Olympic fever leaving you cooler than a penguin’s pants? Looking to escape those five little rings on a budget? Here at The Galleon, we have a guide to what’s what this summer.
Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Set against Scotland’s beautiful and historic capital, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe boasts a vast array of entertainment including dance, theatre, comedy and music throughout August. The Fringe features over two thousand acts, both new and established, so there’s definitely plenty to see and do. Last year, artists such as Beardyman, Al Murray, Andy Parsons, Ed Byrne, Newton Faulkner, Sarah Millican and Jon Richardson filled Edinburgh’s best venues, and the 2012 festival is set to be Edinburgh’s biggest yet. Despite the line-up for this year remaining unannounced as yet, the Fringe pretty much guarantees a fun-packed stay with a multitude of cut-price shows (thankfully without cut-price quality), whatever the weather decides to throw at us.
For more information, please see www.edfringe.co.uk
Le Tour De France
Wild for Wiggins? Crazy for Cav? If you love cycling and missed out on those precious velodrome tickets, the Tour De France offers over twenty stages of thrilling rides which you can go and watch for absolutely free.
This is the 99th tour, and will be setting off in Liége, Belgium before touring la belle France for twenty-three days, culminating in the customary sprint finish through the streets of Paris. My tip is to catch a ferry from Folkestone to Bolougne in order to see the end of the third stage on the third of July. If you’re in or around the south or south-east, it’s do-able in a day and is sure to get your adrenaline pumping.
To learn more about the tour and see the race route for yourself, see www.letour.fr/us/index.html
Mary Rose Museum - Historic Dockyards, Portsmouth
If the student loans company still aren’t in your best books and you’re planning to spend your break in Pompey, then check out the new-look Mary Rose Museum. The attraction has been shut for over a year in order to restore the ship’s hull. In late summer this year, the all-new state of the art museum will be unveiled to the public. Although no official date has been announced just yet, keep your eye on The Galleon for future updates.
London 2012 Festival
We know we promised an Olympic free special, but the 2012 festival does offer much more than just sweaty athletes. As part of BoJo’s ‘cultural olympiad’, the festival is offering hundreds of events, including exhibitions from Tracey Emin and David Hockney, an opera from the Gorillaz’s Damon Albarn, Slam Poetry competitions, as well as fashion shows, theatre productions, comedy shows and countless exhibitions detailing Britain’s cultural heritage in the run up to the games. Events begin in June and you can secure your tickets online now.
For more information on events in your area, visit festival.london2012.com