Crowd pleasers

From one-day wonders to week-long events, you’ll find plenty of exciting and unique things to do across the UK this summer.

For friends

For all groups big and small, you and your friends won’t be short of new experiences to discover.


Pride events will be happening nationwide this summer, but if you’re looking for one of the biggest and best, then Brighton is the place to be. Join the UK’s favourite LGBT celebration for an exciting season of festivals, parades, and parties.

The Queen's birthday parade

The second Saturday in June marks the Queen’s Official Birthday, so you can expect plenty of royal celebrations in Westminster. Watch the parade of troops escort the Queen’s carriage along the Mall. The Trooping the Colour ceremony is at Buckingham Palace.

European Championships

Sport-lovers won’t want to miss the European Championships in Glasgow. Some of Europe’s top athletes will compete in this new and exciting sporting event, where you can grab tickets to watch everything from swimming and cycling, to golf and gymnastics.

For couples

Whether it’s a first date or a one-year anniversary, you’ll find romantic activities wherever you’re staying.

Somerset House

The scenic Somerset House is home to one of London’s best open-air cinemas. Whether you’re in the mood for a blockbuster premiere or a cult classic, take your pick from the list of screenings, and enjoy a night out at the movies.

International Balloon Fiesta

If you’re looking for something different to do this summer, why not head over to Bristol? Every year, the city hosts an exciting international festival which sees hundreds of hot-air balloons of all shapes and sizes fill the sky. Plus, there’s markets and amusements to enjoy, too.

Liverpool Biennial

Creatives should head to Merseyside this summer and enjoy the Liverpool Biennial art festival. Artists from all over the world will be presenting their work throughout the city, so expect to see more inspiring exhibitions and installations than you can shake a paintbrush at.