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Things to do in the UK in June 2014

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Introduction
June is the end of the UK academic year, and is the time when many students at schools, colleges and universities take their exams. If you are an international student, you may need to prepare to return to your home country: for advice about how to get ready, see Prepare/Return. The Queen's official birthday is marked by the Trooping the Colour ceremony, and there are several occasions during the month when you can watch a royal gun salute in Hyde Park or at the Tower of London. The Queen often attends major horseracing events at Epsom ("the Oaks" and "the Derby") and at Ascot ("Royal Ascot"). Days are very long, and temperatures are often pleasantly warm. It is a good time to go out and visit places, without the crowds of July and August. Many parks organise a season of events which start now: it is a good time to go with some friends for a picnic. Roses are at their best, and you may be able to see and baby ducks (ducklings), geese (goslings) and swans (cygnets). The tennis championship at Wimbledon starts at the end of the month, which is also the best time to buy British strawberries (often eaten in a bowl with some cream and sugar).

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


Roses in bloom

Swan with her cygnets

Strawberries and cream



Sun 1 Jun -
Sat 7 Jun 2014
National Volunteering Week, UK
Events take place across Britain to promote voluntary work (during the first 7 days of June each year). See: http://www.volunteersweek.org.uk.
* Volunteering in the UK: Work/Job/Volunteer.

Mon 2 Jun 2014 Coronation Day: gun salute, London
Gun salute to mark the anniversary of the day when the Queen was crowned (on 2 June 1953). When the anniversary occurs on a Sunday the salute is on the following day.
Cannons will be fired in the following locations:
- A 41-gun salute at 12 noon fired by the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery in Green Park, London (nearest Tube: Green Park)
- A 62-gun salute at 1pm fired by the Honourable Artillery Company at the Tower of London (from the gunpark at the western end of London Wharf: map; nearest Tube: Tower Hill)
For background information about the gun salutes, see: http://www.royal.gov.uk/RoyalEventsandCeremonies/GunSalutes/Gunsalutes.aspx or http://www.royalparks.org.uk/parks/green-park/green-park-attractions/gun-salutes
* Royal traditions: Britain/Countries/Royalty.

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Cronation Day: Gun salute in Hyde Park

Gun salute in front of the Tower of London

Tue 3 Jun 2014 State Opening of Parliament, London
The Queen travels from Buckingham Palace to Westminster to open a new year's programme for Parliament. The British Parliament has two main chambers: the House of Commons and the House of Lords. The House of Commons has most of the power these days: its representatives (known as MPs: "Members of Parliament) are elected directly by the people in a general election. The main role of the House of Lords is to review the decisions taken by the House of Commons, and to recommend changes. Before the State Opening ceremony starts, the cellars of the Palace of Westminster are searched by the Yeomen of the Guard - a precaution dating back to the Gunpowder Plot of 1605 when Guy Fawkes and others planned to blow up Parliament.

The Queen enters the House of Lords and sits on a throne. An official known as "Black Rod" walks to the House of Commons, but the door is closed in front of him (this represents the occasion when King Charles the First was refused entry, at the time of the English Civil War). Black Rod uses his ornamental mace (a heavy stick) to knock on the door, after which he is allowed into the House of Commons. He asks the MPs (Members of Parliament, who are chosen in a general election) to move into the House of Lords to listen to the "Queen's Speech". The Queen reads out details of planned changes to the law over the coming year (this is written by politicians from the government). The ceremony, which is a tradition which started over 500 years ago, is shown on television (usually on BBC1: 10.45am - 12.30pm). You can watch the Queen arriving or leaving in her coach: it leaves Buckingham Palace at 11am, follows The Mall to Horse Guards, passes through to Whitehall and then travels past the Cenotaph to Parliament Square. At 11.08am a cannon is fired in Green Park. Possible places to watch include the northern and north-eastern edges of St James's Park and in front of the Houses of Parliament (map; near Westminster Abbey).

