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What to Do in Southeast England in 2022

Tired of being cooped up and locked down? It’s been a long couple of years of covid restrictions, but 2022 is fit to make up for all of that with a host of exciting events and festivals in Southeast England.

From the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee to thrilling medieval jousts at castles, there are so many reasons to make 2022 a year to remember.

Here are our top picks for things to do in Southeast England in 2022.

Witness a ‘Superbloom’ for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

The Queen will celebrate 70 years on the throne in 2022 with a massive nationwide party called the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Everyone in the country will enjoy a double-bank holiday from June 2-5, along with festivities planned in most cities.

But only those who venture to London will be able to witness a ‘superbloom’ of 20 million flowers around the Tower of London.

Don’t worry if you can’t make it to London during the Jubilee celebration. The superbloom will last all summer long, giving you an excuse to take a trip to the capital in 2022!

Get Lost in the Borough Yards, London

While you’re in London, why not explore some of the newest revitalized neighbourhoods? One of the hottest is Borough Yards, a maze of ancient medieval streets and railway arches in the Southwark district.

This forgotten corner of London has become a home to food stalls, tapas and wine spots, boutique shops and modern art installations. A wonderful blend of old and new, the Borough Yards is a cosy spot to meet friends or grab a bite after some sightseeing in the area.

Attend a Festival

After years of cancellations, festivals are back on in 2022! There are loads of exciting options in Southeast England, whether you’re a fan of music, history, art or the outdoors.

For music fans, the Isle of Wight festival is one of the biggest in the country. This year Lionel Richie and Muse will perform in mid-June.

The BFI London Film Festival is on later this year. Book tickets early to gain access to exclusive premier events with guaranteed sightings of some of the biggest stars and filmmakers from around the world.

Looking for outdoor fun? Into the Wild Festival in July, is a great way to meet people who are also passionate about independent music and catching bands that are all about the music!

Book a Cheap Stay at a Luxury Hotel

Ever wanted to live it up at a luxury hotel but didn’t have the cash to make it happen? Well, now might be the best opportunity to stay in a modern London suite or a relaxing seaside villa on the cheap.

Tourism is down worldwide, and many hotels are listing low prices for premium rooms. It’s the perfect occasion to plan a weekend break to somewhere you’ve never been, such as:

  • Guildford: Voted best luxury shopping outside London, and many vineyards to explore
  • Portsmouth: Britain’s only island city, featuring miles of serene coastline
  • Maidstone: The heart of orchard country is known for breweries, fresh markets, and nightlife

To find better prices on hotels in the UK, call them directly or follow them on Facebook. 2022 will be a year full of deals to revitalize tourism, especially at smaller destinations like our recommendations above.

Go Back in Time at a Jousting Event

Enjoy some outdoor entertainment as our ancestors did centuries ago by attending a joust. The jousting and medieval stunt show at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire is a weekend full of thrilling events for the whole family.

Enjoy medieval costumes, food, crafts, pageantry and learn about history up close. The event begins on April 30th and lasts a week.

For a more interactive event for families, visit Windsor Castle in Berkshire this February for the Bring on the Battle event. Children can dress up in medieval clothing, design towers and banners, and learn about how castles defended themselves from attack in the middle-ages.

2022 is shaping up to be one of the most exciting on record in Southeast England. From festivals to exhibitions to a once-in-a-lifetime Jubilee, there’s something to do every weekend. It’s time to shake off those Covid cobwebs and explore the Southeast this year!