UK events in June 2021
Virtual and in-person events, June 2021
Dust off your walking boots for the Moray Walking and Outdoor Festival. Scotland’s Midsummer Outdoor Festival is an ideal way to explore Moray. From the foothills of the Cairngorms to Moray’s award-winning coastline you can enjoy long summer days discovering Moray’s natural, historical, and cultural landscape.
At Stonehenge on the summer solstice, the sun rises behind the Heel Stone in the north-east part of the horizon and its first rays shine into the heart of Stonehenge. Every year, thousands of people gather to celebrate the Summer Solstice at Stonehenge in what probably was part of a Pagan ritual. The ritual has been taking place for over 3000 years and should be reopen this year.
Hay Festival’s 34th spring edition will be broadcasting for free online from Hay-on-Wye to the world 26 May–6 June. Over 12 days, more than 200 acclaimed writers, global policy makers, historians, poets, pioneers, and innovators join us to inspire, examine and entertain in events for all ages. All events will be closed-captioned and available to watch for free 24 hours from their live broadcast.
Manchester Histories presents a long weekend of events celebrating and commemorating the rich and diverse histories of Greater Manchester. Inspired by the themes of protest, democracy and freedom of speech, they are inviting organisations, community groups or individuals to put on an event, exhibition, talk, walk, film. Each day of the Festival, Manchester Histories will also present a day associated with the themes protest, democracy and freedom of speech.
Join the UK’s largest free celebration of the natural world, taking place this year from 5 -12 June 2021. The festival will be mostly held online, but some events will be in person. Held on Bristol’s beautiful Harbourside, this massive celebration of the natural world features hundreds of organisations putting on a range of exciting events including hands-on activities; art projects; lectures and educational 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.
Euro 2020, 11 June – 11 July
Immerse yourself in a true British spectacle, watching England and Scotland at this summers’ European Championships. Whilst it is sadly too late to get tickets for the matches, there will be big screens popping up all over England and Scotland for their matches. Make sure you get involved and see a game in a fan park, at the pub or at home.
Be inspired by historical trailblazers and contemporary activists at this exciting exhibition hosted at the British Library, celebrating those who have struggled to overcome barriers and continue to campaign for gender equality. Tickets cost £15, find more information on the exhibition and how to book on their website.
Now that cinemas are finally open again, there’s plenty of options if you fancy a couple of hours of escapism, from big blockbusters to more thought-provoking Oscar winners. Drinks and popcorn at the ready!
The West End’s greatest musical stars and musicians are coming together for a concert to celebrate the resilience of the theatre industry during the pandemic and the joy of reopening to live audiences again. In person tickets are practically sold out, but one performance is also being streamed live (for free, though any donations go to charities supporting struggling theatre employees). Check out the YouTube page on Sunday, 6 June at 19:00 to tune in for an evening of toe tapping tunes!