Here’s our pick of the best events coming in June across the destinations and attractions we work with. Most events require booking in advance. As ever, please check individual websites for the latest updates.
Britain will be breaking out the bunting and flying the flag with pride this year to celebrate a remarkable milestone for the nation – the Platinum Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II. While celebration plans are set to shine a light on London, here are a few more ways you might like to “Go Platinum” in the UK this year…
Maritime Guided Tours
Various dates until 11 June
Free, pre-booking recommended
These guided tours exploring Yorkshire’s maritime city take place every Thursday and Saturday, with a 10.30am and 1pm slot to choose from. Starting at the Museum Quarter gardens, the full tours, which run in the morning, take in the future location of the Arctic Corsair at North End Shipyard, Queen’s Gardens, the exterior of the Maritime Museum and the future location of the Spurn Lightship in Hull Marina.
Hull Street Food Nights
Free to enter
Around 30 high-quality local food vendors turn Zebedee’s Yard in Hull into a nigh time piazza offering a wide range of hot food and drink taking inspiration from all over the world, in an open-air setting. There is plenty of entertainment too, ranging from a DJ and live music to street artists.
Hull Trinity House Tour
17 June 2022
Long regarded as one of Hull’s best kept secrets, Hull Trinity House is opening its doors to the public. Learn about its history dating back to 1369 when Hull, formerly known as Wyke until 1299, was still a developing town. See rare and valued artefacts which include nautical memorabilia, furniture, artworks and treasures from around the globe.
The Big Malarky
21 – 26 June 2022
Hull’s Children’s Literature Festival returns for the fifth year in 2022, with another invitation to children and families to take a trip into a world of books, stories, poetry, drawing, making, music and performance.
Laurel Vines Vineyard Picnics
Various dates in June
Tickets: £20 per person, minimum picnic size is 2 people
Vineyard picnics return! If you spotted the family owned and run vineyard on your TV screens, thanks to a visit from the Hairy Bikers, here’s a chance to follow in their footsteps. Picnics for two include a brief vineyard and winery tour, as well as the food and drink. Each event is limited to a maximum of 20 people.
Wildlife Photographer of the Year
Sewerby Hall, near Bridlington
Until 17 July 2022
Included in normal admission: £9.50 adults, £7.30 children, £32 family
Situated in a dramatic clifftop position with spectacular views over Bridlington and set in 50 acres of early 19th Century parkland, Sewerby Hall and Gardens will host the 57th edition of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition. On loan from the Natural History Museum in London, the exhibition features exceptional images which capture fascinating animal behaviour, spectacular species and the breath-taking diversity of the natural world.
Cobwebs & Cream Teas
Burton Constable Hall & Grounds,
14 June 2022
Prices from £20 for children & £37.50 for adults. Limited places, so booking advised
Join an exclusive ‘Behind the Scenes’ tour of the Hall led by an expert guide and discover the cellars, attics, rooftops and everything else in between. The cost includes a free flow visit to the Hall before the tour begins, the opportunity to explore the historic parkland, grounds and stables, plus and an afternoon tea, freshly prepared and served in the Stables Kitchen.
Beverley Folk Festival
16 – 19 June 2022
Some events free
Back for 2022 with a weekend packed full of music, old pubs and jamming sessions, headline acts include The Trials of Cato, Pavey Ark, The Brothers Gillespie and Iona Lane, plus a Thursday night comedy act. Keeping true to its ‘Fringe’ roots, many events will be free, with pubs hosting open jamming sessions and performances, while Morris teams will also be dancing throughout the town.
Race The Waves 2022
Bridlington Spa and South Beach
16 – 19 June 2022
An adrenaline-fuelled event sees everything from a vehicle cruise from York to Bridlington Old Town on (16 June), to old-fashioned vehicles racing along Bridlington South Beach (18 and 19 June). This year will also see a Steampunk event inside Bridlington Spa, with a vintage scooter and classic motorbike exhibition, plus steampunk, retro, vintage, goth and automotive memorabilia. Completing the line-up will be live entertainment, tearoom and bar.
Until 12 June 2022
Admission: Entry is free with a suggested entry donation of £3 per person. Booking is encouraged
Peace Doves is a mass participation large-scale art installation, created by renowned sculptor and artist Peter Walker. It features around 8,000 paper doves suspended on ribbon above the nave of the Cathedral, accompanied by a soundscape from composer David Harper.
Derby Walking Festival
Until 26th June 2022
Most events free
Derby’s Walking Festival returned on 1 May with a wide variety of in person, self-guided, virtual, and walking sports. Running until 26 June 2022, this year’s festival celebrates the many walking routes and opportunities available in Derby.
