What’s on June 2017


June is here and it’s the start of the fabulous Festival Season!

Think warm sunny evenings, picnics in the park and live music galore… What’s not to love? Whether you’re planning to spend time where you live or hotfoot it to somewhere new, there’s plenty going on up and down the country. For inspiration on where to find the action, check out our Futon Company What’s On guide and see what’s happening across the UK in June 2017…

Edinburgh International Film Festival
Established in 1947, the Festival is world renowned for discovering and promoting the very best in international cinema – and for heralding and debating changes in global film making.  Intimate in scale, ambitious in its scope, and fuelled by pure passion for cinema in all its manifestations, EIFF seeks to spotlight the most exciting and innovative new film talent, in a setting steeped in history.  21st June-2nd July.

Leith Festival
Running from 8th-16th June, the Leith Festival is a week-long community festival held in the historic port of Leith with a programme covering art, music, theatre, dance and historic tours.  For full listings go to

The Tomb@ Ancient Egyptian Burial
The Tomb is at the National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh Old Town, from now until 3rd September 2017.  It was constructed in the great city of Thebes shortly after the reign of Tutankhamen for the Chief of Police and his wife.  It was looted and reused several times, leaving behind a collection of beautiful objects from various eras.  These are on display at the exhibition alongside objects found in nearby tombs, giving a sense of how burial in ancient Egypt changed over time.  The tomb’s final use occurred shortly after the Roman conquest of Egypt, when it was sealed intact with the remarkable burials of an entire family.


Light, Divine, A Night Sublime
Hear Handel’s enchanting melodies in the saloon of Chiswick House & Garden on June 14th or 15th  where the composer performed for the cream of the 18th century society.  The programme for both evenings kicks off at 6.30pm when the Burlington Pavilion opens.  Light Divine, a Night Sublime starts at 7.30pm, with a light supper interval at 8.15, followed by personalities and pleasure gardens at 9pm.  Carriages at 10.30pm.

Chiswick Car Boot Sale
The monthly Car Boot Sale at Chiswick School, Burlington Lane, W4 3UN, will be held on June 4th, open for sellers from 7am.  Buying starts at 8am and the event closes at 1pm.  All money raised from the entrance fee goes to the school.

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 around 25 top producers from around the country.


Parklifers know the north doesn’t need a Glastonbury.  This hugely popular city fest boasts big names a gogo, including Frank Ocean, the 1975, George Ezra, Jess Glynne, Fatboy Slim and Stormzy.  June 10th and 11th at Heaton Park.  £99.50.

Manchester International Festival
MIF is the world’s first festival of original, new work and special events.  The Festival is staged every two years in Manchester and the next edition will take place from 29th June-16th July at venues all over the city.

Ideal Home Show Manchester
The Ideal Home Show sponsored by Anglian Home Improvements, is returning to Manchester’s EventCity for its 4th year for four fun-filled days – and is set to be bigger and better than ever before!  From 8th-11th June.

Trainspotting Live
Fresh from its phenomenal success on a world tour, the smash hit immersive theatre production of Irvine Welsh and Danny Boyle’s iconic, generation defining Trainspotting is touring the UK and comes to The Lowry, Salford from 6th-10th June.


Barn on the Farm
Famous for spotting future stars – Ed Sheeran, Hozier and Ben Howard first headlined here – this year the fest is tipping Tom Grennan, Lucy Rose and Sundara Karma.  Tom Odell plays too.  June 29th-July 2nd at Over Farm, Gloucester, a car, bus or train ride from Oxford.

Midsummer Murder Mystery Meal
Get out your glad rags for a great Gatsby-esque evening set in an illegal drinking club in the 1920s.  Enjoy a delicious three course meal as you ponder on where to get the boss his liquor from, what is the secret of the incompetent croupier and just what is inside the violin case.  A fun and intriguing evening for £45 per head.

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.


Radiohead are the headliners to rave about, but Foo Fighters may be more fun.  Katy Perry will be making Glasto roar, and the world awaits Ed Sheeran’s outfit:  what do you mean, it’s jeans and a checked shirt again!  June 21st-25th at Worthy Farm, Somerset, a train, bus or coach ride from Bristol.  £238.

