Things to do this weekend: daring stunts and secret gardens

by Katie Rowe

Category: Weekend ideas
June 4 2015

Discover idyllic gardens tucked behind historical landmarks, catch a game of world-class tennis and catch up with a celebrity chef by the beach. Find more things to do this weekend at, where locals in the know are tweeting the best events, offers and new openings as we speak.

1. Eyes to the sky in Worcestershire

A wingwalker performs a stunt on top of an airboune plane See nail-biting stunts from The Breitling Wingwalkers at Throckmorton

Aero junkies, petrol heads and big and little kids alike will love Throckmorton Airshow near Pershore this Saturday. It’s the UK’s largest emergency services and military show and is packed with eye-popping events taking place high in the sky and down on the ground. This year’s event is set to be the biggest so far with an Avro Vulcan taking to the air for the first time in the event’s history. Also tearing up the sky will be a restored Bristol Blenheim – a light bomber aircraft used in WW2 – and the Breitling Wingwalkers whose daring stunts always make our knees turn to jelly. Back on terra firma, jump in a tank or clamber onto a monster truck and explore the site as the engine roars and the tires screech.

2. Discover Lavenham’s secret gardens

A couple sit in the back garden of a original Tudor house in Lavenham Discover the gardens tucked behind Lavenham's Tudor houses ©VisitBritain / Richard Surman

Stumble upon Lavenham’s secret gardens this Sunday at an annual event that opens the gates to the floral hideaways normally closed to the public. Guides can be purchased from the Tourist Information centre and are just £5 for adults while kids go free. There’ll be tea and cake available in some gardens and this year sees a gardeners market located in postcard-perfect Market Place. If all that doesn’t charm the socks off you, Lavenham’s wonderfully preserved Tudor cloth houses, including National Trust’s Guildhall and the 14th century Little Hall sure will.

3. Seafood and eat it in Swanage

Chef Ed Baines, who will be at the Swanage Fish Festival this weekend Pose your foodie questions to Ed Baines in Swanage

Feast on the freshly-caught lobster and seared Lyme Bay scallops at a brand new festival celebrating all things fishy. The Swanage Fish Festival takes place at Prince Albert Gardens overlooking Swanage’s bright blue bay from June 5 to 7 and will see local eateries put on specialty dishes, foraging master classes, cooking demos from the likes of local celebrity chef Ed Baines and fishing and crabbing competitions.


4. Witness world-class tennis in Nottingham

A female tennis player about to serve See top names in tennis warm up for Wimbledon

Aegon Open returns to Nottingham from June 6 to 14 and sees twice the world-class tennis than in previous years. Along with the ATP 250 men’s tournament, there’ll be a brand new women’s tournament from the WTA meaning double the action and double the drama at the Nottingham Tennis Centre. Don’t miss British Number one Heather Watson, who will be warming up for Wimbledon in the Women’s event between June 6 and 14.


5. Celebrate Thomas Hardy’s Birthday in Dorchester

Exterior of Max Gate in Dorset, the former home of novelist Thomas Hardy Celebrate Thomas Hardy's 175th Birthday at his former home

Go on a ‘Junetide Walk’ through the idyllic landscapes that influenced Thomas Hardy, attend a birthday lecture, or pull on your glad rags for Hardy’s birthday complete with music, poetry, a buffet meal and appearances from Furse Swann, Tim Laycock and Colin Thompson at his Max Gate – the novelist’s home. June 2 marked what would have been Hardy’s 175th birthday and Dorchester are pulling out all the stops over the weekend to celebrate this literary great who penned classics such as Far from the Madding Crowd and Tess of the d'Urbervilles.

Make the most of your weekend













Katie Rowe

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