Museum of Making Tour
Ticket: £6, booking is essential
Uncover 300 years of Derby’s making heritage on an insider’s tour to discover how this fascinating building came to be, from its tumultuous history up to its present-day incarnation as the Museum of Making. On the site of what is widely regarded to be the world’s first factory, there are thousands of objects to explore telling stories of Derby’s industry, creativity and innovation, both past and present.
Derby Fake Festival 2022
18 June 2022
Rock is back! After skipping two years, the festival returns with a day full of Derby’s finest singing voices – rocking and chilling in an electric atmosphere.
Lincolnshire Wolds Outdoor Festival
Until 5 June 2022
Pre-booking is essential for most of the events
Celebrating the great outdoors, the new Lincolnshire Wolds Outdoor Festival is taking place across a host of locations to showcase everything the Lincolnshire Wolds has to offer, from walking to stream dipping and cycling to fishing.
Meet Lucy at Lincoln Castle
Lucy is free to view as part of entry to the Castle grounds, all other admissions apply
Meet Lucy, the latest and the greatest addition to Lincoln Castle! Bursting through the Castle walls is the most awe-inspiring sight, as the magical and fantastical dragon rests on the bank waiting to meet visitors! Entry to the Castle grounds and to visit Lucy the dragon is free, but the Medieval Wall Walk, Victorian Prison and Magna Carta come with an entry price.
Lincoln Castle Afterhours
17 June 2022, 6pm to 8pm
Wall Walk Experience: £10.50 adults, £5.70 children
Experience the Castle afterhours with the opportunity to enjoy evening views from the Medieval Wall Walk. Available on selected Fridays, this experience will allow visitors to explore the tranquil Castle grounds when they would usually be closed to visitors. Specialist guides will also be present to offer a tour of the wall walk (spaces are limited, so advance booking advised). The guided tour takes place at 6.30pm.
Lincoln Gin and Rum Festival
The Engine Shed
18 June 2022
Tickets: £15 (booking fees apply)
Discover new favourites with samples from hand-picked guest distillers and treat yourself at the themed Gin and Rum bars, whilst enjoying music from an award-winning DJ and live entertainment. The festival will feature over 120 Gins and Rums, including the best of British, spirits from around the world and a huge range of flavoured products.
The Story Generator
25-26 June 2022
Included in the price of a Castle day ticket (£15 adult, £8.30 child (5 to 16 years), under-fives free, £38.30 family)
Step inside the Victorian prison and discover The Story Generators! Friends of C.S Lewis have arrived at Lincoln Castle to create new magical and fantastical tales inspired by his famous book ’The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe’ and they need help! Visitors have the chance to hear contemporary stories, take inspiration from Lucy the Dragon, and visit the Magna Carta Vault to view the original copy of The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe.
Stamford Sights and Secrets Tours
Tickets: £9 adults, £8 concessions
Stroll through the Medieval, Georgian, and Victorian eras, and beyond, on local history walking tours of this picturesque stone town. Hear tales of the people, see beautiful architecture, and learn some of the town’s secrets. Themed tours on selected Saturdays are ‘Location, Location, Location’- movies and TV set in and around Stamford – and ‘William Cecil and Stamford’, 500 years of Royalty and Politics.
11-12 June 2022
Free to attend
Turn the clock back to the 1940s and 50s, as this quaint seaside village steps back in time to celebrate all things “vintage” with family-friendly live music, entertainment, and food.
Living Heritage Game and Country Fair
3 – 5 June 2022
Tickets: £16 adults, £15 over 65s, and £6 children (5-15)
With the 16th Century house as a stately backdrop, the Living Heritage Game and Country Fair returns, promising even more country sports, rural activities and displays, alongside a large craft village and a food zone. In addition to traditional country sports, including have-a-go clay shooting, the main arena will be showcasing a more unusual pursuit… horseboarding, an extreme sport which combines horse riding and mountain boarding.
Mardi Gras at Alton Towers
Until 19 June 2022
Included with theme park ticket (day passes from £38.00 per person, in advance)
This Carnival inspired takeover will dazzle with an explosion of colours, sounds and high energy entertainment – plus the chance to ride world-class rollercoasters as well as try food from around the world. Every day the Resort will be transformed into the biggest street party ever with music, street performers and colour, with each themed area of the park represented by its own flamboyantly dressed ‘Krewe’ and static parade float.
Lichfield Cathedral Library Tours
A collection of early printed books and hand copied manuscripts can be viewed on new pre-booked library tours on selected days throughout the year. The collection is located in a 13th century space – with medieval floor tiles, and coloured armorial glass – up a spiral staircase.