For further information, see: http://www.parliament.uk/about/faqs/house-of-lords-faqs/lords-stateopening
* Photos of this event: Ideas/Album/StateOpeningOfParliament.
* A brief guide to Parliament: Travel/Tours/London/Parliament

Fri 6 Jun 2014 Ladies Day/The Oaks, Epsom (Surrey)
The Oaks is a major flat race for 3-year old fillies (female horses) at Epsom Downs Racecourse (map). You can watch the races on television. This day is also known as Ladies Day, and women who go to the races on this day often wear fashionable hats and clothes. See: http://www.epsomderby.co.uk.
* Horse racing in the UK: Life/Sport/Horse.
* Photos from this event: Ideas/Album/DerbyDay.

Sat 7 Jun 2014 Derby Day, Epsom (Surrey)
Horse racing event at Epsom Downs Racecourse (map), ending in "the Derby", one of the most famous flat races. See: http://www.epsomderby.co.uk. You can watch the races on television. The Derby is a race for 3-year old horses. The Queen usually attends.
* Horse racing in the UK: Life/Sport/Horse.
* Photos from this event: Ideas/Album/DerbyDay.


Derby Day

Sat 7 Jun 2014 Colonel's Review of Trooping the Colour, London
The second rehearsal for for the Trooping the Colour ceremony (which is on the following Saturday). For details of how to apply for a ticket earlier in the year, see: Ideas/Events/January. If you don't have tickets, you can still go and stand in front of Buckingham Palace or along The Mall to watch the Household Guards as they arrive (between 10am and 11am) and as they leave (between 12 noon and 12:30pm), and you may be able to see and hear the main ceremony from the parts of St James's Park on either side of the Guards Memorial (close to Horseguards Parade) between 11am and 12 noon. Unlike the full Trooping the Colour ceremony, the Queen does not attend the rehearsal, and there is no flypast or balcony appearance at Buckingham Palace.
* Photos from Trooping the Colour: Ideas/Album/TroopingTheColour.

Sun 8 Jun 2014 Pentecost (Whit Sunday)
Seven weeks after Easter Sunday, Christians celebrate the time when, according to the Bible, the Holy Spirit came down to the apostles: this represents the beginning of the Christian church. Wind, flames and a dove are symbols of the Holy Spirit. Special hymns are sung during services, and church ministers often wear robes containing red (the colour of flames)

Mon 9 Jun -
Sun 15 Jun 2014
Queen's Tennis Championships, London
Tennis competition played on grass courts at Queens Tennis Club, Palliser Rd, London (nearest Tube: Barons Court; map). See: http://www.lta.org.uk/fans-major-events/LTA-summer-grass-court-events/AEGON-Championships
* Tennis: Life/Sport/Tennis

Tue 10 Jun 2014 Duke of Edinburgh's birthday: gun salutes, London
10 June is the birthday of the Duke of Edinburgh (the Queen's husband). Gun salutes will be fired in the following locations:
- A 41-gun salute at 12 noon fired by the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery in Green Park, London (nearest Tube: Green Park)
- A 62-gun salute at 1pm fired by the Honourable Artillery Company at the Tower of London (from the gunpark at the western end of London Wharf: map; nearest Tube: Tower Hill)
For background information about the gun salutes, see: http://www.royal.gov.uk/RoyalEventsandCeremonies/GunSalutes/Gunsalutes.aspx or http://www.royalparks.org.uk/parks/green-park/green-park-attractions/gun-salutes
* Royal traditions: Britain/Countries/Royalty.

Wed 11 Jun -
Thu 12 Jun 2014
Beating Retreat, London
Marching and military/classical music performed by the bands of the Household Division on Horse Guards Parade (map; nearest Tube stations: Embankment, Charing Cross or Westminster). Tickets for the event must be bought in advance. This event takes place in the evening and lasts for 1 hour. "Beating retreat" is a tradition which has its origins in the 16th century: before sunset, soldiers would beat drums at sunset to let people know that the gates were about to be shut. For more information, see: http://www.army.mod.uk/events/ceremonial/23234.aspx


