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Things to do in the UK in July 2015

JULY 2015

Summer sales

Lavender field (Norfolk)

In July students from most of the UK's schools, colleges and universities are on holiday. Many tourists arrive, especially from other European countries. It is one of the warmest months and the days are long. This is the most popular time for outdoor events. Go out walking and enjoy the British countryside. There are free concerts in many of the larger parks: check your local park for information about their events. If you want to plan travel in the UK or Europe, see the Travel section for information about tourism, travel and holiday accommodation. There is a busy sporting calendar, including Henley (rowing), Wimbledon (tennis), the British Open (golf), and cricket. Flowers are in full bloom: visit the flower shows at Hampton Court Palace or Tatton Park, or gardens throughout the country. If you like classical music, don't miss the Proms concerts which start in July and continue until September. Early July is the time for summer sales in many shops.

* For a list of free outdoor concerts in London's parks in July, see: Life/Entertainment/Concerts

Thu 18 Jun -
Sat 18 Jul 2015
Ramadan is the holiest month in the Islamic calendar. It lasts 30 days, starting and ending with an official sighting of the new moon. Healthy Muslims who follow this tradition are not supposed to eat or drink between dawn and sunset during Ramadan - they eat meals just before and after these times. It is also a spiritual time: Muslims are encouraged to pray, to do good deeds (avoiding bad behaviour, thoughts or sights), and if possible to spend time with family members. At the end of this period there is a celebration called Eid al-Fitr.
For further information, see: or

Mon 22 Jun -
Fri 10 Jul 2015
City of London Festival, London
Music and dance festival in the area of central London known as "the City". See:
Events include free lunchtime concerts in the City's churches or squares.

Mon 29 Jun -
Sun 12 Jul 2015
Wimbledon Tennis Tournament, London
A world-famous tennis competition at Wimbledon (in south London). Play is on grass courts. For detailed information, see the official Wimbledon website: You can watch on television on BBC1 or BBC2, or listen to matches on BBC Radio 5 Live.
* More details about Wimbledon (including how to get tickets): Life/Sport/Tennis.

Tue 30 Jun -
Sun 5 Jul 2015
Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, Hampton Court
The world's largest annual garden and flower show takes place at Hampton Court, near London (map). It is organised by the RHS (Royal Horticultural Society). Only RHS members can visit on Tuesday and Wednesday; anyone can visit on Thursday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday. Plants can be bought on any day (you can leave them in the plant creche and collect them when you leave). The easiest way to get there is take a train from London Waterloo to Hampton Court (Hampton Court is in zone 6). It is a 15 minute walk from the train station to the show, but if you prefer you can take a boat.
For further details of the show and how to get there, see:
You can watch highlights of the show on BBC television.
* Pictures from the event: Ideas/Album/HamptonCourt

Hampton Court Flower Show: a "bed of roses" ...

... and a floral display

Wed 1 Jul -
Sun 5 Jul 2015
Henley Royal Regatta, Henley-on-Thames
Traditional rowing races at Henley-on-Thames in Oxfordshire (nearest railway station: Henley-on-Thames). See:

Henley Royal Regatta: oars ...

... an "eight" ...

... enclosures are set up by the river

Fri 3 Jul -
Sun 5 Jul 2015
Wireless Festival, London
Annual music festival in Finsbury Park, London. In 2015 there are also concerts on Sunday 28 June. See:
* UK rock festivals: Life/Entertainment/Festivals

Fri 3 Jul -
Sun 5 Jul 2015
Godiva Festival, Coventry
A free 3-day music festival in Coventry’s War Memorial Park. See:
* Visitor guide to Coventry: Travel/Tours/England/Coventry

Fri 3 Jul 2015 Don Giovanni (opera), UK
Free public screenings of a live performance from London's Royal Opera House, as one of the events of the BP Summer Big Screens season.
Tonight you can see the opera Don Giovanni (by Mozart), starting at 7:30pm.
Screenings will be held in various locations across the UK (in London the screens will be in Trafalgar Square and in Canada Square Park, Canary Wharf)
* Concerts: Life/Entertainment/Concerts

Sat 4 July 2015 Calling Festival, London
Rock festival on Clapham Common (formerly known as the Hard Rock Calling festival). See:
* UK rock festivals: Life/Entertainment/Festivals

Sun 5 Jul 2015 British Grand Prix, Silverstone
International Formula 1 motor race at Silverstone, near Milton Keynes (the competition starts on Saturday; the main race is on Sunday). The race is shown live on television. See: or
* British motor racing: Life/Sport/Motor

Wed 8 Jul -
Sun 12 Jul 2015
Cricket: 1st Test, England v Australia, SWALEC (Cardiff)
The first of five test matches between England and Australia (the winner of the series receives "the Ashes"). This game is played at the SWALEC cricket ground in Cardiff, Wales.
* Cricket: Life/Sport/Cricket

Fri 10 Jul -
Sun 12 Jul 2015
T in the Park, Perthshire (Scotland)
Annual rock festival in Scotland at Strathallan Castle, Perthshire. See:
* UK rock festivals: Life/Entertainment/Festivals

