Summer is now in full swing! And here is a list of the best things to do in London, Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds.
9th – 11th August – Craft Beer Festival – A weekend not to be missed for any beer lover. A ticket to the event gives you access to all beers as well as a great line up of bands such as the likes of Kaiser Chiefs. Tickets from £50 strictly over 18s, Tobacco Dock, E1W 2SF
17th & 18th August – Drag World – Europe’s largest celebration of Drag – the weekend is packed with Q&A’s, Meet and Greets and a few appearances from the stars of RuPaul’s Drag Race. Tickets from £32, Olympia, W14 8UX
18th August – The Regents Park Music Festival – Every Sunday throughout Summer the bandstand in Regents Park will play host to free concerts. This Sunday there will be music from London Metropolitan Brass and NLB City of London Brass, so bring a picnic and enjoy! Free, Regents Park.
31st August – Canvas and Cocktails – Join PopUp Painting for another fun packed evening with drinks and paint. An artist will be guiding guests through a Great Wave and Starry Night mash up. Tickets £39.99 includes a cocktail and art supplies. ME London Hotel, WC2R 1HA
3rd & 4th August – Rock The Beacon – A brand new music festival for the whole family to enjoy a selection of cover bands and emerging talent. Tickets from £10, Barr Beacon, WS9 0QW
23rd – 26th August – Insomia65 – The UK’s biggest gaming festival. Spend the weekend trying out new games, experience virtual reality and relive the gaming past on the retro department. Tickets from £20, NEC Birmingham, B40 1NT
31st August – Paint Summer – Join PopUp Painting to paint a fun Art Deco summer scene. Drink and paint your way through the evening and unleash creativity! Tickets £29.99, Purecraft, B2 5TJ
2nd & 3rd August- The Gin and Rum Festival – Enjoy a weekend of not only sampling some of the best gin, but some of the best live entertainment and food around. Tickets from £12, Manchester Cathedral, M3 1SX
10th – 11th August – Caribbean Carnival of Manchester – The North West’s biggest celebration of Caribbean culture comes to Alexandra Park. Spend the weekend enjoying steel bands, floats and folklore characters. Alexandra Park, M16 7JL
31st August – Star Shaped Festival – Relive the glory years of the 90s by grabbing yourself a ticket to this day festival. Listen to the likes of Cast, Dodgy and Space whilst sipping on an ice cold bottle of hooch. Tickets £37.50, O2 Manchester Ritz, M1 5NQ
4th August – Leeds Pride Parade – Yorkshire’s biggest celebration of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans life. Enjoy the colourful parade as well as other festivities. Free, Parade starts at Millennium Square, LS2 3AD
16th August – Pretty Woman– The Luna Cinema returns to Millennium Square to play the classic Pretty Woman under the stars. Tickets from £15, Millennium Square, LS2 3AD
23rd – 27th August – Leeds Opera Festival – A festival run by the Northern Opera Group. The line up includes a range of entertainment such as concert, Shakespeare adaptions and talks. Various prices, and locations.