Celebrate summer with local attractions
As the longest day of the year approaches, followed by high summer, it’s time to turn to your diaries as well as your sun cream. Because while there’s nothing like adopting a leisurely, lounging pace for the warmer months, there’s a lot to be said for celebrating summer by getting out to British attractions. And you needn’t travel far – the villages and towns on our doorstep offer a full agenda of family fun, foodie festivities and classic charm. Here are five forthcoming summer events we’re proud to sponsor – and look forward to seeing you there…
Gawcott Family Fun Day, Gawcott, near Buckingham – Saturday 27 June
Featuring children’s entertainment, a beer tent and live music, this day caters for every age group and every interest – just turn up on the day, from 2pm. There’s also a treat for petrolheads as the event features the Buckingham Classic Car Meet, organised by the Rotary Club of Buckingham. Expect to see vintage vehicles and contemporary, quirky cars. For more information about the car show, click here.
Princes Risborough Town Festival, Buckinghamshire – Saturday 4 July to Sunday 12 July
The Chilterns town, which has prehistoric heritage, 1 celebrates the summer with an annual festival. This year’s theme is the ‘4th of July’, and in true Independence Day style, a US-inspired fancy dress parade will launch the festival in Wades Park. As the opening day turns to night, the town’s community centre will become a casino, complete with Frank Sinatra tribute, blackjack and roulette.
Other festival attractions include an exhibition from the town’s photography group – perfect for fans of local countryside and nature; street fairs; classical music concerts; food markets and even yoga taster sessions. If you’re seeking a summer event that combines traditional with contemporary interests, look no further than Princes Risborough in July. Find out more here.
Stony Stratford Cricket Club’s Beer Festival – Friday 10 to Sunday 12 July
The fourth annual event of its kind, it promises some 40 different local and national ales and ciders to wet your whistle. Although last year’s festival enjoyed fantastic weather, we all know British summer is unpredictable, so tents and gazebos will offer protection from the rain – and hopefully the sun. And to keep you fuelled, there will also be lamb, pig and beef spit roasts taking place throughout the weekend, as well as locally-made burgers and sausages. Entry is free, with a full brochure detailing the tipples available on the day. Find out more here.
Turvey Lower School Fete, Turvey, Bedfordshire – Saturday 11 July
Perfect for kids and big kids, a traditional school fete featuring pony rides, a barbecue, children’s games, bouncy castles and cream teas. Head to the village’s school on May Road for the 12:30pm start.
Emberton & District Riding Club Show, Rectory Farm, Lavendon, Buckinghamshire – Sunday 12 July
One of a number of outdoor shows run by the club throughout the year, the event involves in-hand and ridden showing as well as showjumping, clear round jumping and handy pony. The show starts at 9am and rosettes are awarded for first to sixth place, with specials for tenth place. More information is available here.