshine and partying amongst the idyllic surroundings of Nottingham’s oldest country park including live music, food and drink.

CHESTER
Maelstrom Art Installation
Maelstrom, a public artwork by artist David Cotterrell, will acknowledge Chester’s evolving relationship with water and provide an excuse to stop and stare; to encourage alternative viewpoints and to reward urban curiosity and contemplation. Showing at the Chester Centre from now until 27th October 2018.

Swallows and Amazons
Storyhouse, Chester Centre presents its summer 2018 season, featuring Swallows and Amazons, Arthur Ransome’s classic children’s tale of adventure and the great outdoors. Reimagined for Chester, follow Captain John and his able crew as they set sail on an exotic adventure packed full of piracy, adventure and fun! Open until 24th June.

Unexpected Elegance: Female Fashion from the 1970s
The 1970s are often called ‘the decade that taste forgot’ but the dresses in this small exhibition at Chester Costume Gallery running now until 1st July 2019, show that this was far from true. From minis to midis and maxis, in fabrics ranging from cotton and corduroy to polyester and fake leopard-skin, with designs by Ossie Clark, Givenchy and Zandra Rhodes, this celebrates some of the more subtle pleasures of 1970s fashion.

TOTTENHAM COURT ROAD
Charmed Lives in Greece
Showing now until July 15th at the British Museum, this exhibition focuses on the friendship of the artists Niko Ghika and John Craxton, and the writer Patrick Leigh Fermor. Their shared love of Greece was fundamental to their work, as they embraced its sights, sounds, colours and people. Cultural figures of the 20th century, these three met at the end of WW2, becoming lifelong friends, spending much of their subsequent lives in Greece. Their time here was to shape each other’s works for the rest of their lives. The exhibition brings together their artworks, photographs, letters and personal possessions.

Ocean Liners: Speed and Style
The great age of ocean liners was also an opportunity for the most extravagant contemporary design: this exhibition at the V&A promises to be an impressive survey of Art Deco and other excesses. Running until June 10th.

All too human: Bacon, Freud and a Century of Painting Life
Lucian Freud and Francis Bacon stand at the head of British painting, and here is a grand survey of the highly original figurative art of their time. Running at Tate Britain until August 27th.

Picasso 1932
This exhibition at Tate Modern is set to be the exhibition of the year, focusing on one of the greatest moments in the prolific painter’s life. Running until September 9th.

TUNBRIDGE WELLS
Woodlands Festival at Elm Wood
An intimate, independent family-friendly festival set in secluded fields surrounded by woodland. 8th-10th June.

Black Deer Festival
New Americana music festival to launch at Eldridge Park with live music, food and drink, running 22nd-24th June. Includes a jam-packed weekend of Americana and country music, authentic meats, smokey whiskies, bespoke custom bike showcases, storytelling and a line-up of artists across the Americana, blues, roots, authentic country, folk and bluegrass genres.

Jazz on the Pantiles
Live music on the Pantiles every Thursday from 7pm during the summer months. There is no admission but you are invited to make a donation to support this much loved, popular event.

Tunbridge Wells Farmers’ Market
Held outside the Town Hall, located centrally in the heart of the town, this Farmers’ Market provides a good source of local, fresh food. It is held on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month from 9am to 2pm.

PLYMOUTH
Plymouth Armed Forces Day
Celebrate Plymouth’s proud military tradition at the Hoe’s annual Armed Forces Day, which this year commemorates the RAF’s 100th anniversary. On 30th June, the Hoe will showcase the services with static and arena displays and parades.

The South West Paddlefest 2018
It’s all about meeting up in the great outdoors, camping, enjoying a paddle, enhancing your skills regardless of ability, encouraging new people to try new things and making new friends. It’s for all kayakers, canoeists, stand up paddle board enthusiasts, walkers, hikers, campers and well behaved humans and dogs! 1st-3rd June at Mount Edcumbe Country Park.

Flavour Fest
The South West’s largest food and drink festival returns to the city centre Piazza from 1st-3rd June. With nearly 100 stalls and an exciting programme on the chef stage, there will be something new to taste or experience – whether you’re a novice chef or food connoisseur.

Gin Festival
The UK’s first, biggest and best gin festival is making its first visit to Plymouth. As well as the opportunity to try a huge variety of gins from all over the world, there will be live music, great food and a gin cocktail bar. Taking place at Plymouth Pavillions on 29th and 30th June.

CHELMSFORD
Inflatable 5k
The UK’s best inflatable obstacle course has got even bigger, bouncer and more insane! Includes a crazy new obstacle to make this the most fun and extreme inflatable assault course event ever created. 16th June at Chelmsford City Racecourse.