Castle Artisan Market
19 June 2022
Monthly Artisan Market held on the third Sunday of each month in the historic market town of Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire. Celebrating the best local makers, bakers and creators with an exciting mix of live music and street food too!
Armed Forces Weekend
National Memorial Arboretum
25 -26 June 2022
Armed Forces Day is the nation’s chance to show support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community: from currently serving troops to service families, veterans, and cadets. The Arboretum, the UK’s year-round centre of Remembrance, will mark this event with a range of fun family activities, including climbing walls, archery and a Red Arrows simulator, plus live music, a food and craft fair and a service of thanks.
Hamlet The Comedy
Tamworth Castle Grounds
19 June 2022
Tickets: £12 Adult, £8 Child & Concession, Family Ticket (up to 5 people) £30
Shakespeare’s famous tragedy is performed as you’ve never seen before with lots of laughs, music and memorable moments. Hamlet the Comedy finds the eponymous royal student returning home for the summer holidays to find something rotten in the state of Denmark and it’s more than just the bag of dirty washing! Suitable for all from 7 to 107.
Trentham Summer Concerts
Weekends, 10 June – 8 July
Tickets from £19 per person (plus booking fee)
Get ready for a sizzling summer of live music and family fun. Whether you’re looking for a Disco Inferno or Monsters of Rock, Club Classics or Abba Reunion, there are seven weekends of summer evening fun. This month’s favourites include a chance to pack a picnic and enjoy a night of Club Classics (10 June), join a night of 90s throwback hits (11), have a party night by the lakeside to a 70s shakedown of tracks on (17), or celebrate with The Stars From The Commitments (24).
The Great British Food Festival at Trentham
The Trentham Estate
17-19 June 2022
Tickets £14.50 adult, £9 children (under 16), under-fives free
Returning to Trentham and showcasing the very best of Great British produce in time for Father’s Day, this event features celebrity chef demos, an artisan market, street food stalls, bars, kids’ activities, crafts and gifts, baking competitions and live music.
Your City Festival
2-4 June 2022
Tickets from £13.75
Taking over Stoke-on-Trent city centre’s most prestigious grass roots venues, and with pop up stages, it will feature a selection of the hottest emerging talent the UK and beyond. The festival features three venues with three pop-up venues and 70+ live performances.
Stoke-on-Trent Whisky Festival
King’s Hall, Stoke Town Hall
25 June 2022
General Admission £35 (plus booking fee)
Whether you are a connoisseur or novice, there will be plenty to keep your tastebuds busy with over 100 whiskies and around 15 gins available to try at the festival, all included in the entry fee. For a more in-depth experience, try one of the event’s masterclasses.
Lights, Camera, Science!
Winchester Science Centre
Until 3 July 2022
Admission: £13.64 adults and children (3-16 years old)
As it celebrates its 20th anniversary, the Science Centre is taking visitors on a trip down memory lane to enjoy some of its best show themes and demos, all with a retro 2002 twist. Next stop is light, and in particular cinema. So, it’s ‘lights, camera, science!’ to explore how light, not CGI, could have been used in some of 2002’s top films.
Day Out With Thomas
The Watercress Line
Until 5 June 2022
Admission: £23.10 adult, £16.50 children (2-16)
Join Thomas & Friends for a day of family fun at The Watercress Line heritage railway. Take a train ride with Thomas, meet some of the favourite characters and join Sodor Station Sweepers Rusty & Dusty for a trainload of excitement. All activities and rides are included in the ticket price.
Jane Austen Regency Week
18-26 June 2022
Mix of free and paid-for ticketed events
The world-famous Jane Austen Regency Week returns to Hampshire, and among events during the nine-day festival – celebrating the writer, as well as the history of the time – is a chance to take a Jane Austen tour of pioneering ecologist’s Gilbert White’s House on 24 June. Participants can discover more about Hampshire’s biggest literary figure before Austen moved to the county and learn more about the similarities in their lives.
Father’s Day Papa’s Paddle
New Forest Activities
19 June 2022
Tickets: £34 Adult £19 Child (18 months – 16 years)
Enjoy a gentle paddle together through the Beaulieu River Nature Reserve – and pop open the cool box for some ‘boat bevvys’ along the way to keep Dad refreshed on his special day. All equipment provided.
Flight at the Movies
Hawk Conservancy Trust
25 June 2022
Join the Hawk Conservancy Trust for its biggest event of the year. With live music, and a singer, playing iconic music and singing familiar songs from some of the best movies of all time, birds of prey will grace the skies above.
Lucy the Dragon, Lincoln Castle
Trentham summer concerts, Stoke-on-Trent
Hull Street Food Nights
National Memorial Arboretum, Staffordshire
The Watercress Line, Hampshire
Living Heritage Game and Country Fair, Burghley House