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Our pick of the summer pop-ups

19 Jul 2018

Sometimes, a change is as good as a rest - that’s why we love the idea of pop-up shops and events.  Suddenly, that empty shop you walk past every day is filled with quirky bits and pieces that make you want to go in for a look. Or, the local green space is transformed into a mini food festival, brightening up the same old, same old, with a short burst of excitement.

Here’s our pick of some fun pop-up events to check out this summer:

Picturehouse Pop-Up – Brighton

Hot air balloon outside cinema(Image by Picturehouse)

We’re having an unusually warm summer this year and it’s such a rare occurrence that it seems like such a waste to be hidden away in a dark cinema. Picturehouse Pop-up takes the action al fresco with screenings of new and classic films in the grounds of museums and country gardens.

In July and August,  Preston Manor gardens in Brighton is the setting for viewings of classics like Thelma and Louise and Donnie Darko, as well as modern classics such as Call Me By Your Name and a sing-a-long version of The Greatest Showman.

So, grab a blanket and some cinema-worthy snackage and make the most of the summer weather.

The Picturehouse is popping up all over the country so check out Picturehouse Pop-Up 2018 to find out if they’re visiting your neck of the woods.

Pop-up Opera – Scotland (various)

Opera isn’t generally regarded as a ‘something for everyone’ type of entertainment, but Scottish Opera is offering just that experience with its pop-up Opera events.

Taking place on a fully-functioning stage, adapted from a trailer, Pop-up Opera promises an entertaining introduction to operas such as HMS Pinafore and Eugene Onegin. Each show lasts just 25 minutes but fully immerses the audience into the story with the help of singers, storytellers and colourful artwork. They even have a child-friendly opera, Be a Sport, Spike, aimed at kids aged 4-7.

The touring opera company is popping up this summer at venues throughout Scotland. Find out more at Pop-up Opera,

Movable Feast – North Wales

Movable Feast offers more than just a treat for the tastebuds when it hits the road this summer. Featuring craft workshops, live music and entertainment as well as the best food and drink from across North Wales, this pop-up covers all the bases for a great day out.

From chocolate and espresso, to pizza and pom-poms, Movable Feast has it all. Our only recommendation is that you let your food settle before you head onto the inflatable assault course!

Find out when Movable Feast is rolling into your town.

Pug Cafe Pop-ups - Nationwide

Pug Bertie drinking coffee(Image by Pug Cafe)

Let’s not forget about our four-legged friends – especially when they have their very own pop-up event!

Dedicated to all things Pug, the Pop-up Pug Cafe is a must for all pugs and their humans.  These one-day-only events offer delicacies such as puggucinos, bark-scotti and pugcakes for the dogs to enjoy as they meet and play with fellow pugs. Two-legged visitors to the event can tuck into coffee and cake, too, while they get to know the rest of the cafe dwellers in a dog-friendly environment.

Gutted you don’t have a pug? They also have Dachshund Cafes in Glasgow, Birmingham and London!

Don’t worry, non-owners are welcome, too – and if you're lucky, you might even get a pug hug!

For your nearest event, go to Pug Cafe

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