20 things to do in the UK in July 2024

Summer sun, vibrant festivals and a bursting calendar of events – the UK in July has something for everyone to enjoy! ⛱️

We’ve got a jam-packed list of 20 unique experiences and things to do in the UK in July 2024 for you to discover. From iconic musical events to historical landmarks bathed in summer sun and hidden gems waiting to be uncovered – let’s get planning your UK summer staycation today.

1. 2024 Wimbledon Championships

1st-14th July 2024

Henman Hill WimbledonJuly is set to ‘serve’ up plenty of iconic events in the British calendar, but none are quite as entertaining and thrilling as the Wimbledon Tennis Championships. Renowned as one of the oldest and most prestigious tennis tournaments in the world, Wimbledon is beloved for its outstanding wins, traditional all-white attire and being the only one of the four tennis slams played on grass courts.

With a unique ticketing system giving visitors the chance to bag high-demand, premium seats on the Centre and No.1 Courts, the ‘Queue’ is truly part of the Wimbledon experience. Grab a Standard Grounds ticket to access all courts and Henman Hill, where you can catch all the action from Centre and No.1 Courts. But if you’re looking to grab the limited Show Court tickets, we recommend arriving as early as you can!

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2. Henley Royal Regatta

2nd-7th July 2024

Henley Royal RegattaCalling all sporting enthusiasts (or just fans of a good race)! Mark your calendars for this truly British July event – the Henley Royal Regatta. This splendid annual rowing event, steeped in tradition since 1839, is more than just your average boat race. It’s the ultimate summer social occasion, attracting international rowing crews and spectators from across the globe.

Discover the exhilarating energy of world-class athletes battling it out on the water. Plus, you don’t have to be royalty to enjoy the regatta! Tickets range from seated general admission to luxurious hospitality packages. Or pack a picnic basket, a fold-up chair and perhaps a bottle of Pimms and soak up the atmosphere of the non-ticketed Little Lion Meadow area – open to all and no ticket required.

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3. RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival

2nd-7th July 2024

RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden FestivalReturning this July, the RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival is the perfect way to discover the wonderful world of gardening amongst the historic grounds of the Hampton Court Palace. Known as the world’s largest festival of flowers, the RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival spans a whopping 34 acres – taking organisers a staggering 21 days to set up!

Visitors can expect everything from engaging talks and demos to valuable insights and plenty of tips for keeping their gardens in tip-top shape. Explore gorgeous and thought-provoking floral displays and discover industry discussions surrounding gardening and sustainability. There’s even an opportunity to enjoy some high tea!

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4. British Grand Prix 2024

5th-7th July 2024

British Grand Prix SilverstoneCalling all petrolheads! ️This July, the roar of Formula 1 engines returns to the UK as the British Grand Prix blasts into Silverstone Circuit. Witness the world’s best drivers push their cars to the limit with over 52 heart-stopping laps.

But why just watch one day when you can make it a whole weekend getaway? Head to Silverstone’s early British GP Opening Concert with headliners Kings of Leon launching this epic weekend of sport, supported by Self Esteem and The Snuts. Friday and Saturday are all about practice and qualifying. And the fun doesn’t stop when the checkered flag drops on Sunday! Silverstone comes alive with after-race parties featuring DJs and special guest performances all weekend long.

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5. Alice’s Day 2024, Oxford 

6th July 2024

Alice Day parade OxfordGet ready to have a tea-riffic time in Oxford this summer! July 6th marks the return of Alice’s Day, a fantastical annual celebration of everyone’s favourite whimsical tale. Held at the Story Museum, this jam-packed day is bursting with grinning Cheshire cat-worthy fun for all ages.

With plenty of delightful activities to dive into, from creative craft workshops and wacky theatre shows to family-friendly games and exciting trails, this year’s theme is ‘Fabulous Monsters and Curious Creatures.’

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6. Wales Airshow

6th & 7th July 2024

Wales AirshowLooking for family fun and exciting things to do in July? Get ready for some serious wow factor this summer, because the Wales Airshow is back and it’s completely free! Taking place at Swansea Bay, witness incredible jets and the legendary Red Arrows soaring through the sky and performing daring aerial acrobatics. But the fun doesn’t stop there!

On the ground, you’ll find a festival atmosphere with delicious food stalls to tempt your taste buds, live bands setting the beat and amusement rides to keep everyone entertained.  So pack your picnic blanket, grab your sunglasses and get ready for an unforgettable weekend at the Wales Airshow.

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7. Buckingham Palace Summer Opening

11th July 2024

Grab a glimpse into royal life this summer as Buckingham Palace opens its doors to visitors for 10 glorious weeks. This year, the festivities at the palace begin on July 14th! Book a guided tour and explore the iconic Throne Room, Ballroom and Palace Gardens where King Charles III and the Royal Family entertain guests. Walk the extravagant halls of Buckingham Palace and explore all its history and grandeur.

