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It’s festival season! From the prestigious RHS Chelsea Flower Show to the dynamic London Design Biennale, we’ve curated a list of our top May and June happenings in the UK. Take a trip up to Scotland for the historic Royal Highland Show, savour tempting delights at the Blenheim Palace Food Festival, or celebrate literature at the Brighton Book Festival. Join us as we explore our favourite upcoming events, where creativity, inspiration and global influences take centre stage.
RHS Chelsea Flower Show (May 23-27)
Experience the breath-taking transformation of the Royal Hospital Chelsea into a floral paradise at the prestigious RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2023. This world-famous event, often referred to as the floral equivalent of London Fashion Week, captivates over 150,000 visitors annually, including esteemed members of the Royal Family. The theme for this year's show celebrates the restorative power of gardens and gardening, highlighting their positive impact on individual well-being and the environment. With a captivating line-up of exhibits, including gardens inspired by biodiversity, rewilding initiatives, sustainable practices, and fascinating ecotourism journeys, the Chelsea Flower Show promises a delightful experience for all. Immerse yourself in show-stopping displays, explore emerging trends, and discover a world of horticultural wonders as you meander through this enchanting event.
Blenheim Palace Food Festival (May 27-29)
Looking for an unforgettable Bank Holiday weekend activity for the whole family? This food festival is a delightful day out for the entire family. With over 160 local and national artisan food and drink producers showcasing their delectable offerings, you're sure to discover tempting delights at every turn. Indulge in a feast for the senses alongside world-renowned chefs, immerse yourself in the world of sheep-milk(!) cocktails with award-winning Blacklion vodka, or explore fine wines with Laithwaites, who will guide you through fascinating tasting sessions.
London Design Biennale at Somerset House (June 1-25)
Welcome to the captivating world of London Design Biennale, where design and innovation come alive in an interactive, dynamic exhibition. With over 40 designers from around the globe responding to the theme of "The Global Game: Remapping Collaborations," the event is curated by the esteemed Nieuwe Instituut, the Dutch national museum and institute for architecture, design, and digital culture. Spanning the magnificent grounds of Somerset House, this year's Biennale boasts an unprecedented number of countries, cities, and territories, with 45 pavilions representing five continents, including notable participants like Abu Dhabi, Japan, Italy, Ukraine and the USA.
Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirror Rooms (On now - booking open until September 30)
Take a journey through infinite space at the Tate Modern thus summer, in a rare opportunity to immerse yourself Yayoi Kusama's world-renowned Infinity Mirror Rooms. Don’t miss the chance to visit two of Kusama’s rooms - the Infinity Mirrored Room - Filled with the Brilliance of Life, one of Kusama's largest installations created for her 2012 retrospective at Tate Modern and the Chandelier of Grief, a room that conjures the illusion of a boundless universe adorned with rotating crystal chandeliers. Complementing this extraordinary experience is a curated collection of photographs and moving images, some displayed for the first time, provides historical context for the global phenomenon that Kusama's mirrored rooms have become. Born in Matsumoto, Japan in 1929, Kusama gained international recognition in 1960s New York for her diverse creative practice spanning installation, painting, sculpture, fashion design, and writing. Currently residing in Tokyo, she continues to produce prolific and acclaimed works that resonate globally.
Brighton Book Festival (June 20-25)
An extraordinary collaboration between Afrori Books and The Feminist Bookshop, brings forth a dynamic and inclusive community book festival that celebrates diverse, often-marginalised voices and amplifies their stories. Following the resounding success of its inaugural edition, the Brighton Book Festival returns for 2023 with an even bigger programme. Spanning five captivating days, this year's festival presents a remarkable line-up of over 20 events, including an engaging virtual program accessible to book lovers worldwide. Join us as we embark on a literary journey that transcends boundaries and embraces diversity, championing the power of words to shape our collective narrative.
Cheltenham Food and Drink Festival (June 23 -25)
Join family and friends for an incredible weekend of culinary delights, live music, wine tasting, cheese sampling, and a huge selection of artisanal food producers in picturesque Cheltenham. The Cheltenham Food & Drink Festival has become a beloved annual event, with over 200 exhibitors from the local area and surrounding regions showcasing an astonishing variety of delectable treats, from oatcakes to quince, cheeses and cakes. It's a gastronomic delight not to be missed. Savour the authentic taste of real ales from local breweries and watch cooking demonstrations and talks from celebrity chefs.