Summer is here! And here is a list of the best things to do in London, Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool and Leeds.
6th July – Pride Parade – This year marks the 50th anniversary since the birth of modern LGBTQ+ rights movement. Think activism, celebration, diversity – this is the most colourful parade London hosts. Free, Starts at Portland Place and finishes at Whitehall.
20th & 21st July – Lambeth Country Show For two days a year, Brockwell park is transformed into the diverse festival with music, funfair rides and sheep show. Free, Brockwell Park, SE24 9BJ
Until 21st July – Edvard Munch ‘Love and Angst’ Exhibition – An extensive range of this haunting artists prints. Tickets £17, The British Museum, WC1B 3DG
23rd July – PopUp Painting – Spend a summer evening unleashing creativity and painting Tom Veiga’s bright, colourful Painting. Wine glass in one hand, paint brush in the other. Tickets £32.99 includes a glass of Prosecco, PopUp Painting Events Space, EC2M 3TY
26th July – Party at the Mansion – Party in a 17th century mansion surrounded by 237 acres of woodland. Tickets from £6, Beckenham Mansion, BR3 1SY
From 1st July – Home of Metal present Black Sabbath – 50 Years – A huge exhibition celebrating the legacy of Black Sabbath. The heavy metal stars started their journey in Birmingham back in 1968. The exhibition explores how 4 working class men became the kings of metal. Tickets £14, Birmingham Museum, B3 3DH
Until 20th July – Culture Feast – A festival celebrating the arts in Birmingham from music to theatre to film from different organisations and in different venues. Tickets £25, Various locations across Birmginham
24th July – A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Enjoy this Shakespeare classic in the beautiful Botanical Gardens, guests are welcome to bring their own picnic while they watch the show. Tickets from £11, Birmingham Botanical Gardens, B15 3TR
4th – 21st July – Manchester International Festival – A celebration of art across Manchester than involves theatres, galleries, schools to churches. International artists collaborate with local communities creating completely new art pieces and forms. Various prices and locations across Manchester.
12th July – 14th July – Sparkle Weekend – Sparkle Weekend is the world largest free to attend Transgender celebration run by the transgender advocacy charity Sparkle. The weekend is host to live entertainment, market stalls, competitions and more! Certain events are ticketed, Various locations across Manchester.
24th July – PopUp Painting – Paint the Manchester Bee, enjoy a night of music and wine while an artist guides you through a vibrant painting of the Manchester Bee. No previous painting experience required. Tickets £26.99, Seven Bro7hers, M4 5AF
All Month – Stockport’s Giant Leap – Explore this art trail with giant sized frogs all decorated by artists! There is also a secret message to discover. Free, SK1 1LF
20th & 21st July – Liverpool International Music Festival – A fantastic two day music festival featuring the likes of Nile Rogers and Disco Classical. Tickets from £11, Sefton Park, L17 1AP
27th & 28th July – Pride in Liverpool – This free festival celebrating the LGTQ+ community will have various stages, family zones and plenty of food and drink vendors. Free, Various locations across Liverpool.
1st – 4th July – International Medieval Congress – Europe’s largest forum for sharing ideas in Medieval studies with concerts, performances and book fairs. Various prices and locations.
18th & 21st July – Jazz Leeds Festival – This four day festival has an incredible line up with over 30 Jazz performers with Andy Sheppard headlining. Various prices and locations.
20th July – PopUp Painting – Spend your afternoon sipping wine and trying your hand at painting Monet’s iconic waterlilies painting. Tickets £29.99, Brasserie Blanc, LS1 4BJ