Explore summer in the cities

Summer is upon us and cities all around the UK are celebrating with lots of outdoor activities, festivals and fiestas for you to enjoy. Check out the hottest picks here.

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Bat Punting Safari – Cambridge

While it may not be Halloween yet, the bats around Cambridge come out to play around this time of year. Until July, the Wildlife Trust are offering visitors of this historical city the opportunity to combine traditional punting, with a unique and fascinating bat discovery experience. Hop aboard, grab your very own specialist electronic bat detector and get ready for a very close encounter with these beautiful nocturnal creatures.

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Neverland – Fulham Beach London

Finding a beach to ‘chillax’ on this summer doesn’t have to mean hopping on a plane. Fulham beach offers visitors an escape from the hustle and bustle of city life with all the perks including lots of refreshing and tasty cocktails, mouth-watering food, games and plenty deck chairs galore so you can relax and sink your toes into the sand. Events are going on at the beach all summer long so grab your mates and your best beach gear.

Stay: hotels in Fulham

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Manchester Pride

This August, Manchester will once again proudly host it’s own Pride event. Full of colour, energy, positivity and party vibes, this summer extravaganza is not one to be missed. Join in the party at the festival’s newest addition: Pride Live packed with world-class pop and dance artists and marvel at the iconic Pride Parade. Activities are taking place all across the city for the whole weekend of 23rd August so get your friends and family together for an unforgettable time.

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Luna beach – Brighton

The summer season wouldn’t feel the same without an outdoor cinema, and Luna are offering you a chance to pitch up your deckchair and enjoy a cinematic blockbuster alongside an equally spectacular view. Watch some iconic classics such as Grease and Pretty Woman or sing along with The Greatest Showman, Mamma Mia, and Bohemian Rhapsody. Grab some mates, a box of popcorn and settle in for a great films and an even greater sunset.

Stay: hotels in Brighton

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International Balloon Fiesta – Bristol

Bristol’s International Balloon Fiesta takes to the skies again this August for another spectacular show held at Ashton Court Estate. The annual event is much loved amongst locals and visitors alike and is Europe’s largest balloon gathering, with over 130 hot air balloons from across the globe joining the airborne fun. Whether it’s your first fiesta or your 100th, the view is always breathtaking and can be seen for miles around. As well as seeing these globe-trotting balloons, you and your family can take part in the fun of the fair with great trade stands, fairground rides and fantastic entertainment.

Stay: hotels in Bristol

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Blenheim Palace – Oxford

Blenheim Palace is set for a jam-packed summer this year with the 16th annual Battle Proms Picnic concert, BBC Countryfile Live and Salon Privé Classic and Supercar amongst the most anticipated events. Alongside this, the palace itself is also worth a visit. The former home of Sir Winston Churchill, Blenheim has taken pride of place in Woodstock for over 300 years and boasts beautiful gardens that burst into life in the summer time.

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Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Summer in Edinburgh usually means one thing- it’s time for the Fringe festival. Known around the world, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe brings together the best and the most unique artists in the biggest celebration of culture on the planet. Everything can be seen and experienced here and with thousands of performances taking place in hundreds of locations across the Scottish capital, there’s no excuse not to go and join in the fun.

Stay: hotels in Edinburgh

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