I’m lucky enough to be writing this blog post whilst on holiday. Hopefully the sky will remain blue and the sun will shine on the June round-up of events below.
1. World Pooh Sticks championships, Oxfordshire
Last year I was runner up in the World Pooh Stick championships; you can read all about it here. This year Pooh Sticks has moved to a new location at Cogges Farm, Witney and takes place on 7 June. Find out about the championship here (I’ve also just discovered my prize presentation photo in the 2014 championship web pages!).
2. Magna Carta events
This year is the 800th anniversary of the sealing of the Magna Carta by King John.
Events are taking place across the UK but perhaps the most family friendly one is a celebratory river pageant along the Thames on the 13 and 14 June. Details of the route from Hurley to Runnymede, which will be led by the royal barge Gloriana can be found here.
3. Golowan Festival, Penzance, Cornwall
The Golowan Festival in Penzance runs from 19-28 June. The festival celebrates midsummer with the two main events being Mazey Day on 27 June and Quay Day on 28 June. Mazey Day is the centrepiece with thousands watching a procession of giant sculptures and floats through the centre of Penzance.
4. Trooping the colour, London
Trooping the Colour takes place on Saturday 13 June to celebrate the Queen’s birthday.
Two hundred horses, four hundred musicians and more than twelve hundred officers and men will parade from Buckingham Palace along The Mall to Horse Guards Parade, Whitehall and back again.
5. Festival of nature, Bristol
The Bristol Festival of Nature is the largest of its kind in the country. Running over the weekend of 13-14 June the free festival takes place at Bristol Harbourside. You can visit a pop up butterfly garden, help make a large bug garden, listen to wildlife talks and meet experts from the main environmental organisations. A full programme is available here.
6. Edinburgh Festival of Cycling
If you enjoy cycling and will be in Edinburgh between 11-21 June then check out the Festival of Cycling. The event calendar includes a family cycling tour through Leith, cyclo speedway coaching for kids and a bike curious family workshop.
7. Sand angels world record attempt, Pembrokeshire
Ever fancied being a record breaker? Keep Wales Tidy are attempting to break the Guinness World record for the largest number of simultaneous sand angels on 6 June at Freshwater West beach. If you fancy taking part, you can register your interest here. The record attempt will be followed by a big beach clean.
8. Open Farm Sunday, nationwide
Hundreds of farms around the country will be open to visitors on Sunday 7 June. There will be opportunities to meet animals, go on a trailer ride and to tour the farms.
Look for a participating farm near you and find out more about Open Farm Sunday here.
9. International Mersey River Festival, Liverpool
The free Mersey River festival runs from 4-7 June with Tall Ships, air displays, street theatre and music amongst the many activities. Attracting more than 200,000 visitors in 2014 the festival has lots to offer the entire family.
10. Father’s Day events, nationwide
English Heritage are celebrating Father’s Day with a variety of events. You can take part in Dad’s Roman Army at Chesters Roman Fort, Hadrian’s Wall over the weekend of 20-21 June or Knights School for fathers on 21 June at Bolsover Castle. Further events are listed on the English Heritage website.
As always, if you have any further suggestions for days out in June please do leave a comment.