Visiting London for the first time this July? A trip to Buckingham Palace is a must for anyone fascinated by the monarchy. Book your tickets and get ready to feel like royalty yourself!

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8. Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival

12th-21st July 2024

Attention all lovers of jazz and blues! The Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival is sure to elevate your passion for these music genres this July. Taking place in Scotland’s capital, from the 12th to the 21st July 2024, this iconic musical event has become one of the most beloved jazz festivals in Europe and anticipated July events in Edinburgh.

With a 10-day schedule packed with over 170 performances, the Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival has something for every music taste. Plus, with diverse music styles interwoven throughout the festival, including funk and hip-hop, expect to see one-of-a-kind performances throughout the local parks, clubs and even the city’s grandest concert halls.

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9. Birmingham Mela 2024

13th & 14th July 2024

This July, Birmingham is throwing a HUGE party celebrating South Asian culture – and you’re invited! The Birmingham Mela is the biggest South Asian music festival in Europe. Prepare for a spectacular weekend of incredible music, with over 150 artists taking the stage at Victoria Park, Smethwick.

But it’s not just about the music! With over 30 food stalls tempting your taste buds with delicious South Asian flavours, plus a gorgeous shopping bazaar selling unique crafts and souvenirs, immerse yourself in the rich culture of South Asia. There’s even a funfair to keep the little ones entertained as well as breathtaking visual performances to feast your eyes on.

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10. Jungle Curates w/ Annie Mac, Ross From Friends and more @ Tofte Manor

14th July 2024
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 After their universally acclaimed album release in 2023 and outstanding music video choreo hit the internet by storm, legendary Brit band Jungle is heading to Tofte Manor for an open-air bash you won’t want to miss!

Playing alongside BBC Radio 1 queen, Annie Mac and the genre-bending stylings of Ross From Friends, July 14th promises a gorgeous mix of house, electronica and everything in between. All soundtracked by the beautiful Bedfordshire countryside, Jungle is putting its stamp on the historic Tofte Manor with unique production, decor and even merch. Tickets are selling fast, so grab your crew and get ready for a July summer party to remember.

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11. The 152nd Open at Royal Troon

14th-21st July 2024

The OpenThis July, get ready to witness a slice of sporting history at the Open Championship. Nicknamed “The Open”, this prestigious tournament is the oldest of golf’s four major championships. From the 14th to the 21st July, the action tees off at the magnificent Royal Troon Golf Club in Ayrshire, Scotland.

Boasting a history that stretches back to 1860, this iconic golf tournament will unfold on Royal Troon’s legendary links, promising a week of world-class golf and memorable sporting moments. Whether you’re a die-hard golfer or simply looking for a fantastic summer trip to Scotland, the Open Championship promises an unforgettable experience. So grab your tickets (they’ll vanish faster than a birdie putt!) and get ready to immerse yourself in the thrilling competition of this legendary tournament.

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12. Check out the prettiest rooftop bars in the UK

The Canal House rooftop barJuly in the UK – sunshine (hopefully!), warm nights and the perfect excuse to grab some friends and head out for a night of cocktails, mocktails and cheeky pints. But what if you could take things up a notch? The UK boasts some seriously stunning rooftop bars, offering incredible cityscapes and swanky vibes. So if you’re looking to add a touch of glamour to your July plans, look no further!

Sip on delicious creations with the city lights twinkling around you. For some inspiration, we found this rounded up the top 10 rooftop bars across Britain here! From swanky London spots to hidden gems in Liverpool, Leeds, Bristol and much more, you’re sure to find the perfect place to perch and enjoy the view. Now, all that’s left to do is pick your next favourite spot, grab your besties and get ready for a night to remember.

13. Bristol Harbour Festival

19th-21st July 2024

Bristol Harbour FestivalSunshine, good vibes and a celebration of all things Bristol – that’s what the Bristol Harbour Festival is all about! This July, from the 19th to the 21st, prepare for a massive free party along the city’s stunning harbourside. Every year, Bristolians come together with visitors from all over to soak up the city’s unique atmosphere. It’s a chance to celebrate Bristol’s rich maritime history, diverse communities and incredible local talent.

The beating heart of the festival is the Amphitheatre. Here you’ll find pumping DJ sets, delicious food and drinks to keep you fueled, and the best seats in the house for some seriously cool water displays. But that’s not all! Millenium Square and Queen’s Square are also buzzing with activity, offering everything from live music to local crafts. And for the little ones, the fantastic children’s area is packed with fun activities to keep them entertained for hours.

