Things to do this weekend: magical festivals and
wildlife sleepovers

by Louie.kenyoncrockett

Category: Things to do
July 25 2016

From pulling on your space suite for a family-friendly festival in Dorset, to following Jemima Puddleduck and friends around the Lake District, try something magical this weekend suggests Danielle Jones.

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1) Relive Beatrix Potter’s childhood tales, Cumbria

Hill Top, Beatrix Potter's Home Hill Top, Beatrix Potter's Home © Charlie Wearden

If you feel a sense of foreboding at the mention of Mr McGregor’s garden, then chances are you’ll be familiar with the tales of Beatrix Potter. To celebrate what would have been her 150th birthday, The National Trust is throwing a birthday picnic, complete with birthday cake and family-friendly activities, at her beloved Hill Top home. This is just one of a series of events celebrating the English author in the Lake District this year. (28th July)

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2) Be all ears at Sidmouth Folk Week, Devon

Sidmouth Folk Week © Alan Cole

With hundreds of acts, intimate concerts and a full children’s festival, Sidmouth Folk Week is jam-packed with over 700 diverse events. In addition to the live music, there are workshops with everything from introducing kids to Morris Dancing, learning instruments like the melodeon, and Gregorian chanting. All events are individually ticketed and available from the website. (29th July - 5th August)

Discover what’s on this weekend in Devon

3) Stay up late at the Big Wild Sleepout, Countrywide

Monarch butterfly, Yorkshire's Nature Triangle Monarch butterfly, Yorkshire's Nature Triangle

The RSPB’s Big Wild Sleepout gives you the rare opportunity to camp out at one of the many nature reserves and find out more about England’s rich wildlife. With nature crafting, pond dipping, and evening walks around the reserves, you’re bound to learn plenty of amazing things about the great outdoors. Events are ticketed at £30 for adults, £15 for children. See the RSPB website for your local event. (29th-31st July)

Find out more about England’s wildlife reserves

4) Pull up a deckchair for Scarborough Seafest, Yorkshire

Scarborough Sea Fest Scarborough Sea Fest © VisitEngland

Enjoy the Scarborough sea air whilst taking in live cooking demonstrations, musical acts, and browsing arts and crafts stalls. In addition to the free festival you can also take a tour of the wharf on the Royal Navy’s HMS Explorer. There are lots of things for children too, including face painting and a kid’s show. (29th-31st July)

See what else is on in Yorkshire this weekend

5) Experience the eccentricity of Port Eliot Festival, Cornwall

Port Eliot Festival, Michael Bowles Port Eliot Festival © Michael Bowles

Discover a festival with a difference set in the grounds of an ancient homestead. Go for a dip in the estuary or sip fragranced tea at the Chinese tea house before watching comedians such as Noel Fielding and Dawn French; catching performances from Beth Orton and Andrew Weatherhall or joining insightful talks on science, history and many other topics. This is a truly escapist event for summer, with tickets starting at £60. (28th-31st July)

See what’s on this weekend in Cornwall

6) Go full throttle at the Monster Speedway FIM Speedway World Cup, Manchester

Monster FIM Speedway World Cup Monster FIM Speedway World Cup © Jarek Pabijan

If you love the sound of roaring motorbikes and the smell of burning rubber, then head to the  Monster Speedway FIM World Cup. The heats have been spread across the globe, with the winners making their way to Manchester for the grand finale. Watch the riders battle it out to win the title with tickets starting at £22.50. (29th-30th July)

Find things to do this weekend in Manchester

7) Fly high at the St Anne’s Kite Festival, Lancashire

St Anne's Kite Festival St Anne's Kite Festival © St Anne's

Look up to the skies to see a carnival of colour and canvas. With kites of all shapes and sizes, including the world’s largest teddy bear kite called Oscar and a 30-metre long inflatable octopus; you’ll never see another sight like it. For the kids, and their cuddly friends, there’s a teddy bear parachute drop as well as face painting, stalls and more at this free of charge event. (30th-31st July)

See what else is happening this weekend in Blackpool

8) Jump on a rocket over to Camp Bestival, Dorset

Fireworks at Camp Bestival Fireworks at Camp Bestival © VisitBritain

The family-friendly sister of Bestival, Camp Bestival is set to be another corker this year. Whether you want to dance to the headline acts like Norman Jay and Tears for Fears, or meet your childhood heroes with performances from The Clangers and Dick & Dom; take the kids, grab some alien costumes, and have a blast with plenty of space-themed shenanigans. (28th-31st July)

Interested in other events in Dorset?


9) Stifle a giggle at Laugh In The Park Norwich

Laugh in the Park, Norwich Laugh in the Park, Norwich © Laugh in the Park

Fancy a weekend spent laughing at the greats of comedy? Then Laugh In The Park is just the ticket. Situated at the Red Card Comedy Club in Norwich, the line up includes the likes of Rich Wilson, Stephen K Amos and Diane Spencer, plus a range of acts that will have your sides splitting with mirth. Tickets start from £22. (28th -31st July)

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10) Wave your magic wand at the Studfold Fairy & Pixie Adventure, North Yorkshire

Sprinkle some fairy dust and head to Harrogate to encounter creatures of magic and legend. See if you can find them as you follow the Adventure Trail, uncovering secret boxes and swapping fairy treasure. You can even find fairy doors dotted around and create your very own fairy or pixie badge. Entry is £6 for adults, £5 for children andunder 3s for free. (23rd July-4th September)

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