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Make the most of the heatwave this August with our round-up of the best outdoor events around the UK. From festivals to sporting events to theatres, enjoy the best open air activities this month.



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Cowes Week, Isle of Wight

4th – 11th August

One of the longest running regular regattas in the world, Cowes Week is held every year on the Solent (the water between England and the Isle of Wight), with accompanying events held in the town of Cowes. Typically up to a thousand boats take part. As well as the sailing, Cowes Week offers a great day out with a number of shore side events taking place as part of the weeks festivities; this year’s entertainment schedule features Ladies Day on the 7th August as well as live music and performances throughout the town.

More info here


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Glyndebourne Festival, Sussex

19th May – 26th August

Glyndebourne Festival is an annual opera festival held in an English Country House near Lewes in East Sussex. Surrounded by the Sussex Downs, explore the stunning gardens at Glyndebourne before taking your seat in the 1200-seat auditorium to enjoy an opera performance. The interval lasts 90 minutes, giving guests time to enjoy a picnic and glass of champagne or a meal at one of the onsite restaurants. This years programme features Gulio Cesare, Pelleas et Melisande, Saul and Vanessa.

Although there is no strict dress code, dressing up has become a tradition at the Festival so occasion wear is appropriate.

More info here 


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Minack Theatre, Cornwall

July - October

Running from July to October, the Summer 2018 season at the Minack serves up some of the best theatrical offerings set against a stunning backdrop. Performances include Wolf Hall, Sweeney Todd, Much Ado about Nothing and Chicago among others. Perched on the cliffs above the Atlantic ocean, the theatre was originally conceived as a place to perform Shakespeare however nowadays is host to a plethora of performances including drama, music, opera, music, comedy and story-telling.

More info here 


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Outdoor Cinema, Various

With outdoor cinemas popping up throughout the country, there are a multitude of options to choose from. This years options go beyond the regular rooftops and parks; companies such as Cult Screens and Where is the Nomad pair films with similar settings for added atmosphere. Think ‘The Bride of Frankenstein’ in Brompton Cemetery and ‘The Shape of Water’ at Hyde Park Lido.


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