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Things to do in the UK in July 2014

JULY 2014

Summer sales

Lavender field (Norfolk)

In July students from most of the UK's schools, colleges and universities are on holiday. Many tourists arrive, especially from other European countries. It is one of the warmest months and the days are long. This is the most popular time for outdoor events. Go out walking and enjoy the British countryside. There are free concerts in many of the larger parks: check your local park for information about their events. If you want to plan travel in the UK or Europe, see the Travel section for information about tourism, travel and holiday accommodation. There is a busy sporting calendar, including Henley (rowing), Wimbledon (tennis), the British Open (golf), and cricket. Flowers are in full bloom: visit the flower shows at Hampton Court Palace or Tatton Park, or gardens throughout the country. If you like classical music, don't miss the Proms concerts which start in July and continue until September. Early July is the time for summer sales in many shops.

* For a list of free outdoor concerts in London's parks in July, see: Life/Entertainment/Concerts

Thu 12 Jun -
Sun 13 Jul 2014
FIFA World Cup, Brazil
International football competition in Brazil. The match schedule after the group stages is shown below:

World Cup Stage Date UK Time Venue Team 1 Team 2 TV Channel
Second-round 1 Sat 28 Jun 5:00 PM Belo Horizonte Winner Group A Runner-up Group B tba
Second-round 2   9:00 PM Rio De Janeiro Winner Group C Runner-up Group D tba
Second-round 3 Sun 29 Jun 5:00 PM Fortaleza Winner Group B Runner-up Group A tba
Second-round 4   9:00 PM Recife Winner Group D Runner-up Group C tba
Second-round 5 Mon 30 Jun 5:00 PM Brasilia Winner Group E Runner-up Group F tba
Second-round 6   9:00 PM Porto Alegre Winner Group G Runner-up Group H tba
Second-round 7 Tue 01 Jul 5:00 PM Sao Paulo Winner Group F Runner-up Group E tba
Second-round 8   9:00 PM Salvador Winner Group H Runner-up Group G tba
Quarter-final 1 Fri 04 Jul 5:00 PM Rio De Janeiro Winner Second-round 5 Winner Second-round 6 tba
Quarter-final 2   9:00 PM Fortaleza Winner Second-round 1 Winner Second-round 2 tba
Quarter-final 3 Sat 05 Jul 5:00 PM Brasilia Winner Second-round 7 Winner Second-round 8 tba
Quarter-final 4   9:00 PM Salvador Winner Second-round 3 Winner Second-round 4 tba
Semi-final 1 Tue 08 Jul 9:00 PM Belo Horizonte Winner Quarter-final 2 Winner Quarter-final 1 tba
Semi-final 2 Wed 09 Jul 9:00 PM Sao Paulo Winner Quarter-final 4 Winner Quarter-final 3 tba
Play-off Sat 12 Jul 9:00 PM Brasilia Loser Semi-final 1 Loser Semi-final 2 tba
Final Sun 13 Jul 8:00 PM Rio De Janeiro Winner Semi-final 1 Winner Semi-final 2 tba

Sun 22 Jun -
Thu 17 Jul 2014
City of London Festival, London
Music and dance festival in the area of central London known as "the City". See:
Events include free lunchtime concerts in the City's churches or squares.

Mon 23 Jun -
Sun 6 Jul 2014
Wimbledon Tennis Tournament, London
A world-famous tennis competition at Wimbledon (in south London). Play is on grass courts. For detailed information, see the official Wimbledon website: You can watch on television on BBC1 or BBC2, or listen to matches on BBC Radio 5 Live.
* More details about Wimbledon (including how to get tickets): Life/Sport/Tennis.

Sun 29 Jun -
Mon 28 Jul 2014
Ramadan is the holiest month in the Islamic calendar. It lasts 30 days, starting and ending with an official sighting of the new moon. Healthy Muslims who follow this tradition are not supposed to eat or drink between dawn and sunset during Ramadan - they eat meals just before and after these times. It is also a spiritual time: Muslims are encouraged to pray, to do good deeds (avoiding bad behaviour, thoughts or sights), and if possible to spend time with family members. At the end of this period there is a celebration called Eid al-Fitr.
For further information, see:

Wed 2 Jul -
Sun 6 Jul 2014
Henley Royal Regatta, Henley-on-Thames
Traditional rowing races at Henley-on-Thames in Oxfordshire (nearest railway station: Henley-on-Thames). See:

Henley Royal Regatta: oars ...

... an "eight" ...

