A Very British Summer (part 1)

Mimi ON May 28, 2010 AT 11:57 am

Wheee! - The Kurdish Garden

We’ve rounded up the best of British events to hit the UK this summer. However rather than emphasise the already buzzing musical festivals, we thought we’d try and give you some alternatives.

So if you’d rather mosey than mosh and prefer a nice glass of wine to a litre of White Ace cider, then read on…


Nottingham, June 4-10 

Kids from even 12 months upwards are catered for at this children’s theatre and dance festival. Now in its sixth year at the Lakeside arts centre, Wheee! brings over performers from Belgium, Spain, Italy and Scotland to charm the noisiest members of your household with all sorts of dance-theatre for them to participate in including a luminarium – an inflatable installation that “will immerse you in colour and light”!…a wishing tree, tea parties, comedy and something called Oogly Boogly!  Sounds like brilliant fun for all the family.

Free to £7; 0115 846 7777, lakesidearts.org.uk 

Taste of London

Regent’s Park, June 17-20 

A Taste of London

There’s a sizeable Malaysian presence this year at this well established London event. There’s also a champagne masterclass, wine tasting, demonstrations and appearances by Antony Worrall Thompson, Theo Randall,

Michel Roux Jr, Gary Rhodes, Tom Aikens and numerous others. More than 150 artisan producers and boutique culinary suppliers are setting up shop for tastings and demos, and a number of the poshest restaurants in the capital will be selling tasting plates.

From £22; 020 7244 3181 

The Great Yorkshire Show 

13-15 July

You can’t beat a good country show, and there’s something for everyone at this celebration of farming life. From cattle parades, sheep shearing, shire horses and marching bands to wacky dog races, it’s enough to make you want to leave the city behind.


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