Summer is definitely a happening time in the UK and a perfect term for you to study, explore and travel. With various lengths of programs, you can book time before and after your study to take in all the UK offers in summer. Here are 10 reasons to study abroad in the UK this summer term.
1. Music festivals
For cool, hip, trending and upcoming artists check out the Glastonbury Music Festival. Held in June, it is one of Europe’s leading summer festivals and hosts some of the biggest names from the music industry plus it is set at an iconic and historical venue.
2. Horse racing
Royal Ascot, also held in June, is the most prestigious horse race meeting in Britain. The five day event attracts many of the world’s finest racehorses to compete for a whopping £6.58 million in prize money! Plan to be dressed to the nines as Royalty is known to frequent the event (and it’s the rules).
While technically another music festival it is also an arts festival inclusive of Cabaret, Children’s shows, Comedy, Dance, Physical Theatre & Circus, Events, Exhibitions, Music, Musicals and Opera, Spoken Word and Theatre. Anything you’re looking for from a festival, the Edinburgh Fringe has got it! It’s an intense festival and massively popular in the UK, but definitely a quintessential bucket list item.
4. The Queen’s birthday
The Trooping the Colour for The Queen’s Birthday Parade in June is an amazing spectacle, nothing in North America compares. It’ll be crowded, so you have to get to London early for good (or any!) seats. Have your camera at the ready for any Royals sightings, sure to make a great Instagram post for your friends back home.
5. F1 racing
The British Grand Prix, held in July, is a big deal because it is one of the oldest, continually staged F1 Grand Prix in the world. Even if you aren’t a race fan, it’s an experience you won’t forget.
Bridging June and July, the Old English Club has hosted the sports premiere event since 1877 and still remains one of the most watched sporting events in the world. Can’t get tickets? Some pubs will set up big screens outside so that you can keep up with the action! And even better, they will serve Pimm’s Number One Cup, the official drink of Wimbledon.
7. Tall ships in Belfast
If you fancy a weekend trip to Belfast, Northern Ireland, make sure that you go the first weekend in July! This is when Tall Ships from all around the world come to compete in the great Belfast race. You could even sneak in a trip to the world famous Titanic Museum if you can, it’s well worth an afternoon.
8. A cheese race?
Yes, you really did read that right. The Big Cheese is exactly what you think it is. A festival in the Welsh village of Caerphilly, where people race each other while carrying big blocks of cheese. Fear not, no cheese is harmed in the running of the Big Cheese… It’s a different and great race to watch, and if you’re a cheese lover, you can dig into as much cheese as you want!
9. The carnival of all carnivals
So you think you’ve been to a carnival and you don’t need to go to any more, but nothing will compare to Europe’s biggest street festival. This carnival is held in Notting Hill in August, and over a million people turn out each year on the streets of West London to celebrate the Caribbean themed party. It will be like nothing you’ve ever seen before!
10. The solstice
A true Summer only event, celebrate the solstice at the Stonehenge Summer Solstice Festival in June. One of the most famous sites in the world, built between 2000 and 3000 BC, it is the perfect place to experience the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere.
Think that you’re ready to start your summer study abroad journey?
Are you excited? You should be! Deciding to study abroad in the UK is just the first step on your adventure, and it only gets better from here! Applying for a short term Summer Study Abroad program program couldn’t be simpler, just get in touch with one of our Across The Pond Advisors today and they will assist you with all aspects of your application. We really can’t wait to help you make your study abroad dreams come true.