This summer, the Olympics are getting all of the attention, but if you don’t have tickets for it, that doesn’t mean that you have to sit at home, bored during the holidays. There are plenty of other events to enjoy. So, if you live in London and want to get away from the crowds, or you’re just looking for something interesting to do this summer, why not check out one of these free events?

1. International Art Exhibition – Accademia Apulia, London

The International Art Exhibition will run until the 21st July. Entrance is free, and there are some amazing photographs, sculptures and paintings to be seen.

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2. Southampton VTS

If you’ve never seen a cruise ship set sail, then head to Mayflower Park at around 16:00 on the 20th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd or 24th July to watch ships such as the Caribbean Princess, Oceana, Ventura, and Queen Victoria as they start their voyages. Be sure to bring a camera, as it’s an amazing sight!

3. Isle of Wight Carnivals

The Isle of Wight Carnivals are true international events. There are carnivals running throughout August in various parts of the Isle of Wight. You can view the schedule here.

4. British Downhill Series

While most of the focus of event management in the UK is on Olympic sports, there are still some rough and ready sporting events going on. The Halo British Downhill series is an exciting example of extreme cycling, and there are championships running until late September.

5. Mid-Somerset Agricultural Show

Agricultural shows are a lot of fun for kids, especially ones that live in big cities. They’re educational, entertaining, and can be good exercise too. Take your kids to Somerset on the 19th August to give them a chance to learn about farming and animals.

6. Rod and Custom Show

The Rod and Custom Show will take place on the 29th July at Worthing Seafront, and will feature hot rods, muscle cars, Harleys, and other interesting vehicles.

7. Edinburgh Interactive Festival

Edinburgh Interactive Festival is an event devoted to video games. The event starts with a two day conference, which costs money to attend, but the third day (August 11th) is an expo, which is free to attend.

8. Edinburgh Festival Fringe – Laughing Horse

The Edinburgh Fringe Festival is a mixture of free and paid events. Laughing Horse Comedy will be running a series of free performances from the 3rd – 26th August, so if you’re in town, be sure to check out their schedule.

9. Over and Out, Newcastle

Head to Newcastle Quayside on the evening of the 4th August to see an amazing pyrotechnics display, along with some dare-devil performances set to powerful music. After the show, why not sample the town’s famous night-life.

10. Beccles Carnival Weekend

On the 18th-19th August, head to Beccles Quay for some family fun. The schedule includes a teddy bear’s parade, fancy dress, a fun fair, games, and stalls. The carnival should be fun for all ages.

Author Bio

This post was written by James Harper on behalf of AMA Events who provide event management services in the UK and other international events.