Urban Surfer Rounds Up The Top Outdoor Events in the UK this summer

Summer 2017 has shown some promising weather so far and we over at Urban Surfer are hoping that it stays this way! We have lined up a list of top outdoor events around the UK this summer! Let us know which ones you liked best, or if we missed any gems out!

Go to a Rooftop Film Club

The Rooftop Film Club returns this year with three venues across London – the Bussey Building in Peckham Rye, the Queen of Hoxton in Shoreditch and the Roof Gardens in Kensington. Visitors can enjoy food and drinks on site and great views not to mention classics such as Goodfellas, Casablanca, Trainspotting and many more.

Summer Series at Somerset House

6th-16th July

This year’s Summer Series presents a world class line-up, hosted in the beautiful courtyard of Somerset house – the ideal venue for some laid back vibes. Running for 10 days in July the outdoor concerts will see performances from artists including Goldfrapp, Damian Marley, Nora Jones, Warpaint, Birdy and The Cinematic Orchestra. Tickets always sell out fast, so get moving!

Open Air Theatre in Regents Park

The award-winning Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre is a London landmark – a firm fixture of summer in the city, providing a cultural hub in the beautiful surroundings of a Royal Park. There will be performances all here summer through to early autumn, including outdoor film screenings. 2017 promises some fantastic spectacles with the likes of Oliver Twist and Jesus Christ Superstar. The Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre has plenty of food options, from a barbecue to picnic hampers, and the bar is the longest in any London theatre.

Rock on in Hyde Park at British Summer Time

July 4-13th

Last year Stevie Wonder and Take That headlined the party. This year Hyde Park will host The Killers, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers not to mention Phil Collins, Green Day, Justin Bieber, Kings of Leon and many others. Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park’s OPEN HOUSE will also make a return this year for a fanastic week of free entry to numerous summer activities. Open House will be screening outdoor movie nights, tennis screenings live from Wimbledon, street food stalls from all over the world, pop up bars serving draft & craft beer, wine & cocktails, live music and entertainment, and much, much more.

Bastille Celebrations

July 14th

Borough Market brings together all things Français to celebrate France’s national day over on this side of the channel. Expect to find bleu, blanc et rouge macarons, dance to Parisian folk music, play pétanque and many other things. This is a fantastic one day event where families can learn French nursery rhymes, adults can taste some French wines and champagnes and everybody can watch the hula hoop show, have a caricature drawn, listen to gypsy jazz, play table football and eat garlic sausage.

Enjoy some strawberries and Pimms at Wimbledon

July 24 – 27th

No British summer is complete without a bit of Wimbledon action. Whether you enjoy the game from the comfort of your home, from Murray Mound or from Centre Court itself! Tickets are not easy to get a hold of but can be applied for through the public ballot on the website. If however you’re not lucky enough to get hold of one it is easy to get in to the grounds if you queue up in the morning. However, be aware that there are only 500 tickets for the centre courts available.

Cowes Week

3-10th August

Ahoy there! Yachts and crews from around the world come to Cowes for this annual nautical extravaganza which sees over 4000 sailors compete before hopping ashore for non-stop partying. Cowes week is always concluded with an incredible fireworks display. Better still, it is free, with paid entry to events and parties.

Spend a summer day on the Southbank 

Walk down the riverbank, browse the book market, or listen to live music acts scattered along the riverside walk. Two of London’s biggest festivals – Underbelly and London Wonderground – have joined forces this year for the Underbelly Festival, where fringe-type events include circus acts, cabaret and cutting-edge comedy. The grounds of the festival also include one of the city’s longest outdoor bars as well as street food stalls. Festival of Love also returns to the Southbank Centre this summer with their summery collection of installations, activities, pop-ups and performances that celebrate humankind’s most prodigious emotion.  The Southbank Centre Market will also be running every weekend during the warmer months, selling street food and farmers’ market produce from the stalls.

Go for a Swim

London has a number of pools, ponds, and lidos to pick from.The Serpentine Lido and Hampstead Heath Ponds are probably the most well-known. Alternatively you can find a beach! As London isn’t near the shore, Camden Beach at the Roundhouse might just be the next best thing.  Brixton Beach is also back with music, events and somewhere to chill this year.

Paddle up the Thames

Kayaking London run paddling experiences day and night, providing a truly novel way to see London Bridge and the Houses of Parliament from the water. The boats are highly stable, so no experience is required, and the expert guides will help you master the basics of boat control during your journey. All specialist equipment is provided.

Notting Hill Carnival

26 – 28th August

Notting Hill Carnival, Europe’s biggest street festival, is a vibrant spectacle that represents London’s multicultural past and present. It’s also an important date in any party-lover’s diary. The Carnival celebrates the capital’s Caribbean communities, their culture and traditions. It has been taking place since 1964, and features two days of great live music ranging from reggae to dub to salsa. Watch elaborate floats and colourful costumed performers wind their way through the streets in the carnival parade, dance to the sound of steel bands and calypso music, and visit the tempting food stalls along the route.

Stephanie Contomichalos

Stephanie Contomichalos is a sports enthusiast. She is an avid crossfitter, wakeboarder and has recently qualified as a Level 1 CrossFit coach. She is also an advocate for women’s sport and for using sport as a tool for development. She is currently living in Athens, Greece.

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