Skeletons:  Our Buried Bones at M Shed
Twelve human skeletons from Bristol and London, each with a unique story to tell.  A young man buried without ceremony in South Gloucestershire 3,500 years ago.  A Roman couple found in a single stone coffin and a child from a Victorian burial ground.  They reflect society’s rich and varied past and the changing face of the places we live and work in today.  The exhibition is a collaboration between Wellcome Collection and The Museum of London, showing at Bristol’s M Shed from now until 3rd September.

Lace in Fashion
Designer pieces and those worn by royalty rub shoulders at Bath Fashion Museum – just a 15 minute train journey from Bristol.  On show from now until January 2018.


Lone Wolf of the Skies
Lone World of the Skies – The Life of Albert Ball VC, DSO & Two Bard, MC remembers the life of Captain Albert Ball.  Born and bred in Nottingham, Albert joined the Sherwood Foresters when war broke out in 1914 and later transferred to the Royal Flying Corps.  One of Nottingham’s most decorated servicemen and flying ace of the First World War, he was just 20 years old when he was killed in action on May 7th 1917.  The exhibition explores his life from start to finish though the objects that he owned.  The exhibition seeks to commemorate the Centenary of Albert’s death and pay homage to him and examine the legacy which he left behind.  Open until 17th July at Nottingham Castle.

The ultimate festival for rock and metal, Download is just a hop, skip and a jump from Nottingham (well, a car or train journey!).  Preparing to shout “hello Donington” are Aerosmith, Biffy Clyro, System of a Down and Sum 41.  June 9-11th at Donington Park, Derbyshire.

Cave Tours
Take a tour to experience the caves at Nottingham Castle for yourself, learning on the way the gruesome tales of Roger Mortimer, King David II of Scotland, or you may be able to take a tour with Robin Hood himself…With some of the caves dating back to medieval times, the tour is strenuous with LOTS of steep steps.  However, for those who wish to descend through hundreds of years the tour is a must.  Tours last approximately 30-40 minutes.  Costs £5 per person plus normal castle entry.  Tours run all year round.


An exciting brand new event for 2017 – Parkgatefest on 3rd and 4th June 2017.  Organised and run by local residents and traders, it will celebrate and promote the uniqueness and heritage of Parkgate – Cheshire’s only coastal village – and its wonderful community in a beautiful setting.  Visitors will enjoy live music, classic cars, steam engines, stalls, great food, beer tent, gin tent, kids zone area and much more!

Bike Chester
Join an exciting one-day cycling event with a choice of three spectacular routes, well-stocked feed stations, full signage and mechanical support, and a finisher’s medal for every entrant.  Taking place on 11th June.  Entries are available now from

The Chester Antiques, Collectors & Vintage Fair
The Northgate Arena has hosted an established and respected Antiques & Collectors Fair for many years now and is established as a firm favourite with traders from across the UK.  With up to 120+ tables of exemplary variety, The Fair will offer the perfect pieces to complement your home, collection or wardrobe in a fantastic day out in the magnificent city of Chester.


British Summer Time
Imagine Justin Bieber and Phil Collins on the same bill.  Sadly, they’re on different days at this city event, which also offers the Killers, Kings of Leon and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.  June 30th-July 9th at Hyde Park.  From £59.90 a night.

Hokusai Beyond the Great Wave
Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) is widely regarded as one of Japan’s most famous and influential artists.  He produced works of astonishing quality right up until his death at the age of 90.  This new exhibition will lead you on an artistic journey through the last 30 years of his life- at a time when he produced some of his most memorable masterpieces.  Showing at The British Museum from now until 13th August.

The American Dream Pop to the Present
Trace the creative momentum of a superpower in this major new exhibition.  The past six decades have been among the most dynamic and turbulent in US history, from JFK’s assassination, Apollo 11 and Vietnam, to the AIDS crisis, racism and gender politics.  Responding to the changing times, American artists produced prints unprecedented in their scale and ambition.  Starting with the explosion of pop art in the 1960s, the exhibition includes works by the most celebrated American artists.  From Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns to Ed Ruscha, Kara Walker and Julie Mrehretu – all boldly experimented with printmaking.  Experience this extraordinary history through their eyes.  This exhibition, at The British Museum from now until June 18th, presents the Museum’s outstanding collection of modern and contemporary American prints for the first time.


Joy Festival at Groombridge Place
Joy Festival is an innovative, eclectic and unique festival that brings together the latest trends in creative shopping, gastronomy, music and lifestyle.  Taking place at Groombridge Hall on 16th-18th June.

