Things to do: French vivre and musical islands

by Melissa Brobby

Category: Things to do
June 5 2017

With better weather comes a whole scope of exciting outdoor activities, from sculpture walks in Yorkshire to farm open days in Hampshire. Plus, there’s a full calendar of music festivals to choose from suggests Danielle Jones. 

1) Sip vino at Le Weekend in Kent

Things to do in Kent Le Weekend © Funky Dooby

The soul of our French neighbours descends on Kent this weekend as the town of Sandwich celebrates Le Weekend. With a Gallic food fayre, Can Can street dancing and its own mini Tour De Sandwich, you can enjoy a slice of French life in a beautiful historic town. Entrance is free of charge. (10 – 11 June)

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2) Feel the love at the Isle of Wight Festival

Isle of Wight Festival

England’s music festivals are renowned for their brilliant bands, amazing vibes and fun times, however not many come close to the wonder that is the Isle of Wight festival. Jump on the hovercraft over the Solent to watch iconic acts like Rod Stewart, Arcade Fire and more. Day tickets start from £60 (8 – 11 June)

Things to do on the Isle of Wight

3) All aboard for Tractor Fest, Ripon

Newby Hall, Ripon

If you love beautiful engineering then head to historic Newby Hall in Ripon and straight to Tractor Fest. Explore the gorgeous grounds dotted with vintage machines and feel like you’ve stepped back to Yorkshire of old. There’s also a brilliant adventure playground and refreshments to make it a great day out. Tickets are £11.50 (10 – 11 June)


4) Strike up the Oompa band in Newcastle


Why wait till the latter end of the year to celebrate the delights of German beer, as Newcastle’s Times Square transforms into a mini Bavaria for Newcastle Bierfest. Expect giant steins, men in lederhosen, women in dirndl and a jovial vibe to while away the weekend.  Prost! Tickets start at £5 (8 – 11 June)

Explore Newcastle

5) Visit an English fair in Cambridgeshire

Head to East Anglia this weekend for a truly traditional fair in the heart of a historic city. The Town & Country fair includes delights such as falconry displays, a dog show, a chance to bottle feed lambs and even the opportunity to be a blacksmith. Entrance is free of charge. (10 -11 June)

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6) Pull your shorts on for a Beach Festival in Bridlington

Tidal Waves Beach Festival, Bridlington

Tidal Waves Beach Festival transforms Bridlington’s Cliff Beach into the stage for a perfect weekend, so kick off your trainers and get sand between your toes whilst you rock out to the likes of Pigeon Detectives, Toploader and Hoosiers amongst other acts. Day tickets start at £16 each (9 – 10)

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7) Take inspiration in North Yorkshire

Sculpture Trail, Rievaulx Terrace © Allan Harris

For a spot of calm this weekend, point yourself towards Rievaulx Terrace in North Yorkshire. Don’t let the ramshackle appearance of the Abbey throw you though, as the woodland around this National Trust site is dotted with beautiful metal sculptures depicting wildlife. Enjoy this, along with stunning views, for a chilled-out break. Entrance is £5.95 (18 May – 18 June)

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8) Be an animal in East Sussex

Wildlife Festival in Brighton © El Seven

Get ready to party with the likes of Fatboy Slim, Dizzee Rascal and Stormzy as Wildlife takes over Brighton City Airport for two days. With a line-up that reads like the “Who’s who” of modern music, you’ll be jumping up and down for joy on the south coast. Day tickets start from £64.90 (9-10 June)

Visiting Brighton?

9) Get back to the source at Leckford Estate’s

A visit to the Leckford Estate’s open day will reveal the journey from field to plate. You’ll be able to see how the Waitrose farm is run, and discover everything from egg laying, honey making and flour production, giving you food for thought on your weekly shop. Plus, there are plenty of animals, like the dairy cows, to meet along the way. Entrance is free (11 June).

Investigate the Hampshire countryside

10) Do a barrel roll at the RAF Cosford Air Show

Red Arrows at Cosford Airshow © Tony Hisgett

Escape to the skies this weekend with aeronautical displays from the great and good of aviation at the Cosford Airshow. Look upwards for the stylings of the Red Arrows, Lancasters, wing walkers and more, and on the ground you have the chance to explore the RAF base and even visit the vintage tea room. Tickets are £25 (11 June)

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