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
Opening ceremony plus opening game:
Kick off: 9pm, France V Romania.
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!
Football.. Bah! Take your pick from these music events taking place around the country…
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
Kick off: 6pm, Wales v Slovakia
Kick off: 9pm, England v Russia
Two home nations kick off their campaigns today. It’s wall to wall Footy from 6pm!
Ingeeeeerlaaaaand? Yawn… Gareth Bales’ bun…. Yawn. If you’re not already at one of the above weekend festivals then you could try these
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
Kick off: 6pm, Poland V Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland’s opener against Poland.
Forget about Northern Ireland’s central defence and get into the defence of the realm with a Game of Thrones tour!
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
Kick off: 3pm, England V Wales
Kick off: 6pm, Ukraine V Northern Island
Yoiks. All three home nations are playing with the head to head of England and Wales at 3pm!
Hmm. A tricky midweek match to try and avoid, but you could try these?
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
Kick off: 9pm, Slovakia V England
Kick off: 9pm, Russia V Wales
Last game in the group stages. Could be crunch time for both teams.
One’s spooky looking and the other is Derren Brown…
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
Kick off: 6pm, Northern Ireland V Germany
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
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.
Any one for tennis? Or take Pride…
Sunday 10th July
Kick off: 9pm, THE FINAL!
More festivals to tickle your fancy…
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!