The UK summer is always highly anticipated, and, although the weather can still be unpredictable, the long, sun-soaked days draw in millions of tourists each year. For those of you that will be spending some time in the UK this summer, OROGOLD has put together some of the top summer activities throughout the country.
Music festivals have become an integral part of British culture, and with the huge variety of festivals now being hosted, there really is something for everyone. While the Isle of Wight Festival features many retro acts, V Festival in Chelmsford is known for their big pop acts. For a smaller, exclusive, more boutique festival, head to the Secret Garden Party in Huntingdon in July, or to the Wilderness Festival in Oxfordshire, which even has a Lakeside Spa. Latitude Festival in Southwold features more than just music, with artists, poets, and comedians all giving great performances, while Download Festival is the premier rock and heavy metal festival in the UK. For festivals that are more family oriented, check out Camp Bestival, as well as Beautiful Days, both of which have plenty of family-friendly activities and performances. Many of these festivals sell out well in advance, so OROGOLD highly recommends making a booking ASAP if you are wanting to attend one.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with the term, glamping stands for luxury camping, and is a great way to have the camping experience, without giving up your creature comforts. The Roulotte Retreat in the Scottish Borders offer accommodation in handmade French gypsy caravans, while the Red Kite Tree Tent in Wales features tents that are suspended in the treetops. The Chesters Estate Country Retreat has safari lodge-style accommodation, while Lamorna Safari Glamping in Cornwall has huge tents that contains the same facilities as a luxury hotel.
London City Farms
As busy and developed as the city of London may be, there are still plenty of pockets of greenery throughout, some of which have been turned into city farms, with on-site farm kitchens serving up delicious fresh produce. These farms are a great place to discover urban agriculture and get closer to nature. The Mudchute Park and Farm is one of the largest in London, and, in addition to their large petting zoo, they also have a thriving equestrian center. The Spitalfields City Farm has some rare breed animals for visitors to pet and feed, as well as cookery classes, a young farmer’s club and more, while the Hounslow Urban Farm has a wide range of animals, as well as weekly pig racing.
From dancing the weekend away at some of the UK’s best music festivals to spending a night under the stars in a luxury tent, these are OROGOLD’s top picks for summer activities in the UK. However, OROGOLD reminds you once again that the UK does get quite busy in the summertime, so be sure to plan your activities well in advance.