UK events: June 2019

London and South East

Greenwich+Docklands International Festival, 21 June – 6 July

With over 130 performances and 15 UK premières, the Greenwich+Docklands International Festival is London’s leading outdoor theatre and performing arts festival. GDIF showcases the highest quality work from around the globe, reflecting the places where it is performed and bringing communities together to celebrate difference in the most spectacular way.

Broadstairs Dickens Festival, 21-23 June

Celebrate all things Dickens with the festival that was first held in 1937. Dickens was a regular visitor to Broadstairs on summer holidays between 1837 and 1859, and he wrote David Copperfield on one such break. There are demonstrations of what everyday life was like in the Victorian era together with talks, performances, fairs and walks that celebrate Dickens life, times and works.

South West

Festival of Nature, 1-9 June

With many events happening in Bath and Bristol, the Festival of Nature is the UK’s biggest free celebration of the natural world. It is a great place to be inspired, get involved and help support the nature.

Jane Austen Regency Week, 22-30 June

The Jane Austen Regency Week celebrates both the internationally-acclaimed writer, and a very interesting period of history, encouraging people to explore English cultural heritage. Events include talks, music, walks, tours, Alton Regency Day, Alton Regency Ball and more.

Midlands and North England

Proms in the Castle at Pontefract Castle, 22 June

Visit the atmospheric ruins of Pontefract Castle in West Yorkshire for an outdoor classical music performance. Be captivated by moving melodies as the sun goes down, and then thrilled by the stunning fireworks finale.

Hebden Bridge Arts Festival, 21-30 June

Celebrate Hebden Bridge’s quirky and distinctive arts scene at this unique festival, known for delivering big names in a local setting.


Tafwyl, 21- 23 June

A festival in Cardiff Castle that brings together a dazzling array of some of the biggest names in Welsh arts, culture & sport. This together with a wide variety of street food will make a perfect Welsh weekend.

Northern Ireland

Irish Game Fair, 29 – 30 June

Spend the weekend in the Shanes Castle to celebrate the 40th Anniversary All Ireland Game Fair. There will be sport competitions, three arenas with action-packed entertainment, and the ‘Fine Food & Craft’ festival. Scholars interested in times gone by should browse the ‘Living History’ festival, whilst those looking to bag a bargain should head to the shopping village.


Glasgow Jazz Festival, 19-23 June

Established in 1987, the Glasgow Jazz Festival has featured some of the biggest names in jazz from the very beginning. If you are a fan of jazz, then this is the event for you.

Scottish Traditional Boat Festival, 22- 23 June

Scottish Traditional Boat Festival brings together boats, music, crafts, food and drink to celebrate the region’s rich cultural heritage. You can see traditional craftsmen and women carve, weave, knit and sculpt wonderful creations, many of which you can take home as a reminder of the wonder of Portsoy and its authentic charm.