Summer in the UK is something to be celebrated all on its own. A little bit of sunshine goes a long way in defrosting the wintery blues and adding some energy to ones thawing bones. Exploring seasonal events really allows one to get into the summer mix.
Just this once, disregard regular seasonal attractions and take a daring plunge into the world of atypical quirkiness. Unusual attractions are more ubiquitous than we realise and offer a completely novel experience.
If quirky is simply a tad too much, get in on some action and revel in the FA Cup footie final. Whether you are right there at Wembley or in one of the other lively locations throughout London, this event usually brings the nation to somewhat of a standstill. While others are getting their thrill from the matches, you could delight in some glimmering procurements. Add a flutter to your finger with a gorgeous Butterfly Ring and matching earrings. A Double Heart Pendant is just the thing to get your purchasing pulse racing. Get full-on filthy at the Maldon Mud Race in Essex. Competitors (some in fancy dress) endure cold water and get completely mucky and messy when racing across the River Blackwater through thick mud. Chomp your way through some “undelicacies” at the Marshwood’s Stinging Nettle Eating Championships in Dorset.
Who would not enjoy a giant garden party? The Port Eliot Festival in Cornwall attracts celebrities, foodies, art lovers and bookworms and has peculiar areas such as the Cabaret Tent and Wardrobe Department to entertain.
Part pageant and part demanding time trial ending with a bone-chilling swim through the icy waters of the River Nidd, the Knaresborough Bed Race will have spectators, and participants alike, in stitches with the added bonus of being for charity.