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


With temperatures soaring and summer finally here, it’s time to check out what’s happening in July across the UK with Futon Company


Sunnyhull Festival
Mell Square shopping centre will be transformed into a hub of summer activity with Sunnyhull taking over the centre every Sunday from 12th July – 2nd August 2015. Drawing inspiration from all aspects of local life, each week will feature a different theme and include celebrity performances, workshops, market stalls and much, much more from 11am-5pm. Fashion, Health & Beauty on Sunday 12th July will kick Sunnyhull off in style with pop-up boutiques, beauty labs and fashion tips. Singers Howard Rose and Daniel Duke from BBC1’s The Voice will be taking to the Sunnyhull stage from 12-2pm whilst shoppers can relax and enjoy a tipple from the Little Red Bus Bar. Sunday 19th July will be a Food and Drink extravaganza. Shoppers can take part in the ultimate eating challenge Man VS Food at Mell Square. Let the little ones learn their way around the kitchen at a pop-up children’s cookery school. 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, and interior trends workshop and a potting and canvas wall workshop. More information can be found on their website.



The Pantiles Vintage and Collectables Weekend
An exciting three-day event with hand-picked, quality traders offering a wide range of affordable and interesting vintage and antique goods. This event will appeal to anyone looking for unusual pieces for their home or garden. There will be plenty of hidden treasures to uncover among the eclectic range of vintage items and collectables, ranging from small items of furniture to homewares, books and jewellery. Shop in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere and enjoy the street food stalls and live music performances being held throughout the event. This is one of several special events organised by Market Square Group. Open from 10am on 24-25th July 2015.

Kitchen Garden Week at Pashley Manor Gardens
The current Kitchen Garden, designed and planted in 1990, is a re-creation of how the long lost Victoria potager might have been. In July the Kitchen Garden, hidden within its soft pink brick walls, is full of fresh produce and flowers that supply the cafe and feed the house. From July 7th to 11th 2015 there will be a chance for visitors to talk to the Kitchen Gardener and ask questions and advice; a focus on how produce from the garden is used in the cafe and an emphasis on local produce – including the local honey and homemade chutney sold in the gift shop. Open from 11am, admission £9.50.



Bristol Americana Weekend
Featuring Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell, Larking Poe, Police Dog Hogan, Dan Penn & Spooner Oldham + more! Colston Hall and St George’s Bristol team up for the first Bristol Americana weekend, bringing together some outstanding home-grown and US artists in the spirit of collaboration to celebrate the remarkable roots music that grows from deep in the American soil. Legends line up alongside contemporary acts over four nights, and the barn-storming live music is complemented by a programme of film screenings at Watershed. Thursday 9th to Sunday 12th July 2015 at Colston Hall.

Bristol Thai Festival
Now in its fourth year, the Bristol Thai Festival returns to the city on the weekend of 25th and 26th July 2015 at Queen Square to celebrate Thai culture. The Festival promises to bring cultural entertainment, education, tradition and colour, as well as promoting an understanding of Thai culture amongst the people of Bristol, many of whom will have their own cultural connections from across the world. Highlights include Buddhist monks, Thai massage, Thai dancing, traditional Thai costume competition, beer garden, full moon party, Thai wedding ceremony, children’s rides and more!



Paddle Round The Pier
The world’s biggest FREE beach and watersports festival, Paddle Round The Pier runs every year on the beautiful venue of Hove Lawns – Brighton & Hove – and features the very best in water, street and urban sports, live music, kids entertainment, ‘have a go’ opportunities and much, much more. Paddle has always appealed to surfers and watersport enthusiasts, and includes surfing, stand up paddle boarding, kayaking, skating, windsurfing and free running as well as new sports like Surf Live Saving, land paddling, kitesurfing and freestyle mountain biking. The event averages around 55,000 visitors each year and has donated over £200,000 to charity. July 4th and 5th 2015.

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.’ 31st July-2nd August 2015.

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MTV Crashes Plymouth
This spectacular live music event returns to Plymouth this summer, taking place on the world famous Plymouth Hoe. Organised by MTV in collaboration with Plymouth City Council, the event has this year been extended to two nights on Wednesday 22nd and Thursday 23rd July 2015. Announced so far are Brit, Mobo and Ivor Novello award winner Tinie Tempah and pop heavyweight Jess Glynne. Day 2 will be just as impressive as the first – think incredible club-like energy but on a huge scale!