Vintage Fair at King Charles Church Hall
The second Squirrel Vintage Fair to hit Tunbridge Wells full of beautiful vintage fashion from the 1920s to 1980s, salvaged and collectible home ware, small furniture, antique jewellery, original records and film posters.  17th June at King Charles the Martyr Church.

Guided Walking Tour
Meet every Saturday and Thursday from April to September 2017 at the Tourist Information Centre in the Corn Exchange and learn all about the historic spa town of Royal Tunbridge Wells in a one hour guided stroll through the Pantiles and the historic heart of the town.  Visit King Charles and the Martyr Church, paid for by public subscription, and see the original lodging houses in the village area of the town.  Discover the town’s 400 year history and hear about the famous visitors – from Queen Anne to Samuel Pepys – who made Tunbridge Wells the place in which to see and be seen.


Plymouth Armed Forces Day
An exciting line-up of air displays on Plymouth Armed Forces Day, Saturday 24th June.  Plymouth Hoe will play host to the spectacular Air Display which will take place between 4.20 to 6.05pm, to include the following:  Strikemaster Jet, Muscle Pitts the ultimate high energy aerobatics biplane, TRIG display, Calidus Gryo display, BBMF RAF Dakota, Breitling Wing Walkers formation display, Extra 300 aerobatic display team, Sea Vixen Fighter and more.  There will also be two static helicopters on display on the Hoe throughout the day.

Film Screenings
Plymouth Arts Centre plays host to a series of film screenings throughout June including:  The Promise, Heal the Living, The Age of Shadows, Mad to be Normal, Peter Pan, Frantz, The Secret Scripture, Salome, Manhattan and more.

Magic of Motown
Join the party as this scintillating show celebrates its 100th Birthday.  The unstoppable Magic of Motown thrills its millionth music fan this year, embarking on a super-sensational nationwide tour that also honours the 50th anniversary of chart-topping single Reach Out I’ll Be There.  Revel in hit after hit as the incredible, all-new for 2017, theatrical treat with a huge cast marks 50 years of Reach Out and a decade of continuing the legend of solid gold artistes the Supremes, Temptations, Jackson 5 and more.  9th June at Plymouth Pavillions.


Wildfire Adventure Camp
Just a car ride from Chelmsford, this Sevenoaks festival lists sword fighting, swing dances, beekeeping and nipple-tassel workshops among its activities.  In 2016 it won a best small festival award.  June 16th-18th in Sevenoaks.

Amy Winehouse Tribute Night
Spend a night with the sounds of Amy Winehouse provided by Laura Jane Butler (My Winehouse) Amy Tribute along with a 3-course sit down meal.  £35 per person.  Everyone dining at 8pm.  Best Western Atlantic Hotel and Sapori Restaurant in Chelmsford.  Friday 30th June.

International Garden Photographer of the Year
The International Garden Photographer of the Year is the world’s most prestigious competition for garden, plant and botanical photography.  Set in the glorious surroundings of Hyde Hall you will be able to view winning entries from the current competition in an innovative outdoor display.  Open now until 4th June.

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 now until December, from 10am-4pm.


From Kabal to Kolkaya
Highlights of Indian painting in the Fitzwilliam Museum The Fitzwilliam’s second exhibition to mark the 70th anniversary of Indian independence showcases a selection of Indian miniature paintings and drawings, ranging in date from the 16th to 19th century.  The exhibition will include works produced under the patronage of the Mughai dynasty and other princely rulers, as well as several acquired by early British patrons and collectors in India.  The exhibition forms part of the University of Cambridge Museums’ India Unboxed programme.  Open now until 3rd September.

Beginner’s Knitting
Learn the basics of knitting with Gillian Fulton.  Gillian will take you through a simple case on, the knit stitch, the purl stitch and casting off.  Suitable for complete beginners and people who need a refresher.  Saturday 10th June at The Sheep Shop from 13.45-16.45.  £29 per person.

Tapestry Crochet
Taught by Joanne Scrace of The Crochet Project.  Working with colour can really bring your crochet to life.  Tapestry crochet allows you to paint pictures of geometric shapes on your work.  Learn lots of colour techniques and design your own pattern in this fun class.  Experience needed:  familiar with basic crochet stitches.  You will need to bring or buy on the day 3 or 4 different colours of yarn and a hook a half size larger than you would typically use for whatever yarn you bring, coloured pens or pencils.  Saturdays until 15th June.   1.45-4.45pm at The Sheep Shop.


