It seems as if, during the summer, there has only been so much that you are able to do, all of which involves money and a lot of it. However, if anyone is like me and can’t afford to go away or even go to a festival, there are other cheap things that you can do all over the country which will make you forget that you’re in England, even if it is just for a second.
When and Where: Throughout Summer, London, Nottingham, Oxford, Cardiff (to name a few)
It seems as if urban beaches are the new greatest thing if you’re anything like me who actually lives no where near a beach. With them popping up over summer, you can enjoy an ice cream on the sand with a deckchair and music to enjoy yourself. With Nottingham’s beach at Old Market Square featuring attractions, a bar and live acts and Camden Roundhouse’s beach including ping pong tournaments, food and also a bar it seems as if you could just spend the whole of your summer here.
Notting Hill Carnival
When and Where: 28th (child friendly day) and 29th August, Notting Hill, Ladbroke Grove and Westbourne Park
This is a summer classic,the ‘Britain’s biggest street party’ in London has been held since 1966 this 50 year old carnival is still going strong. The two days include a range of music from reggae to salsa with steel bands, an amazing selection of food and carnival floats it is definitely worth the trip down to London. With the streets closing at 9am and carnival starting at 7pm you’ll have the whole day and evening to enjoy the energy Notting Hill carnival is known for.
Can’t make it down to London? Visit the Leicester Caribbean Carnival on the 6th of August, the 31st year of the festival that includes the theme of Carnival – Mas, Music & Myths. This also free festival is held at Victoria Park in Leicester that starts at 11am till 8pm. The 80,000 festival is essentially like Notting Hill, just with more raffles and steel bands.
Reading Pride Parade and Festival
When and Where: 3rd September, Kings Meadow, Reading
This is the 13th year of Reading Pride and after all of the troubles throughout the world, there is nothing wrong with spreading the love a little bit. With their aims to ‘promote equality and to celebrate the very best of the LGBT+ community’ the day will include a parade starting from Reading train station, past Friar Street, Forebury Gardens and finishing at King’s Meadow. It will also include a marketplace with companies who get to show their support for the community and will welcome anything with up arms and love.
Don’t live in Reading? There are Prides all over Britain, not just in Reading. Whether you live in Brighton, their pride has the theme of ‘Uniting Nations’ and is on the 7th till the 9th of August, or Plymouth which is on the 13th of August there will be a festival near you. Find out here, where and when they are.
When and Where: Throughout the Summer, anywhere in the UK
Price: Subject to different companies
Outdoor cinema’s a new original style of entertainment which is perfect for the millennial generation. There are companies that can be found all over the country, whether you live in Brighton or Bristol – this is a new sort of style to view your favourite films in different venues. Organisations such as Cult Screens, Floating Cinema or The Outdoor Cinema and so many more that are dotted around the country. These experiences can take you to another world and let you see a film that you love in a different way.
I mean if you don’t like any of these, I guess there’s always Netflix? At least until Freshers 2016.