Planning a pleasant holiday always starts with the big question: where to go? It is not necessary to leave good old Europe to find some interesting locations, and a look at the main events in UK’s top destinations will suggest more than a good idea for spending short breaks.
As usual London will be crowded with events, starting with the return of Boston Ballet for the first time in 30 years, appearing for a six performance debut at the Coliseum as part of a tour celebrating the ballet’s 50th anniversary season between 3rd and 7th July with a mix of classical ballet, neoclassical dance and contemporary dance.
On the novelty side, a new event for London will be the British Summer Time Hyde Park, from Friday 5th July to Sunday 14th July 2013, with well known acts like Bon Jovi, The Rolling Stones, Elton John and Jennifer Lopez playing live in Hyde Park over two weekends. An unforgettable music experience in London!
And do not forget the Coronation Festival, a four day celebratory event marking the 60th anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation. Over 200 companies who hold the Royal Warrant will be showcasing their crafts, industries, designs, innovations and more. The event will take place in the gardens of Buckingham Palace, the Queen’s London home, from 11 to 14 July.
Being entertained on a summer holiday in Manchester won’t be difficult, since the town will host World Premières and Special Events on 4 – 21 July, a great celebration of theatre, music and arts. And nestling alongside the Manchester University campus just outside the city centre, the Whitworth Art Gallery is a showcase for UK’s finest collections of art and design: modern and historic fine art prints are displayed alongside prints, textiles and a rare collection of wallpapers.
And for a trip through history, Manchester’s Tatton Park is regarded as one of Britain’s most comprehensive historic estates with evidence of Stone Age people hunting on the site and farming activity in the Bronze Age. The estate was acquired by the Egerton family in 1598 and owned by them for a further 360 years. Tatton Park was left to the National Trust on the death of Maurice, 4th and last Baron Egerton of Tatton, in 1958.
Once again, Glasgow will host the Merchant City Festival from 24 to 28 July: a spectacular array of entertainment including street art, music, dance, theatre, design, visual art and much more.
Part of the Merchant City Festival, the Vintage Marketplace scheduled on July 27 gathers the finest purveyors of vintage clothes, accessories, mid century modern homewares, records, music memorabilia and up-cycled ephemera.
Belfast will host the World Police And Fire Games from 1 to 10 August, which will attract about 10,000 competitors from around 70 countries. The Games will include 56 sports at 42 venues across Northern Ireland.
The Belfast City Blues Festival has come to its fifth celebration and will feature over 40 local and international artists performing from 28 to 30 June. The lineup includes a tribute to Irish soul legend Sam Mahood (Friday, June 28), and an unmissable Blues on the Boat experience with Ulster’s finest Blues man Rab McCullough.