Sneak Peek at Summer 2011: Events and festivals taking place this summer

Schools out for the summer!! Most of you have got your exam results back – we’ve seen quite a few impressive results pop up on our twitter feed – so now it’s time for some fun!!!  😀 😀 😀 😀 😀

We’ve plucked out a few places for you to spend some time this summer – some of them are even FREE. Take a look and leave comments with the places you’re checking out this summer. Whatever you’re doing, maintain the standard! NO ONE does summer like students do 😉

Words by Gemma A.

1.    Vintage Fashion Fair, Primrose Hill London 10th July 2011

Design and fashion students, head to London. Londoners have always had aVintage-Fashion-Fair-London fascination with anything that is vintage and within the last ten years, the curiosity for vintage clothing has strengthened with the likes of celebrities such as Dita Von Teese, Florence Welch and the stylists of Sex and the City have helped to rekindle our passion for vintage clothing. Maybe it is this interest that has most fashion cautious Londoners have with the past and how different eras influences allows fashion to repeats itself continuously to create new and fresh looks.

This is where the idea of “The Vintage Fair” comes in place. Although a fairly new concept with a two year history the success of the event means it is held several times a year. It was started by Marilyn Tye, who also owns her vintage clothing shop called Nostaglia – located in Battersea.

The main aim of the event is to “introduce new people to vintage who have not yet found the pleasure in its originality.” – Marilyn Tye. Held in Primrose Hill at the Cecil Sharp House, the event has wearable pieces for affordable prices as well as a range of tasty home-made food and snacks adding to the sophisticated feel of the event.

Cost: £3 (on the door)

Time: 11am – 5pm

Nearest Underground Station: Camden Town

Nearest Hotel: Quality Crown Hotel, London Hyde Park

Official Site: Vintage Fashion London

2.    Notting Hill Carnival, Notting Hill London 28th– 30th August 2011

With 40 years of rich history Notting Hill Carnival is the largest festivalNotting-Hill-Carnival celebration of its kind in Europe. The carnival is held every August bank holiday and has become known for its lively, colourful and vibrant atmosphere. The event prides itself on catering to the eclectic tastes of its growing following and loyal visitors.

Although originally intended as small festival set up and for the local West Indian community in Notting Hill, it has since grown to become a high anticipated event that million look forward to every year.The carnival attracts millions of people from all over the world. Starting on the Saturday with the steel band competition and leads in to the Kids Day and costume prizes give-away on Sunday. Bank holiday Monday sees the celebrations in full-swing, with the main parade bringing even more impressive costumes and carnival floats.

The Notting Hill Carnival makes for a great day out – especially if the sun makes an appearance.

Time:  9am – 9pm

Nearest Underground Station: Notting Hill

Official Website: Notting Hill Carnival

3.    Lovebox Music Festival, Victoria Park London 15th -17th July 2011

With a growing reputation as an impressive urban music festival, Lovebox brings together a great mixture of gifted DJs and rock & roll madness that will provide you with some of the most unforgettable performances of the summer. Lovebox is able to do easily as it has a varied genre of music styles such as folk, hip-hop, disco-punk, indie, rock, world and electronic music.


“Our basic principle here is to create a space to enjoy the music to enhance mood, provoke thought and challenge expectations.”

With the Lovebox weekender fast approaching, I suggest you get your tickets NOW! Saturday tickets are already SOLD OUT (standard and VIP). Don’t panick! There are still tickets left for FRIDAY 15TH JULY 2011 [ Bang The BOox] and SUNDAY 17TH JULY 2011  [Out & Fierce] – with performances from Example, the Scissor Sisters, Kelis and The Wombats.

The main aim of the Lovebox music festival is to provide its attendees with spaces to sit and relax along with the music, appetizing food, chilled beers, fast service and enough port-a-loos!

Lovebox is guaranteed to end with a bang, with their official after party at Ministry of Sound – prices for this start at £20.00.

If you are looking for a chilled event filled with great music then this is definitely the event for you. I might just take my own advice and head down there too. See you there!

Cost: From £28.50

Time: 12pm -11pm [Friday] 12pm – 10:30pm [Sunday]

Age Restriction: 12+

Nearest Underground Station: Mile End

Official Website: Lovebox

4. The Big Chill 2011, 5th – 7th August 2011

It may be younger than you (been causing excitement for 17 years) but The Big Chill is regarded as one of the true originals in the festival calendar. This is, however, a festival with a twist – including art, films, poetry and cabaret!?! Big Chill FestivalMaking it rather family friendly – so mind your manners! In addition to this there is gourmet food that is suitable for everyone.

What more could you ask for your ideal weekend other than a beautiful location, excellent entertainment and good food filled with laughter and enjoyment?

Situated in Herefordshire in Eastnor Castle Deer Park you can expect a picturesque setting filled with people from all walks of life making it the perfect event to discover another side of yourself. The festival promises to offer you a diverse line up of rising to superstars with artists all over the world. Featuring artists such as Kanye West, The Chemical Brothers, Rodrigo Y Gabriela, Here We Go Magic, North Mississippi Allstars Duo, Jessie J, Janelle Monae,   Jamie Woon, Delvin, Chipmunk, Example, Aloe Blacc, Calvin Harris, Katy B, Fight like Apes and Mulatu Astatke & The Black Jesus Experience.

The Big Chill weekender has joined up with The National Express to provide coaches directly to the Eastnor Castle Deer Park making it a great opportunity for a road trip with your friends.

Cost: From £15

Time: 8am onwards

Age Restriction: 12+

Official Website: Big Chill Festival

 5. La Tomatina, Bunol Spain  31st August 2011

This Spanish festival is a dated but classic event that goes back over 40 years. It also has the most hilarious story behind how it all originated. Now I have your mind wondering…should I tell you how??… 😀


Legend has it that locals got into a food fight that just got a bit out of control an alternative myth is locals threw tomatoes at town people to show their dislike to the politicians – and so “La Tomatina” was born!

Sounds crazy but hey I heard of crazier events….why not this one?

With an 11am start entitled “Palo Jabon” (which translates to greased pole). The goal of this activity is to climb to the top of the greased pole to retrieve the ham to signal the tomato toss to begin where 240,000 pounds of tomatoes are thrown which continues to 1pm.

There are very few rules for taking part in this event however the most important rule is swash before you dash!!

Although there are no immediate costs for the event I suggest getting the holiday package which includes a wine and water festival, tour guides and parties night starting from £129.

Time: 11am – 1pm

Cost: Tours from £129

More info: or La Tamotina Tours

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