Every summer across the UK there's a huge array of events and activities held, from sports, arts and crafts to music. Of course not everything is free, but we're here today to give you a definitive list of the best free and paid events and activities that are available in parts of the UK.
These events are great for all ages, but particularly might be of interest to the elderly to enjoy.
1. Open Air Cinemas
Great for those who love movies and the great outdoors! Out door cinemas first popped up around 1916 in Berlin, Germany, often screening Hollywood Premieres to audiences who sat on camping chairs and blankets. They soon caught on across the globe, with Large and well-known outdoors cinemas known today in the likes of California and Australia where festivals are held around outdoors screenings.
- Regents Park Open Air Theatre - 27th August onwards
- Pop up Luna Cinema - Holkham Hall, Greenwhich, Kenwood House & Blenheim Palace
- Rooftop Film Club London - All Summer
- Somerset House - August 10-23rd
2. London Festival
The Underbelly Festival is taking place outside the Southbank Centre across the summer. Although there's some events that require tickets, the festival ground is free to enter with lots of bars and street food available to enjoy in the glorious sunshine.
3. Bristol Balloons Spectacular
This FREE spectacular event is one of Britain's biggest and best. The international Balloon Fiesta, held in Bristol, attracts more than half a million visitors over the four days that it runs. The skies are filled with all different types and colours of Hot Air Balloons. It's a fantastic event and indefinably one to attend! This year it takes place from the 10th - 13th August.
4. Seafront Airshows FREE
There's two prominent airshows taking place in the UK this summer, both of which are free to watch. The world's biggest is situated in Eastbourne, Sussex. It takes place between the 11th and 14th August. There's live music, exciting firework display, and flyovers by the Red Arrows, the Breitling WingWalkers, Royal Navy Black Cats, and also the Belgian Air Force's F16's.
The second event is the Sunderland International Air Show, taking place between the 29th and 31st July - Again lots of exciting fly overs and celebrations. Not to be missed!
6. National Trust
Many National Trust sites hold activities through-out the summer period for all ages. It's a great day out, a chance to see and learn lots and enjoy some fantastic preserved grounds and halls. To find out more of the events and what you can do you can visit the National Trust website.
5. Relax By The Water
Why not sit by a lake, enjoy some lunch or a cold beverage, better yet rent a rowing boat or pedalo. There's a number of places do this across the country, most popular places include Hyde Park, Regent's Park, Battersea Park, Finsbury Park, and Victoria Park.
7. Matthew Street Music Festival
Titled Europe's biggest free city music festival, it's Liverpool's greatest event. Taking place on 28th and 29th August this year, it will see bands from across the globe come together. With six stages there's something for everyone! Last year a total of 320,000 people attended, and it's expected to be even bigger this year!
8. Swim For Free
If you're into keeping active then this is a great one for you! Schwim free is scheme that lets adults and children go swimming for free across the UK, and even in the fanciest of private pools - great hey?
All you have to do to be able to go to one of these free sessions is purchase a bottle of Schwepps Abbey Well water, which sells for as little as 50p in Tesco. Once you've purchase the bottle a unique code allows you to go online and book a slot in your postcode. You can do up to five entries.
So there we have it, just a handful of some of the events and activities you can attend this summer! There's so much happening across the country you can get involved in, whatever your age. Why not check out you're local councils website to see what else is happening in your area this summer.