21+ Amazing Things to Discover this June

21+ Amazing Things to Discover this June

Family activities, summer fun and the best of local theatre…

Pictured: Kingston Bear Trail

Family Fun

1 Kingston Bear Trail

Until 7 June

Follow the trail and embark on a bear hunt through Kingston! Discover 10 giant sculptures inspired by ‘We’re Going On A Bear Hunt,’ the animation based on the book by Michael Rosen and illustrated by Helen Oxenbury.

2 Love Wimbledon’s Local Market on The Piazza

1-2 June

Wimbledon Town Centre welcomes a mix of artisan stalls, from hot food and baked goods to homewares, art, accessories, and beyond at its monthly market.

3 Summer at Gatton: Picnic in the Park

Gatton Park, 2 June

Celebrate the start of summer with a picnic. Children’s activities include croquet, skipping, hoops, Jenga and other games. The park will be fully open to explore with walks around the rock garden, Japanese garden, lakes and more.

4 Great Big Green Week – Grow Urban Festival

Morden Hall Park, 8-16 June

Morden Hall Park’s Urban Ranger youth volunteering group have organised a host of events that promote greening and growing in London. There’ll be a ‘Hidden Gems’ trail and a ‘Recycle and Grow Pot Making Party’ on 9th June.

5 Wimbledon Village Stables Open Afternoon

8 June

The Stables will be open between 2 and 3 pm for visitors to look around. You can learn about the horse simulator and children can meet Mr Fudge, the miniature Shetland Pony, and they can also learn about how to look after the horses and ponies.

More fab things to do:

Art & Culture

1 The Queen’s Reading Room Festival

Hampton Court Palace, 8 June

The Queen’s Reading Room Festival will gather authors, experts, actors and literature lovers for one day in this magical setting where Shakespeare once performed. A top line-up of authors, experts, actors and literature lovers, including Harlan Coben, Lee Child and Helena Bonham Carter, come together for this festival, in a place where Shakespeare once performed with his King’s Men.

2 Sculpture Trail

Claremont Landscape Garden, 8 June – 14 July

Surrey Sculpture Society will be bringing a new outdoor exhibition to Claremont Landscape Garden this summer, with over 90 exhibits from some of Surrey’s finest artists to explore and purchase.

Abby Martin - Mycelium Minor

3 Portraits of the Maharanis

Sacred Heart Church Hall, Wimbledon, 12 June

This lecture draws on a stunning collection of portraits and photographs of Indian Maharanis. These beautiful portraits are brought to life with insights into their lives, memoirs, and the role they played.

4 Beyond Fashion

Saatchi Gallery, Chelsea, runs till September

Beyond Fashion showcases the work of acclaimed fashion photographers from around the world. The works demonstrate how fashion photography has developed to reflect on the reality of our lives, and to push at the boundaries of creativity.

5 Alistair McGowan

St Mary’s Barnes, 29 June

Alistair McGowan, one of Britain’s top impressionists and humourists, joins Barnes BookFest 2024 for a preview festival event to share his first anthology of poetry Not What We Were Expecting.

See what’s on at your local theatres:


1 Closer to Heaven

Turbine Theatre, Battersea, 31 May – 30 June

With original club music composed by Pet Shop Boys, Closer to Heaven is a radical musical exploring queer lives at the turn of the Millennium.

Frances Ruffelle (c) Mark Senior

2 The Comedy of Errors

Fulham Palace, 2 June

Enjoy an outdoor theatre production of William Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors performed by the Three Inch Fools in the palace’s picturesque walled garden.

3 #FromtheFringe

New Wimbledon Theatre, 3-29 June

New Wimbledon Theatre’s very own micro-fringe festival is back with a bang for 2024 with an eclectic, 24 show line-up.

4 Moffie

Riverside Studios, Hammersmith, 5-30 June

In 1979, Nicholas van der Swart is conscripted into the South African Defence Force and finds himself in a regime that demands absolute conformity, brute masculinity, racism, and bigotry.

5 The Railway Children

Rose Theatre, 7-8 June

This exciting, heartfelt story by E. Nesbit is given a fresh adaptation for the stage which remains faithful in essence to the original.

6 Drop the Dead Donkey

Richmond Theatre, 18-22 June

30 years since the launch of the trailblazing, smash-hit TV series, the Globelink News team are back and now live on stage for the very first time.

7 Sam Wu is NOT Afraid of Ghosts

Polka Theatre, Wimbledon, 22 June – 18 August

When a trip to the Space Museum goes terrifyingly wrong, Sam begins a mission to prove to everyone that he is a fearless space adventurer… Ideal for children 6-12 years.

8 Romeo and Juliet

Reigate Castle Grounds, 26 June

The award-winning outdoor theatre company ‘Illyria’ is set to visit Reigate Castle Grounds with an exciting production of Romeo and Juliet.


1 The Speakeasy Party: Soulfunks

Ram Jam Records, Kingston, 1 June

Soulfunks are an eight-piece soul and funk covers band coming to the Speakeasy Party in June, with distinctive female lead vocals, and great harmonies backed by tight rhythm.

2 Wimbledon Symphony Orchestra

St Paul’s Church, Wimbledon, 29 June

A concert in celebration of WSO’s retiring leader, Charlotte Edwards. Featuring Bizet’s Carmen Suites Nos 1 and 2, Dvořák’s Romance for Violin and Orchestra and Respighi’s La Boutique Fantasque.

3 Wimbledon Community Chorus Summer Serenade

St Matthew’s Church, Wimbledon, 29 June

Wimbledon Community Chorus presents Summer Serenade, an uplifting evening of band and choral pieces, in honour of Armed Forces Day. The concert is a fundraising event, with profits going to the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal, and including a special guest, the Central Band of the Royal British Legion.

4 Taste of Twickenham

The Cabbage Patch, Twickenham, 30 June

The second year of this fabulous event celebrating food, music and culture in Twickenham. The Eel Pie Club is putting on a selection of excellent local bands in the Cabbage Patch Garden.