With so much to do, but in so little time, we’ve rounded up this year’s most exciting options
Go to a festival
The Big Feastival is back with a great line-up of music, food and family entertainment. This will be the eighth time that the festival, hosted by Alex James, has run, and it’s looking to be the biggest yet. Jess Glynne, Rudimental and Elbow will be keeping the mums and dads happy on the main stage, while children’s favourites Justin Fletcher, Peppa Pig and Paw Patrol will be there to entertain the kids. The clue is in the festival’s name, as The Big Feastival is all about the incredible food offerings, from artisan cheese at Alex James’ cheese hub, to curries, cocktail bars and amazing BBQ stalls.
· The Big Feastival is taking place 23-25 August. Day tickets start from £67.50 per adult, and children under 13 go free when booked with an adult ticket. Weekend camping tickets are priced from £187 per adult and £43.40 per child. Tickets are available at Thebigfeastival.com
Visit Gringotts Wizarding Bank
Warner Bros Studio Tour London – The Making Of Harry Potter has recently unveiled its biggest expansion to date, giving fans the chance to enter the set of Gringotts Wizarding Bank. You can now walk through and explore the grand banking hall and a gallery of goblins, then head to Bellatrix Lestrange’s vault, where you will see the Sword of Gryffindor. You also have to try out a unique photo opportunity that allows you to step inside Lestrange’s vault and surround yourself with some of the 38,000 rubberised pieces of treasure that had to be created for the movie.
· Tickets are priced at £43 per adult, £35 per child or £140 for a family ticket. All are available to pre-book at Wbstudiotour.co.uk
Book a show
Everyone loves a show, and Marvel Live will keep both kids and adults entertained. This new production features Guardians Of The Galaxy,plus all your other favourite Marvel superheroes and villains. It promises to be full of non-stop action from start to finish, including movie-style thrills and jaw-dropping stunts, which will have you jumping out of your seats with excitement.
· Marvel Live will be flying into UK arenas this autumn, and tickets will be priced from £25 per adult and child. To book tickets, visit Marveluniverselive.co.uk
Europe’s first-ever pop-up Shakespearean theatre, originally launched in York, is opening its second venue at Blenheim Palace this summer for nine weeks. Four of William Shakespeare’s most popular plays – Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Richard IIIand Romeo And Juliet– will be shown at the Rose Theatre, transporting you to the intimate atmosphere of an Elizabethan playhouse, with plenty of breathtaking and heart-stopping moments. Seating is under cover, and there will also be the chance to walk around a specifically created Elizabethan village, where you can watch mini plays, sample local ales, and wander around the garden.
· The Blenheim Palace Rose Theatre will run from 8 July – 7 September. Tickets are from £22 and available at Blenheimpalace.com
Love watching Countryfile?
This summer, BBC’s Countryfileis heading north for the first time – to Castle Howard in Yorkshire, from 15-18 August. The stately home will be the focus of displays and exhibits that showcase the best of the northern countryside.
· Shearings Holidays has a five-day package departing 12 August from £291pp. It includes coach travel from various pick-up points around the UK, four nights half-board at the Bay Royal Hotel in Whitby, a full day at BBC Countryfile Live at Castle Howard and a half-day trip to Scarborough. To book, call 03448748220 or visit Shearings.com