Things to do this weekend: Soapbox races and a botanical garden party

by Katie Rowe

Category: Things to do
June 20 2016

From sipping gin and tonics in the Oxfordshire countryside to nail-biting motor racing at Goodwood, we have a round-up of the wondrous and whimsical for you to experience this June weekend.

Words: Danielle Jones.

1. Admire vintage racing cars at the Goodwood Festival of Speed (23rd - 26th June)

Goodwood Festival of Speed ©PSParrot

Whether you’re a speed freak or not, the famous hill climb and other iconic races will leave you aghast at the pace and beauty of the cars on show at the famous Festival of Speed near Chichester. Keep your eyes open for famous attendees such as Sir Stirling Moss, Jenson Button and Chris Evans.

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2. See jet pack racing at Airship Northstar Steampunk Festival (24th - 26th June)

This festival of Steampunk culture in Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland is certainly far from the ordinary. Steampunk is a genre that embraces Victorian steam-powered machinery and aesthetics with modern technology. With jetpack racing and tea dueling, plus musical acts and performances, this will be an experience you’re unlikely to forget.

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3. Sample G&Ts at the Oxford Botanic Garden (25th June)

Oxford Festival of Arts Oxford Festival of Arts

Checking out the Oxford Festival of Arts is bound to be thirsty work, so why not sign up for a spot of Gin Tasting at the Botanic Garden. For £20, guided by a Master Distiller, you will discover how they create the perfect gin and also have the opportunity to enjoy a summertime gin and tonic (or two) in the luscious gardens.

Discover what else is on in Oxford this weekend

4. Go for walkies around the Blackpool Championship Dog Show (24th - 26th June)

Couldn’t make Crufts? Then this annual dog show set in the seaside resort of Blackpool will have your tail wagging. For £10 a ticket you can see the competition, judging and check out all the canines, whether you prefer Poodle, Pomeranian or Pug.

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5. Grease your wheels at The Humber Bridge Soap Box Derby (25th June)

See competitors zoom to victory in the annual Soap Box Derby, the wacky race in Kingston-upon-Hull where engines are ditched in favour of pure ingenuity, mechanics and plenty of racing stripes and flames. With the backdrop of the impressive Humber Bridge, this free annual event will have you cheering at the top of your lungs.

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6. Be enchanted at the family-friendly Storytelling Festival, Edgbaston (25th June)

Lose yourself in fantastical world of stories at the beautiful Martineau Gardens. This family-friendly event, with tickets from £7 for adults and £2 for children, uses the idyllic surroundings to weave magical tales that will delight young and old alike.

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7.Get fired up at the Earth and Fire International Ceramics Fair (24th - 26th June)

Earth and Fire International Ceramics Fair at Rufford Abbey Earth and Fire International Ceramics Fair

Whether you are a complete throwing novice or know your Keeler from your Koch, the Earth and Fire International Ceramics Fair at Rufford Abbey in Nottinghamshire has a multitude of pottery on offer. With on-site demonstrations, opportunities to meet and speak to potters and stalls stacked full of pieces to buy, you can while away the weekend marveling at beautiful clay creations. 

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8. Embrace your national pride at The Armed Forces Weekend in Plymouth, Devon (25th - 26th June)

With events across the country to say thank you to the British armed forces this weekend, Plymouth’s showcase is a spectacle that shouldn’t be missed. The city’s rich naval heritage makes it one of the best places to see free jaw-dropping aerial displays, plus performances from the HM Royal Marines Band Plymouth and chart-topping Military Wives Choir.

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9. Seek out answers at The Mystery Of The Star Eaters challenge around Norwich (25th June)

Join a live action puzzle game in Norwich Join a live action puzzle game in Norwich

Fancy yourself as a “consulting detective” for the Norfolk Constabulary? This live action puzzle game will have you exercising your brain whilst exploring the streets and hidden gems of Norwich. Have you got what it takes to find the clues and solve the case?

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10. Party Filipino style at the Barrio Fiesta in Bristol (25th June)

Celebrating Philippines Independence Day, this party showcases all things Filipino. Watch the performers in their brightly-coloured national dress and sample the food stalls for a delicious and varied selection of delicacies. Literally translated as 'neighbourhood party', this free fiesta gives everybody the chance to experience the rich culture of the Philippines.

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