What’s On In… July

Looking for an event to feature? Here’s our pick of the best events coming-up in June. As ever, please check individual websites for the latest details.



Hull Street Food Nights 2023
Zebedee’s Yard
27 July 2023
Free to attend
A wide range of hot food and drink taking inspiration from all over the world, in an open-air setting. Head to Zebedee’s Yard, city centre after work and enjoy a drink and something to eat with family and friends in a welcoming and relaxed atmosphere.

Medieval Mayhem
Museums Quarter, High Street
29 July and 30 July
Free to attend
A weekend of medieval merriment and mayhem, as the Museums Quarter is transformed into a medieval encampment. Come face-to-face with knights in armour, a unit of archers, medieval residents, craftspeople and musicians.

Pride in Hull
Hull City Centre
29 July 2023
Free to attend
One of Yorkshire’s largest annual free Pride events, this year will see the event spread across the city with the main stage at Zebedees Yard, Street Food along Princes Dock Street and a Family Area on Queen Victoria Square. Once again featuring glitz, glamour and a sea of rainbows through the streets of Hull.

Back to Life Festival
Hull Minster
29 July 2023
Free to attend
Travel back in time as actors bring the people from the Minster’s historic monuments to life, telling their stories throughout the day through poetry, plays, stories and song. As well as the chance to see some graveyard archaeology visitors can try their hand at free crafts to take home, including sewing, stained glass window designing and pottery.

Comic Con 2023
Princess Quay Shopping Centre, Princess Dock Street, Hull
15 July 2023
Admission: £9 per person
Now in its eighth year, Hull’s biggest, brightest, family fun comic con is back in a new home Princes Quay Shopping Centre. Expect workshops, props, celebrity guests, comic artists, traders, games, VR and Cos Play.



The Humber Bridge Soapbox Derby
North Bank Viewing Area
1 July 2023
Free to spectate
Back after a four-year break, the popular Humber Bridge Soapbox Derby, a family friendly event involving homemade soapbox cart racing, returns on 1 July. Held against the dramatic backdrop of Hull’s Humber Bridge – one of the world’s longest single span suspension bridges and still the longest that can be walked or cycled over – the high-speed challenge sees teams designing and building their own soapbox carts to race each other on the day.

Bridlington Pride
Bridlington Spa
1 July 2023
Free admission
Bridlington Pride is back again for 2023 with a full day of spectacular acts, family fun and entertainment. This year’s Pride will kick off with a Parade starting at 11am on South Side leading to the main event at Bridlington Spa from 12pm to 7pm, while there will also be a food court area and outdoor entertainment.

RSPB Puffin and Gannet Cruises
Bridlington Harbour – Yorkshire Belle
Various dates in July
Tickets: £22.50 – £55.50
The towering cliffs at Bempton come alive each year with almost half a million seabirds including the iconic puffin and the UK’s largest seabird the gannet. Sailing from Bridlington Harbour with the RSPB aboard the famous MV Yorkshire Belle is a chance to get nose-to-beak with the stars of the show on an incredible wildlife adventure. On a three-hour journey of discovery passengers will sail to Bempton’s 400-foot chalk cliffs as clouds of seabirds swoop, soar and circle above and around the boat with RSPB volunteers on hand.

Jazz and Blues Festival
Burton Agnes Hall & Gardens
7 – 9 July 2023
Various ticket prices – see website for details
Set in the grounds of one of England’s finest homes, a host of bands provide a weekend of music from a main stage on a manicured lawn, with jazz and blues music for all tastes. One of the UK’s hottest jazz and blues festivals, now in its 16th year, there will also be a range of food on the food lawn and award-winning Wold Top beers, which is brewed just a few miles away.

Bridlington Sailing Coble Festival
Bridlington Harbour
29 – 30 July 2023
Free entry
Showcasing 19 historic and heritage sailing craft, this annual event is becoming a major maritime attraction, creating a colourful scene in the bustling harbour of Bridlington, billed as Britain’s sailing coble capital. In what is one of the largest gatherings of sailing cobles, a type of open traditional fishing boat once a common sight on the north east coast of England, this year’s festival is set to offer even more. Extra shoreside activities for visitors are planned, including musical entertainment with local folk and sea songs performed and fiddle tunes with traditional shanties and clog dancing, while stalls will be set up alongside the harbour.



Ulti-mutt Dog Fun Day
Lincoln Castle
1 July 2023
Admission charges apply (Castle day tickets £16 adults, £8.50 children, 5-16 years)
For the first time the Castle will host the Ulti-Mutt Dog Fun Day with a host of conpetitions, from Cutest Puppy to Golden Oldie (registration for classes from £3 per dog). Plus, the whole of the Castle will also be dog-friendly, offering the chance for visitors to take their four legged friends “walkies” on the medieval walls or visit the Victorian prison.

