The Great Outdoors

Summer is here! So we’d highlight a few good reasons to grab your brolly and factor 30 to head outside.

Twelfth Night at the Globe

When and where: 18 May – 5 August

Why to go: Nothing better than the Globe at sunset and tickets are very reasonable. Great to stroll along the bar strewn Embankment afterwards too!

What to wear: If you opt for the cheaper standing tickets, make sure you take comfy shoes and ditch the clutter from your handbag.

Emerald Street Literary Festival

When & where: 10 June at The Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AR

Why to go: The Festival is turning two and includes amazing authors; the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction shortlist will debate about why we love to talk about books; and much more! Tickets to amazing A-list events are still available. Check out the programme now!

What to wear: Crack out the Louboutins we’re off to Kensington.

Oxford Shakespeare Festival

When & where: 19 June – 12 August

The appeal: Fancy watching The Tempest, Romeo & Juliet, or Macbeth? Book tickets fast!  

What to wear: Going to a castle in Oxford? Best opt for coat and tails!

A Tale of Two Cities at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre

When & where: 7 July-5 August at Regent’s Park

The appeal: Nestled amid the splendour of London’s prettiest park, this unique theatre hosts a full programme of plays every summer.

What to wear: It’s a London park in the summer. Pile layers over summer sandals.

Latitude Festival

When & where: 13-16 July in Henham Park, Southwold, Suffolk

Why we want to go: Need we say more than a glittering lake and fairy-lit woods? Lots more still to be announced across many stages, including Mumford & Sons, Goldfrapp, Cabaret, Literary & Poetry, Theatre, Pandora's Playground, The Faraway Forest and so much more! Check out the line-up here.

What to wear: They spray paint their sheep, so anything goes.

Port Eliot Festival

When & where: 27-20 July St Germans, Cornwall

The appeal: ‘Like falling from the sky into a magic garden where you will be constantly surprised and delighted’. This year’s literary line-up brings you a glorious mixture of big names and more than its fair share of surprises, including Matt Haig. See the rest of what they have to offer here.

What to wear: According to The Guardian a floral maxi-dress / plaid shirt and an artfully battered straw hat.

The Literary Tent at Wilderness Festival  

When & where: 3-6 August in Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire

Why to go: Who can say no to a bit of trapeze, Hip Hop Karaoke, or Veuve champagne bar? The Wilderness Festival will help you prep your literary taste buds before Edinburgh Fest or escape to chaos that is central Oxford in the summer! There are some great talks lined up already for the Literary Tent, including ‘How Not to Write a Novel’! Check out the jam-packed programme here.

Edinburgh Literary Festival

When & where: 12-28 August 2017 at Charlotte Square Gardens

The appeal: Too many reasons not enough time! It’s the Literary Festival of the year. (I may only be saying that because I’m from there.) Programme launches on 13th June.

What to wear: A parka and a scarf while all the Scots go topless.

Oxford Cult Screens

When & where: 23-25 August at a mixture of venues around Oxford, including Pitt Rivers

The appeal: Who doesn’t want a bevy of classic films at an open air cinema? 23: Jurassic Park; 24: Rogue One; 25: Moulin Rouge.

What to wear: Comfy cushions provided, so avoid the cocktail dress and heels and bring jeans and flats.

Festival No. 6

When & where: 7-10 September in Portmerion, Gwynedd

Why to go: Head to the north-west Welsh coast, to visit this festival dotted around numerous venues. Fancy a chance to meet Irvine Welsh or dance in the carnival? See you there! Check out the programme here.

What to wear: Join in the Sgt Pepper themed carnival to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Beatles hit.

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