If the thought of a whole month of footy makes you feel as sick as a parrot then check out our ultimate guide to missing ALL the action!

England, Wales and Northern Ireland (Sorry Scotland) all take part in this summer’s UEFA Championships in France. Here at Life Death Prizes, we know kicking a pigs bladder around a muddy field isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, so if you want to escape the footy hoo-hah here’s our guide to the alternative entertainment…

Friday 10th June

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The Footy

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Opening ceremony plus opening game:
Kick off: 9pm, France V Romania.

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The opening ceremony starts with techno button botherer, DJ David Guetta. Then we’re into the tournament proper as host nation France take on Romania! Ohh la la!

The Alternatives
No four footballs

Football.. Bah! Take your pick from these music events taking place around the country…

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PA Photos & Rex Features

You can rock out at the Download Festival which runs from 10th – 12th June or chill out at the Isle of Wight Festival which runs from 9th – 12th June. If you’re into your crooners then Simply Red will be holding back your ears after the races at Chepstow or why, why why, not spend an evening with Tom Jones at Aintree. Park Life takes place at Heaton Park, Manchester.


Saturday 11th June

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The Footy

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Kick off: 6pm, Wales v Slovakia
Kick off: 9pm, England v Russia

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Two home nations kick off their campaigns today. It’s wall to wall Footy from 6pm!

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Ingeeeeerlaaaaand? Yawn… Gareth Bales’ bun…. Yawn. If you’re not already at one of the above weekend festivals then you could try these

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iStock, Rex Features & PA Photos

While Gareth Bale gets under way with Wales you could be watching Rod Stewart at Cardiff City Stadium. If you’re feeling energetic you and a couple of mates could do the London to Cardiff Relay race! If you’re in the capital there’ll be a special trooping of the colour to celebrate the Queens 90th birthday. Taster York food and drink festival is a taster of what’s to come during the September Food Festival. There’s also the field day festival in Hackney on the Saturday running over to Sunday.


Sunday 12th June

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Kick off: 6pm, Poland V Northern Ireland

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Northern Ireland’s opener against Poland.

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Forget about Northern Ireland’s central defence and get into the defence of the realm with a Game of Thrones tour!

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Rex Features

Just 40 minutes from Belfast you can tour 20 key Game of Thrones tour filming locations including Winterfell Castle, Robb’s Camp, Walder Frey’s Twins, Brienne’s Tree Branch, Winterfell Brothel and The Whispering Wood.


Thursday 16th June

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The Footy

four footballsKick off: 3pm, England V Wales
Kick off: 6pm, Ukraine V Northern Island

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PA Photos & Rex Features

Yoiks. All three home nations are playing with the head to head of England and Wales at 3pm!

The Alternatives

No four footballs

Hmm. A tricky midweek match to try and avoid, but you could try these?

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Rex features

Okay, it’s football related, but theatre production Smiley is on at the Belfast’s Lyric theatre. Or there’s a traditional sailing regatta at Portafery Sailing Club with street theatre, music, classic cars, market, crafts running from Thursday 16th – Sunday 19th June and it’s FREE! If you’re avoiding the England V Wales match you could go to see Harry Potter and the cursed child at the Palace theatre London, and Royal Ascot is running from Tuesday 14th – Friday 18th. If you’re in Wales you could go to the Big Pit National Coal Museum who are having an Exhibition “A Dark Cloud Over The Woolen Industry!” and the classical music festival  Gregynog kicks off too! 


Monday 20th June

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The Footy

four footballsKick off: 9pm, Slovakia V England
Kick off: 9pm, Russia V Wales

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Rex Features

Last game in the group stages. Could be crunch time for both teams.

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One’s spooky looking and the other is Derren Brown…

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Rex Features

The new 10 storey building at the Tate Modern, London opens a few days before this match so now would be a perfect time to take a look. Derren Brown starts a run at Newcastle’s Theatre Royal. To avoid the Wales game you could go to see Barry Manilow at The Motorpoint Cardiff Arena.


Tuesday 21st June

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The Footy

four footballsKick off: 6pm, Northern Ireland V Germany

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Tuesdays, eh…

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Empire Laughs Back Comedy Club is on at the Belfast Empire. This is a tricky Tuesday match to avoid as there’s not much on so you could read a book… hide… close your eyes… go for a walk… go to the pub… open some wine…


Saturday 25th June – Thursday 7th July

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The Footy

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The next two weeks are the knock out phase, Quarter finals and Semi finals. Depending on how our teams get on in the group stages there may be games to avoid or there may not.

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Any one for tennis? Or take Pride…

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You’ll miss the first games of the knock-out stage if you’re at Glastonbury. And this is the main weekend for Pride In London. Wimbledon takes place from the 27th June running until the 10th of July.


Sunday 10th July

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The Footy

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Kick off: 9pm, THE FINAL!

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More festivals to tickle your fancy…

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Rex Features

Stevie Wonder is performing at Hyde Park tonight and from the 8th July – 10th July The Wireless Festival takes place at Finsbury park. If you’re out west and feeling peckish then Cardiff International Food & Drink Festival is on and you could head north for T in the park where the Red Hot Chilli Peppers headline the Sunday night slot. There’s music comedy, food, Visual and performance arts at the Henley Festival.

 

Phew. That’s it. A whole month of footy you’ve now managed to miss miss!