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What's on in the South East this summer?

Posted: 04 Aug 2016

Category: Area Guide

Hashtags: #Whats On   #Area Guide   

The best attractions in the South East to keep you entertained this summer.

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For most of us the 2016 British summer hasn’t yet arrived. But whether the next few months are a washout or a shock heat wave, we have put together a list of the best attractions to keep you entertained.


Georgia O’Keeffe at the Tate Modern


Make your way to the Southbank to see over 100 paintings from one of the twentieth-century’s most celebrated artists. O’Keefe is best known for her magnified flowers, animal skulls and New Mexico desert landscapes. This exhibition has collated her most pivotal works for public viewing.


Address: Tate Modern, Bankside, London, SE1 9TG

Telephone: 020 7887 8888

Tickets: Adults £19; concessions £17; under 12s FREE


Derren Brown rollercoaster at Thorpe Park 


Illustionist Derren Brown has joined forces with Thorpe Park to create a new immersive virtual reality ride named ‘Ghost Train’. Thrill seekers climb aboard the 20-foot Victorian train carriage to experience a ‘psychological attraction designed to manipulate the mind’. A host of optical illusions are featured, as well as a cast of live actors who are permitted to touch passengers. Scary stuff.


Address: Staines Rd, Chertsey, KT16 8PN

Telephone: 0871 663 1673

Tickets: Pre-book online £27.99; walk up £51.50



BBC Good Food Festival at Hampton Court Palace 


Taking place over the Bank Holiday weekend this August (27-29th), Hampton Court Palace will play host to the delicious BBC Good Food Festival. The festival will feature special guest appearances from celebrity chefs, as well as live music and activities for all the family. Most importantly, visitors can enjoy a wide selection of edible treats from artisan producers. Great for food lovers.  


Address: East Molesey, KT8 9AU

Telephone: 0844 482 7777

Tickets: Adults £18; concessions £14.50; child 5-15 £9; under 5 free



Blenheim Palace Literary Festival 


Set against the backdrop of the majestic Blenheim Palace, the Festival of Transport takes place this Bank Holiday weekend (August 28-29th). The festival features a selection of beautiful classic cars, sports cars and motorcycles. A must-attend event for any petrol head.


Address: Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1PP


Tickets: Adult £24.90; concessions £19.90; children 5-15 £13.90; under 5 free; family £59.90 (two adults, two children)



Chichester International Film Festival 


The 25th Chichester International Film Festival takes place from the 11-28th August. With over 100 films due to be screened, as well as a variety of lectures, tributes and Q&As, you are sure to find something you like at this well-established south coast festival.


Address: Chichester Cinema at New Park, New Park Road, Chichester, West Sussex, PO19 7XY

Telephone: 01243 786650

Tickets: Check website for individual prices (



Broadstairs Folk Week 


Whether you’re looking for child-friendly workshops, to dance the day (and night) away, or to learn a new skill – Flamenco guitar or Morris dancing, anyone? – then Broadstairs Folk Week is the event for you. With over 70 events per day, this immersive event is an unbeatable summer option. Hosted in Broadstairs from 5-12th August.


Address: Various venues in Broadstairs, Kent

Telephone: 01843 604080

Tickets: Non-camping weekend tickets from £77, camping weekend tickets from £105. Individual event tickets are also available.



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