Top 20 outdoor events in the UK this summer

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From sport to the arts, theatre, music and film, we're spoilt for choice with things to do this summer. We've trawled the net to give you the top 20 events happening in the UK this season. Hats and flags at the ready people!


    Where: The River Thames.

    When: For five days from 1 July

    For a quintessential British summer event, don't miss the 175th anniversary of the Henley Royal Regatta – a rowing event steeped in tradition. See teams from across the world compete in over 200 exhilarating races on this picture-perfect stretch of the river. Bring a picnic blanket and choose a perfect spot to sip some Pimms.

    Tickets: £18-20

  • Glorious Goodwood

    Where: Goodwood Racecourse, West Sussex

    When: July 27-31

    Hats and binoculars at the ready! Sitting somewhere between Royal Ascot and the Derby in terms of the formality, the Earl of March's summer race meeting is in an estate in a gorgeous setting on the Downs. Ladies' Day is on Thursday, July 29, and don't miss The Stewards' Cup – a 28-horse cavalry charge – on the last day; jolly good horsey fun.

    Tickets: £33-£100

  • The Rooftop Film Club

    Where: Peckham, Shoreditch, Kensington

    When: Until September 30

    You'll find comfy chairs, warm blankets and wireless headphones at The Rooftop Film Club, which returns this year with three venues - the Bussey Building in Peckham Rye, the Queen of Hoxton in Shoreditch and the Roof Gardens in Kensington. Visitors can enjoy food and drinks on site and great views not to mention classics such as Silence of The Lambs, Casablanca, The Notebook and many more.

    Tickets: £13

  • The Summer House Weekend

    When: 14-17 August

    Where: Secret location

    Fancy an early morning rave, fancy dress, wood-fired hot tubs, lake swimming and some meditation thrown in? Then this intimate festival - which started as a birthday party for a group of friends - could be for you. All of the activities are focused on bringing people together, from speed-meeting to communal dinners; you're required to participate rather than spectate. The party on the Saturday night includes an erotic element so it's over-18s only and not for the prudish.

    Tickets: £100 for those who book in advance, with a £50 low-income tier

  • Glyndebourne Festival

    Where: Glyndebourne Festival, Nr Lewes, East Sussex

    When: May 20-Aug 29

    A rural opera house set up by the Christie family in 1934, the much-loved auditorium underwent a dramatic transformation in 1994 and now seats 1,200 people. Famous as much for its black-tie picnics as its great musical programming.

    Tickets: £10-£35

  • Tour De France

    Where: Leeds, Harrogate, York, Sheffield, Cambridge and London

    When: July 5, 6 and 7

    Cycling fans, pack your bags: the most famous cycle race in the world is coming to Britain. The Tour de France traditionally kicks off outside France, and this year, the Grand Départ is getting underway in Leeds before racing through York, Sheffield, Cambridge and London.

    Tickets: None needed, free to watch!

  • British Summer Time

    When: July 4-13

    Where: Hyde Park, London

    Last year the Rolling Stones rocked the party, this year it's the turn of Arcade Fire, Black Sabbath, The Libertines not to mention McBusted, Neil Young, Tom Jones, Jake Bugg July, The Pogues , Graham Coxon, Backstreet Boys, Boyzone Little Mix and many others.

    Tickets: £69-£35

  • Cowes Week

    Where: Isle of Wight

    When: 3-10 August

    Ahoy there! Yachts and crews from around the world descend on Cowes for this nautical extravaganza which sees over 4000 sailors compete and then hop ashore for non-stop partying. Fireworks over Cowes Harbour ensure it all ends with a bang. Better still, it is free, with paid entry to events and parties.

    Tickets: None needed, crew parties and gigs on the waterfront usually cost under a tenner.

  • Audi International Polo Day

    Where: Windsor Great Park, Egham, Surrey

    When: 28 July

    Gorgeous men on horseback... what's not to like? Tread divots in your Sunday best this year and maybe even rub shoulders with Harry and Wills.

