Things to do this weekend: Barefoot parties and seaside celebrations

by Melissa Brobby

Category: Things to do
May 26 2017

With music, festivities and a whole host of activities from Cornwall to Cumbria, it’ll be easy to make the most of your June weekend suggests Danielle Jones. 

1) Volunteer for the National Trust


Many of England’s amazing estates and buildings are owned by The National Trust, who work tirelessly to preserve and maintain these snapshots of our history, whilst also sharing them with the public. At their Volunteers Week you can muck in and get involved with events happening across the country. Free to take part (1-7 June)

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2) Cast on for Leeds Wool Festival

As well as honouring Leeds’s industrial past, this weekend you can knit, crochet and spin to your heart’s content at Leeds’s Wool Festival. Here you can learn different crafts, hone your skills and enjoy a spot of afternoon tea and cake courtesy of the Women’s Institute, or even watch a film at the 1930s pop up cinema.  Early bird tickets are £3 (3 June)

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3) Dance in the sand in Devon

Croyde Beach

Escape the hustle and bustle of the week with a chilled-out party on the idyllic Devon coast. Back for its second year, the popular Barefoot Ball brings a Bohemian vibe with Chilled Ibiza sessions and pop-up bars serving champagne to cocktails, plus amazing food and the chance to dance barefoot and carefree. Tickets are £39.50. (3 June)

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4) Take a walk around Kendal

Kendal Walking Festival

This weekend, situated in the stunningly beautiful Cumbrian countryside, is the Kendal Walking Festival. Whether you are a regular rambler or total novice you can choose from a selection of carefully planned walks and treks to make the most of the scenery. There are small charges for each walk, with proceeds benefitting local causes. (2-4 June)

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5) Don your shades for Field Day in London

Head to Victoria Park this Saturday for one of the coolest one day festivals England has on offer, Field Day. Forget Coachella and say goodbye to Glastonbury as you rock out to the sounds of Apex Twin, Flying Lotus and Lady Leshurr, plus a whole host of acts in trendy East London.  Tickets are £64.50 (3 June)

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6) Indulge your fandom in Birmingham

The West Midlands will be abuzz with enthusiasts from all walks this weekend, as Collectermania opens its doors.  Guests include legends like David Prowse, Sylvester McCoy, Carl Froch, Pelé and even Game of Thrones’ Hodor. Whatever you’re into, there’s an idol to meet and an activity to suit. Day tickets are £10. (3-4 June)

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7) Splash around for Looe Festival of the Sea

Looe, Cornwall © Robert Pitman

This historic fishing town is the epicentre of all things aquatic this weekend as the Looe Festival of the Sea returns. Bringing together a day of marine themed activities, such as crabbing, rafting and seal spotting, with an important message of conserving our seas and their wildlife, it’s suitable for all ages. Entrance is free. (4 June)

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8) Grip the edge of your seat in Huddersfield

For a truly amazing show this weekend head to Super Sunday. Based around a derelict funfair, be prepared to be astounded by the acrobatics and spectacles performed by the Finnish circus troupe. Expect stomach-churning heights, big drops and a whole lot of entertainment for your £19 ticket. (1-3 June)

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9) Get groovy in South Shields

Amphitheatre south shields © Philip Bryden

As part of the three month long South Tyneside festival, enjoy some amazing tunes at a fantastic seaside venue. Every Thursday and Saturday evening in June, the Amphitheatre in South Shields will be hosting different bands, completely free of charge. This Saturday check out The Boneshakers and Oil City Shakers.  (1 – 24 June)

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10) Ready, steady, snap at the Bristol Photomarathon

Avon Gorge

Professional photographer or occasional snapper; the Bristol Photomarathon will appeal to culture vultures and shutterbugs alike. Armed with a disposable camera it’s up to you to capture all the subjects before the time runs out whilst exploring Bristol. The best images will then make up a fantastic photographic exhibition. Entrance is £15 per person. (3 June)

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Melissa Brobby

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