Norfolk & Norwich Open Studios
Each year, Norfolk & Norwich Open Studios celebrates the county’s artists and their achievements by offering them the opportunity to open their doors to the public to exhibit, sell and talk about their work.  2016 saw over 450 artists taking part in 255 venues across Norfolk.  2017’s activities will take place from now until Sunday 11th June in venues across Norfolk and Norwich.

Norwich Food & Drink Festival
On Sunday 18th June this annual festival will take place at The Forum and St Peter’s Street.  This year promises to be bigger and better than ever, with events including Battle of the Bangers.

Small Stories:  At Home in a Doll’s House
Take a peak behind closed doors and discover the small stories of the tiny inhabitants of the V&A Museum of Childhood’s most treasured doll’s houses.  At Norwich Castle from now until 25th June.


Shaping the Body
This major exhibition looks at how body shape has changed over the past 500 years through diet, culture, 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 choices we make and the consequences of our lifestyle.  York Castle Museum’s extensive collection of costume, 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.  Meet the people who have pushed their bodies to the limits to gain the look they crave and find out about the dangerous fashions such as extra tight corsets, high heels and even poisonous dresses!  This thought-provoking and fascinating exhibition will challenge the notion of the perfect body.  From now until 25th January 2018.

National Railway Museum
A new exhibition trail by Geraldine Pilgrim Performance.  From Agatha Christie’s The Girl on the Train, the railways have provided us with the perfect setting for a thrilling crime story.  Come along for a brand new Mystery on the Rails Season between now and 3rd September to uncover the special place railways have in mystery and detective fiction, solve the mystery of The Missing Passenger and discover a wealth of real-life tales of audacious robberies, petty thefts and notorious criminals.

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 including 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.


Vanessa Bell
Vanessa Bell was at the centre of that compelling group of writers, artists and creative thinkers known as the Bloomsbury Set.  She was the sister of novelist Virginia Woolf, and her lovers and children have created a small biographical industry around their lives and affairs, telling of Bell’s open marriage and the various relationships she and her husband enjoyed.  She was also a painter and one who was unusually interested in the new art being produced on the Continent in the early 20th century.  Her work shows awareness of post-Impressionism, Matisse, Picasso and even abstract painting.  The exhibition at Dulwich Picture Gallery running from now until June 4th focuses on the years before the 1920s.  Bell’s work, as represented here, says critic Philip Hensher, focuses on still lives and landscapes.

Robots Exhibition
The Science Museum’s new Robots exhibition tells the evolution of our little metal friends, from 16th century mechanical monks to R2-D2 and beyond.  1010020101212 (says ES Magazine 3rd March) – apparently that’s robot for “come down”…Tickets £15.  From now until 3rd September.

Diana:  Her Fashion Story
The cultural tributes to Princess Diana have often felt overshadowed by the sound of the queen of our hearts turning in her grave (let us run swiftly past the paddling pool in Hyde Park and fast forward through the ghastly Naomi Watts biopic, says  So respect, as they say, is due, with this exhibition at Kensington Palace.  Twenty years on from her death, Diana: Her Fashion Story, walks through her wardrobe as a starting point for analysing the arresting grip the princess held on popular culture.  Few knew so instinctively how to harness the power of visual image.  Diana made stars of her wedding dress designers David and Elizabeth Emanuel, then her favourite portraitist, Mario Testino, and hairdresser Sam Knight.  No one has used power dressing as quite the armour Diana did.  So an exhibition of her clothes is not really about fashion at all.  It’s about a very specific female energy and power to connect on every level, channelled through one woman.  The Exhibition is open now at Kensington Palace until 24th February 2019.


The V.I.B (Very Independent Brighton Food Tour)
Brighton’s Food Tours’ signature food tour is a celebration of independent Brighton – packed with the eclectic sights and tastes from the unique makers to the unsung heroes of Brighton’s indy food and drink scene.  Over the course of three hours you’ll get a chocolate box selection of the best foodie hotspots that quirky, independent Brighton has to offer.  Because Brighton has such a blooming independent food and drink scene, vendors are swapped dependent on the season, weather and what works on the day you visit.  This makes each V.I.B experience a little bit unique.  From £35 per person.  Tel. 07985 230 955.

