The Summer event schedule is well and truly underway. Glastonbury this weekend, Wimbledon starting on Monday, we’re going to be spoilt for choice for TV viewing before we even step outside. But if you haven’t got tickets or fancy doing something a bit different, have a look at our selections of great weekend events.
First up, the Tank Museum in Dorset is always a good day out (if you like tanks that is) but this weekend sees them step it up a notch with Tankfest. The outstanding collection will be enhanced by special guest military vehicles, including flypasts, entertainment and famous guests (like historian Dan Snow) and Living History re-enactors. Serving military personnel get in free and tickets are available to book online.
Saturday sees Armed Forces Day, which has co-ordinated events around the country to recognise the service of current soldiers, sailors and airmen whilst raising money for military charities. A full list of events is available with something in every corner of the country. A few highlights are Farewell to Bordon in Hampshire, where a military garrison is leaving but will be recognising the contribution to the town with military displays, historical information, entertainment and food and drink. The main celebration of the day is in Guildford, Surrey which is hosting a huge military parade and free show in Stoke Park. With the red arrows, military bands, parachute display teams and other live music acts this promises to be a great event for all.
Unless you’ve been in a cave for a few months you can’t have missed the hordes of yellow Minions that are turning up on everything from toothpaste to sweetcorn. Big news if you know any small children, the Minion film is finally being released this weekend. If you can’t get enough of these banana loving creatures, Glasgow is where you want to be on Friday. Held at the Quay in Glasgow City Centre, Minion Mania is a celebration of both the film opening and the start of the Scottish summer holidays. With competitions, giveaways, Minion lookalike and a load more child friendly entertainment if this doesn’t get you in the mood for Minions nothing will. If you can’t make it to Glasgow you may be able to persuade your children to accompany you to a supermarket at the weekend as Tesco are holding their own Minion weekend on Saturday and Sunday in branches all over the UK.
Finally, if you enjoy computer games and have a hankering for all things retro, the Centre for Computing History in Cambridge has a great event for you on Friday night. A retro video game night is being held as well as a game swap so an opportunity to talk to like minded fans and maybe get hold of a game you’ve always wanted. Some tickets are still available.
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