Fling Festival
Returns to Hylands Park on 30th June, the Fling Festival is a bespoke music and arts festival for those aged 18 and above. The intimate village of tents, stalls and stages offers endless opportunities to explore your creative side, get involved and release your inner child. Leading local performers, plus those from far and wide, will provide a unique mix of comedy, theatre, cabaret, crafts, burlesque, curious sideshows and more.

Farmers & Crafts Market
Set in the beautiful surroundings of the Stables Visitor Centre at Hylands House, the wonderful Farmers & Crafts Market features a growing number of craft stalls and local farmers who are passionate about food. They sell a range of specialist foods including organic, locally grown seasonal vegetables, fine sausages and bacon, homemade cakes, fudge and pastries, pies and fantastic cheeses, homemade Indian foods and spices, locally grown plants and sweets and candyfloss for children. Held the first Sunday of every month from 10am-4pm.

CAMBRIDGE
Cambridge Town & Country Fair
Now in its 12th year, this much-loved and popular family event takes place in the heart of Cambridge. All day entertainment on the 9th and 10th June will include brand new Savage Bike Skills Display Team, historical re-enactments, birds of prey flying displays, terrier racing, and much much more.

Strawberries and Creem Festival
A music festival arising in the heart of tranquil Cambridge, combining the refined traditions with a new wave of grime and roots music. 16th June at various locations across Cambridge.

Craft Beer Tour
This four hour tour includes visits to a beer shop, local breweries, meet the brewer, samples of delicious local produce and fine ales. Visits off the beaten track locations. A guaranteed afternoon of adult fun! 23rd June, 28th July, 25th August and 22nd September.

NORWICH
Wymondham Music Festival
Two weeks of music making for all ages in a beautiful historic Norfolk market town just 10 miles from Norwich. Crossing all genres the festival is a mix of free and paid for performances both outdoors and inside the magnificent abbey.

Norwich Gaming Festival
A week of free family friendly gaming fun, learning and creativity organised by The Forum. This year’s Festival is set to take place from 28th May-3rd June. Festival highlights include indie, mainstream and retro games, seminars, talks, workshops, demos and shows for gaming fans.

Jersey Boys
The internationally acclaimed stage sensation Jersey Bosy returns to Norwich Theatre Royal from 5th-16th June. This smash hit musical has won 57 major awards worldwide and tells the true life story of four boys from the wrong side of the tracks who wrote their own songs, invented their own unique sound and sold 100 million records worldwide.

YORK
Yorkshire’s Jurassic World
Take an epic journey back through 150 million years of Yorkshire to discover lost giants and the changing worlds they inhibited in this brand new major exhibition at Yorkshire Museum & Gardens. From the depths of the deepest sea to the ancient coasts and tropical shallows, meet the dinosaurs and sea dragons that once roamed our vast and ever-changing landscapes. From now until 31st January 2020.

Shaping the Body
This major new exhibition looks at how body shape has changed over the past 500 years through culture, diet, fashion and lifestyle. From 18th century bum rolls, through to the Victorian hour glass figure, the punks of the 70s and the perms of the 80s, see how our bodies have been shaped and designed through the choices we make and the consequences of our lifestyle. York Museum Trust’s extensive collection of costumes, social history, archaeology and art will highlight how the perfect height and weight have fluctuated in different periods and how economic circumstances and cultural ideas impact on fashion. Open now until 31st January 2019.

Medieval York: Capital of the North
From the fifth century, for a thousand years, the north of England was ruled by York. Yorkshire Museum presents an exhibition of its permanent collection of the region’s greatest surviving treasures, exploring how York became England’s second city and how its fortunes rose and fell with its ties to the Crown and the Church. As the capital of regional, royal power, commerce, art, conflict and wealth across the Anglican, Viking, Norman, Medieval and Tudor periods, discover how the most powerful people in the world once ruled from within York’s City Walls. Open now until 6th June.

York Famers Market
York’s monthly Famers Market celebrates the best of local produce, including meat, eggs, bread and oils as well as selling non-food gifts like pottery and woollen goodies. The Farmers Market joins the city’s regular market at the Shambles on the last Friday of every month. Fresh goods sold here are grown, reared, caught, brewed, pickled, baked, smoked or processed by the stallholders within a 40-mile radius of York.

BATTERSEA
Venn Street Market
Held on a cobbled alleyway by Clapham Common, this market is a sight for sore eyes. Here you’ll find The Portland Scallop Co bringing seafood from Dorset, organic Suffolk mushroom pates at Pate Moi and Venn Street Flowers selling stunning arrangements. According to Elle Decoration, Vivienne Westwood buys her honey here, so it has fashion credentials too! Saturday mornings.

