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Things to do across the UK in June

Jun 2, 2015

by Jenny Gresham handmade and vintage goods

If you’re on the hunt for things to do across the UK, you’re in luck, because June is proving to be a jam-packed month of fresh local grub, inspirational art and bohemian retreats…



Porridge Cafe

There’s lots happening in London as the weather warms up (we hope). This month you can go to London Zoo for a sunset safari; see the animals at twilight as they’re getting ready for bed.

There are also a few pop-ups popping up, including souvenir shop We Built This City where the colours red, white and blue are few and far between. They are reimagining souvenirs in a way that supports artists and small businesses, giving London something to be proud of. You’ll find lots of our lovely Etsy sellers here, too.

Other pop-ups to visit are the Porridge Cafe in Victoria where everyday there’s a new breakfast special. They’ve also created a great looking lunch menu, too. And it’s also worth dropping by the Moveable Feast– a vegetarian and vegan emporium right beneath the Shard, with changing menus from start-up businesses over the next six months.



Scampston Hall

On 13th and 14th June, York’s Scampston Hall will be hosting its third Vintage Festival Weekend; an excuse to wear your best vintage threads and dress up for tea dances, fashion shows and much more.

York is known for its history, so while you’re there you could go on one of their famous ghost walks, or visit the Treasurer’s House (which is reportedly teeming with ghouls and ghosties).

A top place for food is the Hairy Fig, a gorgeous deli and shop. Alternatively, some dinner at Korean restaurant Oshibi is bound to impress.



Falmouth Classics Regatta

In Cornwall they have Feast Week in Mevagissey, which is worth a visit anyway as it’s so beautiful. The Mevagissey Street Feast has been going since 1754 and involves carnivals and all sorts.

Also this month is the Falmouth Classics Regatta from 12th – 14th June. Spectators can see the parade, watch the race and join the sea shanties. It’s a fun day out, plus it’s nice to breathe in the sea air and see lots of lovely boats.

A food option for Falmouth is Hunkydory, a restaurant serving well-balanced, locally sourced produce in a cosy atmosphere.



Scottish National Gallery

First of all, if you’re a foodie you should try the urban foraging course with the Edinburgh Larder where you can learn how to uncover wild ingredients such as wild flowers, berries and more. This is being held on Sunday 21st June and tickets are available on the website.

If you’re feeling arty then visit the Edinburgh College of Art’s Degree Show until 7th June, or if you like photography then try David Bailey’s Stardust exhibition at the Scottish National Gallery.

And if that’s not enough culture for you, it’s Edinburgh International Film Festival from 17th – 28th June; the perfect excuse to watch a diverse selection of films that you may not get a chance to see anywhere else.

If you’re looking for a spot to eat, then try delicious Japanese cuisine at Kanpai Sushi.



Street Food Circus

This June Keep Wales Tidy are planning to attempt the world record for the most people making sand angels and you can get involved in the action. Don’t forget your wings.

If you’re local to Cardiff, you may have heard about the Circus School. Why not try a spot of hula hooping, or there’s a whole class on handstands. What a fun way to spend your evenings! After all that gymnastics, if you feel you’ve earned a good cup of tea, try Waterloo Tea.

Over June there will be a series of street food night markets known as Street Food Circus. It’s a foodie’s dream, so pop down on a Friday or Saturday night and tuck into the culinary delights.

Available all year round is Little Oasis, a rural heaven. The old wagons each come with their own camping kitchen and fire pit, so you can sit around the roaring flames telling stories and roasting marshmallows.

Across the UK

Have you heard of The Luna Cinema? It’s an outdoor cinema that uses venues all over the UK from Warwick Castle to Battersea Park and shows an array of films from Grease to The Grand Budapest Hotel. It’s such a lovely and unusual experience. Take food, blankets and cushions as it can get a little chilly and you’re sat on the hard ground for a while.

The other thing that’s a must do this month is an Etsy Craft Party. With celebrations of craft and community happening all over the UK and the rest of the world, there’s bound to be one near you. Find out, here.

Top five places to eat this month

Granger and Co– London
Home Sweet Home– Manchester
The Shakespeare Head– Brighton
Stix and Stones– Belfast
Babu Bombay Street Kitchen– Glasgow

Top five coffee shops to visit this month

Colonna and Smalls– Bath
Prufrock Coffee– London
The Quarter Horse Coffee– Birmingham
Bold Street Coffee– Liverpool
Flat Caps Coffee– Newcastle

What have you got planned this June? Let us know in the comments below or tweet us @EtsyUK!


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