The Forestry Commission England’s major outdoor live music series Forest Live is back this summer for four nights of great music and food and drink in the beautiful setting of Westonbirt Arboretum. From 13–16 June, headline acts Stereophonics, Paul Weller, Jack Savoretti and Haçienda Classiçal will be bringing some of their biggest hits to the Gloucestershire countryside. Pack a picnic or enjoy the variety of hot food outlets on offer, and there will be a fully licensed, cash-only bar. Tickets from £38.50. Money raised will help to look after the nation’s forests sustainably;

Acoustic singer Jack Savoretti joins the line-up at Westonbirt Arboretum


This year’s magical Hope Ball 2019 will be held among the heady scent of hydrangeas and roses in the charming gardens of The Old Rectory in Doynton. Raising funds for the Royal United Hospital Cancer Care Campaign on 15 June, 6pm, the highlight of the black-tie gala will be a carefully curated art auction featuring international stars such as Miriam Escofet, winner of the 2018 BP Portrait Award at the National Portrait Gallery, and Richard Twose, plus local talent including Nick Cudworth and Louise Holgate. There will be some incredible experiences up for grabs such as a private box at the Royal Opera House and artist masterclasses. £250pp, includes Champagne reception, three-course dinner with sommelier-selected wines, live art auction, silent auction and entertainment;

Girls Sewn to Trees by Cooper and Gorfer, part of a limited edition book which will feature in the auction


The UK’s largest free celebration of nature is back from 1–9 June, inspiring all ages to engage with the natural world. The Festival of Nature kicks off with a day of interactive exhibitions, live performances and talks from inspirational and world-renowned leaders from the natural history world at Green Park in Bath, and concludes with a big weekend of fun stretching from Millennium Square to Harbourside and Queen Square in Bristol. Try your hand at angling, take part in insect-themed willow crafts, and find out how a messy garden can help creatures great and small to thrive;

Get racing

Grab a Pimms and get your hats at the ready as one of the biggest days of the racing calendar – Ladies Day – returns to Bath Racecourse on 15 June. If you feel like dressing up, you can put your best-dressed foot forward for the Style Competition for the chance of winning a £500 cash prize and a pair of diamond earrings from SP Green jewellers. Keeping the party going will be live music throughout the day from The Revue Showband and Jukebox Duo, and to tempt your taste buds, there will be artisan Lovett pies served in the Beckford Bar, fancy hotdogs in the 1811 Bar or sandwiches from the Coffeemakers Café. Gates open at 11am, with the first race at 1.15pm and the last at 5.20pm. Tickets from £13;

Chill out

Forget about going to the coast this summer – Bath on the Beach is returning this month, bringing palm trees, beach volleyball and cocktails to Royal Victoria Park, adjacent to the adventure golf. From 14 June – 4 August, get your friends together and chill out in a cabana or tiki table, enjoy a cold beer and dive into some fresh Mexican food. If you fancy it, there’s also table tennis, boules and bar games. Bookings and party packages available. Free entry, open every day until 10pm;

Images: Jack Savoretti: Chris Floyd/Bath Racecourse: JMP