It's Get Outdoors! month here at yours.co.uk, so here's our second fortnighly roundup of ways to get out and about...
Now on: until mid-July, enjoy a Sunset Safari at London Zoo every Friday. It's a great way to experience the magic of the zoo, whilst fitting another activity into a busy day of sightseeing in the capital. Pictured above is a cheeky meerkat, not to be missed! 6-10pm, Friday 19 and 26 June, and 3, 10 and 17 July. Group discounts available, visit www.zsl.org Pic © H Shaw for ZSL
Take a FREE trip on the Better View platform at Hyde Park, and enjoy a complimentary champagne masterclass with one of the best views in London… if you’ve got a head for heights! Or, also as part of the British Summer Time Hyde Park Festival, attend a FREE evening film screening. We’ve got Casablanca (June 22, 6pm) and Mamma Mia (June 25, 8.30pm) in the diary. Whole event runs June 19-25. Platform operates 1-5pm, no booking necessary. Visit the festival website for more.
Friday June 19 is also the date of Age UK’s Big Chinwag: locations up and down the country will be hosting a series of get-togethers aimed at bringing people together for a chat. Head out and find one! Visit www.ageuk.org.uk/bigchinwag
Up in the Peak District, Bakewell plays host to Eroica Britannia, from June 19-21. The festival celebrates all things vintage, with bunting and hay bales aplenty; plus a cycle race on the Sunday sees all manner of vintage road bikes zoom up hill and down dale. High jinks on The Sporting Lawns await! A three-day pass is just £10. Bargain! Visit www.eroicabritannia.co.uk
On the south coast, it’s Jane Austen Regency Week from June 20-28. There’s lots to enjoy, from the hustle and bustle on the street, to a packed indoor itinerary of suppers, balls and workshops. And, of course, it wouldn’t be Regency Week without a spot of cricket. Cue deckchairs and bubbly! Alton and Chawton, Hampshire. Visit www.janeaustenregencyweek.co.uk
What else could be more attractive on a Sunday than a Midsummer Fête? Head down to Caerhays Castle, Cornwall on June 21 for fun and frolics from 10am-5pm. There’s a dog show, raffle and flower festival plus free parking at the beach. Adults £3, children FREE. Visit www.caerhays.co.uk
Love your greyhound? Get involved in the Great British Greyhound Walk and meet other keen owners on June 21. There are 95 separate routes due to be walked in the UK, and another 35 worldwide – so ex-pats, no ducking out! Free to attend but walks may be organised in association with charity fundraising. Visit www.greatbritishgreyhoundwalk.org.uk
Lots going on in the Solent this month, with the Festival of the Sea taking place on the Isle of Wight from June 22- July 5. A pirate festival in Ryde, a round-the-island yacht race, and a mysterious ‘beach finale’ on the final weekend… the island is set for some spectacular fun! Find out more at www.visitisleofwight.co.uk
Up in Glasgow, the city’s 29th annual Jazz Festival welcomes Gladys Knight, Frank Sinatra Jr and the original founding members of The Family Stone. It runs from June 24-28 and is proud to showcase homegrown talent as well as big names from around the world. Marcos Vallé performs in the historic Old Fruitmarket – which has us hooked – but for full event listings and pricings visit www.jazzfest.co.uk
And finally, did you know there was a Garden Museum in London? That’s worth a visit alone – but if you fancy an extra reason to pop along then Ethnobotanist James Wong will be on hand, to show you how to bring extra flavour to your homegrown fruit and veg on June 25. Entry discount to museum for senior citizens. Event runs from 6.30-8pm and tickets are £15. Book at www.gardenmuseum.org.uk
For more events and leisure listings, pick up a copy of Yours magazine, out every fortnight on a Tuesday