What To Book Around The UK This June

From a literary festival in Emma Bridgewater’s Stoke factory to the launch of this year’s biggest event up north, this month has a host of hot happenings occurring across the country…


Emma Bridgewater’s pottery factory is the backdrop for this year’s Stoke Literary Festival. Featuring a diverse programme of authors, workshops and performers discussing the creative process and their latest publications, the event gives festival goers the opportunity to debate with and meet some of the country’s leading writers such as Prue Leith, Sophie Kinsella and Dame Jenni Murray.

Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent ST1 3EJ; 7th-9th June

Visit FestivalInAFactory.co.uk


Following its hugely successful BAFTA award-winning BBC production and recent Edinburgh Festival Fringe revival, DryWrite’s production of Fleabag is back on the road. Starring Maddie Rice, the play (on which the TV series was based) is a rip-roaring account of a 30-something female battling through life. Lucky Hove will get to see the tour’s final shows.

The Old Market, Hove BN3 1AS; 5th-9th June

Visit SohoTheatre.com

ATTEND THE UK’S BIGGEST EVENT OF 2018 HERE: Great Exhibition of the North

Great Exhibition of the North is a free, summer-long celebration of the north of England’s pioneering spirit. The country’s biggest event in 2018, it packs a programme of thought-provoking exhibits, live performances, new artworks and immersive experiences into 80 days. Highlights include Lauren Lavern’s week-long series of concerts, art shows featuring works by Damien Hirst and a robot exhibition.

Various venues across Newcastle and Gateshead; 22nd June-9th September

Visit GETNorth2018.com


This summer, the striking Holkham Estate in Norfolk is set to host a brimming calendar of events from family theatre productions, exhibitions and open-air cinema viewings, to the highly anticipated UK return of Lionel Richie on 24th June. Film lovers can enjoy the Luna Cinema’s showing of Harry Potter & The Philosopher’s Stone on 30th June and Pretty Woman on 29th June.

Holkham Road, Wells-next-the-Sea NR23 1AB; various dates in June

Visit Holkham.co.uk

WATCH THE KILLERS HERE: Isle of Wight Festival

Originally a counterculture event in the hippy era of 1968, this year the Isle of Wight Festival celebrates its 50th anniversary – and they’ve got the headliners to match this grand occasion. The Killers, Kasabian, Depeche Mode, Liam Gallagher, Rita Ora, Manic Street Preachers, Chic with Nile Rogers, Camila Cabello, Jessie J and more will all bring the party to Newport.

Newport, Isle of Wight; 21st-24th June

Visit IsleOfWightFestival.com


Tate Liverpool has just opened one of the exhibitions of the year: Life in Motion: Egon Schiele/Francesca Woodman. Both artists are known for their intimate and unapologetic portraits, which look beneath the surface to capture their subjects’ emotions. The close encounter between these two artists offers an intense viewing experience and a new perspective on their personal and powerful works. 

Albert Dock, Liverpool L3 4BB; until 23rd September

Visit Tate.org.uk 

MIX OPERA, ART & DANCE HERE: The Grange Festival

This summer, Wayne McGregor (Movement Director of the Harry Potter films, and the man behind music videos for Radiohead, The Chemical Brothers and Jamie XX) will be directing several performances at The Grange Festival in Hampshire. The Grade I-listed neo-classical estate makes a striking backdrop for the ballet and contemporary dances taking place over the weekend.

Itchen Stoke, Hampshire SO24 9TF; 7th June- 8th July

Visit TheGrangeFestival.co.uk

WATCH A NEW PLAY HERE: Wales Millennium Centre

Language is the focus of this new play in Cardiff this month. Titled English, the interactive performance is part of National Theatre Wales’ Festival of Voices 2018 programme. Inviting its audience into a conversation with performer Jonny Cotsen, English asks how language shapes us all, and what happens to our sense of self when we learn a new language, and don’t really know how to say who we are.

Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff CF10 5AL; 14th-24th June

Visit NationalTheatreWales.org

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