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PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! NATIONWIDEGo green-fingeredVolunteer with the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), including planting and maintaining floral displays, environmental clean-ups, creating wildlife gardens, fundraising and coordinating local gardening competitions. rhs.org.uk/get-involved/volunteer/communityRamblers wellbeing walksSet off on a group walk with an experienced Ramblers Wellbeing Walk leader along tried-and-tested routes. Great for physical and mental health. ramblers.org.uk/go-walking/ramblers-wellbeing-walks.aspxTennis for FreeRegistered charity Tennis for Free runs sessions for all at public parks. The two-hour lessons – with equipment provided – include mixed ability group games and drills managed by professional coaches and supported by local volunteers. tennisforfree.comParkrunSaturday morning Parkruns take place across the country and are a great way to start your weekend. Tackle the 5km at your own pace, with a friend or solo. parkrun.org.ukSurf TherapyThe Wave Project offers surf courses which are proven to help increase confidence and reduce anxiety. Usually aimed at young people, but with some adult group sessions, many courses are funded and free to clients and organisations. waveproject.co.uk/surf-therapyFitness classesIf you want to get fit, Better Leisure is offering taster sessions so you can try out activities to see which suits you best, from aerobics, to Pilates and volleyball. better.org.uk/what-we-offer/activities/free-activities-taster-sessionsWalking toursGreeters are a non-profit organisation that offer free two to three-hour walks with locals throughout hundreds of cities worldwide, including Brighton, Dover and London in the UK. internationalgreeter.orgGruffalo orienteeringWith locations across the UK, Forestry England’s Gruffalo activities are perfect for a family day out in the great outdoors. forestryengland.uk/gruffaloLONDONElephant Springs has opened this year (Charles Emerson)West End Live, WestminsterHead to Trafalgar Square for two days of live musical performances from the likes of Frozen, Moulin Rouge, Magic Mike, Six and more. 25-26 June, westendlive.co.ukIn the Black Fantastic, SouthbankEnjoy contemporary Black art and culture at the Southbank Centre, with live music, talks, performance, comedy and visual arts that take inspiration from the Hayward Gallery exhibition In the Black Fantastic. 29 June–18 Sep, southbankcentre.co.uk/whats-on/festivals-series/summer-black-fantasticLambeth Country Show, LambethHorticultural shows, sheep and owl displays, home grown vegetable and flower competitions, craft and food stalls, live music and an on-site farm await. 16-17 July, lambethcountryshow.co.ukSymbiosis: Living Island, KensingtonStep onto the island of Inujima in this exhibition at Japan House which explores how an extraordinary living art project is transforming the island’s landscape and lives of its inhabitants. Until 4 Sep, japanhouselondon.ukTotally Thames Festival, Various locationsA celebration of what is arguably London’s biggest natural asset, including arts and cultural activities, walks, talks, music and boat rides. 1-30 Sep, thamesfestivaltrust.org/artistic-programme/totally-thamesCycling training, Various locationsTFL are running a number of cycle training courses, including basic skills, urban cycling and safety for children. tfl.gov.uk/modes/cycling/cycle-skillsElephant Springs, Elephant & CastleThis urban oasis crafted from water, rock and sand opened this year and offers the perfect place to cool off in the city, with fountains, sandy areas and hammocks. elephantpark.co.ukNORTHGobe Fest in full swing (Cathy Soreny)Gobe Fest, ManchesterEat kűrtőskalács (chimney cake) and mititeii (Romanian skinless sausages), drink Csiki beer and soak up the sounds of a cimbalom at this celebration of the legendary region of Transylvania and the Carpathian Basin. 24-26 June, gobefest.comSouth Tyneside Summer Parade, Tyne and WearPart of the This is South Tyneside Festival, the whole community will come together to take part in a colourful carnival as it makes its way from South Shields Town Hall along to Bents Park on the seafront. 2 July, southtynesidefestival.co.ukPontefract Liquorice Festival, YorkshireTwo days of sweet-themed fun – including food markets, parades and music – celebrating Pontefract’s historic link with liquorice. 