Find out what's on around the UK this July - from exhibitions to outdoor cinema and more!

London Pride Parade

After a two-year hiatus of live streaming and cancellations, the parade is returning to central London on Saturday 2nd of July. Marking 50 years since the very first Pride march in 1972, the 2022 march route will retrace the route of the historic inaugural 1972 parade. As with previous years, the London Pride parade will start at 12pm at Hyde Park Corner and the grandstand in Haymarket will be open from 11 am.

Somerset House Summer Series

With a lineup including Tems, Yussuf Dates, Arlo Parks, Ghetts and John Legend, this July looks set to be a big year for Somerset House’s Summer Series. The Strand institution has brought back its outdoor gig series after two years, and will span eleven days across the summer month. Find tickets and more info here.

BST Hyde Park

After a triumphant return last month with headline sets from Elton John, Eagles and The Rolling Stones, British Summer Time cemented its reputation as the place to catch once-in-a-lifetime, iconic artists. Back in the park this month, July’s lineup opened with no other than Adele, who gave us two emotional and electric performances on Friday and Saturday, backdropped by dramatic sunsets and a crowd who knew every word. Finishing up a day packed with performances from the likes of Gabrielle, Kacey Musgraves, Tiana Major9, Mahalia and Self Esteem, it was a moment for the BST history books.

On Friday 8th and Saturday 9th, Pearl Jam will highlight the final weekend of performances with artists including Pixies and Cat Power. And on 10th, Duran Duran, Nile Rodgers & CHIC, Laura Mvula and more will see out what’s been BST’s biggest and best year so far. For more info, visit their official page here.

Summer Exhibition at the RA

Running this year from the 21st June — 21st August, summer at the RA is a highlight of any Londoner’s art experience calendar. Having run without interruption since 1769, the Summer Exhibition showcases art in all forms, from prints, painting, film and photography, to architectural works and sculpture by invited artists, Royal Academicians and emerging talent. This year’s theme is ‘Climate’. Most of the works are available to buy, and proceeds from the Summer Exhibition directly support the exhibiting artists and the RA’s charitable work. Find tickets here.

Future Bubblers Talent Showcase: FREE

The Gilles Peterson-backed artist development and mentorship programme, Future Bubblers, has announced its 7th annual showcase.
A completely free event, it takes place on 28th July at East London’s Pickle Factory.
The annual showcase sees 10 artists from across the UK perform everything from live-rendered, atmospheric electronics to dubby hip-hop sound storms.
This year will see Romy Nova, LANDEL, Nouria Bah, Coex, Jackie Moonbather and more perform.
Supported by funding from Arts Council England, the Future Bubblers programme works with emerging musical talents to help them develop their music and navigate the music industry.

Luna Outdoor Cinema

Back for Summer 2022, Luna Outdoor Cinema is due to host over 150 screenings this summer across the UK. Boasting over 40 picturesque venues with films such as Rocketman and West Side Story, the experiences comes with food and drink, VIP sofas, and brand new two-seater double deckchairs. This will definitely be a July for Alfresco cinema. Book here.

Africa Fashion Exhibition at the V&A

Opening on the 2nd of July, the V&A will host the ‘Africa Fashion’ Exhibition this year. The collection will span from iconic mid-20th century to contemporary creatives using photographs, textiles, music and the visual arts. The museum describes how “Africa Fashion will explore the vitality and global impact of a fashion scene as dynamic and varied as the continent itself.”. Find out more and book tickets here.

UEFA Women’s Euros 2022

England will host the 16-team finals from 6th to 31st July 2022. Join in the festivities as nine stadiums in eight cities across England host the UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 games, with the final at London’s Wembley Stadium. Find out where you can get in on the action or catch a glimpse of the Lionesses here.