Beating Retreat: mounted band

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

World Cup Stage Date UK Time Venue Team 1 Team 2 TV Channel
Group A Thu 12 Jun 9:00 PM Sao Paulo Brazil Croatia ITV
Group A Fri 13 Jun 5:00 PM Natal Mexico Cameroon ITV
Group B   8:00 PM Salvador Spain Netherlands BBC
Group B   11:00 PM Cuiaba Chile Australia ITV
Group C Sat 14 Jun 2:00 AM Recife Côte d'Ivoire Japan ITV
Group C   5:00 PM Belo Horizonte Colombia Greece BBC
Group D   8:00 PM Fortaleza Uruguay Costa Rica ITV
Group D   11:00 PM Manaus England Italy BBC
Group E Sun 15 Jun 5:00 PM Brasilia Switzerland Ecuador ITV
Group E   8:00 PM Porto Alegre France Honduras BBC
Group F   11:00 PM Rio De Janeiro Argentina Bosnia and Herzegovina BBC
Group G Mon 16 Jun 5:00 PM Salvador Germany Portugal ITV
Group F   8:00 PM Curitiba Iran Nigeria BBC
Group G   11:00 PM Natal Ghana USA BBC
Group H Tue 17 Jun 5:00 PM Belo Horizonte Belgium Algeria ITV
Group A   8:00 PM Fortaleza Brazil Mexico BBC
Group H   11:00 PM Cuiaba Russia Korea Republic BBC
Group B Wed 18 Jun 5:00 PM Porto Alegre Australia Netherlands ITV
Group B   8:00 PM Rio De Janeiro Spain Chile BBC
Group A   11:00 PM Manaus Cameroon Croatia ITV
Group C Thu 19 Jun 5:00 PM Brasilia Colombia Côte d'Ivoire BBC
Group D   8:00 PM Sao Paulo Uruguay England ITV
Group C   11:00 PM Natal Japan Greece BBC
Group D Fri 20 Jun 5:00 PM Recife Italy Costa Rica BBC
Group E   8:00 PM Salvador Switzerland France ITV
Group E   11:00 PM Curitiba Honduras Ecuador ITV
Group F Sat 21 Jun 5:00 PM Belo Horizonte Argentina Iran ITV
Group G   8:00 PM Fortaleza Germany Ghana BBC
Group F   11:00 PM Cuiaba Nigeria Bosnia and Herzegovina BBC
Group H Sun 22 Jun 5:00 PM Rio De Janeiro Belgium Russia BBC
Group H   8:00 PM Porto Alegre Korea Republic Algeria ITV
Group G   11:00 PM Manaus USA Portugal BBC
Group B Mon 23 Jun 5:00 PM Curitiba Australia Spain ITV
Group B   5:00 PM Sao Paulo Netherlands Chile ITV
Group A   9:00 PM Brasilia Cameroon Brazil ITV
Group A   9:00 PM Recife Croatia Mexico ITV
Group D Tue 24 Jun 5:00 PM Natal Italy Uruguay ITV
Group D   5:00 PM Belo Horizonte Costa Rica England ITV
Group C   9:00 PM Cuiaba Japan Colombia BBC
Group C   9:00 PM Fortaleza Greece Côte d'Ivoire BBC
Group F Wed 25 Jun 5:00 PM Porto Alegre Nigeria Argentina ITV
Group F   5:00 PM Salvador Bosnia and Herzegovina Iran ITV
Group E   9:00 PM Manaus Honduras Switzerland BBC
Group E   9:00 PM Rio De Janeiro Ecuador France BBC
Group G Thu 26 Jun 5:00 PM Recife USA Germany BBC
Group G   5:00 PM Brasilia Portugal Ghana BBC
Group H   9:00 PM Sao Paulo Korea Republic Belgium ITV
Group H   9:00 PM Curitiba Algeria Russia ITV
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

Thu 12 Jun -
Mon 16 Jun 2014
Cricket: 1st Test, England v Sri Lanka, London
The first of two test matches between England and Sri Lanka. This game is played at the Lord's cricket ground in London
* Cricket: Life/Sport/Cricket

Thu 12 Jun -
Sun 15 Jun 2014
Isle of Wight Festival, Newport (Isle of Wight)
Music festival at Seaclose Park near Newport, on the Isle of Wight. See: http://www.isleofwightfestival.com
* The Isle of Wight: Travel/Tours/England/IsleOfWight
* UK rock festivals: Life/Entertainment/Festivals