9-10 July, experiencewakefield.co.uk/event/liquorice-festivalSt. Anne’s Kite Festival, LancashireThe skies above St Anne’s seafront will come alive with kite displays – including an illumination display in the evening – plus live music and a fairground. 2-4 Sep, discoverfylde.co.uk/kitefestivalManchester Art Gallery, ManchesterVisit the Out of the Crate exhibition to help unlock hidden stories about works we know very little about. Previously kept in storage, the 60 pieces have simply been unboxed and left out for public inspection. manchesterartgallery.orgJohn Ryland’s Library, ManchesterThis stunning neo-gothic university library holds an impressive collection of early printed works such as the Gutenberg Bible and a Caxton Canterbury Tales. library.manchester.ac.uk/rylandsTate Liverpool, LiverpoolLocated on the Royal Albert Dock for over 30 years, this is one of the largest galleries of modern and contemporary art outside of London and regularly hosts events and exhibitions. tate.org.ukLiverpool Central Library, LiverpoolLose a day in one of the largest libraries in the UK, with an extensive range of books dating from the 13th century, including bestsellers and rare archives. liverpool.gov.uk/libraries/find-a-library/central-libraryClifton Park, YorkshireWith gardens, rides, games, a museum and a splash park, Clifton Park in Rotherham is a fantastic place to cool off on hot summer days. cliftonparkrotherham.co.ukSOUTHArts by the Sea, Bournemouth (Scott M Salt)Sea in the Park, DevonPart of the new National Marine Park’s activity programme, Sea in the Park is running a fun day in Plymouth with a range of ocean activities such as rockpooling, handling ocean artefacts, games, and crafts.16 July, plymouthsoundnational marinepark.com /event/sea-in-the-park-st-levans-fun-dayHastings Old Town Carnival Week, SussexA week of pram racing, treasure trails, open houses, art shows, historical talks, music and more.29 July–7 Aug, oldtowncarnivalweek.co.ukArts by the Sea, DorsetThis immersive arts festival in Bournemouth brings together large-scale spectaculars, diverse music, art installations, dance and street theatre. 30 Sep– 2 Oct, artsbythesea.co.ukRoskilly’s Farm, CornwallWatch how Roskilly’s famous organic ice-cream is made from the farm’s Jersey cows, take a wildlife walk or feed the ducks. roskillys.co.ukThe Donkey Sanctuary, DevonMeet the hundreds of rescue donkeys and mules living at this sanctuary in Sidmouth. There are also activities, walking trails and talks. thedonkeysanctuary.org.ukRoyal Albert Memorial Museum, ExeterExeter’s world-class museum and art gallery is home to historical treasures, natural sciences, art and antiquities. rammuseum.org.ukViking Coastal Trail, KentWhether you’re an experienced cyclist or a novice, there’s plenty to enjoy along the 32-mile circular route on the Isle of Thanet exploring the Viking history of Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate. explorekent.org/activities/viking-coastal-trailRed Squirrel Trail, Isle of WightCycle through the heart of the Isle of Wight’s beautiful countryside and wonder at the many estuaries, woodlands and farmlands, as well as a stretch of the Island’s fantastic coastline. redsquirreltrail.org.ukBrighton Fishing Museum, BrightonBrowse exhibitions, including films, an audio presentation and archives, about the city’s fishing history, as well as boats and artefacts. seafrontheritage.co.uk/fishing-museumEASTRedwings Horse Sanctuary is a great place for animal lovers.Bury St Edmunds, SuffolkEnjoy lunch alfresco and entertainment at Bury St Edmunds’ Picnic in the Park event to celebrate the 1,000th anniversary of the founding of the Abbey of St Edmund by King Canute. 16 July, visit-burystedmunds.co.ukOut There Festival, NorfolkOut There has quickly built an international reputation for its world class artistic quality, with live music, circus and street artist performances right by the Great Yarmouth seaside. 16-18 Sep, outtherearts.org.
