We think we can smell summer, this means we are in the month of June. As we begin to embrace the summery month of June, it’s a chance to indulge in some ice cream, prepare picnics and delve into some of our suggested events.

The Queen’s Birthday Parade, Trooping the Colour

11 June, London

Although the Queen’s real birthday is on the 21 April, it has been a tradition since 1748 to celebrate the king or queen’s birthday in June. A military parade known as Trooping the Colour will be held in London on the 11 June and attended by the Royal Family.

Weston Air Festival and Armed Forces weekend

18 – 19 June, Weston-super-Mare, North Somerset

Enjoy spectacular displays at Weston’s famous air show in June as you marvel at parachute drops, wing walkers and iconic vintage planes. Weston Bay makes a stunning backdrop for this popular two-day festival featuring some of the top ranking air display teams and celebrating armed forces day with arena performances, military bands and fun fair rides.

Alban Weekend

18 – 19 June, St Albans, Hertfordshire

Each summer, the ancient market city of St Albans, steeped in 2,000 years of history, retells the story of Britain’s first saint, Alban, with a re-enactment of his last few hours.
The city comes alive with a carnival spirit over Alban Weekend, with enormous carnival puppets, Roman chariots, children dressed as centurions, lions, roses and executioners all parading through the streets of the city, finishing outside the 11th-century cathedral where the puppet of Alban is executed and the eyes of the executioner pop out in front of thousands of people.

Festival of the Sea

18 June – 3 July, Isle of Wight

For nine days, you’ll be spoiled for choice as the island serves up a wide range of sea-related activities. These include beach art displays, fishing, cookery displays and food-tasting, and cycle rides finishing with fish and chips on the beach.

AEGON International Tennis Championships

18 – 25 June, Eastbourne

Enjoy world-class tennis and strawberries and cream in a stunning parkland setting, just minutes away from Eastbourne beach. Seven major tournaments are hosted each year at the home of International Lawn Tennis Centresports.