From the Tokyo Olympics to holidays and music festivals, here's what to look forward to this summer

Olympic Games in Tokyo
Last year the Olympics were canceled, but now they’re due to take place in Japan’s capital this summer. The opening ceremony begins on Friday, July 23rd, and Team GB is taking its largest delegation to overseas games – for the first time with more women than men. We expect medals in abundance.

Tokyo Paralympic Games
Hot on the heels of the Olympic Games are the Paralympics, which will take place from August 24th to September 5th. Penny Briscoe, Chef de Mission of ParalympicsGB, says: “Our ParalympicsGB team … will inspire and unite the nation.”

Ice cream
Whether you are a local 99 Flaker or an ice lolly fan, a refreshing and delicious treat will put everyone in a good mood.

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The return of the theater
Our beloved theaters are reopening after more than 15 months – and what a range of shows to offer, including Cinderella, Frozen the Musical, Romeo & Juliet in The Globe, and Emma Corrin’s West End debut in Anna X.

A scene from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cinderella at the Gillian Lynne Theater. (Image via David Bloom / Copyright: Tristram Kenton)

vacation
Whether it’s a stay near the British coast, a weekend in the Cotswolds or a trip to one of the green-lit countries, summer is all about taking a break.

‘Modern Love’ season two
The second part of Amazon’s hit anthology series, Modern Love, is slated to hit TV screens on August 13th. Based on the New York Times weekly column of the same name, this year’s offering features other big names, including Tobias Menzies from The Crown, Kit Harington from Game of Thrones, Minnie Driver and Lucy Boynton.

Reading and Leeds Festivals
Festival goers were heartbroken when Glastonbury was canceled for the second year in a row, but luckily Reading and Leeds will take place August 27-29. Stormzy, AJ Tracey, Wolf Alice, Post Malone, Liam Gallagher and Queens of the Stone Age will perform among others.

‘Respect’
Music legends don’t get much bigger than Aretha Franklin, and the Queen of Soul is the newest mega-star to get her own musical biopic. Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson takes the lead role. In theaters September 10th.

Picnics at Buckingham Palace
For the first time, Buckingham Palace Gardens are open to the public for tours and picnics. Look out for the royal beehives, lake, rose garden, and the famous plane trees named Victoria and Albert. Tickets cost 16.50, from rct.uk

The weather
Speaking of picnics, the weather is getting better. The Met Office says the last week of July and early August are “warmer and drier than average”.

Vacationers enjoy the heat on Barry Island Beach, Wales (Photo: Ben Birchall / PA Wire)

Billie Eilish’s second album
Billie Eilish, one of the world’s greatest pop stars, is preparing to release her highly anticipated second album, Happier Than Ever, on July 30th. The singer called the project her “all-time favorite” and was just adding an extra London show to her 2022 tour.

Paula Hawkins’ new Romanins
If you’re looking for some summer read, Paula Hawkins’ latest thriller is a hot option. Her first novel, The Girl on the Train, was an international bestseller, and A Slow Burning Fire offers just as much fear of leafing through it. On 08/31

Watch the stars
You don’t need a telescope to capture spectacular meteor and moon action this summer. The Delta Aquariids meteor shower is said to adorn our skies on the evening of July 28th and 29th, while the Buck Moon – the first full moon of summer – will illuminate the night sky for night sky watchers on July 23rd.

Wildlife viewing
Summer is the perfect time to go to the garden or the nearest park to see the local wildlife. “August and September are the perfect months to look out for butterflies like the doorman and meadow browns, while watching bats at dusk or listening to the tawny owl ‘Zu-Wuh,” says wildlife detective Ed Drewitt.

Beer gardens
Brits love a beer garden, and luckily there is still plenty of summer left to soak up the sun while sipping a pint at your local’s. Bliss.

Soccer
Forget the Euros – the domestic football season is back! The Premier League will start again on August 13 (a full month earlier than last season) when newly promoted Brentford take on Arsenal in a London derby. And for those who can’t wait, the EFL starts even earlier with Bournemouth hosting West Bromwich Albion in the championship on Friday 6th August.

Bank holiday in August
Our last holiday for a while, so take advantage of it to soak up some sun (if we’re lucky), throw a barbecue, go to a festival, or just relax in the garden.

US Open tennis
Sports fans will be happy with almost back-to-back events this summer including the US Open tennis. At this Grand Slam, which will take place over two weeks from August 30th, players like the Wimbledon 2021 winner Novak Djokovic as well as the Britons Heather Watson and Johanna Konta will be on the pitch.

Novak Djokovic slips when he hits a forehand at this year’s Wimbledon (Photo: Getty)

To go biking
Why not use the weather for a bike ride? With lots of scenic routes to choose from, it’s a great way to get outside, and cyclists also seem to live longer thanks to the cardio exercise and calorie consumption, the NHS says.