Fri 13 Jun -
Sun 15 Jun 2014
Download Festival, Derby
3-day rock/metal/punk music festival at Donington Park, near Derby. See: http://www.downloadfestival.co.uk
* UK rock festivals: Life/Entertainment/Festivals

Sat 14 Jun 2014 Queen's official birthday: gun salutes, London & Windsor
The Queen's "official" birthday is today (her real birthday is on 21 April: Ideas/Events/April). Cannons will be fired in the following locations:
- A 41-gun salute at 12 noon fired by the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery in Green Park, London (nearest Tube: Green Park)
- A 62-gun salute at 1pm fired by the Honourable Artillery Company at the Tower of London (from the gunpark at the western end of London Wharf: map ; nearest Tube: Tower Hill)
There are also gun salutes at Edinburgh Castle, Cardiff and Hillsborough Castle in Northern Ireland.
For background information about the gun salutes, see: http://www.royal.gov.uk/RoyalEventsandCeremonies/GunSalutes/Gunsalutes.aspx or http://www.royalparks.org.uk/parks/green-park/green-park-attractions/gun-salutes
* Royal traditions: Britain/Countries/Royalty.

Sat 14 Jun 2014 Trooping the Colour, London
An annual ceremony in London (sometimes known as The Queen's Birthday Parade) to celebrate the Queen's "official" birthday (her real birthday is in April). The soldiers from the Queen's Household Division are inspected by the Queen, carry ("troop") their regimental flag ("colour"), and march past and salute the Queen. Both foot soldiers and mounted soldiers take part (they are all serving soldiers; taking part in this kind of ceremonial event is one of their traditional duties). Military bands play marching music throughout. For the best views, watch live on television on BBC1 in the morning, or the highlights shown on BBC2 in the evening. The main ceremony takes place on Horse Guards Parade (map): it can only be viewed by invited guests with tickets (for details of how to apply for tickets to see this event, see: Ideas/Events/January). If you don't have tickets, you can stand on the north or south side of the Mall to watch the soldiers as they march from Buckingham Palace to Horse Guards Parade (between 10am and 11am), as they march back again (between 12 noon and 12:30pm), and to see the Queen or other members of the royal family as they arrive or leave - you should go there early if you want a good view, because large crowds gather there. For more details about the ceremony, see: http://www.royal.gov.uk/RoyalEventsandCeremonies/TroopingtheColour/TroopingtheColour.aspx or http://www.army.mod.uk/events/ceremonial/23240.aspx. Afterwards, crowds gather in front of Buckingham Palace, as the Queen and members of the royal family stand on the balcony and watch a flypast at 1pm by planes from the Royal Air Force.
* Photos from Trooping the Colour: Ideas/Album/TroopingTheColour.


Trooping the Colour:
the "colour" is a regimental flag

Trooping the Colour:
The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh

Sat 14 Jun 2014
FIFA World Cup, Brazil
England play Italy in the World Cup's group stages. Kick-off is at 11pm (UK time). The match is shown live on BBC1.

Sun 15 Jun 2014 Father's Day, UK
(on the 3rd Sunday in June each year)
A time for people living in the UK to treat their fathers.

Mon 16 Jun -
Sun 22 Jun 2014
Refugee Week, UK
A programme of arts, cultural and educational events throughout the UK that celebrate cultural diversity and promote understanding about the reasons why people seek sanctuary. For details of your local events see: http://www.refugeeweek.org.uk


Refugee Week

Refugee Week

Mon 16 Jun 2014 Garter Day, Windsor
Knights of the Garter gather for a traditional ceremony at Windsor Castle. This is part of a system of honours which dates back to 1348. Windsor Castle will be closed to visitors today (people who have already obtained special tickets for Garter Day can watch from inside the castle). See: http://www.royal.gov.uk/RoyalEventsandCeremonies/Garter and Thistle Services/GarterDay.aspx
* Photos from this event: Ideas/Album/GarterDay

Tue 17 Jun -
Sat 21 Jun 2014
Royal Ascot, Ascot (Berkshire)
Ascot is one of the world's most well-known racecourses (founded in 1711). Royal Ascot is a 5-day horse racing event - each year the Queen attends on at least one of the days. Thursday is known as Ladies Day, and is famous for fashion. For details about the event, see: http://www.ascot.co.uk.
* Photos of Royal Ascot: Ideas/Album/RoyalAscot.



