Now on: London Eye Summer Lates are back, with a Summer Cocktail Experience (£45, pictured) available on Friday and Saturday evenings until August 21. On these special double rotations you’ll be served refreshing drinks and nibbles while spending an hour viewing the capital at its seasonal best. A Champagne Experience is also available for £28.80. Visit www.londoneye.com/summer-lates to book.
And if you’re by the Thames you might like to pop into Somerset House. The Jam: About the Young is a fab exhibition, now on until August 31, about Paul Weller’s revolutionary band, including instruments, outfits and personal photographs. If you loved Paul, Rick and Bruce when they were at the height of their fame in the Seventies, don’t miss this rare chance to relive those days. £9.50/£7 Concessions. Visit www.somersethouse.org.uk
Beach lovers might be interested in something quite special taking place on our great coastline from July 4-5. Sand artist Jamie Wardley will create six giant footprints at Filey Beach, Yorkshire (postcode YO14 9JQ), in an event to raise awareness for the NSPCC. It’s designed to make us think about leaving charitable gifts in our will, but Jamie’s work is also fascinating to watch. Visit www.nspcc.org.uk/footprints
July 8-12 is one for the Real Ale drinkers, with Derby’s 38th annual Summer Beer Festival taking over the city. It’s been dubbed the Beer Capital of Britain, so with British pubs closing at a worrying rate, this is a great opportunity to savour the best our breweries have to offer. There will also be plentiful supplies of cider, perry, mead and live music to boot. Click here for more.
For the family wow factor, take a trip to the Flying Legends Air Show, at IWM Duxford from July 11-12, where pilots will put historic aircraft through its paces. Plane buffs will delight in the rare Hawker models on display, and the rest of us can marvel at the expertise of our great airmen of the past. Museum opens 8am-6pm, with flying display from 2-5.30pm. Visit www.iwm.org.uk/duxford for tickets that grant access to the show and museum.
For a classic British sound, look no further than Ironbridge’s Brass Band Festival, also on July 11 and 12. There will be 20 bands performing over the course of the weekend, on The Green outside the Coalbrookdale Museum of Iron. The event is free apart from a ticketed concert in aid of the Severn Hospice on the 11th from 7.30pm, £10pp. To book tickets call 07583 279 608 and for information about the festival visit www.ironbridgebandfestival.co.uk
Oundle Food Festival returns to the beautiful Northamptonshire market town on July 18, this time in partnership with The Fringe and Oundle International Festival to bring you live music in the evening from Madness cover band, Jack. On the day the Street Market will be packed with delicious local produce, and there are some lovely coffee shops that do splendid Afternoon Teas. Exceedingly British! Visit www.oundlefoodfestival.co.uk
The BBC Radio 4 Gardeners’ Question Time Party will be held on July 19 this year, at the National Botanic Garden of Wales. Music, a celebrity Q&A with Toby Buckland and all things garden abound. The Great Glasshouse, pictured, is on site, and the largest single-span glasshouse in the world. It’s what we do best… Tickets £11.75. Visit www.gardenofwales.org.uk
The World of Wedgwood opens on July 17 – it’s a brand new visitor attraction in the heart of Staffordshire, traditionally the home of British porcelain. Try your hand at ‘throwing’ a pot, or decorating a piece of your choice. As well as a fascinating museum there’s also the Wedgwood Tea Room: “a quintessentially English all-day dining experience.” Visit www.worldofwedgwood.com
Last but by no means least is Bellever Day on July 25: a celebration of British Archaeology that takes place on Dartmoor. Free activities include working with tin, clay and bronze to create prehistoric objects in traditional fashion. There’s also a Life, Death and Landscape Exhibition, showing local finds of import. Visit the National Park Visitor Centre, Postbridge, or www.dartmoor.gov.uk
For more events and leisure listings, pick up a copy of Yours magazine, out every fortnight on a Tuesday