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The Best UK Outdoor Music, Theatre & Cinema Events for Summer 2024

Looking for the best outdoor entertainment happening near you this summer? Our heritage homes are putting on a fantastic array of outdoor cinema, open-air theatre and live music events across the UK in beautiful historical settings. From Shakespeare plays in stunning surroundings to opera on the lawn to blockbuster screenings under the stars, there’s so much to choose from all over the country, so read on to discover the best outdoor events in your area.

Things To Do With Kids This Weekend 12th - 14th July

On the hunt for some fun things to do near you this weekend? Our HeritageX homes are putting on a whole host of exciting events across the UK, from fabulous outdoor theatre shows, to arts and crafts, to an action-packed summer festival, there’s plenty on offer to keep the whole family entertained! Read our round-up of the best family-friendly activities below.


Mark your calendars for the return of the highly anticipated Stansted Summer Festival in 2024! Join us for the fourth annual weekend filled with family fun, quirky entertainment, and a splash of eccentricity, all set within the picturesque grounds of a quintessential country estate. Prepare to be transported back in time as a 200-strong army of re-enactors brings history to life with dramatic cavalry charges and precise musketry drills. This eclectic festival promises a weekend of unforgettable experiences for all ages, blending vibrant entertainment with the charm and beauty of the estate. Don’t miss out on the fun and excitement at the Stansted Summer Festival!We can’t wait to see you there!

Nestled in the heart of the Essex countryside, Layer Marney Tower invites you to embark on a captivating journey through time. With roots tracing back over 500 years, this remarkable gatehouse stands as the tallest in England, offering an unparalleled glimpse into the past. Join us for an enlightening 60-minute guided tour and discover the stories and secrets of this historic gem. Your adventure begins with a knowledgeable guide leading you through the enchanting grounds, from the picturesque gardens with serene estuary views to the charming Church and culminating with a climb to the top of the grand Gatehouse. As you wander, our guide will share fascinating details about the intricate Tudor craftsmanship and architectural marvels that define Layer Marney Tower. For those who prefer a more relaxed pace, feel free to dip in and out of the tour. If climbing the steps of the Gatehouse isn’t for you, enjoy the spectacular garden views while you rest. With your ticket including general admission, arrive early to start your day with a leisurely stroll through our lush gardens and perhaps a light lunch at our tea room, savoring sandwiches, cakes, or a warm cup of tea. After the tour, unwind with a cool lemonade or treat yourself to an ice cream from our gift shop, the perfect way to cap off your visit and cherish the moments spent in this extraordinary place. Plan your visit now and immerse yourself in an unforgettable day where history and beauty converge at Layer Marney Tower. Whether you’re a history buff or simply looking for a unique outing, our tour offers a captivating experience that’s sure to leave a lasting impression. **HeritageXplore - Step into the Past, Enjoy the Present**. We can't wait to welcome you to Layer Marney Tower!

Get ready to rev your engines and immerse yourself in a spectacular celebration of automotive history at Newby Hall's annual Historic Vehicle Rally. The estate transforms into a dazzling showcase of over 1,000 vintage and classic cars, making it the North's largest one-day car event. Organised by the North of England Classics and Pre War Automobiles, this event draws passionate owners and their meticulously maintained vehicles from across the country, each ready to share their love for motoring heritage. As you wander through the picturesque grounds of Newby Hall, you’ll embark on a journey through decades of automotive excellence. From the sleek sophistication of an Aston Martin to the timeless allure of a Wolseley, every car on display is polished to perfection, embodying the enduring charm and craftsmanship of a bygone era. But the Historic Vehicle Rally is more than just a feast for the eyes—it’s an invitation to immerse yourself in a world where history meets horsepower. Whether you're a serious car enthusiast eager to explore the treasure troves of the auto-jumble stalls, or a casual visitor drawn by the nostalgia of classic cars, there’s something for everyone. The event offers a perfect blend of excitement and reverence, bringing the past roaring to life against the stunning backdrop of Newby Hall's gardens. Families can enjoy not only the sight of these magnificent machines but also the beauty of the estate’s celebrated gardens. So, mark your calendars and join us at Newby Hall for the Historic Vehicle Rally. Whether you dream of sitting behind the wheel of a classic car or simply want to soak in the atmosphere of this extraordinary gathering, this event is a celebration of automotive heritage that you won’t want to miss.