Outdoor Music

Minack Theatre Cornwall
Minack Theatre Cornwall

The sun is shining, all is right with the world again, and we are all fighting the undeniable urge to avoid work and spend the day picnicking at the park again. Whilst making time to go for long walks, eat triangle sandwiches and partake in the odd rain spattered BBQ is a given, perhaps we need an even better way to entertain ourselves on those long summer nights. My suggestions? Get out of the house and head to the magic of an open air event, where music meets twilight. Why not try a proper event at Warwick Castle? They do some of the best open-air events around, with beautiful music neatly matching the stunning scenery. If you want to make a day of it you can explore the castle, enjoying the trebuchet, archers and falconry, before settling down on a blanket in the evening to watch JLS, a Queen tribute, or the beautiful BBC Summer Proms. If a castle isn't your favourite destination, then perhaps you would enjoy the variety offered at a summer festival. You are too late for Glastonbury, but the UK is generally packed with music events in the summer, all of which are located outdoors under the sun and the stars. You have to be prepared to be swallowed alive by deep pools of mud and trampled underfoot by over-eager fans, but generally it is agreed that the quality of the music and the company more than makes up for it. City-dwellers can head to LoveBox in Victoria Park, London, whilst those looking for something more wholesome and rural could try out the remarkably affordable Farm Festival in Somerset. If you love the idea of an open-air event but don't really fancy a concert or gig, then how about watching some open air theatre? Head down to Cornwall for the most stunning open air performances in the country at the Minack Theatre, balanced on the edge of the stunning Cornish coastline. Alternatively, most towns and cities have summer performances, such as this creepy rendition of the Grimm Fairy Tales, "Into The Woods", taking place in Regents Park. You can find a range of festival tickets at lastminute.com.