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Great weekend events – 12-14th June

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The weekend is nearly here again (yay) and along with all the barbecues and summer festivals we’re sure you’re all going to, there are some great weekend events up and down the country that are well worth a visit if you fancy trying something different.

Saturday 13th June sees a hugely important day, sure to be celebrated up and down the country (well in my house at least!).  Yes, it’s World Gin Day, a global celebration of the ever popular drink, with events held up and down the country and beyond.  If you’re in the North of the UK you are spoilt for choice for festivals to celebrate this, the Scottish Juniper Festival runs for three days from Friday to Sunday in Summerhall Edinburgh.  Tickets are available for each day where you will be able to sample a huge array of gins from around Scotland and the globe.  The Newcastle Gin Festival runs on Friday and Saturday at the Castlegate.  For a full list of juniper celebrations, including events in London and Sheffield, check out the World Gin Day website.

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This weekend (well Monday to be precise) is the 800th Anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta in Runnymede, and this historic moment is being celebrated with events all over the UK, but the largest scale events are being held in areas with historic links to the Magna Carta. One of the biggest events is the Great Charter festival at Royal Holloway College in Egham, very close to Runnymede where the Charter was signed.  This is a free festival and includes music, crafts, food and the history is brought to life by some puppets.  There are specific events for children at the festival so bring all the family along.

Lincoln is another city with strong links to the Magna Carta, which houses one of the remaining copies in the Cathedral.  To celebrate this connection there is The Great Magna Carta Weekend a two day festival with live music, performances, a food festival as well as films, storytelling and performances to bring the history to a whole new audience.

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And if summer to you is being outside and listening to great folk music, you’re in luck this weekend with two folk festivals.  The Wimborne Folk Festival in Dorset has music.traditional dancing, trade stands and camping.  Over in Wales, the Gower Folk Festival is a smaller event with approximately 400 tickets available, so it is very intimate with camping on site within a micro-brewery, so the beer is bound to be good!

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