Out & About // Summer Edition

Whether you’re jetting off on a holiday abroad or looking at a staycation here in England, it’s always nice to make the most of the summer months while you’re at home. Towns, cities and villages up and down the country never fail to host an array of family orientated, cultured and entertaining events. From day trips and evening affairs to all-weekend festivals, we thought we’d round-up a few of the best events happening across our favourite regions over the next few months which are well worth a visit.

in The Cotswolds

Lechlade Music Festival

A family orientated and multi-award-winning music festival – with Scouting for Girls taking centre stage this year – Lechlade Music Festival includes a variety of workshops too from dancing to singing and even hula-hooping! Suitable for all ages, it takes place from 25th-27th May, so make a weekend of it or just pop along for the day.

The Cotswold Olimpicks ©Betty Stocker

Taking place in the heart of the beautiful Cotswold countryside, these much-loved annual games make a welcomed return on Friday 1st June. Believed to date back as far as the 17th century, this year’s ‘Olimpicks’ promise an evening of fun and entertainment with Morris dancing, shin-kicking, a Samba carnival band, medieval minstrels and a traditional helter skelter. With prices starting from just £2.50 for children, it includes an array of delicious street food vendors too from burritos to burgers and a vintage ice cream stand to crepes.

Robert Dover’s Olimpick Games

King Lear ©RSC Isaac James

Triumphantly returning from the Brooklyn Academy of Music stage in New York, King Lear will grace the RSC stage from 23rd May to June 9th. With Anthony Shear starring as the eponymous Lear – said to be one of Shakespeare’s greatest written parts – Gregory Doran’s critically-acclaimed production promises to be a show not to be missed.


From The Big Feastival to the Longborough Festival Opera and Gifford’s Circus, find out more about all the events happening in the Cotswolds this summer.

in Norwich

Open Air Cinema

A Grade II-listed English Heritage garden oozing peace and tranquillity in the heart of Norwich, The Plantation Garden boasts three acres of unspoilt woodlands, lawns and a spectacular Gothic water feature. This summer the idyllic and hugely popular open-air cinema returns to Norwich’s secret garden to show eight fantastic films across July and August. From classics such as Top Gun and Stand By Me to more recent Box Office hits including Beauty and The Beast and The Greatest Showman, there will also be a BBQ and bar – perfect for whiling away a summer’s evening.

Beethoven Symphonies 4 & 5 © Chris Christodoulou

Beethoven Symphonies 4 & 5 is coming to Norwich’s Theatre Royal on Sunday 27th May. With Thomas Adès conducting and Nicolas Hodges on piano, it follows their 2017 sell-out performance of Beethoven’s Symphonies 1 & 2. The recital will see them perform the much-loved and vivacious Symphony No. 5 and the more poignant musical score of Symphony No. 4 – but hurry, tickets are selling fast!

Beethoven 4 & 5 Tickets

Damien Hirst Exhibition

Taking place from the 25th March to 15th July, Damien Hirst’s Colour Space Paintings and Outdoor Sculptors at Houghton Hall in Norfolk forms part of the visual arts programme of the Norfolk & Norwich Festival 2018. Never shown in public before, the Colour Space paintings provide an interesting development of the artist’s highly recognised Spot Paintings. Dating back to the 18th century, Houghton Hall will also exhibit a selection of Hirst’s celebrated sculptures throughout its majestic house and gardens too. For more information and to book tickets, visit Houghton Hall.


VisitNorwich for all the latest events taking place this summer!

in Chelmsford

HRCC Vintage Fair

On Sunday 9th July, the HRCC Vintage Fair will be returning to Cressing Temple Barns near Braintree for another day of classic cars, vintage stalls, live music and traditional games. Evoking a wonderful nostalgic sense of a bygone era, it’s one of the charity’s biggest fundraising events.

Vintage Fair

Swan Lake

Live from the magnificent Royal Opera House in London, you can watch the truly magical performance of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake on the big screen from Chelmsford City Theatre, on Sunday 17th June.

Swan Lake Tickets

Rize Festival

Taking place in Hylands Park in Chelmsford on 17th-18th August, Rize Festival’s debut line-up is pretty impressive with a whole host of popular names including; Liam Gallagher, James Bay and Stereophonics taking to the stage across the two-day event. With day tickets available from just £59.50, it promises to be a festival filled with good music and good food!

Rize Festival Tickets 


Visiting Chelmsford this summer or live nearby? VisitChelmsford for all the events, festivals and entertainment taking place.

If you are dropping by Norwich, Chelmsford or the Cotswolds this summer, don’t forget to pop in and say hello! Our three beautiful stores all champion that rustic, country aesthetic we love and feature a fabulous collection of vintage-inspired accessories for the home too.

We look forward to seeing you!

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