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5 Things to do in June
1. Glyndebourne—Performances now until August:
There’s a lot to enjoy at Glyndebourne, Britian’s greatest outdoor classical music festival, so don’t forget to leave yourself enough time to see it all. The gardens open two hours before the start of the performance giving you ample opportunity to see everything on offer, including one of the most beautiful landscapes in Britain and 12 acres of gardens.
The stage at Glyndebourne extends far beyond the opera house. You’re welcome to bring your own picnic, which, along with the innovative and striking art and exhibitions, is all part and parcel of a Festival visit. This year you can enjoy Erté at Glyndebourne – an exhibition in the Archive Gallery of influential Art Deco artist Erté’s original costumes and set designs from the 1980 production of Der Rosenkavalier.
2. Trooping the Colour—Saturday 9 June:
The custom of Trooping the Colour dates back to the time of Charles II in the 17th. Century when the Colours of a regiment were used as a rallying point in battle and were therefore trooped in front of the soldiers every day to make sure that every man could recognise those of his own regiment. The first traceable mention of The Sovereign's Birthday being 'kept' by the Grenadier Guards is in 1748 and again, after George III became King in 1760, it was ordered that parades should mark the King's Birthday. From the accession of George IV, this became an annual event.
This impressive display of pageantry is now held on the occasion of the Queen's Official Birthday. It takes place in June each year to celebrate the official Birthday of the Sovereign and is carried out by her personal troops, the Household Division, on Horse Guards Parade, with the Queen herself attending and taking the salute.
3. Open Garden Squares weekend—9th-10th June:
For one very special weekend this June, over 200 green spaces – many usually closed to the public – will open their gates for public enjoyment and discovery. With the purchase of a Weekend ticket, you can explore London's urban gardens, and enjoy a host of activities and experiences for all the family.
For more information on gardens open near you, have a look at the organisation’s website here.
4. Taste of London—13th-17th June:
Discover a tantalising selection of London’s top restaurants at the Taste of London festival in Regent’s Park.
For five summer days every year, the park in central London is transformed into a foodie wonderland as 40 of London's best restaurants gather to show off the hottest dishes from their extensive menus.
Plus, watch live cooking demonstrations, meet some of the capital’s leading chefs, participate in masterclasses and shop at more than 200 food and drink stalls.
5. Royal Ascot—19th-23rd June:
The Royal Meeting’s spectacular heritage, unlike any other and hardly needing an introduction at Oliver Brown, has made the event anticipated and revered the world over. From the arrival of the Royal Procession at 2pm sharp to the communal singing around the Bandstand, with six top-class races between, each of the five days is unforgettable. A choice of four enclosures each with an individual character or numerous hospitality packages allow you to curate your own truly special occasion.