Grimsthorpe Vintage Speed Trials
Grimsthorpe Castle
1 July 2023
Tickets: from £20
A celebration of pre-war motorsport, set within the historic Grimsthorpe Castle estate set in 3,000 acres of parkland and gardens. Transporting visitors back in time to the pioneering days of British motorsport, it also celebrates Grimsthorpe’s rich legacy of motorsport, which began in 1903 with the first timed runs in the old deer park, hosted by the Lincolnshire Automobile Club.

Woodhall Spa 1940s Festival
8 – 9 July 2023
Free to attend, some concerts ticketed
Celebrate life on the home front at the Woodhall Spa 1940s Festival – the largest 40s-themed event in Lincolnshire and voted the “Best 1940s Event Around” in 2022. Festival events include the much-anticipated Battle of Britain Memorial Flight flypast, vintage vehicle displays, concerts and dances – with classes also being staged offering visitors a chance to learn the lindy hop! Over 30 performers are lined-up for the festival,

Lincoln Jazz Festival
Lincoln Cathedral
14 – 16 July 2023
Tickets: from £13.44
Lincoln Jazz Festival at Lincoln Cathedral returns with a programme of jazz and gospel in a stunning setting. Since medieval times, music has resonated within the walls of this spectacular gothic cathedral and the weekend festival will feature leading musicians from the UK and overseas.

Festival Of The Sea
Grimsby Fishing Heritage Centre
15 July 2023
Free to attend
The Festival of the Sea returns to Grimsby for the third year running, celebrating Grimsby’s maritime heritage. With live music, arts and crafts, street theatre and walkabout acts, this one-day free event promises to showcase local talent and national artists at Alexandra Dock waterfront. There will also be in drop-in craft workshops sessions during the day, offering hands-on activities, including finding out how the fish gets from sea to plate.

Heckington Show
29 – 30 July 2023
Tickets: from £13 adults and £5 children (5-17 years)
Enjoy a family day out at the largest village show in England – a quintessentially English summer occasion in the heart of Lincolnshire. Now in its 155th year, the show celebrating village life features a Firework Concert, food stalls and main ring entertainment.



Festival of the Dead
2 July 2023
Free to attend
Burghley House will host the inaugural ‘Festival of the Dead’ car show, when its parkland will be graced with a selection of vintage and classic cars celebrating the marques that are no longer made, covering everything from Austin Healey to Wolseley. There will also be a range of auto traders, catering options, awards and live demonstrations.

Battle Proms Picnic Concert
8 July 2023
Tickets: £55 adults, £21 children (5-15 years)
The 18th annual Battle Proms Picnic Concert will be a summer celebration with music, fireworks, spitfire, cannons, and cavalry. A party in the park ‘with a difference’ the dramatic concert – the longest running picnic proms series in the UK – is a highlight of the summer social calendar featuring well-known classical pieces, ending with a traditional ‘last night of the Proms’ flag-waving sing-along and a fireworks finale.

Wild Arts Opera Evening
20 July 2023
Tickets: £35
A new event will bring an operatic twist to Burghley’s event calendar. The Wild Arts Opera Evening combines arias, songs and ensembles with performance storytelling, which aims to take the audience on an emotional journey ranging from laughter to tears.

Classic Ibiza
29 July 2023
Tickets: £48 adults, £24 children (5 to 17 years)
Party the night away to Classic Ibiza anthems under the stars in a family friendly environment with the beautiful backdrop of Burghley House.  An open-air celebration of White Isle-inspired house music, the Urban Soul Orchestra, world class DJs and critically acclaimed vocalists will bring a heady blend of Balearic beats to life.



Love Cheese Live
Staffordshire County Showground
1 July 2023
Tickets: from £14 per adult, check website for details
One of the UK’s largest cheese and food festivals – and the world’s biggest dairy awards – returns to Staffordshire for the third year with a mix of celebrity chef demonstrations, hundreds of artisan producers and even a chance for visitors to test their skills with hands-on workshops.

Lichfield Festival
6 – 16 July 2023
Various ticket prices, some events free
One of the biggest multi-arts festivals in the heart of England. this event is always a melting pot of world-class entertainment and creativity. This summer’s Festival mixes music of all kinds, from folk to classical, jazz to gospel, with theatre, literary, community and family events. Among headliners are the “first lady” of folk, Kate Rusby, and the multi-award-winning performing artist, composer and producer Nitin Sawhney CBE.

Stone Food & Drink Festival
15 – 16 July 2023
Admission: £10 per person per day or £18 for 2-day pass, pre-booked online
Staffordshire’s original gastronomic gathering, Stone’s annual celebration of all things food and drink returns. Over one ‘big weekend’ the town transforms into a foodie haven packed with artisan produce, street food stalls, live cookery demonstrations with top local chefs, talks, tastings and live music. For 2023 the festival will be hosted at Kibblestone Scout Camp, just one mile north of Stone town centre.

