Things to do in England
What's on in June

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

June is the month for days out in England if you love horses with both the Epsom Derby and Royal Ascot on the events calendar.

But that does not mean that the rest of us have to sit at home. Tennis fans can agonise over their favourite's performance at Queens, and a little later in the month, on the hallowed turf of Wimbledon. And if you like your entertainment a little more 'out there', why not make an effort to visit the Cotswold Olimpicks or the World Worm-Charming Championships.

Book lovers can make their way to Witney in Oxfordshire and for history lovers there are plenty of things to do in England. You can watch the Queen's official birthday parade, Trooping the Colour, or admire the reenactors at Loseley Park's Medieval Festival.

So here's a list of events that have become regulars on England's June events calendar.

First Friday in June Cotswold Olimpicks, Chipping Camden, Gloucestershire
The world's oldest surviving Olympic games are not for the faint-hearted, with contests including shin-kicking, pig-racing and a shuffleboard-race.
First Weekend in June Medieval Festival, Loseley Park nr Guildford, Surrey
Medieval Festival featuring the very best performers and re-enactors in England. Put this on your list of things to do in England if you're at all interested in medieval things and enjoy Mounted Hunting Games, Falconry, Sword Fighting, Archery, Jousting and a massive medieval battle. The medieval market is wonderful, but watch your purse - you'll be wanting to buy all manner of unusual things!
second Saturday in June Trooping the Colour, Horse Guards Parade, London
It always intrigued me that the Queen had an 'official' birthday, as well as a real one. And Trooping the Colour is a fun way to celebrate. It was actually one of the first royal events I ever saw on TV. Back then, Her Majesty rode sidesaddle. These days she's usually driven in a carriage. Still, it makes a great day out and has a loyal following of fans.
Mid June Royal Ascot, Berkshire
It's supposed to be THE horse-racing event of the season. Shame then, that the discussions more often centre on hats, unsuitable shoes and overindulgence rather than the performance of the horses and their riders.
Mid June Witney Book Festival, Witney, Oxfordshire
Friendly, accessible event well supported by local authors, with panels, demonstrations, workshops, Q&A sessions and a writing competition for children.
End of June World Worm-Charming Championships, Willaston, Cheshire
Does this sound like something out of Harry Potter to you? Actually, it's not. Worm charming is an ancient skill used to entice worms out of the soil to be used as bait for fishing. Not wanting to let the skill die out, the headmaster of Willaston's school invented the competition that has since turned into this well-supported World Championship. It's one of the more unusual things to do England, but well worth your time if you're in the area.
Last Week of June Glastonbury Festival, Glastonbury, Somerset
What started as a party in a field has become one of the world's most prestigious music festivals with tickets selling out within hours of going on sale. The world's biggest stars have performed on Glastonbury's stage and the fans simply adore the event - even if it can turn quickly into a mud bath when the heavens open.