UK summer of culture – what to do and where

21st June 2016

The UK is packed with exciting and interesting cultural activities to do over the summer months. From the north to the south, the sheer variety of festivals, exhibitions and shows available is staggering.

Up in Scotland, the biggest event of the summer is the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Between 5 and 29 August, the 2016 Fringe will see more than 3,000 unique and inspiring acts provide entertainment that ranges from the risqué to the downright hilarious. Absolutely not to be missed, even if you only attend for a day or two to soak up the atmosphere.

Accommodation during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe can be hard to find, but thanks to our summer let student accommodation in Edinburgh you can stay in a fantastic Collegiate property and really enjoy the Fringe in style.

Glasgow also hosts a summer festival every year. The West End Festival 2016 is the city’s largest cultural event and will take place from 3 to 26 June. Performances, exhibitions, talks, workshops, screenings, tours and a whole host of other events take place across the city, many of them completely free to attend.

In Dundee this summer it’s all about the art. Japanese artist Macoto Murayama’s incredible Growth and Form exhibition is being hosted at the University of Dundee’s Lamb Gallery from 9 June to 20 August. Meanwhile from 9 to 25 June the Art in Relief exhibition, held in the university’s Tower Building, displays fabulous woodcut and linocut prints from the university’s collection.

Heading south across the border into England, Newcastle is absolutely brimming with cultural activities over the summer months. From the Asunder fusion of film and music in commemoration of World War I to the Body Worlds Animal Inside Out exhibition at the Centre for Life, there’s something to suit every interest and budget.

Down in Leeds, the Leeds Festival is the highlight of the summer. The huge line up of groups will offer everything from the latest dance DJs to world famous rock bands, keeping music lovers thoroughly entertained from 26 to 28 August.

In Nottingham, culture heads outside for the summer, with a series of outdoor theatre performances hosted in the stunning setting of Nottingham Castle throughout July. There’s also an open air jazz concert at Patchings Art Centre in July, the Robin Hood Festival in Sherwood Forest during the first week in August and the fabulous Nottingham Beach 2016, where the land-locked city is provided with its own beach, complete with sand, paddling pools, deckchairs and rides.

Further south, Birmingham’s summer 2016 line up includes everything from choral music to a World War I exhibition. There’s also National Trust property tours, a huge range of music gigs and even a SLAM wrestling entertainment spectacular!

Those in or near Wales are in for a treat this summer, with events in Cardiff including the 83rd British Final of One-Act Plays on 1 to 2 July, the Savoy Theatre cast of Guys and Dolls performing from 5 to 9 July, the Adrian Flux British FIM Speedway Grand Prix on 9 July, plays ranging from Romeo and Juliet to Peter Pan in Pontcanna Fields and Sophia Gardens as part of the Everyman 16 Cardiff Open Air Theatre Festival and hundreds of other activities. Cardiff residents really will be spoiled for choice over the summer months.

In the South West, July will feature a range of events in Exeter in commemoration of World War I and in particular the Battle of the Somme, which took place from 1 July to 18 November 1916. There’s also the Seaton Eats Boutique gourmet market on the first Friday of each month over the summer and Summer Dreaming at the Exeter Pavilion.

Southampton’s cultural offering includes the Southampton Thai Festival on 2 and 3 July, a roaming arts trail available until 7 July, Let’s Rock Southampton on 9 July, the Southampton Mela Festival on 16 July, the Southampton Fake Festival on 30 July and the August Fair from 26 to 29 August.

And finally in the South East there’s a vast array of events being held in London over the summer months. For those who like an adrenaline rush there’s the ArcelorMittal Orbit Slide at the Olympic Park, which will be the world’s longest and tallest slide, there’s a sunset safari offering at London Zoo until 15 July, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has just opened at Soho’s Palace Theatre, the London Anniversary Games will entertain sports fans on 22 and 23 July, Somerset House will host a range of open air gigs between 7 and 17 July, the Fire! Fire! Exhibition will open at the Museum of London on 23 July and the Visions Festival will hit Hackney on 6 August. The summer’s crowning event, the Notting Hill Carnival, will take place on 28 and 29 August, celebrating the culture and traditions of the capital’s Caribbean communities with music, dance and plenty of fantastic street food.

And of course let’s not forget that wherever you are this summer you can enjoy the EUFA Euro 2016 competition from 10 June to 10 July. We suggest hosting a Euro 2016 get together in your Collegiate property’s common room or cinema room to really make the most of the championship!

Email tenants@collegiate-ac.com or call 01235 833 642 for further details on Summer Lets in 2016. You can also keep an eye on your property’s Facebook page for details of the latest events in and around your area.

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