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Dates for the Diary June 2014

Each month we bring you news of events that might have special interest for our age group. Here is our selection for June.

Of course we are not going to go to all these events, but it is good to be aware of some of the important activities going on in our country this month.

Are you involved in an event this summer, or do you know of a unique event happening in your area in July or August? Why not let us know? Send in the brief details, location and a picture if possible and we can put it up on our notice board.

Over 60s Tai Chi Taster

Batsford Arboretum and Garden Centre, Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucester
Wednesday 4th June

This is a one-off event to give seniors a chance to try Tai Chi. It is a free taster day for the over 60s to offer information about the ancient art of Tai Chi. This is a wonderful form of gentle exercise that involves flowing movements to help keep joints supple and bodies in peak physic health.

The day is being run by Tai Chi expert Neil Hall and is free. It also includes entry into the Batsford arboretum, a wonderful 56 acre of private tree collections and famed for its trees which originated in Japan and China.

Places on the Tai Chi day are limited; call 01386 701441 for more information and to reserve your slot.

RBC Race for Kids

Battersea Park, London
Sunday 8th June 2014 9.30am.

This event is to raise funds for the Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity and is a family 5k fun run in Battersea Park in London. All the money from the race will go towards rebuilding two thirds of the existing hospital, which is one of the world’s leading children’s hospitals and treats children from all over the UK.

You don’t have to run, a stroll with the grandchildren in a pushchair is fine;, the main thing is to have some fun and try and raise some money for this cause. There is still time to register, or if you are in London, grab the grand children and go and watch, it will be an entertaining event.

For more information, call 020 7239 3164 or email


Royal Ascot

Ascot, Berkshire.
Tuesday 17th to Saturday 21st June.

Royal Ascot is the week of fun and fashion and the place to be seen whether you are interested in horse racing or not! Today it is not just for the social elite; people from all over the country join in the pageantry and enjoyment of this very traditional British summer event.

On each of the five days of Royal Ascot, Her Majesty the Queen and her guests arrive by horse-drawn landaus, travelling down the straight mile before circling the Parade Ring.

Dressing up for Royal Ascot is part and parcel of the fun but as the hats got wilder and the dresses became shorter, Ascot has now drawn up a dress code. This is highlighted in a colourful video - visit

There are various ways to visit, from the Grandstand and Silver Ring to the more informal Heath. Some tickets are still available - call 0844 346 3000 #2 for more information.


World Naked Bike Rides

Several locations across the UK
Various dates.

You may not have heard of The World Naked Bike Rides but it is becoming more and more popular, not just for the participants but for supporters and spectators as well. Basically this is an international bike ride to promote cycling as a cleaner, safer body-positive activity. Generally it is a protest against cars monopolising our roads and for a cleaner non-polluted world, but it is also a fun event. The unique aspect is that the dress code for the riders is....bare as you dare. Full or partial nudity is encouraged but not mandatory and there are always riders that take it to the extreme.

The events are open to all ages and are taking place across the UK in June including:

  • Hastings 1st June
  • Manchester 6th June
  • Southampton 6th June
    Bristol 7th June
  • Brighton and Hove 8th June
  • London 14th June
  • Cambridge 14th June
  • Cardiff 14th June
  • Oxford 15th June
  • York 20th June
  • Exeter 28th June

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Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships

Wimbledon, South London
June 23rd to July 6th.

You don’t have to be a committed tennis fan to enjoy this special British fortnight; watching British hopes (Good Luck Andy!) and the drama and anguish that accompanies every Wimbledon makes the event compulsive viewing for many.

Tickets of course are hard to come by, but every year you can join the early queue - Wimbledon is one of the very few major events where you can still buy premium tickets on the actual day of play.

The queues are very well organised and on arrival you are given a numbered ticket. Toilets, food and drink is available and there are officials around to answer questions. While tickets for the show courts are limited and will be snapped up by those in the very front of the queue, there are also thousands of tickets available every day so that people can go in, watch the play on the outer courts and generally join in the fun. The mound, or Herman Hill, where you can watch play on a giant screen, is available to everyone who gets into the grounds.

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Glastonbury Festival

Pilton, Somerset
Wednesday 25th to Sunday 29th June

Goodness, Glastonbury Festival has been going for an amazing 44 years! The first festival was organized by land owner Michael Eavis who had been inspired by a Blues festival at the nearby Bath and West Showground.

He had the land, he loved the music - and the Glastonbury Festival was born. The very first festival was held in 1970 on the day after Jimi Hendrix died and attracted an audience of 1,500. The price of £1 included free milk from Michael’s farm. Ah, those were the days!

The modern festival attracts all ages and this year, as ever, it has a massive line up of famous and not so famous bands. Tickets are fully sold out but the Festival site does warn of a problem of fake tickets being offered.

But for those of us who haven’t tickets, it will be covered on tv and there will be lots of news about it in the media.

Glasgow Jazz Festival

Various Venues around Glasgow
Wednesday 25th June to Sunday 29th June

This is the 28th year of this famous festival, which now only features star acts but also showcases a wealth of local Scottish performers. The festival tries to encompass a full range of jezz styles from trad and Dixie to free jazz plus some world music, blues and hiphop just to keep everyone happy.

There are different events at different venues on different days, so check it all out

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