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Event brings you the 20 best outdoor events this summer

Summer’s still sizzling so whether it’s family fun you’re after or some rock n roll in the park, Event gives you the best outdoor activities to enjoy in the sun 

 

THEATRE

Minack Theatre

Wolf Hall (tomorrow–Fri), Me And My Girl (Aug 20–24) and Much Ado About Nothing (Aug 27–31) are among this summer’s shows at the open-air playhouse. Penzance, Cornwall

The Three Musketeers

Set against the backdrop of Lancaster’s Williamson Park, Hattie Naylor’s production of Dumas’ novel is a swashbuckling riot, featuring D’Artagnan re-imagined as a young woman passing herself off as a man. The Dukes, Lancaster, until Sat

Jupiter Artland. Shoehorn in some visual art while you visit the Fringe, with a stop at this sculpture park

Little Shop Of Horrors

The gloriously surreal 1982 cult musical about a man-eating plant finds an appropriately leafy setting in Regent’s Park. Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, London, until Sep 22

ART

Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Family activities include sculpture building, bushcraft and storytelling. Visitors can also catch Ai Weiwei’s Circle Of Animals/Zodiac Heads artwork. Wakefield, West Yorkshire

Jupiter Artland

Shoehorn in some visual art while you visit the Fringe, with a stop at this sculpture park. It’s home to exhibits including a stage sculpture that can be experienced on a nocturnal campout. Wilkieston, Edinburgh

Spears brings her Piece Of Me tour to Scarborough Open Air Theatre, before heading off around the UK

Spears brings her Piece Of Me tour to Scarborough Open Air Theatre, before heading off around the UK

Dulwich Picture Gallery

Kids’ art workshops run in the gardens every Wednesday afternoon over the summer. While you’re there, catch the gallery’s fine Edward Bawden exhibition (until Sept 9). Dulwich, London

POP

Britney Spears

Spears brings her Piece Of Me tour to Scarborough Open Air Theatre on Friday, before heading off around the UK.

Scarborough Open Air Theatre

End Of the Road Festival

See in September at this chic boutique fixture, with art rock from St Vincent and indie fare from Vampire Weekend.

Larmer Tree Gardens, Wiltshire, Aug 30–Sep 2

Sundown Festival

Head to Norfolk to catch Swedish wunderkind Zara Larsson, apple-cheeked pop star Shawn Mendes and classical/dance hybrid band Clean Bandit.

Norwich, Aug 31–Sept 2

Festival No 6

Portmeirion’s music and culture shindig takes a break after this year, so get there while you can. There’s music from Jessie Ware and Franz Ferdinand, while a torchlit procession and fancy-dress parade add to the fun.

Gwynedd, Wales, Sept 6–9

Grandslam 2018 Tour

Simple Minds, The Pretenders and KT Tunstall form the winning combination at the heart of this megatour.

Touring until Sep 9

CLASSICAL/JAZZ

Lazy Jazz Sundays At Polesden Lacey

Spend sunny Sunday afternoons serenaded with jazz standards at this glorious Edwardian retreat.

Polesden Lacey, nr Dorking, Surrey, until Aug 27

Proms In The Park

Michael Ball presents the Last Night Of The Proms in Hyde Park, with sister events in Colwyn Bay, Glasgow and Belfast. Hyde Park, London, Sep 8

Bury St Edmunds Concert Band

Send off The Proms in bucolic surroundings, with classical favourites and stirring singalongs at Ickworth House in Suffolk. Bury St Edmunds, Sept 8

OperaUpClose

The OperaUpClose partners with the National Trust to present Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda at venues including Middlesex’s Osterley Park (Sept 8 & 22) and Sutton House in Hackney (Sept 10, 12, 14 & 15).

End Of the Road Festival. A chic boutique fixture, with art rock from St Vincent and indie fare from Vampire Weekend

End Of the Road Festival. A chic boutique fixture, with art rock from St Vincent and indie fare from Vampire Weekend

FAMILY

Freedom Festival, Hull

A three-day festival in the UK’s City of Culture that runs the gamut of performing arts, with street theatre from NoFit State Circus and events including a science tent and a clown workshop. Aug 31–Sept 2

Lost Summer Garden Adventures

The beguiling Lost Gardens of Heligan hosts children’s activity trails with den building, drawing and wildlife spotting. St Austell, Cornwall, until Sept 2

Kynren

A romp through 2,000 years of British history – from the Romans to World War II – with a cast of 1,000 actors and 100 animals. Bishop Auckland, Co Durham, until Sept 15

Chatsworth House

The Derbyshire pile hosts family events, including heritage crafts on Tuesdays, daily milking demonstrations and outdoor theatre. Bakewell, Derbyshire

Broomstick Training at Alnwick Castle

Hogwarts fans will adore this wizard chance to learn to fly where Harry had his first flying lesson in the films. Alnwick, Northumberland, daily until Oct 28  

 



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