What’s on in August… Futon Company presents ideas from across the UK


Summer is in full swing and it’s time to check out what’s happening in August across the UK with Futon Company


Jazz on the Pantiles
Jazz on the Pantiles will run every Thursday evening throughout August to late September from 7pm. Acts for August include Over the Edge on the 6th, Sue Rivers on the 13th, Protect the Beat on the 20th and Volare Trio on the 27th. Listeners are asked to pay £2 towards the cost of musicians and event staff.

Food & Craft Market
The Food and Craft Market is located in The Pantiles, the historical centre of Royal Tunbridge Wells. It revives the tradition of an open air market staged at the venue several centuries ago and is held on the first and third Saturdays of the month between the hours of 9am and 5pm. The market features an excellent range of stalls selling high quality local produce, hot food, crafts, homewares and accessories. A visit to the Pantiles Food & Craft Market is an opportunity to experience the value of shopping at a local market in an attractive pedestrianised area surrounded by shops, cafes and eateries.


Bristol Balloon Fiesta
Now in its 37th year, the Fiesta is Europe’s largest ballooning event. It’s a spectacular, free, four days of fun for the whole family from Thursday 6th to Sunday 9th August 2015. From small beginnings, the Fiesta has grown year after year, flourishing into something immense. Today it attracts over 100 hot air balloons with 500,000 members of the public attending over the four days of the events. The Fiesta has become as much of an icon for Bristol as Brunel, Wallace and Gromit or Concorde.

Shaun in the City
From now until August 31st 2015, Shaun the Sheep stars in two ewe-nique charity arts trails across Bristol, organised by Wallace & Gromit’s Children’s Foundation – introducing Shaun in the City! The charity have 70 b-ewe-tiful giant Shaun the Sheep sculptures , created by artists, designers and celebrities, to iconic locations and green spaces across Bristol for the public to enjoy. The Shauns will go to auction later this year, with funds going to The Grand Appeal and the Bristol Children’s Hospital Charity, supporting children in hospitals across the UK.


Chilled in a Field Festival
Lovely local Chilled in a Field Festival returns to Bentley Wildfowl & Motor Museum on a triumphant note this year as the proud recipient of a Gold Award from family festival experts Festival Kidz and a cheeky listing in The Guardian’s top 25 UK festivals. This intimate gem boasts great live music and excellent late night entertainment. Top UK DJs including headliners Addictive TV, and a silent disco woodland rave demonstrate the festival’s claim to ‘play all day and dance all night.’ 1st & 2nd August 2015.

Pride Brighton
The Pride Community Parade is going back to its Pride roots in an exciting new high profile parade route for 2015 to create a spectacular event for Brighton and Hove, filled with music, floats and supporters taking in the fabulous sights of the UK’s favourite seaside city. With over 160,000 people filling the streets with Pride, Saturday 1st August 2015 from 11am promises to be an amazing Carnival of Diversity for all to enjoy.


Taming of the Shrew
Outdoor Theatre in the spectacular grounds of Newstead Abbey. Bring your own picnic, blankets or low back chairs and enjoy the brilliant performance on Byron’s Lawn. Gates open one hour before the show starts. Adults £15, £10 concession, £40 family ticket. 14th August at 7pm at Newstead Abbey Historic House & Park.

Summer Dance
Our summer workshop is back! Participants will explore the world of street dance, using their imaginations to develop movements and finish with their very own street dance piece. The last day will include a sharing of the work produced. Age range 10-16. Admission free (advance booking required). 11th-21st August at New Art Exchange, NG7 6BE. Tel. 0115 924 8630.

Mr Stink
Mrs Crumb is throwing a garden party for her high-achieving daughter, Annabelle. Desperate to appear as posh as possible, Mrs Crumb has organised sweet stalls, croquet and old fashioned party games with the aim to impress everyone. All ages are invited to come along, join in the organised fun and get to know the Crumb family and their community. One party-goer, however, has not been invited and he happens to be an extremely stinky homeless gentleman. This doesn’t put off Mrs Crumb’s eldest daughter Chloe. Often overlooked, Chloe and her inquisitive imagination soon put the wheels in motion for an unforgettable tale of friendship. An outdoor show packed with fun, humour and a heart-warming message, Heartbreak Productions’ adaption of Mr Stink is suitable for the whole family to enjoy together. Please bring your own blanket and chairs. Bring your picnic too. There will be a bar and refreshments on site. Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th August 2015 at Nottingham Castle.


