Summer Starts Here: 15 things to do and events in July
The equinox has been and gone, which means it’s officially summer. But before we dive head first into the school summer holidays, we’re still banking on some fantastic family fun to enjoy before the kids break up. Featuring everything from Wimbledon to Wonderland and pizza to pixie dust, here’s our guide to 15 things to do and events in July for the whole family.
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Birmingham Bears in Vitality Blast T20 at Edgbaston Stadium, BirminghamSelected dates in July and August
The Birmingham Bears are in town this summer for 7 very special matches, providing the perfect introduction to cricket for kids! Vitality Blast T20 is fast and furious with loads of action to keep the whole family entertained, and the best bit? Under 16s go FREE to every group game at Edgbaston this season!
Before every home game, head to the pre-match Kids Zone for inflatable fun, gladiator duels, face painting and loads of cricket-themed fun, then don your headgear and head to the family stands to cheer on the Bears in style. With roaring tunes, constant cheering and the chance to snap a selfie with the players after the final over has been played, kickstart your summer of sport in style with T20.
Birmingham Bears fixtures: Sunday 8th July 2.30pm | Friday 13th July 7.00pm | Sunday 15th July 1.00pm | Friday 20th July 7.00pm | Thursday 9th August 7.00pm | Wednesday 15th August 7.00pm | Friday 17th August 6.30pm
The Big Feastival at Alex James’ Farm, The CotswoldsBOOK NOW for 24th - 26th August
For the tastiest festival in town, don’t miss The Big Feastival from 24th - 26th August! Providing the ultimate combination of food & drink, music and family festival fun, choose from day tickets or a whole weekend pass including camping - limited tickets are available, so book now to make sure you don’t miss out!
Still need persuading? This year’s music lineup features Basement Jaxx, Craig David, Paloma Faith, James Arthur and more, whilst the kids will love the chance to see Justin Fletcher, Andy & The Odd Socks, Peppa Pig and Paddington. Plus, with the NEFF Little Kitchen for your budding chefs and a stellar line up of some of the biggest foodie faces, it’s no wonder it features on our list of the best family festivals to visit in 2018.
Roald Dahl’s Wonderous World at Rheged Centre, CumbriaUntil 2nd September 2018
Step inside the bizarrely brilliant world of Roald Dahl, with the brand new exhibition at Rheged Centre. Journey into James’ Giant Peach, creep past a sleeping giant, visit Mr & Mrs Twit’s house and create your own virtual confectionery inspired by Willy Wonka himself! Plus, with a stellar line up of some of the classic films being shown too, book a joint film & exhibition ticket now for a truly wonderous day out.
Wimbledon, London2nd - 15th July
It truly is a summer of sport this year, with Wimbledon joining the fold as round one gets underway on 2nd July. With tennis fever set to spread, plan your visit to the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum to find out all about the history of the game and one of the most famous tournaments. Join John McEnroe in a recreation of the 1980s dressing room, experience what it's like to play on Centre Court in an amazing 200 degree 3D cinema, featuring a cool film on the The Science of Tennis, or join a tour to step foot on the actual Centre Court. Tours are not available during the tournament, and there may be some other closures, so always check before you arrive!
Alice’s Day, Oxford7th July
Join The Story Museum for its annual festival celebrating all things Wonderland, as Alice’s Day returns to Oxford! With events taking place at both the museum and around the city, join in with everything from Lobster Quadrille dance and Comic Jam, to themed adventure trails. This year’s event also marks the closure of the Story Museum exhibitions for redevelopment, so you won’t want to miss the last hurrah - make sure you check the website before your visit to find out more about the redevelopment.