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14. The BBC Proms

21st July-14th September 2024

BBC Proms at the Royal Albert HallGet ready for an epic summer of music! The BBC Proms are back for eight amazing weeks starting the 19th July. With world-class musicians performing incredible classical concerts inside the stunning Royal Albert Hall, The Proms even dates back to 1895!

With special performances from Sam Smith and one of Britain’s best-loved pianists, Sir Stephen Hough, the 2024 Proms calendar even features a night of Doctor Who melodies. If you enjoy experiencing splendid classical music, a visit to the BBC Proms is the ultimate July activity!

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15. Northern Pride

19th-21st July 2024

Northern PrideMark your calendars! Northern Pride is returning to Newcastle Upon Tyne this July, bigger and better than ever! Run by the North East’s biggest LGBTQ+ charity, Northern Pride’s three-day celebration is themed around ‘unapologetically visible’ for 2024.

The heart of the action is the Festival Arena, where you can see famous performers, dance the night away at cabarets and grab some tasty food and drinks.  And you don’t want to miss the Curious Arts Stage! But the highlight of the weekend is the Pride march on Saturday. So come on down, show your support for the LGBTQ+ community and get ready for a weekend of fun, friendship and fabulous vibes!

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16. Great British Food Festival @ Knebworth House

20th & 21st July 2024

Great British Food FestivalPut the 20th and 21st on your calendars for a treat and get ready for sunshine, stunning grounds and delicious food at the Great British Food Festival at Knebworth House this July! This fantastic foodie extravaganza is free to enter with your Knebworth House ticket.

Explore the beautiful gardens, playgrounds and even the Dinosaur Trail while enjoying yummy bites from local and national producers. You’ll find everything from melt-in-your-mouth chocolates and tangy chutneys to creamy cheeses and fiery hot sauces. There’s something to satisfy every craving! Plus, this year promises to be extra special with a lineup of celebrity chefs and bakers. So grab your picnic blanket (and your appetite!), gather your loved ones and head to Knebworth House for a weekend of feasting and exploring the very best of British food and drink!

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17. The Hundred

23rd July – 18th August 2024
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Looking for some exciting things to do in the UK this July? If you’re a cricket fan then you won’t want to miss The Hundred. Launched in 2020, The Hundred Cricket Tournament is designed to be fast-paced, action-packed and fun for everyone. Matches are shorter than traditional cricket matches with each team batting for just 100 balls. This means there are non-stop cricketing thrills, perfect family days out and group outings.

Expect funky music, flashy lights and a real party atmosphere at the grounds. Plus, there’ll be plenty of opportunities to grab some delicious food and drinks to keep you fueled throughout the match. So, whether you’re a die-hard cricket fan or a complete newbie, The Hundred is an epic way to experience the electric atmosphere of this classic British sport.

18. Camp Bestival Dorset

25th-28th July 2024

Spice up your July and buckle up, because Camp Bestival Dorset is here to turn your summer staycation into an epic adventure! Taking place from July 25th to 28th at the majestic Lulworth Castle, this family fiesta features everything from lush green fields and a three-day lineup of big-name artists to a festival funfair for all ages.

And best of all, Camp Bestival is all about good vibes and keeping things green. They focus on yummy local food and have a mission to make the festival as eco-friendly as possible. So you can relax, have fun and know you’re doing your part for the planet. So grab your tickets and get ready for an unforgettable family weekend!

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19. Junction 2 Festival 2024

26th-28th July 2024
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Get ready to lose yourself in 3 days of pure musical magic at Junction 2 festival in London! This year Junction 2 is going all out with a brand new 3-day party at Boston Manor Park, happening from July 26th to 28th. Float away on dreamy house and techno vibes on Friday. Prepare for some seriously dark techno beats on Saturday. Then finish off the weekend let loose and groove to happy house and disco tunes on Sunday.

Plus, Junction 2 is all about good vibes and eco-friendly fun. They’ll have yummy food to keep you fueled and a super welcoming atmosphere – perfect for a wild dance weekend with your besties! Here are some of the can’t miss acts for the weekend: Barry Can’t Swim, Joy Anonymous and The Blessed Madonna!

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20. Cowes Week 

27th July – 2nd August 2024 

Cowes WeekIf you’re looking for an unforgettable seaside adventure this July, then set your course for the Isle of Wight and dive headfirst into the legendary Cowes Week! For over 200 years, Cowes Week has been the crown jewel of the Isle of Wight’s summer calendar, transforming the charming town of Cowes into a vibrant hub of activity.

From the end of July to the first few days of August, the waters around the island come alive with hundreds of boats, from sleek racing yachts to classic beauties. Don’t worry if your sea legs aren’t quite up to snuff – there’s plenty to do on dry land too! Explore the charming shops and cafes of Cowes, soak up the sunshine on the Isle of Wight’s many beaches or visit one of the island’s various historical attractions.

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