Plymouth Regatta
Staged over three days – from 17th to 19th July, this year’s Regatta, organised by the Port of Plymouth Sailing Association, will this year raise funds for the National Coastwatch Institution, Rame Head. Now well established, the event continues to build on an original idea to create an event with inclusive, quality racing – that original dream has attracted out of port racers to join in with both local amateur and professional sailors at what is fast becoming one of the South West’s premier sailing events.



Opera in the Gardens at Chiswick House
An annual summer treat, Opera in the Gardens at Chiswick House is an evening of musical celebration in spectacular historic surroundings, this year taking place on July 1st and 2nd. For its third year at Chiswick House, London-based Focus Opera will debut two exciting productions. Verdi’s masterpiece La Traviata launches the new season, beguiling audiences with the tragic tale of a Parisian courtesan who pays a high price and gives up everything in the name of love. In contrast, the second production is the rather more light-hearted Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss. It tells the story of Dr Falke, who causes chaos in his quest for revenge after a practical joke goes wrong and causes more problems than laughs. Transferred to the colourful days of the 1980s, this dynamic production sees eight local singers join the professionals on stage for the well-known party scene in the nightclub. Fine food, wine and beer are available at the food stalls but visitors are encouraged to bring picnic chairs, blankets and cushions.

Open Air Opera – La Traviata
The dynamic London-based Focus Opera are bringing two new productions to Chiswick House on 1st and 2nd July 2015. Both operas will be sung in English. This will be the 11th anniversary of the annual summer opera season in Chiswick House gardens, and the third year featuring Focus Opera, where experiencing opera in an informal setting is combined with picnicking to the backdrop of one of London’s most stunning historic buildings. Verdi’s tragic opera La Traviata about a Parisian courtesan who sacrifices all for love will be vividly staged on Wednesday 1st July at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £35 for adults and £18 for 5-16 yrs (includes p&p and no booking fee). A 10% discount is available for group bookings of 10 or more full priced tickets. Chiswick House Friends members receive an unlimited 10% discount. Tickets are on sale now from Chiswick House Friends.

Fair on the Green (community fun day)
Now in its 23rd year. Over 100 community,trade,charity and craft stalls. Main Stage and Children’s Stage. Bouncy Castle/slide, Punch and Judy, Carousels, Ventriloquist, Magician, Bands, Instant Circus, Fire Eater, Climbing Frame, Food Stalls, Side Shows, Pony or Donkey Rides, Children’s Dancing Displays and numerous other activities all afternoon. Proceeds are donated to various Children’s Charities. Admission is Free. From 11.30am – 5.30pm on Saturday 4th July 2015 at Parson Green, SW6 4UH.



Copmanthorpe Festival
The 47th annual Copmanthorpe Carnival offers a day of live music and entertainment for all the family at Copmanthorpe Recreation Centre, York on Saturday 4th July 2015, with the theme being USA inspired as the date coincides with American Independence Day. This year’s line-up includes Your Illuminations, Rachel Skelton, Route Five, Adam Dawson, CopOwt and The Goosehorns. In addition there will be dance groups performing and the Carnival includes fairground rides, stalls, food court, beer tent and tea tent, children’s games and much more.

Behind the Scenes at York Archaeological Trust
A chance to visit the new YAT store for an insight into the work of the curatorial department. This one-hour tour of the premises will highlight some of the processes that go on behind the scenes, and will give visitors the chance to see and handle some archaeological treasures not currently on public display. Tours begin at 10.30am and 2.30pm. Suitable for over 12s. Pre-booking is essential.



The UK’s first family festival of sport, dance, health and fitness is set to take place at Surrey Sport Park on 10th-12th July 2015. Whether you are a seasoned sports player, want to try some new activities, burn some calories or learn the benefits of a healthier lifestyle, GoFest is for you, your family and friends. Described as a ‘sporting Glastonbury’, GoFest allows you to take part in as many free coaching sessions as you like, a multitude of sports, classes, tournaments and activities, all of which are included in the price of your ticket.

Magna Carta Fun Day
Come along to Guildford Cathedral for a free Magna Carta Family Activity Day on Saturday 25th July 2015 from 11am-3pm. This exciting event will include a range of Magna Carta inspired family friendly activities for ages 3-12 including crafting, special trails and storytelling. For more information email or go to



International Byron Festival
Every year the festival takes place in Hucknall and at places associated with the poet Lord Byron. This ever popular annual event features a variety of activities to suit all ages and interests in and around Hucknall. Visitors from far and wide join local residents to participate in Ghost Evenings at Annesley Hall, drama and musical productions, open air activities or performances in the Market Place, tours, poetry, musical activities and more. Friday 3rd to Saturday 12th July 2015.

