Things to do this weekend: tea dances and a night at the Proms

by Melissa Brobby

Category: Things to do
June 19 2017

This weekend is filled with mythical legends, scary beasts and yummy food. Whether you fancy eating cakes with the crew of the Jolly Roger in Yorkshire or watching dragon boat racing in London, there’s plenty to choose from suggests Danielle Jones. 

1) Honour Armed Forces Day in Staffordshire

National Memorial Arboretum © Muffinn

Armed Forces Day will be celebrated across the country this weekend, and the proceedings at the National Memorial Arboretum are particularly poignant. Enjoy music from military bands, a WWI children’s assault course and aerial displays from the RAF.  Free entry, but donations are encouraged.  (24 June)

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2) Traipse the streets of St Albans

If you couldn’t get tickets to Glastonbury but yearn for a little bit of quirky entertainment, take a trip to the streets of St Albans for their annual Street and Folk Festival. Dotted around the roads you’ll find a range of acts from African drummers to barbershop quartets. It’s also completely free of charge. (24 – 25 June)

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3) Revel on the streets of Cornwall

Held every year since 1752, Mevagissey village celebrates its annual Feast Week. Bringing together music, dancing, food and fun to the streets of this fishing community, it encompasses a real feel of English summer celebrations. Try a spot of crabbing in the harbour, and top it off with by seeing the colourful carnival and firework display.  Free to attend.  (25 June – 1 July)

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4) Taste home-grown produce in Northallerton

HomeGrown Food Festival

A food festival with a difference this weekend as the HomeGrown Food Festival opens its doors. With cooking displays, the Grow Zone to pass on tips and tricks and a range of workshops for adults and children, you’ll be living the Good Life in no time at all.  Free entry (25 June)

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5) Walk the plank for a Pirate Afternoon Tea

When you think of a traditional English afternoon tea, you’re probably more accustomed to finger sandwiches than the Jolly Roger. However, this weekend at the Lowther Hotel (officially the oldest hotel in all of England), you can have a high tea suitable for the saltiest of sea dogs at their Pirate Afternoon Tea. Book it for just £10.95 per person.  (24 June)

Set sail for East Riding of Yorkshire

6) Race fire breathers in London

Dragon Boat

The Thames is transformed into a sea of dragons this weekend as the London Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival returns for another year. As well as being a fascinating insight into Chinese culture and history, you’ll be entertained with teams battling it out on the river. Free entry (25 June)

Heave ho for London

7) Keep your eyes peeled for Robin Hood in Nottingham

Nottingham Castle

The city of Nottingham will be abuzz this weekend with the Lord Mayor’s Parade. Heading towards Nottingham Castle, the new Lord Mayor and Sheriff of Nottingham will be sworn into office and then celebrated with a day of activities, stalls and displays. Keep your eyes peeled for Nottingham’s famous legend, complete with his bow and arrows. Free to attend (24 June)

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8) Enjoy all things tasty at Eastbourne Feastival

Eastbourne gets a worldly flavour this weekend as stalls and food from across the globe rock up for the Eastbourne Feastival. Whether you fancy sushi from Japan, Paella from Spain or Piri Piri from Portugal, you’ll have your appetite satisfied and your amusement piqued by the entertainers around the seaside town. Entrance is free. (24 - 25 June)

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9) Shake your crockery at the Dreamland Tea Dance

Summer Tea Dance

Get those sequins at the ready and try a spot of ballroom this weekend. Dreamland in Margate are throwing open their doors for a Summer Tea Dance, in their restored 1920s ballroom. Why not take part in the tuition and demonstrations on offer to really put that swing in your step.  Tickets are £14.95. (25 June)

Shimmy down to Kent

10) Enjoy a night at the Proms in Pontefract Castle

Pontefract Castle © Jonathan Brennnan

There is nothing quite like a night of music out in the open air. This weekend Pontefract Castle plays host to its very own Proms in the Castle. The West Yorkshire Symphony Orchestra are the perfect accompaniment for a home-packed picnic and a spot of fizz. The ideal setting for a summer’s eve.  Tickets are £6 (24 June)

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Melissa Brobby

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