... enclosures are set up by the river

Fri 4 Jul -
Sun 6 Jul 2014
Wireless Festival, London & Birmingham
Annual music festival, this year in Finsbury Park, London and in Perry Park, Birmingham. See:
* UK rock festivals: Life/Entertainment/Festivals

Fri 4 Jul -
Sun 6 Jul 2014
Godiva Festival, Coventry
A festival in Coventry (near Birmingham). This includes a procession led by Lady Godiva on horseback, and a free 3-day music festival in Coventry’s War Memorial Park. See:
* Visitor guide to Coventry: Travel/Tours/England/Coventry

Sat 5 Jul -
Sun 13 Jul 2014
Big Dance
Every two years there is a festival of dance in the UK. For details of local events, see:
* Dance in the UK: Life/Entertainment/Dance

Sat 5 Jul 2014 Tour de France Stage 1, Leeds to Harrowgate
The first stage of the Tour de France (a world-famous bicycle race) is in Yorkshire, starting in Leeds and ending in Harrowgate.

Sat 5 Jul 2014 Wimbledon Tennis Tournament: Women's Final, London
The second last day of Wimbledon, including the women's final. Live action is shown on BBC1 and BBC2.
* More details: Life/Sport/Tennis

Sun 6 Jul 2014 Tour de France Stage 2, York to Sheffield
The second stage of the Tour de France (a world-famous bicycle race) is in Yorkshire, starting in York and ending in Sheffield.

Sun 6 Jul 2014 British Grand Prix, Silverstone
International Formula 1 motor race at Silverstone, near Milton Keynes (the competition starts on Saturday; the main race is on Sunday). The race is shown live on television. See: or
* British motor racing: Life/Sport/Motor

Sun 6 Jul 2014 Wimbledon Tennis Tournament: Men's Final, London
The last day of Wimbledon, including the men's final. Live action is shown on BBC1 and BBC2.
* More details: Life/Sport/Tennis

Wimbledon: a game of doubles

Wimbledon: tennis umpire

Mon 7 Jul 2014 Tour de France Stage 3, Cambridge to London
The third stage of the Tour de France (a world-famous bicycle race) will start in Cambridge and travel through north, east and central London, passing along the Thames and finishing late afternoon on The Mall.
See: and

Tue 8 Jul -
Sun 13 Jul 2014
Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, Hampton Court
The world's largest annual garden and flower show takes place at Hampton Court, near London (map). It is organised by the RHS (Royal Horticultural Society). Only RHS members can visit on Tuesday and Wednesday; anyone can visit on Thursday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday. Plants can be bought on any day (you can leave them in the plant creche and collect them when you leave). The easiest way to get there is take a train from London Waterloo to Hampton Court (Hampton Court is in zone 6). It is a 15 minute walk from the train station to the show, but if you prefer you can take a boat.
For further details of the show and how to get there, see:
You can watch highlights of the show on BBC television.
* Pictures from the event: Ideas/Album/HamptonCourt

Hampton Court Flower Show: a "bed of roses" ...

... and a floral display

Wed 9 Jul -
Sun 13 Jul 2014
Cricket: 1st Test, England v India, Nottingham
The first of five test matches between England and India. This game is played at the Trent Bridge cricket ground in Nottingham
* Cricket: Life/Sport/Cricket

Fri 11 Jul -
Sun 13 Jul 2014
T in the Park, Kinross (Scotland)
Annual rock festival in Scotland at Balado Airfield, near Kinross. See:
* UK rock festivals: Life/Entertainment/Festivals

Sun 13 Jul -
Sun 20 Jul 2014
British Open Championship, Liverpool
In 2014 the British major golf tournament takes place at the Royal Liverpool Golf Club (in Merseyside, North West England). This event can be watched on BBC2. For details, see: or
* Golf in the UK: Life/Sport/Golf

Sun 13 Jul 2014 The British 10k London, London
A road race through the heart of London. Thousands of people take part to raise money for charity. The race starts at about 9:30am and follows this route: Piccadilly (the start is near the Hard Rock Cafe), Pall Mall, Trafalgar Square, Victoria Embankment, St Paul's Cathedral, Victoria Embankment, Westminster Bridge, Whitehall (the finish). For details of how to enter the race or how to go and watch, see:
* Sport in the UK: Life/Sport

Sun 13 Jul 2014
FIFA World Cup Final, Brazil
The Final of the World Cup, played in Rio De Janeiro in Brazil. Kick-off is at 8pm (UK time).