Make at the Museum
Try a different technique each week at one of the museum’s practical workshops and take home your new creation.  Includes jewellery, paper, books, bunting and more.  £20 per workshop, members £17 per workshop.  Tea, coffee and pastries included.  Advance booking not required.

Love Supreme Jazz Festival
This upmarket festival is a firm favourite with fans of jazz and funk.  The bill includes Nao, Laura Mvula and George Benson.  Taking place June 30th-July 2nd at Glynde Place in East Sussex.  £120.


Young, bright and beautiful, Emma Woodhouse has the world at her feet – or at least the small part of Surrey in which she lives.  When the dashing Mr Elton comes to town she decides to take it on herself to perform the role of matchmaker.  Related with verve and style, Jane Austen’s spirited Emma takes us on a joyful journey of warmth, wit, romantic schemes and mistaken intentions.  At Yvonne Arnaud’s Theatre until 3rd June.

Mozart and Salieri
Motivated by Alexandra Pushkin’s short story, which also inspired Peter Shaffer’s famous film Amadeus, Rimsky-Korsakov’s opera Mozart and Salieri follows the apocryphal legend that Salieri poisoned his rival Mozart out of jealousy over his talent.  This new English translation will captivate its audience, making you witness – if not conspirators – of Salieri’s plan to poison Mozart.  The Mill Studio at Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre on Saturday 24th June 8-10pm.

Guildford Farmers Market
Held on the first Tuesday of every month.  While the High Street Setts are being repaired, the Farmers Market will relocate to the Leapale Road Surface Car Park.  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.


Artist Day at Powderham Castle
Bring your paints and pencils and study the stunning Powderham Castle and surrounding beauty.  Local art groups are welcome and will be offered a special admission rate, subject to pre-booking.  June 20th 2017.

Devon Restaurant Month
Now in its sixth year, the hugely successful Devon Restaurant Month initiative encourages the best restaurants across Devon and supports Devon as a food destination for both locals and visitors.  The initiative takes place across the whole county for the month of June, encouraging cafes, restaurants, hotels, delis and vineyards to host an event.

Electric Beach
A new home to this festival can be found a car ride from Exeter, playing host to sets from Badly Drawn Boy, the Cuban Brothers and locals Backbeat Sound System.  The more adventurous can enter belly boarding contests or go paddle boarding.  June 16th and 17th at Great Western Beach, Newquay.  £27.50.


Streatlife Street Food and Craft Beer Festival
Streatlife is the new name for Alexandra Palace’s legendary Street Food and Craft Beer Festival.  It takes place on 17th-18th June and features over 30 of London’s top street food vendors, craft beer bars, cocktails, Pimms and all sorts of tasty treats.  Saturdays feature eclectic bands and on Sundays the DJs take over.  There’ll also be live street art and graffiti for you to sit back and watch.

OM International Yoga Day
International Yoga Day returns to Alexandra Palace for the third year, with a full day of free yoga to celebrate.  The day will be led by some of the country’s leading yoga teachers and is a great way to introduce someone new to the discipline, as there will be classes for all levels, including beginners.  There are also plenty of shopping opportunities, with stalls setting mats and yoga wear.  18th June.

Knitting for All
Embrace the passion for all things craft and learn how to read patterns and knit fabulous things every Saturday from 3.30-4.45pm at St Ann’s Library in Tottenham.  Wool and knitting needles are provided.  Free.


Hampton Court Palace Festival
Taking place in the stunning Tudor Courtyard of Hampton Court Palace, this fabulous festival provides world-class acts, a spectacular setting and the beautiful East Front Gardens to enjoy picnicking before the concerts.  This year marks the 25th anniversary of the festival and boasts a stellar line-up across 7th-24th June including Bryan Ferry, Van Morrison, Jools Holland, Will Young, James Morrison and more.

Encounters with the Tudors
Immerse yourself in the stories of Henry VIII’s magnificent Hampton Court Palace through a series of up-close encounters with the people who created history.  You may even see the King himself!  Thursdays-Mondays from now until 28th August.

Jazz at The Rose
Kingston University free lunchtime jazz continues with talented jazz pianist Meredith White, who brings a wide range of repertoire and styles to the classic jazz piano trio format delivered with a depth of expression and creativity.  Meredith is joined by drummer Paul Cavaciuti and bassist Dave Jones, each bandleaders in their own right, who complement and support while bringing a unique voice to their roles.  Held at the Rose Cafe until end June 2017.