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Activities You Just Have to Do this June
What's on
June 2022
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June marks the real start of summer, and what better way to celebrate than getting out and about as much as possible?

We’ve picked out the top things you have to do in June across the North East and Yorkshire.
Show-stopping Victoria sponge cake Show-stopping Victoria sponge cake

Don’t miss…
It would be hard to given the Union Jack bunting anywhere and everywhere, however this month be sure not to miss the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Marking the monarch’s 70 years on the throne, this is a once in a lifetime event and you don’t want to be the one person who forgot that it was this weekend. Whether you’re having a barbecue or throwing a street party, the 2nd–5th of June will be a weekend to remember forever. Visit for inspiration including 10 ways to celebrate, how to host the perfect jubilee party and show-stopping jubilee deserts.

Visit this…
From the beginning of the month, ‘Minster Village’ is set to return in full bloom at York Minster. The majestic South Piazza will be transformed into a village green complete with floral arches, a café and bar, picnic tables and a maypole. Within the Village will be wooden cabins offering food, drink and ice cream, and with plenty of seating and tables, including umbrellas and covered benches for those wanting some shade, it’s the perfect place to sit and admire York’s most iconic building. Visit the York Minster website to find out more.

Head to…
The National Open Garden Scheme is back, enabling you to view amazing, rarely-seen gardens across the North East and Yorkshire this June. Visitors can access the hidden gems in the area, discover their secrets and meet the green fingered growers behind them – all while supporting a good cause. Thimbleby Hall, Halton Castle and Whalton Manor Gardens are just some of the gardens opening up to the public this month. For more information and to buy tickets visit the NGS website here.

Watch this…
Start the month well with a trip to Belsay Horse Trials. Taking place from 2nd–5th June, this is one of the biggest events in the eventing calendar with dressage, show jumping and cross country all taking place simultaneously throughout each day of competition. Add to that a shopping village, food and drinks stalls and a dog agility show, and you’ve got yourself the perfect family-fun day out. If that sounds like you, make sure to book your tickets here.

The Scruffy Duck The Scruffy Duck

Gaze at…
This year, the popular Alnmouth Arts Festival is running over the weekend of the 18th and 19th June and with over 60 exhibitors in more than 20 different venues, it is set to be a big one. Bringing together a host of Northumberland-based artists and creators from the Tyne to the Tweed, this a must-visit for any art lovers, not to mention there will also be street food, a bar, live music and more. Local ceramicist Kirsty Adams is just one of the talented local artists attending the festival this year, and we found out more about her work here.

Take to the water… 
On the 11th and 12th of June, be a part of history at the 189th Durham Regatta. Set against the stunning backdrop of the World Heritage Site, the regatta not only offers thrilling racing but also a variety of bank-side entertainment. With music from live bands and classic cars on display, along with a great selection of stalls to browse, it is a great family event with attractions for everyone. To find out more or get yourself a ticket, visit the website here.

Don’t forget…
Father’s Day is the 19th of June and if you don’t want to hear about it for the next 364 days, DO NOT FORGET! Stuck for what to do to celebrate? What better way to treat your old man than with a trip to a beer garden. We’ve picked out the best beer gardens in the North East and Yorkshire so taking your dad for a cold pint couldn’t be easier. Or maybe he’s more of a gift guy? In that case, here is our ultimate Father's Day gift guide and with ideas from a sizzling steak subscription to the latest aftershave, there is something for all dads.

Ronan Keating Ronan Keating

Eat up…
All great months start with a bank holiday and we recommend celebrating this one at the Sheffield Food Festival. From the 2nd–5th June, the city centre will hold a showcase market-style event celebrating the area’s vibrant food scene. With an enhanced produce and artisan section, an extensive street food market, a sustainable green village and more, there is something for all tastes and palates.

Listen to…
End the month on a high, by seeing Ronan Keating live at the Stockton Globe on 30th June. After two frustrating years of rescheduling, the vocalist is back doing what he does best and now you can join him as his UK and Ireland tour gets underway. Performing all of his top hits, including from the Boyzone days, it’s bound to be a great sing-along! Grab your tickets here so you don’t miss out.

Camp out…
June is National Great Outdoors Month and with the weather on the up, it’s the perfect time to get out in the fresh air. Whether you opt for a beach walk with a pub stop or you’re in the mood for a full blown hike, we have some top suggestions of where to get out and about. Coincidentally this month is also National Camping Month so why not combine the two with a camping trip? Here are our suggestions of the best paces to go camping (or if you prefer, glamping) at this time of year, as well as some amazing campfire recipes.

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