Sat 11 Jul 2015 Wimbledon Tennis Tournament: Women's Final, London
The second last day of Wimbledon, including the women's final. Live action is shown on BBC1 and BBC2.
* More details: Life/Sport/Tennis

Sun 12 Jul 2015 Wimbledon Tennis Tournament: Men's Final, London
The last day of Wimbledon, including the men's final. Live action is shown on BBC1 and BBC2.
* More details: Life/Sport/Tennis

Wimbledon: a game of doubles

Wimbledon: tennis umpire

Sun 12 Jul -
Sun 19 Jul 2015
British Open Championship, St Andrew's (Scotland)
In 2015 the British major golf tournament takes place at St Andrew's (in Scotland). This event can be watched on BBC2. For details, see:
* Golf in the UK: Life/Sport/Golf

Sun 12 Jul 2015 The British 10k London, London
A road race through the heart of London. Thousands of people take part to raise money for charity. The race starts at about 9:30am and follows this route: Piccadilly (the start is near the Hard Rock Cafe), Pall Mall, Trafalgar Square, Victoria Embankment, St Paul's Cathedral, Victoria Embankment, Westminster Bridge, Whitehall (the finish). For details of how to enter the race or how to go and watch, see:
* Sport in the UK: Life/Sport

Tue 14 Jul 2015 Bastille Day (Fête Nationale), Paris (France)
14th July is France's largest national holiday. On the previous evening (13th July) there is dancing on the streets near the Bastille and in other parts of Paris, organised by the Fire Brigade (known as "bals des sapeurs-pompiers"). In the morning there is a parade by the military and the Fire Brigade along the Champs Elysées (starting at about 10am). This is led by the French President and includes a flypast by military aircraft. There is usually a free concert in the evening on the Champs de Mars (near the Eiffel Tower). This is followed by fireworks ("feux d'artifice") accompanied by music - the display starts after dark, usually at about 10:30pm. Note that there can be very large crowds so you should arrive early - be prepared for difficulties if trying to use the Metro in the areas around the main celebrations. See: or
* Visitor guide to Paris: Travel/Tours/Paris

Thu 16 Jul -
Mon 20 Jul 2015
Cricket: 2nd Test, England v Australia, Lord's (London)
The second of five test matches between England and Australia (the winner of the series receives "the Ashes"). This game is played at Lord's cricket ground in London
* Cricket: Life/Sport/Cricket

Fri 17 Jul -
Sat 12 Sep 2015
Proms, London
The BBC Sir Henry Wood Promenade Concerts. A series of classical concerts in London at the Royal Albert Hall and Cadogan Hall. All of the concerts are broadcast live on BBC Radio 3, and some are shown on BBC TV. For full details, see:
* Further details: Life/Entertainment/Concerts

Sat 18 Jul -
Sun 19 Jul 2015
Barrio Fiesta, London
Free annual festival organised by London's Filipino community. It is held in Apps Court Farm, Hampton Court. See:
* Filipino links: Links/Philippines

Sat 18 Jul 2015 Eid ul-Fitr
Eid ul-Fitr (also known as Eid al-Fitr or Id al-Fitris) is a Muslim festival marking the end of the month of Ramadan. See:

Wed 22 Jul -
Sun 26 Jul 2015
Tatton Park Flower Show, Cheshire
Flower show organised by the RHS (Royal Horticultural Society) at Tatton Park, Knutsford, Cheshire (near Manchester; see: map).
For further details of the show and how to get there, see: and

Fri 24 Jul -
Sun 26 Jul 2015
WOMAD, Wiltshire
Festival at Charlton Park (Malmesbury, Wiltshire) which brings together many types of music, arts and dance from around the world. See:
* UK rock festivals: Life/Entertainment/Festivals

Sat 25 Jul 2015 Eid Festival, London
Free celebration of Eid ul-Fitr in Trafalgar Square. See:
* Eid In The Square: Ideas/Album/Eid

Wed 29 Jul -
Sun 2 Aug 2015
Cricket: 3rd Test, England v Australia, Edgbaston (Birmingham)
The third of five test matches between England and Australia (the winner of the series receives "the Ashes"). This game is played at the Edgbaston cricket ground in Birmingham
* Cricket: Life/Sport/Cricket

Events for which dates have not been confirmed (or which may not be taking place this year) - check the links for the latest details:

- Canada Day, London
There were no Canada Day celebration in Trafalgar Square in 2014 and this event is not planned in 2015. See:
* Canada links: Links/Canada

Sat 2 Jul -
Sun 10 Jul 2016
Big Dance
Every two years there is a festival of dance in the UK. For details of local events, see:
* Dance in the UK: Life/Entertainment/Dance

Sat 16 Jul -
Sun 17 Jul 2016
Farnborough Airshow, Farnborough (Surrey)
Major air show which takes place once every 2 years at Farnborough. Entrance charges apply. See:

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