Royal Ascot


Wed 18 Jun 2014 London Graduate Recruitment Fair, London
A jobs fair in central London for graduates or university/college students. For details, see: http://www.londongradfair.co.uk.
* Guide to looking for a job: Work/Search

Thu 19 Jun -
Sun 22 Jun 2014
Taste of London, London
A chance to sample world cuisine from 40 of London's top restaurants in Regent's Park. You need to buy an entrance ticket (either for lunch or supper) and some "crowns", which you can use to buy sample-sized dishes from small kitchens set up by each of the restaurants. See: http://www.tastefestivals.com/london (nearest Tube: Regent's Park or Great Portland Street)
* British food: Britain/Food

Thu 19 Jun -
Sun 22 Jun 2014
Royal Highland Show, Edinburgh
This show features the best of rural Scotland, including crafts, food and sheep/cattle competitions. It is held at the Royal Highland Centre at Ingliston, near Edinburgh Airport. See: http://www.royalhighlandshow.org.

Thu 19 Jun 2014
FIFA World Cup, Brazil
England play Uruguay in the World Cup's group stages. Kick-off is at 8pm (UK time). The match is shown live on ITV1.

Fri 20 Jun -
Sat 28 Jun 2014
Greenwich & Docklands International Festival, London
Free outdoor arts event in various locations in Greenwich and Canary Wharf. See: http://www.festival.org

Fri 20 Jun -
Tue 24 Jun 2014
Cricket: 2nd Test, England v Sri Lanka, Leeds
The second of two test matches between England and Sri Lanka. This game is played at the Headingley cricket ground in Leeds
* Cricket: Life/Sport/Cricket

Sat 21 Jun -
Sun 22 Jun 2014
West End Live, London
Free event in Trafalgar Square which highlights the best of London's West End entertainment. This includes short performances from many West End shows
See: http://www.westendlive.co.uk
* West End theatre: Ideas/Album/West-End-Live

Sat 21 Jun 2014 Summer solstice, UK
The longest day of the year. The biggest related event in the UK is a gathering by druids and other visitors at Stonehenge overnight to mark the summer solstice and to see the sunrise above the stones.
* Stonehenge: Travel/Tours/England/Stonehenge

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: http://www.colf.org.
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: http://www.wimbledon.org. 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.


Wimbledon

Thu 24 Jun 2014
FIFA World Cup, Brazil
England play Costa Rica in the World Cup's group stages. Kick-off is at 5pm (UK time). The match is shown live on ITV1.

Wed 25 Jun -
Sun 29 Jun 2014
Glastonbury Festival, Somerset
Glastonbury is a famous music festival at Worthy Farm near the village of Pilton in Somerset, near Bath (map). See: http://www.glastonburyfestivals.co.uk
* UK rock festivals: Life/Entertainment/Festivals

Sat 28 Jun 2014 Pride London Parade, London
Pride is organised by the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgendered) community. There is a parade through central London followed by a rally. The event is free and can be enjoyed by anyone (gay or straight). Details are shown here: http://www.prideinlondon.org
* Photos from this event: Ideas/Album/Pride

Sun 29 Jun -
Mon 28 Jul 2014
Ramadan
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: http://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/uk/ramadan-begins


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

- Hard Rock Calling, London
Hard Rock International will not be sponsoring a rock festival in London in 2014. See: http://www.hardrockcalling.co.uk
* UK rock festivals: Life/Entertainment/Festivals

- Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival, London
Free entertainment celebrating Hong Kong's culture and links with London. Dragon boat racing, food, martial arts, music and food, in the London Regatta Centre in Docklands
See: http://www.lclc.co.uk

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