Mon 14 Jul 2014 Bastille Day (Fête Nationale), Paris
14th July is France's largest national holiday. On the previous evening (13th July) there is dancing on the streets near the Bastille and in other parts of Paris, organised by the Fire Brigade (known as "bals des sapeurs-pompiers"). In the morning there is a parade by the military and the Fire Brigade along the Champs Elysées (starting at about 10am). This is led by the French President and includes a flypast by military aircraft. There is usually a free concert in the evening on the Champs de Mars (near the Eiffel Tower). This is followed by fireworks ("feux d'artifice") accompanied by music - the display starts after dark, usually at about 10:30pm. Note that there can be very large crowds so you should arrive early - be prepared for difficulties if trying to use the Metro in the areas around the main celebrations. See: or
* Visitor guide to Paris: Travel/Tours/Paris

Tue 15 July 2014 La bohème (opera), UK
Free public screenings of a live performance from London's Royal Opera House, as one of the events of the BP Summer Big Screens season.
Tonight you can see the opera La bohème (Puccini's romantic opera, set in 19th-century Paris), starting at 7:30pm.
Screenings will be held in various locations across the UK (locations to be confirmed, including Trafalgar Square in London)
* Concerts: Life/Entertainment/Concerts

Thu 17 Jul -
Mon 21 Jul 2014
Cricket: 2nd Test, England v India, London
The second of five test matches between England and India. This game is played at Lord's cricket ground in London
* Cricket: Life/Sport/Cricket

Fri 18 Jul -
Sat 13 Sep 2014
Proms, London
The BBC Sir Henry Wood Promenade Concerts. A series of classical concerts in London at the Royal Albert Hall and Cadogan Hall. All of the concerts are broadcast live on BBC Radio 3, and some are shown on BBC TV. For full details, see:
* Further details: Life/Entertainment/Concerts

Sat 19 Jul -
Sun 20 Jul 2014
Barrio Fiesta, London
Free annual festival organised by London's Filipino community. It is held in Apps Court Farm, Hampton Court. See:
* Filipino links: Links/Philippines

Sat 19 Jul -
Sun 20 Jul 2014
Farnborough Airshow, Farnborough (Surrey)
Major air show which takes place once every 2 years at Farnborough. Entrance charges apply. See:

Wed 23 July -
Sun 3 Aug 2014
Commonwealth Games, Glasgow (Scotland)
The 20th Commonwealth Games are staged in Glasgow, featuring athletes from Commonwealth countries. The sports included are:
Aquatics, Athletics, Badminton, Boxing, Cycling, Gymnastics, Hockey, Judo, Lawn Bowls, Netball, Rugby Sevens, Shooting, Squash, Table Tennis, Triathlon, Weightlifting, Wrestling
As well as sport, there are also a range of special cultural events across Scotland.

Wed 23 Jul -
Sun 27 Jul 2014
Tatton Park Flower Show, Cheshire
Flower show organised by the RHS (Royal Horticultural Society) at Tatton Park, Knutsford, Cheshire (near Manchester; see: map).
For further details of the show and how to get there, see: and

Thu 24 Jul -
Sun 27 Jul 2014
WOMAD, Wiltshire
Festival at Charlton Park (Malmesbury, Wiltshire) which brings together many types of music, arts and dance from around the world. See:
* UK rock festivals: Life/Entertainment/Festivals

Sun 27 Jul -
Thu 31 Jul 2014
Cricket: 3rd Test, England v India, Southampton
The third of five test matches between England and India. This game is played in Southampton
* Cricket: Life/Sport/Cricket

Tue 29 Jul 2014 Eid ul-Fitr
Eid ul-Fitr (also known as Eid al-Fitr or Id al-Fitris) is a Muslim festival marking the end of the month of Ramadan. See:

Events for which dates have not been confirmed (or which may not be taking place this year) - check the links for the latest details:

- Canada Day, London
There will not be a Canada Day celebration in Trafalgar Square in 2014. See:
* Canada links: Links/Canada

- Eid Festival, London
Free celebration of Eid ul-Fitr in Trafalgar Square. See:
* Eid In The Square: Ideas/Album/Eid

Selected tours this month:

Anderson Tours International Friends
Fri 4th July Paris by Eurostar - 3 day tour £249.00
Sat 5th July Belgium/Brugge weekend £119.00
Sat 5th July Glastonbury & Cheddar £49.00
Sun 6th July Isle of Wight £52.00
Fri 11th July Paris by Eurostar - 3 day tour £249.00
Fri 11th July Stonehenge Private Viewing £83.00
Sat 12th July York by rail £49.00
Sat 12th July Cadbury World & Cotswolds £52.00
Sun 13th July A Day in Wales £52.00
Mon 14th July Stonehenge Private Viewing £83.00
Fri 18th July Paris by Eurostar - 3 day tour £249.00
Fri 18th July Holland & Belgium - 3 day tour £199.00
Fri 18th July Edinburgh by Rail £199.00
Sat 19th July Brighton £39.00
Sun 20th July Isle of Wight £52.00
Fri 25th July Paris by Eurostar - 3 day tour £249.00
Fri 25th July Stonehenge Private Viewing £83.00
Sat 26th July Cambridge £39.00
Sun 27th July Cotswolds Villages £40.00
Mon 28th July Stonehenge Private Viewing £83.00

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