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. 3-4 Sep, northnorfolkfoodfestival.co.ukWren Library, CambridgeNamed after Christopher Wren, who also designed St. Paul’s Cathedral, this library in Cambridge is home to the famous Winnie-the-Pooh manuscript. trin.cam.ac.uk/library/wren-libraryBlakeney Point, NorfolkHome to England’s largest grey seal colony as well as many seabirds, Blakeney Point is a great place for wildlife spotting. nationaltrust.org.uk/blakeney-national-nature-reserveThe Polar Museum, CambridgePart of the University of Cambridge, this museum displays both the history and contemporary significance of the Arctic and Antarctic, including diaries from polar explorations. museums.cam.ac.uk/museums/polar-museumRedwing Horse, Sanctuary NorfolkThe biggest sanctuary of its kind in the UK, Redwings cares for horses, donkeys, mules and ponies and has two visitor centres in Norfolk, as well as walking tours, a café and a play area. redwings.org.ukWESTSunrise over Clifton Suspension Bridge during the annual Balloon Festival (Verity E. Milligan)Weston Air Festival, SomersetA family-friendly event that brings spectacular air displays to Weston’s bay, as well as seaside stalls, activities and fairground rides. 25-26 June, westonairfestival.comTewkesbury Medieval Festival, GloucesterFeaturing crafts, music, entertainers, a battle re-enactment, historical displays, markets and a parade on Sunday through Tewkesbury, this is a must for history buffs. 9-10 July, tewkesburymedievalfestival.orgBristol Harbour Festival, BristolBristol’s sprawling harbourside presents music across genres, from disco to reggae. 15–17 July, bristolharbourfestival.co.ukGlastonbury Tor, SomersetEnjoy a hike up Glastonbury Tor to learn about the mysteries of the historic hill, before enjoying views across Somerset. nationaltrust.org.uk/glastonbury-torBristol International Balloon Fiesta, BristolReturning to Ashton Court Estate, this annual festival will feature hundreds of hot-air balloons taking to the skies at dawn and dusk, as well as the much-loved nightglows, as balloons light up to music after dark. 11-14 Aug, bristolballoonfiesta.co.ukBath City Farm, BathSituated on a 37-acre plot, Bath City Farm is home to chickens, goats and pigs, plus a café, trails and community events. bathcityfarm.org.ukForest of Dean, GloucestershireOnce a royal hunting forest, the Forest of Dean is now an open place to enjoy with walks, cycle paths, an arts trail and picnic areas. forestryengland.uk/the-forest-of-deanMIDLANDSChatsworth House is playing host to Radical Horizons: The Art of Burning Man this year (Loop Images/Universal Images Group via Getty Images) Birmingham Jazz Festival, BirminghamHaving run for nearly 40 years, this great festival now attracts some of the genre’s most coveted acts – most of which are free to see. 15–24 July, birminghamjazzfestival.comLeicester Caribbean Carnival, LeicesterCelebrating Leicester’s Caribbean heritage, including music, dance, floats and costumes, the main hub of the festival, Carnival Village, will also be hosting live entertainment. 6 Aug, emccan.org/leicester-caribbean-carnivalThe Oswestry Balloon Carnival, ShropshireWith 25 hot air balloons, night glow displays, music and carnival entertainment, this event is sure to be jam-packed with fun. 20-21 Aug, oswestryballooncarnival.infoMotofest, CoventryThrilling motorsport, heritage displays, street food, live music and more in the UK’s motor city. 10-11 Sep, coventrymotofest.comChatsworth House, DerbyshireRadical Horizons: The Art of Burning Man at Chatsworth House features 12 pieces showcasing the creative spirit of the US festival, in which volunteers gather in the Nevada desert to build new artworks. The exhibition is set within the free-to-access parklands. Entry to the house is charged. Until Oct 1, chatsworth.org/events/burning-manA Comedy of Errors, NottinghamNottingham Shakespeare Company’s production of A Comedy of Errors promises mishaps, mayhem and mistaken identity in one of the Bard’s smaller plays, and will be performed at venues throughout the city. marketingnottingham.uk/free-to-watch-shakespeare-comedy-coming-to-nottingham-this-summerActive Parks, BirminghamThis scheme aims to get locals fit and active, with outdoor activities in over 80 Birmingham parks and green spaces. birmingham.gov.uk/info/20010/parks_leisure_and_wellbeingCoombe Abbey Park, WarwickshireWith 500 acres of beautiful gardens, woodland and lakeside walks, wildlife and a bug hotel, Coombe Abbey Park is perfect for a stroll. coombeabbey.com/visit/coombe-parkSCOTLANDEdinburgh Festival Fringe is one of the highlights of the arts and culture schedule in the UK (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images) The Floating Garden, Various locationsThe Floating Garden is touring the Scottish canal network, travelling from Glasgow to Edinburgh before resting in residence at The Kelpies. Head to marvel at the fauna, flower puppet and grab a grow-your-own kit. dandelion.scot/programme/unexpected-gardens/the-kelpiesHooked Young Readers and Writers Weekend, DumfriesFree for under-26s, this event aims to help aspiring writers of all genres hone their craft, from performance poetry with Imogen Stirling to comic book writing with Dekko Comics founder Rossie Smith and animation storyboard creation with Eleanor Stewart. 