Things to do in England
What's on in July

Sometimes, a bit of planning comes in handy, especially when it comes to things to do in England.

July is prime holiday time. And if you're looking for things to do in England with the family, then you're spoilt for choice.

There's simply something for everyone whether you love music, want to rub shoulders with a few celebrities, explore England's fascinating history or simply do something you've never attempted before.

So here's a list of events that have become regulars in the July section of things to do in England:

First Week in July Henley Royal Regatta, Oxfordshire
Henley's supposed to be England's premier rowing event, but it often appears more of a fashion show / charity ball attended by the great and good. Fun for people watching.
9th & 10 July Medieval Joust, Kenilworth Castle
Kenilworth is one of England's best castle ruins. It has a Norman keep, a early medieval mere (a very fancy kind of moat) and was renovated extensively by Robert, Earl of Dudley, when he was wooing Queen Elizabeth I. Now imagine all this magnificence as backdrop to a spectacular medieval joust and it becomes one of the top things to do in England in July. For tickets check out the English Heritage website.
Third Week in July Swan Upping on the River Thames
In case you didn't know: all swans in England belong to the Queen. And Swan Upping is the annual 'Swan Marking' on the Thames by the Vintners' Company, The Dyers'Company and The Queen's Swan Marker. The officials travel along the river between Sunbury and Abingdon counting swans and marking cygnets. It's a great fun to watch and children are particularly welcome to observe the work of the Swan Uppers. For dates and locations, check the website of the Royal Swan Marker.
1th & 17th July Festival of History, Kelmarsh Hall, Northamptonshire
It doesn't really matter which period of history is your favourite, as the annual Festival of History covers them all. You can watch a medieval joust then move across the field to admire the precision of the Roman army, compare the effectiveness of catapults and cannon or see Wellington's army prepare for battle. And you won't be nearly finished... To book your tickets go to the English Heritage website.
Last Week in July Cambridge Folk Festival
If you love folk music, you know that this is England's biggest folk festival. Usually with a mouthwatering lineup, the best bit for me is discovering new performers to check out.