Things to do this weekend: Umbrella jousting and purple fields

by Melissa Brobby

Category: Weekend ideas
July 13 2017

From splashy fun on the Sussex coast, to a BBQ extravaganza up Lancashire way, here are our top weekend tips for you suggests Danielle Jones. 

1) Twiddle your tash in London

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I say old chum, why not try your hand to some rather civilised activities this weekend by taking part in the Chap Olympiad? Set in London’s Bloomsbury, this celebration of all things “proper” also comes complete with its own eccentric garden party.

From umbrella jousting to retaining the perfect trouser crease, you can cheer along (with decorum of course!) whilst sipping some delicious refreshments courtesy of Bourne & Hollingsworth. So, dust off your cravat and shake off your sun parasol, as you sip a G&T and enjoy a truly English competition this weekend. 

Top tip:  For the dandiest threads and most respectable of attire head, to The Vintage Showroom in nearby Covent Garden. Here you’ll find a wealth of appropriate garb to purchase. 


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Dates: 15 July
Cost: £25 for a ticket
Get there: 1h48 from Birmingham, 2h03 from Cardiff and 1hr55 from Norwich. Closest tube station is Goodge Street.

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2) Surf up in East Sussex

With sick waves and banging beats, this weekend you’ll be forgiven for thinking Eastbourne is the extreme sports capital of the world as Beach Life Festival returns to its shores.

Here you can try your hand at paddle boarding and Jet Surfing out on the waves, or watch vicious Roller Derby in the great outdoors. Alternatively, you could check out some of the great cover bands, or explore the town for a chance to snap some of the awesome mopeds and VW campers parked up. No filters required. 

Top tip: Eastbourne has a wealth of quirky vintage finds on its doorstep. Check out the charmingly named Spanky and Jones for upcycled crockery made into gorgeous jewellery. The perfect souvenir from your weekend away. 


Dates: 15 - 16 July
Cost: Free
Get there: Closest station is Eastbourne. 1hr29 from London Victoria or 3h36 from Oxford.

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3) Push hard in Cornwall

Enter deepest Cornwall as it transforms into the centre of international beats and music at the Tropical Pressure festival this weekend.

Each night find yourself transported, through music, to the humidity of Latin America, the great expanses of Africa or the balmy shores of the Caribbean.

And music isn’t the only thing on the agenda, with a rammed programme of workshops and events, find yourself learning circus skills one minute before popping off to try your hand at wild cooking. 

Top tip: If you fancy cooling off from all the tropical heat, head to Porthtowan Beach, just over a mile away. Here you can embrace the gorgeous views and take in one of the best surfing spots in Britain.   


Dates: 14 – 16 July
Cost: Weekend ticket £100/ Day tickets from £35
Get there: Closest station is Truro - 4h33 from London Paddington, 4h48 from Southampton

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4) Chow down in Bury

Summer in England means barbeques and this weekend in Bury is BBQ central as the great and the good of the grilling world are descending to rub hickory smoke into all our senses at The Big Grill UK.

On top of your more classic dishes on offer, you can also find some more unusual fare such as Vimto Glazed Ribs and the famous “Manchester Egg” (A Scotch egg containing a pickled egg). Whilst you’re chomping you can also check out some great bands and brilliant beer too.  

Top tip: For a little something to stave off the meat sweats, head to Bury’s best kept sweet secret, Slattery. This award-winning chocolatier and patissier will have you drooling.


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Date: 15 - 16 July
Cost: £12 for a day ticket
Get there: Closest station is Bury Metrolink. 2hrs57 from London Euston, 32mins from Manchester Piccadilly, 1hr10 from Liverpool Lime Street.

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5) See a sea of purple in West Sussex

If you’ve ever yearned for that perfect beauty spot to snap a picture,or you dream of losing yourself in a beautiful country escape, this is the week all your dreams come true.

Down in Funtington, Lordington Lavender is hosting its annual open week, allowing you access to one of the most breath-taking views of the South Downs. You can also purchase candles, chocolate and other gifts containing the lavender from their shop. 

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Top tip: Jump off the 54 Stagecoach from Funtington and head into the city of Chichester for a cheeky tipple and a yummy lunch or dinner at The Belle Isle.

Date: 10 - 16 July

Cost: £6 a ticket 

Get there: Closest station is Chichester. 1hr29 from London Victoria or 47mins from Brighton. 

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Melissa Brobby

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