There’s definitely no shortage of exciting things to do in June! The UK is bursting with fantastic foodie festivals, vintage fairs and arts events. If you like nothing better than stomping through stunning countryside, maybe the Aberdeen Kiltwalk is for you? Or if you want to immerse yourself in Welsh culture, how about a stay near the Tafwyl Festival in Cardiff? Whatever piques your interest, you’re bound to find a top event in June.
What To Do In June – The UK’s Top Events
If you’re planning a holiday in June with the whole gang, you’ll find thousands of family-friendly rentals to choose from. Townhouses, farmhouses and roomy rentals are perfect for a couple of families or large groups of friends. If it’s just the two of you, maybe a romantic garden apartment or a cosy cottage might fit the bill? Whatever rental you’re after, you’re sure to find it on Holiday Lettings.
Highcliffe Food Festival | 2 – 3 June
Situated on the Dorset/Hampshire border, Highcliffe is home to a dazzling array of cooking talent. This will be celebrated on Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 June when the Highcliffe Food Festival takes place. The two-day event (sponsored by Hoburne Holiday Parks) makes local chefs its focus and there’s an emphasis on quality artisan foods. Over 85 food and drink traders will be taking part, with a huge number of well-known local chefs and producers, including those from the acclaimed restaurants, Chewton Glen, The Pig and Jetty. When it comes to things to do in June, this delicious festival will leave you feeling more than satisfied.
The Floral Fringe Fair | West Sussex | 2 – 3 June
The Floral Fringe Fair takes place at Knepp Castle, seven miles south of Horsham, and is a unique, eclectic and quirky experience. Expect beautiful classic cars, vintage dress and a whole lot of fun! Picnicking by the lake is a big part of the festival, so pack up a hamper and take a blanket with you to join the other revellers for lunch. If you prefer to grab a bite when you’re there, you’ll find plenty of food stalls to suit all tastes. Plus, there’ll be plant stalls, artists, delectable gin cocktails, a beer tent, music and, of course, dancing! Stay at a rental nearby and make a return visit to find out more about the John Nash designed Knepp Castle, built in 1806.
Aberdeen Kiltwalk | 3 June
For a fun family day out in the picturesque Aberdeenshire countryside, pull on some comfy footwear and take part in the Aberdeen Kiltwalk. With three distances to choose from, there’s a walk for all ages and abilities… even the dog can join in! There is a 5-mile ‘Wee Wander’, a more challenging 14-mile ‘Big Stroll’, or the ultimate Kiltwalk experience of a 26-mile ‘Mighty Stride’. With entertainment, great food and a party at the finish, the Aberdeen Kiltwalk is a fantastic opportunity to get outdoors and explore this beautiful area. And with so many rentals to choose from, making a holiday of your visit will be a walk in the park.
Worcester Food Festival | 8 – 10 June
Worcester Food Festival returns to the city this summer for a delicious weekend full of tasty treats, cookery demonstrations and a feast of family-friendly activities. There’ll be live music and more than 60 stalls brimming with fantastic fare. Visitors can try the ‘Ale Trail’ and sample food and drink matching sessions. Plus, there’ll be free cookery demonstrations and masterclass workshops with some of the country’s top chefs, while children can take part in a cookery theatre. If you’re looking for places to go in June, this foodie festival won’t leave you feeling hungry.
Crail Food Festival | Fife | 9 – 10 June
Crail Food Festival returns for its eighth year this June for two days of foodie fun. There’s a packed programme of events to get your teeth into, including chefs’ workshops, live music, local produce, demonstrations and hands-on activities. A refreshed format will see the festivities based across three venues this year; Seafood Spectacular at the iconic Crail Harbour, Cookery Theatre and ‘Crail Creole’ dinner in Crail Community Hall and (new for 2018) Beech Walk Park which will host a series of events, a bar and live music.
Congleton Food & Drink Festival 2018 | Cheshire | 10 June
Now in its tenth year, Congleton Food & Drink Festival is organised by a small team of experienced volunteers on an entirely not-for-profit basis. Entry to the festival is free and it’s located in a fascinating corner of eastern Cheshire, home to both Little Moreton Hall and Jodrell Bank Telescope. With around 100 carefully curated stalls, both local and national, visitors can look forward to a mouth-watering range of artisanal foods and drink. Plus, there’s a tempting selection of street foods from every corner of the globe. The Town Hall ‘Theatre of Tastes’ will be hosting a programme of demonstrations by South Cheshire College, and there’ll be live music, street theatre and activities for kids, too.
Bridport Food Festival | 10 – 16 June
This week-long celebration of local food and drink showcases the best of Bridport’s fare. Restaurants, cafes, pubs, farm shops and food producers come together for an exciting range of foodie-friendly events. Take a tour of Palmers Brewery, Furleigh Estate vineyard and Liberty Orchards. Enjoy a three-course Indian feast with wine matching at the Taj Mahal. Or maybe have a go at sausage making at Framptons Butchers. There are lots of other tempting things to do and many local food venues will be offering special Festival menus. The week culminates with the Bridport Food & Beer Festival in Asker Meadows.
The Great Yorkshire Vegan Festival | Leeds | 16 – 17 June
Whether you’re vegan, vegetarian or just hungry to find out more, come along to this tasty event in June. Experience how fun, varied and healthy a plant-based lifestyle can be whilst enjoying a city break in Leeds. There’ll be 150 stalls each day, 10 world-food caterers, free samples, live inspirational cookery demos, informative talks and workshops. And if that wasn’t enough, release some tension with a yoga class or sit back and take in some live entertainment and music. If you’re planning on booking a break for the whole family this June, the festival has some fun-filled children’s activities, too.
Hebden Bridge Arts Festival | West Yorkshire | 22 June – 1 July
All the town’s a stage during the Hebden Bridge Arts Festival! Book a rental in this pretty Pennine market town to enjoy nine days of comedy, film, dance, literature, drama, visual arts and street entertainment. There’ll be a wide array of entertainment including appearances from Martin Parr, Ed Miliband, Carol Ann Duffy, Bridget Christie and Adam Buxton. This year’s theme is nonconformism, so expect plenty of quirkiness! This fantastic festival is one of Yorkshire’s longest running, so when it comes to where to go in June, how about an inspiring visit to this intriguing arts festival?
The Great Game Fairs of Ireland | County Antrim | 23 – 24 June
The 40th Anniversary All Ireland Game Fair takes place at Shanes Castle and combines the NI and ROI game fairs into one exciting event. There’ll be international country sport competitions with exceptional prize funds, three arenas with action-packed entertainment, and the ‘Fine Food & Craft’ festival. Visitors interested in times gone by should browse the ‘Living History’ festival, whilst those looking to bag a bargain should head to the shopping village. This special event is one the whole family can get involved in, so why not book a stay nearby to make the most of your time in this beautiful part of Ireland?
Tafwyl Festival | Cardiff | 30 June – 1 July
This family-friendly festival is a celebration of Welsh art and culture, and was recently named ‘Cardiff’s Best Festival’ at the Cardiff Music Awards. Expect a lively mix of music, literature, drama, comedy, art, sports, and food and drink. The nine-day event is held all around the city, ending with the main event at Cardiff Castle on 30 June and 1 July. Entry to Tafwyl is free and it’s a great way to experience Welsh culture and language, whether you’re local or experiencing it for the first time. It’s well worth checking out if you’re wondering where to go in June.
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