17 fantastic things to do in the UK in June 2024

Isn’t June glorious? 🌈

The sun is finally showing its face, evenings are stretching out forever and the summer vibes are in full swing. Ditch the ordinary and jump into some extraordinary adventures and things to do in the UK in June.

We’re talking funky music festivals, spectacular foodie affairs and annual June events to get you in the summer mood. Ready to explore? Let’s dive in!

1. The Derby Festival at Epsom

31st May & 1st June 2024

Epsom Derby FestivalThe Epsom Derby Festival promises two days of unmissable equine events. One of the most highly anticipated sporting affairs in the UK, it attracts royalty, celebs, and thousands of racing fanatics. Friday 31st May is the iconic Ladies’ Day, a chance to get dressed up, grab a drink and enjoy the racing all afternoon. Saturday 1st June is the infamous Derby Day.

This year, you can watch the 245th run of what has been dubbed the world’s greatest Flat race. If horse racing is your kind of thing, you have to experience the Derby Festival this June.

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2. Head to the seaside this National Fish & Chip Day 

7th June 2024

Fish and chips on the beachFancy some seaside fun with your fish and chips this summer? Falling on the first Friday of June, National Fish & Chip Day is the perfect excuse to grab your mates, head to the coast and soak up some classic British summer vibes. Tuck into steaming hot fish ‘n’ chips wrapped in newspaper, with the sound of crashing waves and the salty sea breeze surrounding you.

Popular UK seaside towns like Brighton, with its iconic pier and buzzing pebble beach, or Bournemouth, boasting award-winning beachside attractions and beautiful gardens, are the perfect destinations. So grab a takeaway on the seafront, find a sunny spot on the beach and dig in this National Fish & Chip Day.

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3. Parklife Festival 

8th & 9th June 2024

Calling all festival fans! It’s time to get hyped for Parklife, Manchester’s beloved music festival that mixes all genres into one giant two-day party. As one of the biggest June events on the festival calendar, Parklife brings together superstar headliners and hot new acts. Covering all styles of music from hip-hop and grime to pop to house and disco, Parklife is a guaranteed weekend of fun this summer.

Grooving with the crowd, feel the beat pulse through the dance tent and belt out your favourite pop hits at the top of your lungs. Parklife 2024 is THE place to be this June!

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4. Taste of London Food Festival 

12th-16th June 2024 

Described as the ultimate celebration of food and drink in the capital and the most anticipated food festival of the summer, Taste of London Food Festival is back for 2024 with a delicious lineup of restaurants and artisan producers. Taste of London is transforming Regent’s Park into a foodie paradise this June.

Over five delicious days, tantalise your taste buds with bite-sized wonders from London’s top restaurants. Learn a trick or two from the experts at the live cooking demonstrations. Plus you even check out the outstanding selection of artisan stalls showcasing unique ingredients and tempting treats.

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5. Gottwood Festival

13th-16th June 2024

Gottwood FestivalAttention all electronic enthusiasts! Prepare to lose yourself in the music under a magical canopy of leaves at Gottwood Festival this summer. This hidden gem of a music festival, nestled deep in the beautiful Welsh countryside, is a music lover’s dream come true.

This music festival is all about intimate vibes, with a super-friendly crowd and a killer lineup of both the hottest DJs in the industry and up-and-coming new acts you won’t want to miss. So pack your funkiest outfit, immerse yourself in sound and nature and get ready for a truly unforgettable weekend getaway in Wales!

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6. Trooping the Colour & King’s Birthday Parade

15th June 2024

Trooping the Colour parade in LondonJune in the UK is bursting with events, but for a truly iconic, British experience, look no further than Trooping the Colour, also known as the King’s Birthday Parade. This spectacular ceremony celebrates the King’s Official Birthday (while his actual birthday falls in November) with a display of splendid pageantry unlike any other.

Witness over 1,400 officers and soldiers from the Household Division march in perfect unison down The Mall, accompanied by hundreds of musicians and the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery. The parade itself can be viewed for free along The Mall, so pack a picnic, grab a Union Jack flag and soak up the atmosphere of this historic and joyous occasion.

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7. Round the Island Race, Isle of Wight 

15th June 2024

Round the Island Race, the Isle of WightIf you love a good dose of nautical flair, mark your calendar for the 15th! The exciting Round the Island Race sets sail on the Isle of Wight. As one of the biggest yacht races in the world, the Round the Island Race attracts over 1,000 boats and 16,000 sailors as they take on the 50-mile Solent route.

Head to Cowes, the bustling race starting point and soak up the atmosphere as you witness the magnificent fleet take off onto the water. Or find a scenic viewpoint along the island’s coast to watch the vibrant boats as they pass by.

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8. Royal Ascot

Guests at Ascot racecourseIt’s time to get dressed up – Royal Ascot commences on the 18th June and runs until Saturday 22nd. This prestigious event sees some of the best racing horses go head-to-head on the world-renowned racecourse. With a myriad of fine dining experiences available, you’re sure to see exquisite, high-end fashion choices while you’re there.

The Royal family usually makes an appearance and you’ll likely see a flurry of other famous faces, too. Ultimately, if you enjoy the buzz of horse racing and are craving a little luxury, Royal Ascot is the place to be this June.