Staffordshire Balloon Fiesta
Uttoxeter Racecourse
15 July 2023
Tickets: £5.83 adults, from £4.75 children (under 16 years), £21 family
Returning for its third year to Uttoxeter Racecourse, this annual family-friendly event will feature balloon launches at sunrise and sunset (weather permitting) and a full programme of live arena entertainment all day, along with food and drink stalls, giant funfair and fireworks display.



Trentham Summer Concerts
The Trentham Estate
7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28 and 29 July
Tickets: £19 per person, plus booking fees
There’s a sizzling summer of live music and family fun as Trentham Gardens Amphitheatre hosts five weekends of evening fun. From Monsters of Rock and Club Classics to Abba Reunion and A Tribute to Queen, one of England’s most popular garden attractions is set to hit the right note with music fans during July and August.

Festival of Archaeology
The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery
15 July 2023
Free entry
Celebrate the Festival of Archaeology with a range of events and activities, including creating an Anglo-Saxon pot from clay, inspired by the Museum’s collection. Discover what life was like for an Anglo-Saxon family and see how children lived, worked, and learned during this period.

V&A Wedgwood Wednesdays
World of Wedgwood
From 25 July 2023
Free drop-in session
V &A Wedgwood Wednesdays are free creative craft activities in the museum at World of Wedgwood. These fun activities are inspired by the Georgian era, setting the scene of Wedgwood’s period of history. Every Wednesday throughout the six weeks holidays, starting with ‘Wedgwood Whimsy – Make and decorate a moving Josiah Wedgwood!’ on 26 July.

Better World Festival
Stoke on Trent City Centre, Hanley
29 – 30 July 2023
Bringing together speakers, activists, charities, community groups and everyone with an interest in creating positive change, this weekend event is a fusions of world music, workshops, group exercise classes, meditation sessions and family activities, designed to inspire new ways of thinking. Over the weekend there will be three music stages, a kidzone, two areas hosting a programme of activities focusing on the environment, unity, and wellbeing, two chill-out retreats, a bar area and an artisan market.



Hampshire Food Festival
Various locations across the county
Throughout July 2023
The award-winning Hampshire Food Festival is already one of the country’s most ambitious, but in 2023 the Hampshire Food Festival is even bigger. The 21st festival features over 230 diary dates including two new events organised by Hampshire Fare, Celebrating Hampshire (1 -2 July) at Festival Place, Basingstoke, centred round a lively Chefs’ Kitchen, and the first ever Winchester Food Festival (9 July), which includes a produce market, demos by local chefs and a spotlight on creating budget-friendly and healthy dishes. Across the summer other events range from Shakespeare in pub gardens and supper clubs to sausage-making demos and BBQ masterclasses, as well as brewery and vineyard tours.

Sunset At The Trust
Hawk Conservancy Trust
8 and 22 July 2023
Tickets: £21.50 per person
Against a setting sun, meet a wide range of The Hawk Conservancy Trust’s birds of prey and the dedicated team working alongside them. From the speed of falcons to the strength of eagles, visitors can watch them soar, swoop and dive over the grounds at dusk. Before the display begins, visitors can also explore the Trust grounds after regular opening hours and see the birds in their homes settling down for the evening.

Lymington Seafood Festival 2023
14 – 16 July 2023
Tickets: from £6 adults, under 16 years free entry
Lymington Seafood Festival brings together the region’s best artisan food and drink producers in a lip-smacking menu which also includes live music and entertainment. Around 80 traders, selling craft ales alongside local wines and spirits and pretty-much every fishy delight imaginable will be setting out their stalls again this summer.

Fizz Fest
Hambledon Vineyard
23 July 2023
Tickets: £35 per person, with masterclasses £25 per person, and vineyard and winery tours at £12 per person
Back for its ninth year, the 2023 celebration of Hampshire’s flourishing wine scene is being staged at England’s oldest commercial vineyard, Hambledon Vineyard, The flagship event from The Vineyards of Hampshire (VoH) offers wine lovers the chance to sample more than 20 sparkling and still wines and ‘meet the makers’. Adding some extra cheer, along with tasting the latest vintages in the dedicated tasting tent and enjoying a chilled glass of sparkling in the Fizz Bar, there will be live music as well as Hampshire street food stalls.

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    Sunset At The Hawk Conservancy Trust, Hampshire

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    Trentham Summer Concerts, Stoke-on-Trent

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    Staffordshire Balloon Fiesta

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    Classic Ibiza, Burghley House

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    Burton Agnes Jazz and Blues Festival, East Yorkshire