You won’t be getting much for free in the next few years so make the most of the FREE Barclaycard Summer Time events in Hyde Park taking place between 4th-7th July.
Now in its 4th year, the Barclaycard British Summer Time Hyde Park will also play host to a huge international street food market and the mid week event will see visitors lifted to 100ft in the air on the Barclaycard Betterview, a seated platform with breath-taking views of the London skyline and a bird’s-eye view of Hyde Park, a very special altitude dating in the sky event (£5 admin fee for the dating event) and a sky high busker.
If heights aren’t your thing, you can also visit the Coca-Cola Film Nights film festival, An electrifying karaoke session with ‘Rockaoke’ or the Gorilla Circus Trapeze School. If Trapeze and Kareoke don’t appeal, sit back and watch performances by the London Gay Men’s Chorus and London Gay Big Band or simply watch the action from Wimbledon on live screens. All of this for FREE.
Live the high life and soak up London’s skyline from 100ft above the ground. Barclaycard Betterview platform ‘Flights’ are booked in person on the day and are offered on a first come first served basis and subject to favourable weather conditions. So turn up early and early and hope for sun!
Barclaycard Betterview will also host a variety of special events during the festival weekdays – weather permitting – including a sky-high busker at 2.30pm on July 5th and a dating night on the same evening, courtesy of Match, the UK’s most successful dating service.
Movie fans should not miss the Coca-Cola Film Nights – four themed nights of free movie screenings, including: 80s classics; Hollywood blockbusters; Brit flicks and musicals you can sing along to. It kicks off on Monday 4th at 6pm. There is a film for everyone so forget the multiplex; Screenings are completely free of charge but access is on a first come, first served basis, so grab a picnic blanket and head down to Hyde Park to secure your spot.
Entertainment and ‘Rockaoke’
ITV’s Arielle Free will host FREE evening live entertainment from 6.30pm onwards. Kicking off the entertainment on Monday 4th is an electrifying karaoke session with ‘Rockaoke’ – a musical experience back by popular demand for a second year. Brave singers will have the chance to sing their favourite hit with a live band and a gig audience to adore them.
Wimbledon Free Screenings
Tennis fans have the opportunity to cheer on Andy Murray direct from the event – anyone is free to enter Hyde Park and watch the Wimbledon Championships which will be shown on the big screen from 12pm onwards on the four days.
Street Food Market
Embracing the street food explosion, this year will see stalls selling a huge array of lip-smacking snacks and gourmet grub throughout the event. People can pay contactlessly at the event for all food and drinks stalls so they don’t have to remember cash. There is also a chilled-out seating area for you to kick back and enjoy the event, and an upbeat background playlist offers the perfect backdrop to this unique festival.
Bleecker Street Burger, Bad Brownie, Tongue ‘n Cheek, Holy Cow, Smoke Stak and Waffle On are just some of the many stalls that will be dishing up their wares. Over half of the traders will have a vegetarian option and a quarter of them will have a vegan option.
The Barclaycard Stage plays host to four evenings of awesome music, including the London Gay Men’s Chorus on Tuesday 5th, London Gay Big Band on Wednesday 6th, and Royal Organ Due and Barry Peters on Thursday 7th – all for free.
Royal Parks Horticulture Show
On Tuesday 5th July, the Royal Parks Horticulture Show will be hosting a unique competition to find the country’s best budding horticulturalists, bakers, jam makers and photographers, followed by two days of talks and demonstrations.
You can then work off that feast with Gorilla Circus Trapeze School, the only flying trapeze school in the UK! Jump from a 30 feet high platform and perform tricks you only see in a Big Top circus on a full sized flying trapeze rig. Their instructors who are also actively performing flying trapeze artists will soon have you performing imagination defying tricks! Not only that but the activity is an excellent all round body workout and can increase both mental and physical agility. To book, go to: www.gorillacircus.com/flyingtrapezeschool/bookings.
Badminton England and PING! London will offer free badminton sessions and access to Ping-Pong tables throughout the week. Plus children can enjoy Fit For Sport from 3.30pm – 6pm daily – offering children free after school sport activities in the park.
When: The 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th July 2016
Where: Hyde Park, London
How Much: FREE (Altitude dating £5 admin fee), for more information visit www.bst-hydepark.com