Britain’s Best Summer Festivities

Throughout the warm months there are plenty of festivities to revive and celebrate our cultural heritage. Caroline Rhodes picks her top-five traditional summer events.


Edwardian Sport’s Day, Kingston Lacy, Dorset.
For a taste of summers past, take part in the Edwardian Sports Day at this grand 17th century mansion. Races include egg and spoon, sack racing and many more; period dress is optional. On August 9th from 12-4pm, it is a fun choice for families.  

Summer Solstice, Stonehenge, Wiltshire.
Many make annual pilgrimage to Stonehenge to celebrate the longest day of the year. On the 21st June, the sacred, ancient monument draws a huge crowd. Join the gathering and watch in wonder as the sun rises behind the stones. Entry is free with no admission after 3pm on Saturday 20th
CLA Game Fair, Grantham, Leicestershire.
Set in the grounds of Belvoir Castle, this event is a must for all rural and country-life enthusiasts. The biggest game fair in the UK, it runs from Friday 24th to Sunday 26th July. Attractions range from field sports and falconry displays to stands which supply fine local foods, crafts and country attire. 


Rose Festival, Coughton Court, Warwickshire.
The gardens at Coughton Court provide the finest display of old roses in the country. The National Trust owned Tudor property runs the RHS endorsed festival from Wednesday 24th June to Sunday 5th of July, to coincide with the 600th anniversary of the Throckmorton family’s residence. There will be expert-led workshops, and a 10% discount on plant sales. 

Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival, 12-14th June.
For a proper Cornish experience, head down to the charming maritime town of Falmouth for the Sea Shanty Festival. Held in various venues along winding harbour streets, the festival raises money for the RNLI and features fantastic traditional singers from far and wide.