So much for that scorcher eh? Even if summer turns out to be a damp squib there is still loads to keep you, and the kids, entertained this month. If you’re not heading off to enjoy a music festival make sure you grab a meal at a rooftop restaurant near you. And don’t forget there’s that perfectly timed bank holiday at the end of the month to help you unwind. Here’s a round up of what’s hot and happening this month.
WHAT TO SEE
Queer British Art
This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the decriminalisation of male homosexuality and to mark the occasion, the Tate is charting a hundred years of queer artists. The collection showcases work that is either deeply personal or staunchly political and includes pieces by Duncan Grant and David Hockney
Tate, open now until 1 Oct
WHAT TO WATCH
We are very excited to see Top of the Lake: China Girl, a crime drama in which women are depicted not as passive victims but complicated, interesting human beings. Jane Campion directs this dark series set in Sydney and starring Elisabeth Moss (of MadMen fame) and Nicole Kidman as we’ve never seen her before, sporting grey hair and wrinkles. It’s dark, bleak and reviewed as one of the most compelling portraits of womanhood we can see this year. A must watch for when the weather doesn’t play ball.
27 July on BBC2 but available on iPlayer
Kids free musicals
Enjoy a family trip to a West End theatre show with the annual Kids Week 2017 – which, contrary to its title, actually runs through the whole month. If one adult pays, one child can go free and other accompanying children can have half price tickets to smash-hit shows including Stomp, Wicked and many more.
If you’re feeling bereft now that Wimbledon is over, fear not for the IAAF World Athletics Championships descend on London in August2017. Watch track and field events in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park or if you haven’t managed to nab tickets you can cheer on athletes racing in the marathon and race walks around central London.
WHERE TO FESTIVAL
Wilderness, Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire, Aug 3 - 6
This is a magical carnival of the senses with awe-inspiring performance art, debates and lots for the kids to do. Line-up includes Bonobo, Nightmares on Wax and Michael Kiwanuka.
Green Man Festival
Brecon Beacons, Wales, 17 – 20 August
Nestled in the Brecon Beacons, the Black Mountains are open to the public for only one weekend a year, and it’s for this eclectic, eco-friendly festival.
Into the Wild, Near Edenbridge, Kent, bank holiday weekend
This is a very alternative festival, perfect for kids. With no booze allowed, the festival focuses on more cerebral pursuits like yoga, bow and arrow making with the kids or hunting for fairies in the forest. It’s all very hippy and ecofriendly with fabulous vegan food on offer too.
WHAT TO EAT
Courgettes are aplenty at this time of year, delicious grilled on the barbecue to accompany some in-season seabass. Marrows stuffed with lentils, spinach and cheese are delicious and timely too. Finish with a plate of lovely ripe apricots.
WHAT TO WEAR
Summer holidays means comfortable, relaxed style for at home or abroad and whatever the weather. The latest arrivals from Veja are perfect for those of you that are chasing around after kids during the holidays - especially love the silver pair for a bit of pizzazz! Conditions Apply's culottes are a great pair of summer trousers just to throw on and still look like you've made an effort! Meanwhile Kind's latest collection of beautiful gold and silver jewellery will show off your tan!