Exploration of cultural heritage sites
English Heritage has extended summer hours at some of its most popular attractions, including Dover Castle, Whitby Abbey, and 1066 Battle of Hastings Abbey and Battlefield, so you can explore even longer.

Jump into the sea
There’s nothing like cooling off in the water after a day at the beach and it’s amazing for your health. Dr. Deborah Lee from Dr. Fox Pharmacy says: “Swimming in the sea activates the parasympathetic nervous system – the body’s anti-stress nerve pathway – and leads to an increase in the happiness hormones serotonin and dopamine. Salt water in the nose can also help reduce the symptoms of hay fever. “

Bright mornings
With UK summer time still in full swing, it means we are still enjoying brighter, brighter mornings, so set your alarm an hour earlier and go outside to enjoy those peaceful summer mornings.

Glastonbury Festival (pictured) has been canceled this year, but Camp Bestival and Reading and Leeds Festival will continue (Photo: BBC)

Camp Bestival
As the little sister of Bestival, this event takes place in the stunning grounds of Lulworth Castle in Dorset. Tickets are still available and festival goers will come on stage with Fatboy Slim and Groove Armada. It runs from July 29th to August 1st – campbestival.net

RHS flower shows
Those of you with green fingers can look forward to a number of Royal Horticultural Society flower exhibitions across the country. See spectacular flower arrangements and expert gardening advice from Tatton Park to Chelsea and Hyde Hall. Visit rhs.org.uk

Family dinner
Lockdown may have been a burden, but according to a study by Mindful Chef, a third of Britons ate more as a family in the past year than they did before Covid. Summer is the perfect opportunity to continue sitting down for a good meal.

BBC Proms
The world’s largest classical music festival, hosted at the Royal Albert Hall, returns this year with performances such as An Evening with Mozart, the Manchester Collective, 20th Century British Film Music and tenor Stuart Skelton. Book tickets or view them online: July 30th – August 19th, bbc.co.uk/proms/events

Edinburgh Fringe
For three weeks in August, the city of Edinburgh welcomes an explosion of creative energy from around the world. Artists and performers will be performing on stages across the city, from big names in comedy to unknown artists eager to build their careers. There is also dance, physical theater, circus, cabaret and much more. Visit edfringe.com between August 6th and 30th

Jane Austen Festival
This 10 day festival in the historic city of Bath celebrates everything to do with the writer of pride and prejudice. You can look forward to dance workshops, balls, lectures, tours and of course lots of costumes – 10.-19. September, janeaustenfestivalbath.co.uk

Weddings
Since all legal restrictions on social contacts and guest numbers for weddings have been lifted, the weddings that have been postponed in the last 15 months can finally take place.

Cowes week
Since 1826, Cowes Week is an integral part of the UK’s summer sports calendar and will see around 1,000 boats cruising the seas around the Isle of Wight: July 31st – August 6th, cowesweek.co.uk

Enjoy the little things
Great adventures may not be on the agenda yet, but that doesn’t mean we can’t make meaningful memories. According to psychologist Suzy Reading, we should try to focus on enjoying the little things. She says, “The thought of goal setting can be overwhelming. Instead, try to enjoy all the little moments in life. “

Northern pride
A celebration of LGBTQ +, this event is hosted online by comedy queen Miss Rory and host Gok Wan. Either tune in at home or get tickets to Screen on the Green in Newcastle to see the event live: July 24th, north-pride.com

sunflowers
It’s officially sunflower season, so go outside to take in the views of these spectacular plants that are symbols of good fortune and good fortune. Or go a step further and sow your own.

Runners take part in the 5km park run in Victoria Park in East Belfast (Photo: PA)

Parkrun
Runners can lace up their sneakers again as Parkrun is back in England next Saturday. Held in parks and open spaces across the country, the 5km community runs can be jogged, sprinted, or run, and all fitness levels and ages are invited to take part.

Bristol Balloon Fiesta
With four days of free family fun, more than 100 hot air balloons taking off in mass ascents and two nightglows (where the balloons glow to music), this summer event is a must; August 12-15, bristolballoonfiesta.co.uk

Dodgems at Somerset House
It’s not often that you drive around a Grade I listed building, but you can this summer. London’s Somerset House art gallery opens its courtyard to bumper cars, drinks and food stalls; Somersethouse.org.uk

Adele’s new album
After almost six years, the British singer is said to be releasing her fourth album soon. There’s no date yet, but we keep our fingers crossed for the end of summer.

Enjoy the nature
Whether going for a walk, reading or sunbathing, nature is the most beautiful in summer – and good for your health. Dr. Giuseppe Aragona of Prescription Doctor says, “If you go outside regularly, you will not only be exposed to potential vitamin D, but you will also work wonders for your mood and mental well-being.”