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9. Isle of Wight Festival

20th – 23rd June 2024

Isle of Wight FestivalSun, sea and legendary music? That’s the Isle of Wight Festival in a nutshell! This iconic festival has hosted everyone from Jimi Hendrix to Ed Sheeran with its stunning summer vibes and laid-back atmosphere. Whether you’re a die-hard rock fan or love to groove to the latest pop hits, there’s something for everyone at this island party. It’s not just about the music, though – think delicious food stalls, quirky fairground rides and a sense of community perfect for a weekend getaway with friends.

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10. Go hiking on the longest day of the year

20th June 2024

People hikingThe 20th June 2024 marks a double dose of sunshine in the UK this year! Not only is it the official first day of summer, but it’s also the longest day of the year. And what better way to celebrate all those extra hours of sunlight than with a fantastic hike?

Whether you’re a seasoned trekker or a casual walker looking to explore new destinations, the UK’s stunning landscapes offer the perfect trail for everyone. Fancy an unforgettable hike? Head to Snowdonia National Park, Wales and discover this majestic mountain range, catch a gorgeous sunrise and connect with nature this June.

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11. The Royal Highland Show 2024, Edinburgh

20th-23rd June 2024

Royal Highland ShowEdinburgh in June isn’t just about exploring historic landmarks and charming cobblestone streets in the sunshine. The Scottish capital is also renowned for the spectacular annual Royal Highland Show, a celebration of all things Scottish agriculture – food, farming and rural life!

This jam-packed June event is a fantastic family day out, perfect for locals and tourists alike looking to experience the sights, sounds and smells of Scotland’s rich heritage. Wander through impressive livestock displays, marvel at impressive sheepdog trials and witness breathtaking displays of horsemanship. Don’t forget to leave room to indulge in delicious Scottish treats!

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12. Jane Austen Regency Week

21st – 30th June 2024

Pride and Prejudice bookIf you’re a lover of Jane Austen novels, then why not get involved during Jane Austen Regency Week? Held in Alton and Chawton, Hampshire, near Austen’s former home, and run by volunteers, there’ll be lots to do throughout the week from the 21st to the 30th June. As one of the most highly acclaimed writers in English literature, with critically acclaimed novels including Pride and Prejudice, Emma and Persuasion, this annual event celebrates her iconic works. But it’s also an opportunity to celebrate history. Expect a parade for literacy, a wholesome picnic, Alton Regency Day, and lots more!

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13. Stonehenge Summer Solstice

21st June 2024

StonehengeDid you know? The iconic Stonehenge was erected to align with the sun on the solstices in midsummer and midwinter. On June 21st, the sun will rise behind the Heel Stone, where blinding rays will then flood into the centre of the monument to mark the longest day of the year. Visitors typically arrive the evening before to secure their viewing location and watch the sunset.

Whether watching in-person or from afar, as dawn breaks and the light emerges, we’re sure you’ll agree that the Stonehenge Summer Solstice is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

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14. Pride Cymru Festival, Cardiff

22nd & 23rd June 2024

Pride Cymru FestivalWant to play your part in fighting for equality and acceptance of diversity? Pride Cymru 2024 is organised by a volunteer-led charity to stop discrimination in every aspect, not just towards the LGBTQ+ community. The iconic parade will take place on Saturday 22nd June, where thousands will march in unison through Cardiff to show support.

There’ll also be chilled-out drinks areas, food stalls, engaging workshops and live music performances to enjoy throughout the 22nd and 23rd. Expect to see some big names and local talent as you soak up the joys of Pride Cymru alongside thousands of others!

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15. Pub in the Park Chiswick 

28th-30th June 2024

Pub in the ParkStuck for June activities? Look no further than Pub in the Park, Chiswick! This fantastic food and music festival is a must-visit for any foodie who loves a fun and lively scene.

Tuck into mouthwatering Michelin-star dishes and discover the hottest new eateries showcasing delicious pub classics and innovative creations. Then wash it down with a pint of craft beer, a refreshing cider or a delightful mocktail. Pub in the Park offers something for everyone. Sing along to your favourite anthems with live music performances from Scouting for Girls and Busted or browse the artisan market for unique crafts and gifts. It’s perfect for a day out in June, especially if you’re bringing the family!

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16. Pride in London 2024 

29th June 2024

Pride in LondonArguably the most iconic and largest Pride event across the UK, Pride in London is returning with the legendary Pride Parade and beloved celebration of LGBTQ+ pride. Join the colourful crowds as they march through the streets of Mayfair, culminating in a massive celebration at Trafalgar Square with stages, food stalls and a welcoming atmosphere for all.

Plus, get ready for a weekend packed with exciting activities all across London. Come rain or shine, dust off your most fabulous outfit and get ready to celebrate love, diversity and community at Pride in London 2024!

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17. Bristol Pride 2024

29th June – 14th July 2024

Embrace diversity this summer at Bristol Pride, an inclusive festival running for just over 2 weeks beginning June 24th. Aimed at celebrating the LGBTQ+ community, thousands will head to the city to reduce isolation, stand against prejudice and hate, and make new connections. Get ready to hang out with like-minded people whilst enjoying lots of singing and dancing, and indulging in unmissable food, drink, and market stalls.

Most importantly, make sure you’re there for the Parade March on the 13th July 2024. This walk through the city covers roughly 2 miles and is a chance for everyone to celebrate, support, and protest for LGBTQ+ human rights in the loudest way possible!

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