UK events: June

12 May 2017
Programme Team Chevening Secretariat

Bristol Festival of Nature


10 to 11 June

Held at Bristol’s beautiful Harbourside, this massive celebration of the natural world features hundreds of organisations and exciting events including hands-on activities, arts, lectures, fascinating tours, film screenings, a local-produce market and live entertainment.

The event, run by the Bristol Natural History Consortium, culminates in a spectacle of colour and sound on Sunday afternoon as the festival sets sail along the River Avon to Bath. Past festivals have included a portable planetarium, pop-up butterfly garden, as well as talks from distinguished BBC presenters including Sir David Attenborough and Monty Hall.

To see the full programme please visit the website here


Grassington Festival

Yorkshire Dales

16 June to 1 July

This summer’s Grassington Festival in June is a popular two-week extravaganza in the Yorkshire Dales, with music, theatre, film, comedy, and more. Starting with a carnival parade, the Yorkshire market town of Grassington comes alive each summer for a colourful fortnight of live performances, visual arts, and music.

Over the last two weeks of June, artists, bands, and local people come together to collaborate in a series of live performances, ranging from music, dance and street theatre to workshops, talks, walks, and creative challenges. Much of the action takes place around the bustling cobbled market square, fringed by shops offering local foods, speciality gifts, and arts and crafts.

To see the full programme please visit the website here


Step back in time at Broadstairs Dickens Festival

Broadstairs, Kent

17 June to 23 June

Author Charles Dickens visited Broadstairs in Kent regularly from 1837 until 1859 and immortalised the town as ‘Our English Watering Place’. In 1937, to commemorate the centenary of the author's first visit, Gladys Waterer, the then resident of Dickens House, conceived the idea of putting on a production of David Copperfield. She wanted people to go about the town in Victorian dress to publicise it. Thus the Broadstairs Dickens Festival was born and has been held annually since.

Follow in Charles Dickens' footsteps by coming to Broadstairs. Savour the delights of the town which Dickens described as ‘the freshest, freest place’.

To see the full programme please visit the website here


2017 Women's Champions League final: Cardiff


1 June

Women's football is a growing sport in Wales. In 2013, Wales hosted the UEFA European Women's Under-19s Championship, the first UEFA finals to be played in Wales and a milestone in the growth of the sport there. The Welsh Premier Women's League is also an established national league, with a strategy of encouraging participation in football among young girls.

Cardiff is also home to Wales' domestic champions. Cardiff Met dominated the league in recent seasons, winning the title three seasons in a row, and lifted the 2015/2016 season domestic cup.

To find out more about the final and to buy tickets visit the website here


Edinburgh Night Ride


17 to 18 June

Discover the thrill of night riding and join hundreds of other cyclists, of all abilities and ages, for a night to remember! Edinburgh Night Ride is a fantastic one-day charity bike ride taking place on Saturday, 17 June 2017. Pedalling 50 miles around Edinburgh you’ll see the sun set over the coast, cycle through beautiful Georgian streets under the moon and stars, and discover stunning night views of Edinburgh – all whilst the city sleeps. 

Cobbled lanes and castles are just the tip of Edinburgh’s charms, and you’ll pass numerous iconic landmarks and sights along the way including Arthur’s Seat, Edinburgh Castle, the Forth Bridge, the Scottish Parliament buildings, and Holyrood Palace – to name a few. Why not incorporate this cycling challenge into a weekend away and discover Edinburgh?

More about the night ride can be found here


Edinburgh International Film Festival


21 June to 2 July

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 filmmaking. EIFF seeks to put the most exciting and innovative new film talent in the spotlight, in a setting steeped in history.

Find the full programme here


Greenwich+Docklands International Festival


23 June to 8 July

Greenwich+Docklands International Festival (GDIF) is a festival of free outdoor performing arts (theatre, dance, and street arts). GDIF has been growing every year and in 2016, the Festival featured over a hundred performances by dozens of national and international companies with more than 100,000 people attending the outdoor shows in south and east London. The festival is committed to breaking new ground in outdoor performance and raising the ambition, quality, and diversity of outdoor work produced in this country.

To see the full programme please visit the site here


Open Garden Squares Weekend 2017


17 to 18 June

Feed your curiosity and explore over 230 private, secret, and little-known gardens across 27 London boroughs over one very special weekend. Gardens range from the historic and traditional to the new and experimental. They include private gardens, roof gardens, community allotments, gardens belonging to historic buildings, institutions, cafes, schools, and shops. One ticket gives access to numerous gardens on both Saturday, 17 and Sunday, 18 June 2017.

Find out more about Open Garden Squares Weekend here


Picture House: Grease Sing-a-long


01 June

Join the kids from Rydell High for a sing-along screening of this, dare we say it, musical masterpiece. Our 1950s characters will sweet-talk and sing their way into our audience full of T-Birds and Pink Ladies. Prior to the film, we’ll have a vocal warm-up and, naturally, a hand-jive competition too. Fancy dress is encouraged, so grab your biker jackets or think pink! Altogether now: ‘Those Summer Niiiiiiiiiiights’.

To get more information on this event please visit the site here


The Wizard of Oz (RSC Version)

Joseph Rowntree Theatre, York

23 to 24 June

Come with us to the Land of Oz and find there really is no place like home. Featuring the classic songs Over the Rainbow and If I Only Had A Brain, this enchanting musical really is one for all the family.

To get more information on this show and for other shows at the theatre click here