9-10 July, wigtownbookfestival.com/programmeEdinburgh Fringe Festival, EdinburghThe iconic arts festival sees thousands of performances packed into hundreds of venues across the city, with many free of charge. 5-29 Aug, edfringe.comThe Burrell Collection, GlasgowMore than 9,000 pieces including Chinese porcelain, a Persian garden carpet and works by Rodin, Degas and Cézanne are on show at this fantastic space. burrellcollection.comRoyal Botanic Garden, EdinburghJust one mile from the city centre, the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is a haven of peace and tranquillity set amongst 72 acres of rich plant collections. rbge.org.ukGorge City Farm, EdinburghA friendly urban farm that offers hands-on learning opportunities and is home to sheep, pigs and goats. Lovegorgiefarm.org.ukWALESAcrobatic air displays await crowds this summer (Paul Johnson/Flightline)Wales National Airshow, SwanseaGet ready for breathtaking aerobatic displays, state-of-the-art military aircraft and vintage planes, entertainment and much more. 2-3 July, visitswanseabay.com/events/wales-national-airshow-2022Ebbw Vale Owl Sanctuary, Blaenau GwentAiming to help rehabilitate and care for injured, abandoned or uncared for wild owls, hawks and falcons, the sanctuary is a great place to see and learn about these magnificent birds. theowlsanctuary.co.ukNational Waterfront Museum, SwanseaTelling the story of Welsh industry and innovation now, and over the past 300 years, be ready for interactive technology, displays and galleries. visitwales.com/attraction/museum/national-waterfront-museum-968712Newport Wetlands, NewportSpot bearded tits, little egrets, dunlins and shovelers at this beautiful nature reserve. rspb.org.uk/reserves-and-events/reserves-a-z/newport-wetlandsMargam Country Park, Port TalbotThe magnificent castle, 18th century orangery, ornamental garden and deer park at Margam Country Park are set in 1,000 acres of countryside and also feature an adventure playground and a nursery rhyme-themed children’s area. margamcountrypark.co.ukLlanddwyn Island, AngleseyThe entire 870-mile Wales Coast Path is free for everyone to explore, but the tiny Llanddwyn Island is worth a visit if you’re after an escape from it all. visitwales.com/things-do/nature-and-landscapes/discover-wales-coast-pathThe Big Pit, TorfaenVisit a real coal mine to discover Wales’ mining heritage, with underground tours and Mining Galleries. museum.wales/bigpitVictoria Park, CardiffSet within a stunning Grade-II listed park, the splash pad at Victoria Park comes with fountains, jets, buckets and tunnels. outdoorcardiff.com/parks/victoria-parkNORTHERN IRELANDAslan the lion in C.S Lewis Square (Tourism NI)The Ulster Fleadh, Co DownFeaturing a mixture of open air street events, pub sessions, concerts, Irish Language events, ceili’s and competitions which display the best of Irish Culture in the town of Dromore. 17-24 July, ulsterfleadh.ieFoyle Maritime Festival, Co LondonderryA five-day event filled with Tall Ships, a clipper race, and a schedule of interactive experiences and parades. 20-24 July, foylemaritime.comElmer’s Big Belfast Trail, BelfastThe city will be brought to life by a herd of uniquely decorated elephant sculptures positioned around key landmarks, streets, and open spaces in this family-friendly art trail. Until 31 Aug, visitbelfast.com/event/elmers-big-belfast-trailC.S. Lewis Square, BelfastIf you’re a fan of the famous Irish writer, then a wander around the square to spot some of his best-loved characters is a must, including Aslan, The White Witch, Maugrim and Mr. Tumnus. visitbelfast.com/partners/cs-lewis-squareTitanic Trail, BelfastImmerse yourself in Belfast’s maritime history on the Titanic Trail: a free, self-guided walk from the Titanic Memorial Gardens at Belfast City Hall to the Titanic Quarter. visitbelfast.com/partners/titanic-trailAntrim Castle Gardens, Co AntrimFrom the unique and colourful gardens, including a water garden, to the history of the castle – which dates back over 400 years – there’s plenty to see and do. visitantrimandnewtownabbey.com
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