Try your hand at country music in Tyneside, sample oysters at the beach on the Kent coast or head to the farm with your kids for music and fun aplenty suggests Danielle Jones.
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Ever considered yourself a dab hand at solving a mystery? Do you pour over the pages of detective novels? Then the Harrogate International Crime Festival may be the case for you. The programme of events includes talks from prolific writers of the genre plus the prestigious Crime Novel of the Year. Grab your deerstalker and get sleuthing. (21st- 24th July)
Country music is king on the banks of the River Tyne this weekend. Embrace the call of Nashville with music from Imelda May, Striking Matches and many more. Make sure to check out the bluegrass rework of Tommy – The Who’s infamous rock opera, whilst you explore a vast program of events, many of which are free. (22nd-24th July)
Eye-popping urban art is the centerpiece of Bristol’s free Upfest. With a mile-long stretch of North Street becoming the canvas, you can marvel at the detail and technique of artists such as Gemma Compton, Elaine Carr and Irony. There’s even an opportunity for the kids to get creative with a Graffiti Academy and face painting. (23rd-25th July)
This family-friendly music, art and science festival has a movie theme this year, covering every aspect of music, TV, comedy and film. Let the kids go mad with clay at the Aardman workshop, have a go at That Game On Broomsticks® from a certain wizard-related series and enjoy live music from the likes of Beth Orton and Richard Hawley. Tickets for the weekend start at £145 for adults. (22nd -24th July)
The humble oyster is a mollusk that has many claims to fame. But did you know it’s even got its own festival? Featuring a headline set from Norman Jay, you can also play a very muddy game of tug-of-war, watch a seafood-themed parade plus sample the local catch of the festival namesake. Tickets are available for the events on the festival website. (21st-31st July)
Liverpool is a city synonymous with music; it’s the birthplace of many a notable musician. is a jam-packed culmination of established – The Buzzcocks, Lianne La Havas, Maverick Sabre – and emerging artists such as Kwabs and Frances. Rock out to the beat while discovering the next big thing at one of many free shows. (21st-24th July)
With the backdrop of the Solent, Ben Ainsley’s bid to bring the to the UK, has found the perfect home. Watch in amazement as the catamarans zoom round the aquatic circuit to be crowned top team and enjoy the spectacle of the Red Arrows performing above. With plenty food and drink a skatepark show, a local traders market and entertainment for the children, at £25 a ticket, this event has something for everyone. (21st-24th July)
Take the kids to the farm for a festival they will never forget. For the little ones there is Mr Bloom, Peppa Pig, a petting zoo and a host of other activities to keep them busy. For the grownups there’s performances from Reef, Newton Faulkner and more. You can even learn how to make your own farm fresh sausages on-site. Tickets start from £25 per day. (23rd-24th July)
If you’re an avid gardener, or even just a floral enthusiast, this weekend sees the RHS Flower Show come to Cheshire. Take a walk around to enjoy the splendour and scents of the exhibits and get tips from experts like Monty Don. For those lacking green fingers, there is also a funfair to keep everybody entertained. Tickets start from £26 per day. (20th-24th July)
If modern music just isn’t your thing and you’d rather kick back to the sounds of Chet and Miles, then check out the Manchester Jazz Festival. With performances across the week, some of which are free of charge, you can tap your feet and feel groovy to a host of talented acts you’ve yet to uncover. (22nd-31st July)
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