From a quirky countryside get away in the Peak District, to a gin-soaked party in Tyneside, we have some great weekend ideas for you.
Sun, seafood and a good splodge of summer fun; that’s the itinerary for this weekend’s Rock Oyster Festival. Tucked away in rural Cornwall this boutique festival is a foodie’s dream. You can also catch live bands as well as take part in a didgeridoo workshop, join a yoga class and shop for local goodies.
Top tip: You can’t leave the Rock Oyster Festival without sampling some of the amazing local fare. Check out the Rock Shellfish tent where they’ll be serving fresh Porthilly Oysters all weekend.
Dates: 7 – 8 July
Cost: £38 for an adult ticket
Get there: 5hrs6 from London Paddington, 3hr1 from Exeter or 1hr46 from Plymouth.
With elegant Georgian buildings and heaps of hip boutiques and bars, Clifton Village is one of the dreamiest areas in Bristol. And what better time to visit than during, Clifton Fest which showcases the area’s creative side and real sense of community.
Expect one big street party filled live music, street art, magicians and entertainers. Then, as night falls, head to one of the many bars and restaurants in the area for cocktails and more live music, such as HMSS Bristol.
Top tip: Set yourself up for a busy day with brunch at The Souk Kitchen. Serving up breakfast with an Arabian twist. Their Shakshouka is a must have.
Dates: 7 – 9 July
Get there: 2h15 from London Paddington, 51mins from Cardiff
Whether you’re a petrol head, or just appreciate a beautiful piece of engineering, a visit to one of the stateliest homes in England this weekend will get your pistons racing.
Feel like you’ve landed in the middle of the 1950s as you’re surrounded by the shining chrome of Mustangs, Cadillacs and more at this year’s Rally of the Giants.
Top tip: Before hopping on the S3 bus from Oxford to Blenheim, make a quick diversion to George & Davis for a dulce de leche ice-cream.
Date: 9 July
Cost: £24.90 for park and gardens ticket
Get there: Oxford, Oxford Parkway and Long Hanborough – 1hr from London from Paddington or Marylebone
Buxton is putting on its fancy pants this weekend.
The spa town’s annual Fringe Festival, an eclectic mix of comedy, music and cabaret events all hosted in intimate local venues is a less crowded, warm up for the Edinburgh. Whilst you there be sure to check out the amazingly delicate crafts that festoon the various watering holes around the town too during Buxton’s Well Dressing Festival. Other not to miss the Night Food and Drink Festival at the Pavilion Gardens on Friday and the annual rubber duck race on the River Wye on Saturday.
Top tip: For craft beer and tasty food in this gorgeous Peak District setting, head to the Buxton Tap House. They even sell Pale Ale topped with ice-cream.
Dates: 2 - 10 July
Cost: Well Dressing Festival: free, varied
Get there: 1hr from Manchester, 1hr55 from Leeds, 1hr56 from Liverpool and 2h48 from London Euston.
When looking for a refreshing bevvy in summer, gin is definitely IN. And, where better for gin fans to spend a weekend than at Newcastle’s Palace of the Arts, trying some of 150-plus varieties from over a dozen gin distillers. For those not already converted, there’s will be a street food village, plenty of craft beer and awesome tunes.
Top tip: Check out Fenwicks of Newcastle for a spot of luxury shopping, you’ll be able to find the perfect souvenir (including gin!)
Date: 7-8 July
Cost: £10 a ticket
Get there: Closest Metro station is Jesmond – 3hr from Kings Cross, 1hr27 from Edinburgh or 58mins from York.
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