I didn’t manage to get to any of my suggested events for May, I was just never in the right place at the right time. I hope you did better then me.
Undeterred, here is a selection of things to do in June.
AIX EN PROVENCE, France
Le Triomphe de la Lumière – L’Hotel de Caumont, built in 1715 for le Marquis de Caumont, has been totally restored and has just opened as an arts centre. The inaugural exhibition will transport you from Aix to Rome, London and Venice through the eyes of Canaletto.
Caumont Centred’Art, 3 rue Joseph Cabassol, 13100 Aix-en-Provence. Until 13 Sept 2015.
It is summer and La Pedrera is open for its spectacular evening visit and light show.
Now, this I have done already, and although I was unlucky enough to have rain as my companion, it was a great experience. I highly recommend it even if you’ve done a tour here before.
Art Basel – this annual modern art fair brings together works from over 300 galleries. If you can’t get to Basel itself, the fair also takes place in Miami Beach (December 2015) and Hong Kong (March 2016)
18-21 June 2015, Basel
Taste of Helsinki -enjoy 4 days of food heaven, with 10 Finnish restaurants and 35 dishes to choose from.
11-14 June 2015, Kansalaistorin Park, Helsinki
Into the Glacier – Fancy a journey to the centre of the earth? Well, deep into Iceland’s 2nd largest glacier, Langjökull, at least? This massive ice cave is the largest man-made ice structure in the world. Specially adapted, heated off-road vehicles take you to the glacier, where you are able to descend so deep that the ice around you is blue.
From 1 June 2015, daily departures from Reykjavík, Húsafell and Kaldidalur
LA RIOJA, Spain
La Batalla de Vino– every 29th June, hundreds of people climb a hill in La Rioja and throw wine at each other. It starts with a lively street party on the evening of 28th and come the 29th, the already happy and possible inebriated party goers climb the nearby hill to battle with wine. At the end of the day, the now pink-stained revellers return to town to dance the night away.
28-29 June 2015, Haro, La Rioja
Sunset Safari – throughout summer, London Zoo will be giving you the rare opportunity to visit after normal opening hours . People of all ages are welcome at these evenings of fun, learning and entertainment. Need a little more convincing? Then, let us tell you how the night will play out. In addition to visiting the animals and hearing tales from conservationists, scientists and keepers, there will be a World Food Market.
London Zoo. Every Friday from 5 June to 17 July, 18:00 – 22:00. Adult price £16-£32, concessions available.
Of Soil and Water – have you ever wanted to swim in an outdoor art installation? Ok, so it may never have occurred to you, but now you can do it anyway. The UK’s first ever man-made fresh water public bathing pond is a piece of innovative “Land Art”. This 40m long, natural, chemical-free pond is the creation of Ooze Architects (Eva Pfannes and Sylvain Hartenberg) and artist Marjetica Potrc and is now open to the public. There are changing rooms, lockers, showers and a life guard.
King’s Cross Pond Club, 20 Canal Reach (entrance on Tapper walk), N1C 4BE Tickets £3.50 – £6.50
Futurs – Matisse, Miró, Calder… – through the great artistic movements of the 20th century, this collection of around 100 paintings, sculptures, photographs and installations, retraces the links and influences between reality and fiction that bring together art, science, literature and cinema.
La Vieille Charité, Marseille, until 27 Sept
Hideout Festival – just the start of Croatia’s festival season. Grab your dancing shoes and enjoy!
Zrce Beach, 28 June – 2 July
Copyright Debbie Smyth, 1 June 2015