V Festival
The summer’s biggest house party is back on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd August and we’ve gone all out to blow the roof off! Just check out this year’s line-up….DJ Mark Ronson will headline the Our House stage alongside iconic Canadian turntablist A-Trak. The Virgin Media stage will feature Kasabian, Sam Smith, Calvin Harris, Ellie Goulding, The Script, George Ezra, James Bay and The Proclaimers. Other acts include Stererophonics, Tom Jones, The Charlatans, Paloma Faith, Nero, Hannah Wants and Oliver Heldens. Definitely not to be missed!

Meet the Medieval Nun
Due to public demand, the Nun returns to Chelmsford Museum on August 5th and 6th to tell you all about medicines and how to keep illnesses at bay in the medieval period. Then decorate a small plant pot and plant a herb seed – then take it home and watch it grow! £5 per child + adult. £3 for additional child.


Behind Closed Doors Exhibition
For one year, Viscount and Viscountess Coke gave the removed Magnum photographer Chris Steele-Perkins unrestricted access to their home and the estate. The result is a stunning collection of intimate photographs that portray the reality of living and working on the estate. This photographic exhibition portrays aspects of the estate that are rarely visible to visitors; a glimpse into a world that is both familiar and extraordinary, portraying how a young family, over 200 employees and 21 different businesses live and work together in one of England’s most beautiful landscapes. Holkham Hall Estate, Norfolk from now until 10th September 2015.

Artist Rooms Exhibition
This exciting exhibition showcases ground-breaking work by American artists Jeff Koons, widely regarded as one of the most important, influential, popular and controversial artists of our time. This is the only chance to see Koon’s work in the UK in 2015. Open now until 6th September at Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery.


The Siege of Chester
The last major battle of the English Civil War will be fought again in Chester….370 years after the combatants left a blood-stained field. Royalists and Parliamentarian troops will re-enact the historic engagement of Rowton Moor, which saw Charles I fail in his attempt to lift the siege of Chester. Held on the afternoons of August 30th and 31st at the Roodee, the UK’s biggest re-enactment of the year is being staged by the Earl of Manchester’s Regiment of Foote from the Sealed Knot re-enactment society.

Moonlight Flicks
Welcome to the ultimate open air cinema. Cheshire’s most magical moonlit movie season returns from now until 29th August 2015. Bring a blanket and snacks, your friends, family or your date for an enchanting night under the stars. Screenings this summer take place across Cheshire and you can visit the flicks at Chester’s Roman Gardens, Castle Park in Frodsham, Marbury Park Northwich or Stanney Fields in Neston. Summer screenings for 2015 include The Grand Budapest Hotel, Mamma Mia, Paddington and The Wizard of Oz.

Alice in Wonderland Exhibition
This summer, Chester Cathedral will be celebrating 150 years of Alice in Wonderland with a full-scale exhibition for all the family. Tumble down the rabbit hole into a fantastic world of logic and nonsense inhabited by rabbits in waistcoats, playing card gardeners, fish footmen, giant caterpillars and grinning cats and take a seat at the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. Monday-Saturday 9am-6pm and 1pm-4pm on Sundays. From now until August 30th. Free entry.

Edinburgh Fringe Festival
The greatest show on earth returns 7th to 31st August 2015, and this year’s programme features over 3,000 events. The Edinburgh Festival is the largest arts festival in the world and takes place every August for three weeks in Scotland’s capital city. Includes cabaret and variety, children’s shows, comedy, dance, physical theatre and circus, events, exhibitions, music, musicals and opera, spoken word and theatre.


Flavour Fest
Smell the most delicious aromas in Plymouth City Centre as Flavour Fest, the South West’s largest free food and drink festival returns to Plymouth on 14th-16th August 2015 at Armada Way.

British Firework Championships
The world famous British Firework Championships is set to return to Plymouth for its 19th showdown in August 2015. Visitors from all over the world can see the skies light up over Plymouth’s spectacular waterfront on Tuesday 18th and Wednesday 19th August. Jointly organised by The Event Service Association and Plymouth City Council, the Championships feature six top pyrotechnic companies who set off four tonnes of fireworks over the Plymouth waterfront as they battle it out to become the British Firework champion. Displays begin at 9.30pm on both nights.


