U.K. Heatwave: Things to Do Around Britain This Weekend

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People relax in deck chairs on the beach in Brighton, July 18, 2014. This weekend will be the hottest of the year so far in Britain. CARL COURT/AFP/Getty

After a fairly miserable start to the spring, summer is finally taking shape around Britain with highs of 26 degrees Celsius (78.7 degrees Fahrenheit) expected on Sunday. In fact, the U.K. will likely be even hotter than the Mediterranean island of Ibiza this weekend.

London and the rest of the south will enjoy the most sunshine over the weekend, according to the Met Office:

Temperatures are on the rise this weekend! We could see highs of 26 °C in the south on Sundayhttps://t.co/LV1hrBVkF8

— Met Office (@metoffice) May 6, 2016

Translation: This weekend is prime weather for sunglasses, shorts and a large glass of Pimm's. Or a jug. We're not judging.

If you're looking to get out of the house and make the most of the sunshine, look no further than our guide to some of the best events around the U.K. taking place this Saturday and Sunday.


Enjoy your weekend alongside the riverside at the Royal Arsenal Street Food Market in Woolwich. Vendors will be on hand to cater to all palates with foods including Spanish tapas, Mexican burritos and Indian curries being served.

The National Pet Show returns to London's ExCel arena in Docklands on Saturday, for those looking to pamper their pups.

London Wonderground, a cirque-inspired festival, has arrived at Southbank Centre. This weekend, opening headliners The Raunch will begin proceedings with a nightly cabaret show complete with an aerial laser act and twerking.

If you just fancy a drink in the sunshine, the Evening Standard has a guide to the capital's best beer gardens.


For those who want to combine their love of nature and art, Whitworth Park is hosting an outdoor art club on Saturday morning. Let the sunshine be your muse.

Over at The Heath in Knutsford, this is your final chance to enjoy a funfair that has rides for all the family. Entry is free for all and rides cost between £2 to £3.

Also check out this handy guide to beer gardens and outdoor terraces around Manchester.


This weekend, Liverpool's Albert Dock celebrates its rich history with the relaunch of the Daniel Adams—a steam-powered tug first built in 1903. Families are encouraged to climb aboard for a perfect picture opportunity.

In a post-bank holiday funk? Enjoy retail therapy vintage style at the Pillbox vintage fete at the Shipping Forecast alehouse and eatery. Stalls will be selling retro clothing, jewelry, accessories and household knick-knacks.

For a Sunday afternoon activity with the kids, the World Museum is hosting a hands-on arts and crafts event where little ones can make their own dragonflies to take home.

Looking for beer gardens in Liverpool? Right this way.

By the sea

If you're looking for a city escape to the seaside, Hastings is not only a historical site but boasts a beautiful beach, too.

If you're looking to go a little further out, Isle of Wight's Compton Bay is another serene location to while away the hours under the sun.

For more of Britain's best beaches see here.

Best of the rest

If you're in Cambridge, the city's popular vintage fair—a favorite spot for Florence Welch and Daisy Lowe—is being held at the Guildhall on Saturday. There's also a tea party taking place.

In Cardiff, Saturday marks the start of the month-long spring arts and crafts festival in the city centre.

In Edinburgh, a final chance to attend TradFest, an annual festival honoring the Scottish capital's arts and culture.