Ocean Liners: Speed and Style
The great age of ocean liners was also an opportunity for the most extravagant contemporary design: this exhibition at the V&A promises to be an impressive survey of Art Deco and other excesses. Running until June 10th.

All too human: Bacon, Freud and a Century of Painting Life
Lucian Freud and Francis Bacon stand at the head of British painting, and here is a grand survey of the highly original figurative art of their time. Running at Tate Britain until August 27th.

Picasso 1932
This exhibition at Tate Modern is set to be the exhibition of the year, focusing on one of the greatest moments in the prolific painter’s life. Running until September 9th.

BRIGHTON
Night Garden Festival
Set in the beautiful Firle Park nestled in the South Downs in Sussex, this is a weekend of vibrant music from around the globe, award-winning street food and wild banquet under the stars.  Includes boutique camping, luna garden, wild and wood fired free banquet, workshops and international night market. Taking place 29th June-1st July, Love Supreme celebrates the very best music from across the jazz, soul and R&B spectrum. Set against the backdrop of Glynde Place in East Sussex, this is the festival’s sixth summer.

Brighton Fringe 2018
Brighton Fringe is England’s largest arts festival and one of the largest fringe festivals in the world. We set out to stimulate, educate and entertain a diverse range of people through a diverse range of art forms. And all this in an iconic city with unique cultural heritage. Various locations across Brighton until 3rd June.

GUILDFORD
Summer Art & Craft Fair
Albury Village Hall plays host to a selection of local artists and craftspeople with an emphasis on local and handmade items. A variety of crafts with a maximum of two tables of each type of craft. Free goody bags for the first 100 visitors!  24th June.

The Drifters
Back on the road in the UK performing their classic hits from the last six decades. This legendary group come to G Live on 23rd June.

Libertango
The Tango with Flavio School of Dance presents their new dance show Libertango on 17th June at Electric Theatre. Inspired by Argentina’s recent heart-rending past, this combines Argentine tango with a story of strong will and liberty.

Guildford Farmers Market
Held on the first Tuesday of every month on the famous High Street. Buy high quality, fresh, local produce directly from over 50 local farmers and producers. Try the best seasonal produce and ask questions about growing, rearing, manufacture and cooking methods. Enjoy the freshest meat, fish, cheese, eggs, fruit and vegetables and breads.

EXETER
Let’s Rock Exeter
This fun-filled music event returns to Powderham Castle on 30th June with a fabulous line-up of artists to bring you the very best of the 80s and an action packed day of general 80s madness. This year’s headliners include ABC, Sister Sledge, Midge Ure, Sara Cox, Nick Heyward, Atomic Kitten and Transvision Vamp’s Wendy James.

Great Expectations
This well-regarded play comes to Exeter Northcott Theatre from 19th-23rd June. Following a terrifying encounter with an escaped convict, young Pip is given an unexpected chance to better himself by visiting the reclusive and mysterious Miss Haversham. In the decaying grandeur of her house, Pip falls in love with Estella and helped by a mysterious and anonymous benefactor he moves to the bustling city to pursue his dream of winning Estella’s heart and becoming part of the educated elite.

MUSWELL HILL
Ocean Liners: Speed and Style
The great age of ocean liners was also an opportunity for the most extravagant contemporary design: this exhibition at the V&A promises to be an impressive survey of Art Deco and other excesses.Running until June 10th.

All too human: Bacon, Freud and a Century of Painting Life
Lucian Freud and Francis Bacon stand at the head of British painting, and here is a grand survey of the highly original figurative art of their time. Running at Tate Britain until August 27th.

Picasso 1932
This exhibition at Tate Modern is set to be the exhibition of the year, focusing on one of the greatest moments in the prolific painter’s life. Running until September 9th.

KINGSTON
Hampton Court Palace Festival
Gary Barlow, The Beach Boys, Joe Bonamassa, Jools Holland and more to perform in the stunning setting of Hampton Court Palace this June from the 9th-23rd. Part of a wider summer of concerts taking place at the Palace.

The Magic Garden
Come face to face with mysterious mythical beasts, storm the battlements, besiege the towers and explore the secret grotto at Hampton Court Palace this summer. The Magic Garden provides a new and unique way to explore the palace’s past. Open daily until September (with planned closures on 16 July and 10 September).

Kingston Calling Punk Alldayer
Kingsmeadow Live and Brainwave Music present an all-dayer of alternative music on 2nd June.

PS if you’re visiting from overseas or just fancy being a tourist in England, check out this fab website: your-rv-lifestyle.com

Back