Shakespeare’s R&J
Chapel Lane Theatre Company presents Joe Calarco’s Shakespeare’s R&J at the Tabard Theatre, Chiswick from 30th June. An exciting, fast-paced modern adaptation of Shakespeare’s original love story re-enacted by four actors playing schoolboys. From now until 8th August 2015. Adult tickets from £17, concession ticket from £15.


Food Festival
Tuck into the best of Kingston upon Thames and the surrounding region at the annual Kingston Food Festival. The anchor weekend of free food events runs Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th August with the return of an even bigger Big Kingston Market featuring local restaurateurs, exciting hot foods, great local drinks and a host of growers and producers from across Surrey, Sussex and Hampshire.

Night Market
Kingstonfirst invite MAKE, London’s original night market experience, to return to Kingston on 13th August 2015, taking place in Kingston’s Ancient Market Place from 5-10pm. The award-winning Night Market celebrates the best of arts and crafts, music, drinks and street food scenes. Highlights include cuttings edge street food from Thailand, Mexico, the Basque region, Korea and India; beer from Hop Box, mixologists from The Savoy, The Wolseley and Balthazar and much more.

Thumbs Up It’s Thursday
Every Thursday there are children’s activities planned throughout the town, including storytelling, face painting, craft activities and entertainers. Running throughout August on 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th.


Jazz & Brass in the Parks
Throughout August and September there will be jazz and brass bands playing in Cambridge’s parks and open spaces for you to enjoy. Each event is entirely free, so come along, bring a picnic, enjoy the sounds and relax in the cooling summer breeze. 23rd August Savoy Jazz – Jesus Green and September Cottenham, Brass Band – Cherry Hinton.


Sunnyhull Festival
Mell Square shopping centre has been transformed into a hub of summer activity. Sunnyhull will close on Sunday 2nd August with a Home and Garden day, perfect for all those budding interior designers and green-fingered enthusiasts. Highlights include a free ‘knit and chat’ haberdashery class, an edible garden, an interior trends workshop and a potting and canvas wall workshop. More information can be found at

London2Cambridge Challenge
Which is for you – the London2Cambridge 100km Ultra Challenge or the 26.2 mile Capital Marathon Challenge? Both start at London’s Olympic Park and head up the fascinating Lea Valley past licks, parkland and wetlands. The Marathon Challenge finishes in Hertford – the Ultra continues on through picturesque countryside up to Cambridge. Whether you take on your challenge as a walk, jog or run, you’ll receive full support and great hospitality every step of the way – and you can do it for a charity of your choice.


Wilderness Festival
Wilderness is the multi award-winning 4 day festival combining live music, contemporary arts and an array of theatre, craftsmanship and dining experiences. It’s a rich tapestry of musicians, chefs, thinkers, actors, outdoor experts and teachers. Those who make the pilgrimage to the festival are an equally brilliant bunch, a mix of families, nature lovers, culture vultures, night owls, fitness enthusiasts and thespians. Wilderness is as proud of its audience as its programme. A gathering where sublime nature and culture can intertwine. 6th to 9th August 2015 in Charlbury.

The Rollright Fayre
“The biggest, small festival around” returns for its fifth year. A family friendly festival held on farmland adjacent to the magical Rollright Stones. From the buzz of the Lizard Stage to the warmth of the cosy, acoustic yurt, have your heart and mind opened by the music, circus, fun, games and silliness! 14th to 16th August at King Stone Farm, OX7 5QB.

Lino-Block Printing
Try out an amazing printing press; make a linocut design for your favourite element and help to reinvent the period table! A wonderful event for children aged 7+. 27th and 28th August from 1 to 4pm at the Museum of the History of Science, Broad Street, OX1 3AZ.


Yorkshire Ebor Festival
York’s oldest, fastest, richest and most famous race will take place on Wednesday 19th to Saturday 22nd August 2015, providing sporting excellence combined with fashion and fun over four fabulous days.

East is East
Following its sensational West End run as part of the Trafalgar Transformed season, one of the best British comedies delights the Grand Opera House, York from Monday 3rd to Saturday 8th August 2015.

