July 2015 Dates for the Diary
There's some great things going on across the UK in July. Here are some of the ones the Sunny D gang are keen on:
Bristol Harbour Festival
17-19 July. Free event. http://bristolharbourfestival.co.uk/
Experience the Bristol Harbour Festival on the water or dry land. Perfect if you are a fan of arts, circus, dance, music, boats, good food and drink and general enjoyment.
There will be heaps of family friendly stuff on offer and dedicated children's activities including art workshops, giant fuzzy felt, gardening, bush craft and meditation. There's also plenty of live performers from ceilidh to community choirs, swing, dance lessons, funk and more. You can also watch teams compete to build a seaworthy boat from cardboard.
The boats are my favourite!
Spectacular Kite Festival
25-26 July. Free event. http://www.stanneskitefestival.co.uk/
See magnificent kites from all over the world fill the sky at the St Annes on Sea Kite Festival in Lancashire.
During the weekend there will be lots of entertainment for kids of all ages, including market stalls and face painting. The skies above St Annes beach will be filled with colour as eye-catching display kites take to the air, and each year is bigger and better than the year before.
The festival is free for all to attend, so it's perfect for a day of family fun on the beach. Make sure to look out for the massive 30 metre inflatable Octopus, flying cows, dogs and hippo flying above you.
How long can you keep your kite in the air?
24-26 July. Sunderland International Airshow. Free event. http://www.seeitdoitsunderland.co.uk/news/red-arrows-at-sunderland-international-airshowSunderland International Airshow is one of Europe's biggest free airshows. Over the weekend of 24-26 July, there will be three displays from the Red Arrows.
The airshow regularly attracts the world's top display teams – watch out for fast-jets flying over the city's coastline at Seaburn and Roker, aerobatic displays, hi-tech helicopters and historic aircraft.
Expected to fly on Friday evening as well as Saturday and Sunday are: The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight featuring a Lancaster, Hurricane and Spitfire; the Red Arrows, RAF Tutor, RAF Hawk T2, RAF Typhoon and the Twister Duo.
Completing the flying programme at the weekend are: RAF Falcons, Royal Navy Black Cats (bringing their new Wildcat helicopters for the first time), Royal Navy Search and Rescue Sea King, The Blades Gerald Cooper, Norwegian MiG 15, Patrouille Reva, OV-10 Bronco and Curtis P40 Warhawk and P51 Mustang.
I'm looking forward to seeing the Red Arrows!
July 25-26. Various venues in London. Free event. http://www.timeout.com/london/things-to-do/archikids-festival
Archikids is a Family Festival of Architecture taking place over the weekend with more than 30 free architectural activities located in London's Square Mile. The event is aimed at the next generation of Londoners – children aged 5-11 years old - and to inspire them about the great places of their city. Some of the city's most iconic buildings will be open to families for workshops and activities to help children explore aspects of design and construction. Highlights include sessions at Gherkin, scooter competitions and DIY events.
Which is your favourite building? I love the Gherkin because it's such a cool shape, like me.
America's Cup World Series
23-26 July. Portsmouth, Hampshire. Tickets required. http://www.visitportsmouth.co.uk/whats-on/americas-cup-world-series-portsmouth-p1134761
Portsmouth hosts four packed days of entertainment on July 23-26 when the world's best sailors descend on Portsmouth.
The teams, including Sir Ben Ainslie's, will compete on AC45's – 45-foot foiling catamarans – in the prestigious America's Cup World Series Races.
Watch race training on the Friday followed by the race days on the Saturday and Sunday when the point scoring action begins. Both days count and are vital to the teams in their quest for glory in the 35th America's Cup.
As the new base for Ben Ainslie Racing, Portsmouth will become a hive of activity during this event in July, with its key locations, such as the Spinnaker Tower and Historic Dockyard, incorporated within the event to showcase the city in all its glory.
Ben Ainslie is one of my sporting heroes!