    Tickets: From £45

  • The International Agatha Christie Festival

    Where: Torre Abbey in Torquay

    When: 14 to 21 September 2014

    A chance for murder mystery fans to indulge their guest-starring at the festival is author Sophie Hannah, who will be discussing her much-anticipated new Poirot novel, as part of a wider programme of crime writer events.

    Tickets: £350 for full weekend]

  • Commonwealth Games

    Where: Glasgow, Scotland

    When: 11 days from 23 July

    Scotland finds itself in the sporting spotlight this year, with Glasgow hosting the Commonwealth Games. With 17 sports to catch it’s a truly unmissable experience.

    Tickets: Starting from £15

  • Wimbledon

    Where: Merton, Surrey

    When: 24 June- 7 July

    Wimby always has and always will embody and evoke the English summertime. Ticketless? Into the queue with you. It's currently sold out, but camp in The Queue for the show courts, or by day for ground admission.

    Tickets: From £37

  • Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens

    Where: Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens, Northumberland

    When: Throughout summer

    Join the resident Head Gardener and make your way through these stunning Grade 1 listed landscapes packed with an impressive array of ravines, pinnacles and exotic plants, shrubs and flowers. Check out the Vintage Car Show for great Instagram ops too. This is one of the most loved visitor attractions in Northumberland and it's no wonder.

    Tickets: From £8

  • Shakespeare With A View

    Where: Minack Theatre, Cornwall

    When: Until September 28

    Constructed in the Thirties on a rocky outcrop above Porthcurno Bay, the Minack Theatre's dramatic location has drawn visitors for generations, highlights include The Tempest (June 30-July 4), A Midsummer Night's Dream (August 11-15), Monty Python's Spamalot (August 18-22) and Great Expectations (September 8-12).

    Tickets: £9 - £11.50

  • Theatre, classical, big band

    Where: Chatsworth House, Derbyshire

    When: Throughout August

    Head to the idyllic setting for the 2005 film adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, Chatsworth House, and catch a theatrical performance of Romeo and Juliet on August 20. There's also a Proms Spectacular evening of classical music played by the UK Philharmonic Orchestra (August 1) and a live concert featuring a 10-piece band of session musicians playing soul, disco and pop favourites (August 2).

    Tickets: From £12

  • Al Fresco Cinema

    Where: Central Manchester

    When: Most Thursday nights from May to September

    Get your hit of al fresco cinema and Shakespeare at Spinningfields shopping and entertainment centre and take to The Lawns on black and yellow double deckchairs (perfect for dates!) - our film favs in the line-up Pretty Woman and Stand By Me.

    Tickets: £3

  • Queen of The Castle

    Where: Leeds Castle, Kent

    When: Throughout summer

    This 900-year-old castle has several handfuls of outdoor events going on this summer. The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra will grace the grounds with an outdoor concert, then there's tours of the woodlands and gardens, outdoor film screenings of Dirty Dancing and Breakfast at Tiffany's and even a running club.

    Tickets: £24

  • Green Man Festival

    Where: Glanusk, Wales

    When: August 14-17

    We've had our eye on this festi for a while as one of the best the country has to offer. See headliners Beirut, Natural Milk Hotel as well as Simian Mobile Disco and others.

    Tickets: £159 for the weekend

  • Vintage Finds

    Where: Across the UK

    When: Throughout summer

    Started in 2008 in Sheffield, Lou Lou's is one of the largest vintage fairs in the UK serving 42 cities across the nation. Find hoards of vintage traders spanning the 1920s-1990s with a vintage tea party, a vintage hair salon & live acts to boot.

    Tickets: None needed

  • Open Air Theatre

    Where: Thames in London by City Hall

    When: Throughout the summer until September

    An outdoor amphitheatre on the south side of the River Thames, with seating for around 800 people, there will be performances all here summer through to early autumn, including outdoor film screenings.

    Tickets: Free

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