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Summer events near The Runnymede on Thames

Summer is now upon us and a fun-filled schedule awaits. Discover just some of the events on our doorstep this season.

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Parallel Windsor 

2nd – 3rd July 2023

Parallel Windsor is the UK’s national celebration of disability, inclusion and wellbeing. Held in the grounds of the majestic Windsor Great Park and staged on the iconic Long Walk, Parallel Windsor promises a range of challenge events for all ages and abilities. Distances range from 100m to 10k and all finish against the backdrop of Windsor Castle. Everybody who starts gets a medal, t-shirt, water and goody bag. As well as challenges, you’ll find a charity village, picnic area, food concessions, activities and entertainment.

Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival 

4th – 9th July 2023

RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival is a bonanza of glorious gardens and fabulous flowers, which fill the grounds with the heady scent of summer. Wander through beautiful gardens, attend talks and demos and indulge with a selection of dining outlets, all accompanied by live music.

Henley Festival

5th – 9th July 2023

Henley Festival is a black tie festival, which celebrates the best of UK and International music and arts. The festival is a truly unique event, merging great music, food, comedy and art into unique experiences that create unforgettable memories. This year’s line up features Rag’n’Bone Man, Westlife, Nile Rodgers and Ronnie Scott’s and Vanessa Haynes presents ‘Aretha Franklin – Queen of Soul’.

Henley Festival

Kew The Music  

11th – 16th July 2023

Iconic picnic concerts in a spectacular setting, Kew The Music offers a glorious week-long festival of in the grounds of Kew Gardens. This year’s headline acts include Bastille, The Vamps, Jack Savoretti and Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra.

Kew Summer Cycle

27th July 2023, 5 – 9pm

Celebrate the summer with an evening bike ride at Kew Gardens. As bicycles are not usually allowed in the Gardens, this is a unique opportunity for guests to explore Kew’s most beautiful spots as the sun begins to set. With everything from unicycles to Tree Tours, enjoy live music and bask in the enchanted woodlands and beautiful blooms. For the ultimate experience, pack a picnic!

Luna Cinemas

Get ready for a summer of cinema under the stars as The Luna Cinema returns with an incredible line up of fantastic films. As day turns to night, soak up the atmosphere, pop the bubbly and experience the UK’s number one outdoor cinema experience.

Hampton Court Palace – 3rd – 6th August 2023

The programme for summer 2023 includes feel-good classics like Moulin Rouge! and the Great Gatsby, smash-hit Elvis and fast-paced thriller Top Gun: Maverick.

Royal Ascot – 15th – 17th August 2023

Playing Oscar-winning Top Gun: Maverick and other feel good films including Mamma Mia and Harry Potter, get ready for a movie experience you couldn’t script any better.

Rewind Festival South

18th – 20th August 2023

Now in its 14th year, the Rewind South Festival returns with a fantastic line up of the biggest acts from the 1980’s. Expect Erasure’s Andy Bell, UB40, Squeeze, Tony Hadley and more.

Hampton Court Palace Food Festival

26th – 28th August 2023

Head to Hampton Court Palace for their annual bank holiday celebration filled with family fun. This year, there will be more delicious street food to graze on than ever before, plus fun for all the family from face painting and children’s arts and crafts to traditional fete games and 60 acres of gardens to explore. You can also soak up the spirit of summer with feel-good classics from some of the best local bands.

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