The Railway Children
All aboard! The stunning adaptation of E.Nesbit’s classic novel returns to the National Railway Museum for summer 2015. Set in a new, purpose built 1000 seat venue, this breathtaking show, featuring the original locomotive from the film version is a truly unique theatrical experience. Running from now until Saturday 5th September 2015 at The Signal Box Theatre at the National Railway Museum with performances at 2pm and 7pm.


Reading Festival
Get set for a festival frenzy as Reading’s infamous music fest returns from 28th to 30th August with an awesome line-up featuring Mumford & Sons, Bastille, Palma Violets, Metallica, The Libertines, The Cribs and more!

Reading Museum Gallery Tour
Join one of the Museum’s trained volunteers for an introductory tour of the galleries. The volunteers will offer a personal insight into the Museum’s collection. Each tour guide will offer a different tour and will pick out items that fascinate them. Open to all ages from 2.30-3.10pm on Wednesdays throughout August 2015.

Urban Beach
Life’s a beach when you visit Guildford this August as families and visitors can enjoy all the fun of the seaside slap bang in the middle of town. Guildford may be an hour from the coast but Experience Guildford are making waves by bringing a family fun beach to the banks of the River Way. Located next to The Electric Theatre, Onslow Street, Guildford-on-Sea will be open and free to visit from 14th to 16th August between 10am to 4pm each day. An exciting urban beach complete with sand, deck chairs, balloons, beach huts and seaside entertainment will offer the ideal place to relax and enjoy a spot of sunshine with the sand between your toes.

Creative Arts Week
Perfect for 7-14 year olds who like to be creative, Creative Arts Week will teach new skills, help improve existing ones as well as offering young people the chance to meet new, like-minded friends. The action-packed week will include activities such as circus, magic, comedy, stage fighting, creative crafts and much more. From 10am to 4pm each day at G Live, London Road, Guildford.


Big Screen in the Park
Exeter’s most anticipated cinema event returns to Northernhay Gardens with more fabulous al fresco films. Come along and enjoy the magic of the movies on the 10m screen in the park. Films include Toy Story on August 12th, Amelie on 13th August, The Shining on 14th August, Intersteller on 15th August and Ghostbusters on 16th August. Gates open 7.30pm, film starts at 9pm. Tickets in advance or on the gate. Northernay Gardens are located to the rear of the High Street behind Boots.

Beautiful Days Festival
Beautiful Days is the Levellers’ family music festival which takes place at Escot Park in Devon with six stages, site art, a huge children’s area, comedy, theatre, family camping, licensed real ale bars from Otter Brewery and a great choice of food and craft stalls. 21st to 23rd August 2015.

Dawlish Air Show
The seaside town of Dawlish is a premier resort on the south coast of Devon and, with its glorious bay and dramatic coastline, it’s the perfect setting for the spectacle that is Dawlish Air Show. Each year, this event attracts over 80,000 people to watch an array of aircraft take to the sky at this award winning air show. 21st and 22nd August at Seafront, Dawlish.


Live at the Bandstand
Get ready for a free afternoon of live music and more at the Battersea Park Bandstand on August 1st. This year’s event will have a seaside theme, and will feature live blues, bluegrass and ska music. The line-up includes Ryk Mead & the London Blues Machine, The Steve Morrison Band, Ella and the Blisters, Rags Rudi and Colomboloco. Other highlights include a children’s workshop, Punch & Judy shows, arts and crafts, a mobile photo studio and face painting. Wandsworth Radio will be broadcasting live and will be compering the event. The event will be at the Battersea Park Bandstand from noon to 7pm. Just turn up. Free.

New Farmer Market
New Farmer’s Market opening West Hill Wandsworth, bringing a range of farmers and producers to West Hill Primary School, Merton Road, every Sunday. Ideal for residents located in Wandsworth, East Putney and Southfields. Lots of free parking and loads of space for kids to play. All farms are based within 150 miles of London and everyone is visited prior to acceptance. Sunday 2nd, 9th and 16th August.

Cabaret Confidential
Host Jamie Anderson introduces a monthly line-up of rising stars from the musical theatre and cabaret scene in the sumptuous art-deco venue The Pheasantry, 152-154 Kings Road, Chelsea. 6.30-10.30pm £14 advance/ £18 on the door on 13th August.