IN THE DOCKS

Royal Victoria Dock , London – From July

A quick jaunt from central London and you’ll find yourself with golden sand between your toes and a cocktail in hand. The Royal Victoria Dock was once a hub of international trade, it’s now the perfect place to usher in the hottest summer in history. With the O2, Emirates Airline and the city as a backdrop, it ticks all of the ‘content’ boxes.

 

RAISE THE BARD

Shakespeare’s Globe , South Bank – from 20th July

Mark Rylance returns to the Globe for the first time since his 10-year creative directorship ended (that was 2005!) and is joined by ‘Moonlight’ star André Holland and award-winning Sheila Atim. We know – the drama! They’ve pulled out every stop for the latest run of Shakespeare’s best-loved tragedies ‘Othello’.

 

NATIONAL TEQUILA DAY

The UK – 24th July

Tequila fans of the nation unite and let’s make next Tuesday a Bank Holiday…or at least book Wednesday morning off. Made from the juices of a particular agave plant in only five regions of Mexico, this beloved booze is producing pop-ups and festivals to break out up and down the country. Top tip: stay authentic and slip don’t shot.

 

WHAT THE SHUCK!

Whitstable Oyster Festival – 21-22nd July

Their website dubs it a weekend of ‘family fun-times, heritage-inspired happenings and many memorable moments’. We’re sold. To be precise you can expect oyster eating competitions, food fairs, a full-on parade, historical re-enactments and a Harbour stage boasting live music and more.

 

BLOOMING FABULOUS

RHS Flower Show Tatton Park – 18-22 July

2018 marks 20 years of the RHS Flower Show in Tatton Park and over the years it’s grown is size and reputation to become the greatest flower show of the north! It’s also the 10th anniversary of the RHS Young Designer Competition so check the future heavyweights of the flower world while you’re there.