Splendour Festival
Set in the stunning grounds of Wollaton Hall, Splendour Festival has grown to become Nottingham’s largest outdoor music event, attracting over 20,000 people of all ages. Internationally renowned artists will once again share the stage with local upcoming talents for this one day family-friendly festival. Confirmed acts for 2015 include The Specials, Bananarama and James. Saturday 18th July 2015.



Cambridge Big Weekend
Each year Cambridge puts on a Big Weekend on Parker’s Piece in the heart of the city. It’s a 3 day free event full of music and stalls and local and international food including a free fireworks display. This year the Big Weekend will take place on 10th, 11th and 12th July 2015. The food hall with local produce is one of the main events on Saturday 11th from 12-6pm. The hall will sell local artisan food.

Race for Life
Cambridge residents are invited to take part in a Race for Life event on Sunday 19th July 2015 at Parkers Piece, Park Terrace, from 11am, to raise money for Cancer Research UK. 5k and 10k races for all ages and abilities.



Bandstand Concerts
What better way to enjoy Norwich’s beautiful parks than to sit back and soak up an afternoon of music. All of the bandstand concerts are free and start at 3pm. 5th July Hellesdon & Sprowston Brass at Eaton Park, 12th July Cawston Brass Band at Chapelfield Gardens, 19th July Pavillion Big Band at Waterloo Park, 26th July Top Brass Quintet at Chapelfield Gardens.

Shakespeare Festival
Norwich Cathedral and The Lord Chamberlain’s Men present Twelfth Night….On Wednesday 15th and Saturday 18th July, the company return to the beautiful surroundings of the Norwich Cathedral Cloisters for the Shakespeare Festival 2015. Tickets priced at £20 for adults and £17 for concessions.



Brownstock Festival
Named Best Small Festival, Brownstock features three days of dance, indie and unsigned music acts on 12 stages. With a house tend, piano bar, dance tent and comedy shows, this event at Morris Far, Stow Maries from July 10th to 12th is not to be missed.

Chelmsford Beer and Cider Festivals
The Campaign for Real Ale comes to Chelmsford Tuesday 7th to Saturday 11th July 2015 at Admiral’s Park, Rainsford Road. Featuring over 300 real ales, over 80 real ciders, perries and pyders, and a wide selection of international beers as well as local wines. Music on every evening and a family day on Saturday with children’s entertainment.



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 4th July to August 30th. Free entry.

Moonlight Flicks
Cheshire’s most magical moonlit movie season returns from 7th July to 29th August 2015. Welcome to the ultimate open air cinema! 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.




Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival
Edinburgh Jazz Festival was set up in 1978 by banjo player and guitarist Mike Hart. The initial focus was on traditional jazz and a host of events taking place for free admission in pubs. Through evolution across the decades, the Festival’s artistic focus is now all about concentrating on musical excellence, championing spontaneous creativity and music making on the spot. These virtues have been developed with the production of a wide range of new music, the establishment of the Edinburgh Jazz Festival Orchestra, and an ongoing commitment to supporting Scottish musicians to realise creative ideas and to link with international musicians. From 17th to 26th July 2015.



Cornbury Music Festival
A one-of –a-kind festival, lovingly crafted, top notch, very English open air party, tailor-made for the whole family. Like the best of England, Cornbury is civilised, charming and irresistible – a homespun melting pot where music lovers share pies and a glass of champagne with superstars, toffs, rockers, crooners, Morris dancers, farmers, urbanites, fashionistas, gourmet chefs and little old ladies who make exceptional cakes. There is something for everyone at this marvellous event which represents classic summer entertainment for a friendly crowd from all walks of life. 10th to 12th July at The Great Tew Park.

Truck Festival
Truck is one of the UK’s best and longest standing independent small festivals, a village fete meets Woodstock with a cutting edge music policy, free of any sponsorship or corporate agenda. Held in family friendly, safe and secure surroundings overflowing with eccentric entertainment, it’s about music, community and being outdoors. The six stages of music for 2015 include Basement Jaxx, The Charlatans, Clean Bandit, Temples, Public Service Broadcasting and many many more. Friday 17th and Saturday 18th July 2015 at Hill Farm, Steventon, near Abingdon.