GamesMania Festival, GlasgowUntil 16th July
Glasgow Science Centre is the ultimate destination for gaming fans this month, thanks to GamesMania Festival! Home to cult classics and future favourites, kids will love playing everything from Mario to Minecraft, whilst grown-ups will love the chance to take a walk down memory lane and see if their gaming skills are still up to scratch! With rare controllers, machines and even things like floppy disks (prepare for kids to be amazed they existed in your childhood!), it’s a fascinating family day out. Plus, the special autism-friendly sessions get a BIG thumbs up from us.
10 years of Thomas Land at Drayton Manor, StaffordshireIt’s hard to believe that it’s been a whole decade since Thomas Land opened at Drayton Manor, but that’s exactly what’s being celebrated in 2018! Now with more than 25 rides and attractions based on everyone’s favourite little blue engine, kids will love the chance to experience the Island of Sodor - and they may even spot The Fat Controller too! We’ll be showing you a sneak peek of the magic of Thomas Land on 8th July, keep an eye on our Instagram story for more!
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Festa Italiana, Manchester13th - 15th July
Escape to the heart of Italy this summer, right in the heart of Manchester! Cathedral Gardens will be turned into a Little Italy once again, bursting with food, drink and FREE family fun celebrating all things Italian. This year the programme includes a dedicated children’s festival, Bambini Cucina, and if the sun is shining, don’t miss authentic Italian gelato - yum. Who can forget one of the highlights from last year’s event… a record-breaking 50-metre long pizza. We’ll see you there!
Welly Walk at Bolton Abbey, North YorkshireUntil 4th November
We’ll level with you, you probably won’t need wellies if the recent sunny spells continue, but nevertheless, you can’t beat a family walk at this time of year! The welly walk woodland adventure trail at Bolton Abbey leads you through stepping stones, tunnels, scramble nets and even a maze, making this much more fun than your average walk in the park. The challenging adventure is FREE for the the whole family, and can be made as easy or hard as you like, so put your skills to the test and see who will come out on top.
We’re Going On A Minibeast Hunt at Africa Alive, Suffolk21st - 22nd July
Africa Alive is the ultimate African adventure, celebrating all creatures big and small, from mighty lions to minibeasts! The latter is what’s on the agenda for a day out this month, with a fun weekend dedicated to beautiful butterflies, dazzling dragonflies and marvellous minibeasts! Find out more about your favourites, all before exploring even more throughout the rest of the park.
London National Park City Week, London21st - 29th July
Explore London's amazing outdoors and help make the city greener this summer, thanks to London’s first ever National Park City Week! With more than 270 events and activities taking place throughout the capital’s green spaces, there’s everything from urban wildlife encounters and bike rides, to family activities in parks across the city. It’s all part of the Mayor’s plans to make London a National Park City in 2019 - visit the website now to find out about what’s on near you!
Bee in the City, Manchester23rd July - 23rd September
There’s a real buzz in the city this summer, thanks to public art event, Bee in the City! Landing on 23rd July, Manchester will be taken over by a swarm of over 100 intricate bee sculptures, all individually designed by different artists and celebrating Manc’s unique buzz. Sponsored by local business and school and community groups, it creates a fantastic free, family-friendly trail across the city centre you can visit at any time!
Go Go Hares, NorwichUntil 8th September
Whilst Manchester has bees, head to Norwich for a live trail of hares and leverets (that’s a baby hare!) all in aid of children’s charity, Break, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. With designs including Captain Jack Rabbit, Hare LeQuin, Haremione and Narni-Hare, one called Betsy has even been sponsored by local attraction, Wroxham Barns. Download the map and set off in search of some fantastic hares!
Peter Pan Trail at Croft Castle & Parkland, Herefordshire21st July - 2nd September
All you need is faith, trust and a little pixie dust to enjoy a great family day out at Croft Castle & Parkland this summer, thanks to the exciting Peter Pan Trail. Costing just £2.50, the trail takes you through Neverland, discovering The Lost Boys, mischievous fairies, magical mermaids and more as it brings to life the famous tale of Peter and Wendy. Plus, there’s a prize at the end of the trail too, all adding up to a magical day out!
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