Summer of Celebration Issue

The C&TH Guide to Summer 2022

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From glamping to wine tasting and outdoor theatre, consider this your summer bucket list

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Long days. Balmy evenings. Sunsets that seem to last forever. There’s nothing quite like summer… and the UK is filled with endless things to do. Here are 20 ways to make it one to remember.

The C&TH 2022 Summer Guide

1. Glamp in the Brecon Beacons

Set in the Brecon Beacons National Park, Starry Meadow is a festival-inspired pop-up glamping site featuring boutique bell tents alongside street food, starlit storytelling evenings and acoustic music around the campfire. 22 July – 22 August 2022,

Starry Meadow glamping

2. See ABBA Perform as Digital Avatars

Book tickets to ABBA Voyage, which uses ground-breaking new technology to recreate the band in their 1970s prime, playing some of their greatest hits as digital avatars. The concert takes place in a purpose-built ABBA arena at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London. Until 28 May 2023,

3. Shop at Oxfordshire’s New Country Fair

A new park fair taking place at Great Tew Estate will offer a mix of shopping, entertainment and food. Browse brands like RIXO and Desmond & Dempsey, take part in interactive workshops and try food from local favourite Quince and Clover. 18 – 21 August 2022,

4. Eat Seafood in Padstow

Heading to Cornwall this summer? Pay a visit to Prawn on the Farm at Trerethern Farm near Padstow. The pop-up from fishmonger-cum restaurant, Prawn on the Lawn, serves seafood fresh off local day boats.

5. Visit Home Farm

Elstree’s Home Farm is back for the second year running, hosting a festival-style extravaganza complete with open-air theatre, music and culinary events. Head there to see Gifford Circus from 9 – 13 June, or try one of the long table feasts from Woodfired Canteen.

Thera-Sea Retreat

6. Go on a Rewilding Retreat

Rekindle a relationship with nature at one of Thera-Sea’s Cornish rewilding retreats. Think foraging walks, moonlit kayaking tours and stargazing – plus a digital detox thrown in for good measure.

7. Sip Campfire Cocktails at the Midnight Apothecary

Hidden atop the Brunel Museum in Rotherhithe is an atmospheric candlelit pop-up roof garden, covered in edible herb planters. The ingredients grown in these are then used to infuse and garnish botanical cocktails, to be enjoyed by firepits alongside toasted marshmallows.

Minack Theatre

8. See an Open-Air Show at The Minack Theatre in Cornwall

As theatre settings go, it doesn’t get much better than the Minack Theatre, situated on the rugged cliffs of south-west Cornwall. Upcoming shows for this summer include a musical version of Little Women, a retelling of Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre and David Mynne’s The Odyssey.

9. Watch Shakespeare in a London Square

Not-for-profit touring theatre company Shakespeare in the Squares stages a Shakespeare play across London garden squares each summer. This year’s production is The Tempest – the last play Shakespeare wrote solo – with performances taking place in venues such as St James’s Gardens, Queen’s Park and Charterhouse Square. From 15 June 2022,

10. Go Wine Tasting at Gusbourne Estate

Book a vineyard tour and picnic at the picturesque Gusbourne Estate. Soak up the views across Romney Marsh and out to sea as you taste English wine made on site and feast on locally produced cheeses, charcuterie and bread.

11. Paddle to a Brewery Through London’s Oldest Canal

Earn your pint by embarking on a five-kilometre guided canoe trip from Limehouse to Crate Brewery in Hackney Wick, spotting swans and other birdlife along the way.

12. Discover Secret Cycling Routes Near London

Two-wheeled travel convert? Show off your new hobby alongside veteran British cycling coach Charlie Codrington, who runs off-road guided bike tours for all levels of experience through his company Hidden Tracks Cycling.

Henley Festival

13. Dance at the UK’s only black-tie music festival

Henley Festival is always a winner, but this year the event is set to be even more special as it celebrates its 40th anniversary. The music line-up includes Craig David, Sir Tom Jones and The Script, alongside an excellent culinary offering. 6 – 10 July 2022,

14. Dine at New Food Festival Bigfoot

Making its debut this summer, Bigfoot is a three-day food-focused event taking place in the beautiful grounds of Ragley Hall in Warwickshire. Heading up the banqueting tent is Douglas McMaster of Silo, alongside Matt Orlando of Copenhagen’s Amass. Together they’ll host Blackout Dining: a vegetarian feast cooked using no electricity whatsoever, with spots for 200 guests to dine under the stars at candlelit tables. 17 – 19 June 2022,

15. Catch a Movie on a Rooftop

Elevate your cinema experience – literally – at Rooftop Film Club, which sees films old and new screened across two London rooftops: Bussey Building in Peckham and Stratford’s Roof East. With huge screens, comfortable deckchairs and bottomless popcorn, outdoor film setups don’t get much better than this.

Craig Hamilton as Tommy Shelby

Hero Social

16. Meet the Peaky Blinders

A new Peaky Blinders-themed immersive experience is launching in London this June. Taking place in Camden Garrison, just moments away from the actual film set, the show plunges guests into 1920s London – around series two – as Tommy Shelby fights to gain control of London city. From 24 June 2022,

17. Try Falmouth’s New Restaurant

The latest Cornish culinary opening to know is Culture, an eco-minded restaurant from acclaimed chef Hylton Espey. Opening this June in Falmouth, just moments away from the sea, it’s all about championing local suppliers – from pasture raised Footes Farm chickens to regeneratively farmed Trenow Fields vegetables.

18. Channel your inner Baby at Secret Cinema

Dust off your dancing shoes and don your pineapple for Secret Cinema’s latest experience, which is all about Dirty Dancing. Visitors will be transported to the ‘60s, where they’ll have the chance to learn the Cha Cha with Johnny and try that epic lift. July 2022,

The Royal Opera House interior

The Royal Opera House (c) Gabriel Varajay, Unsplash

19. Have a Sneak Peek Backstage at the Royal Opera House

NoMad London hotel has partnered with its neighbour the Royal Opera House to launch a very special new overnight experience. You’ll enjoy a backstage tour of the Royal Opera House and have the chance to watch a performance from the Royal Box, such as Swan Lake or Samson et Dalila, then reside in the hotel’s luxurious Royal Opera Suite.

20. Check out the V&A’s Summer Exhibition

Opening at the V&A this July, Africa Fashion will take visitors across the globe through a celebration of ‘the irresistible creativity, ingenuity and unstoppable global impact of contemporary African fashion creatives’. Over 250 objects will be on show, spanning from the mid-twentieth century to modern day, alongside works of art, photographs, textiles and music. From 2 July 2022,

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