What’s on in Britain in July

Henley Regatta. Credit: Visit Britain/Peter Beavis
Henley Regatta. Credit: Visit Britain/Peter Beavis

We can’t always rely on the British weather, but even when the sun doesn’t shine we’ve rounded up the best spots to put you in a summertime mood

Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire

Situated in a beautiful area of Oxfordshire, and just an hour outside London, is Henley-on-Thames. A bustling town with a countryside feel, it makes for an idyllic escape from London on a warm July day: a place to relax and enjoy a cold drink on the banks of the River Thames.

Henley is also home to the Henley Royal Regatta. Founded in 1839, the Regatta is a five-day rowing race, with a one-mile route along the Thames. You can book tickets here.

Cowes, Isle of Wight

Pirates entertaining visitors in Cowes. Credit: Visit Britain/Ben Selway

Less than two hours from London and ringed by lovely beaches, the Isle of Wight is an excellent holiday destination and hosts some brilliant sea-related events every July.

The Round the Island Race has been described as sailing’s answer to the London Marathon. Thousands of participants enter every year and take part in the race that begins and ends at Cowes. An alternative is Shipwreck Isle, a day-long pirate-themed festival in Ryde, with local produce, music – and sword-fighting.

Both events are excellent days out, made even better by the gorgeous backdrop.

The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition

The Summer Exhibition 2018. Credit: John Bodkin/DawkinsColour

The annual Summer Exhibition at London’s Royal Academy is turning 250 this year. With over 1300 carefully selected artworks, it promises to be the biggest Summer Exhibition yet. The Exhibition runs until the 19th of August; buy tickets here.

The Suffolk Coast

A tribute to Benjamin Britten by Maggi Hambling, on Aldeburgh Beach, Suffolk Coast. Credit: Visit England / Diana Jarvis

With 50 miles of unspoilt coastline, the Suffolk Coast is summer-holiday heaven. Highlights include Walberswick, a quaint Georgian seaside village with lovely pubs, and Southwold, with its broad expanse of sandy beaches and traditional villagey charm. Aldeburgh, with its world-class concert halls, provides a dose of culture.