July is the start of the holidays, and when harvest gets into full swing.
If the first of July be rainy weather, ’twill rain, more or less, for four weeks together.English Proverb
The hazy memories of youth (at any age) are often associated with the long, hot summer days, where anything seems possible. Although the solstice has gone, the days are still long and July and August can be the hottest months. Harvest gets into full swing – it’s the month of plenty. So many seasonal foods, it’s a delicious time of yar. Busy roads become empty, empty roads become full. Deserted beaches are more crowded than the city streets. No better thing to do on a hot day than sit in the shade of a mighty tree and watch the world go by.
Notable Dates in July
1st -5th July – Henley Royal Regatta
3rd – 5th July – Cardiff International Food and Drink Festival
4th & 5th July – Wales Airshow
5th July – Full Moon
7th – 12th July – RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show
17th – 19th July – Bristol Harbour Festival
19th July – World Snail Racing Championship
20th July – New Moon
20th – 23rd July – The Royal Welsh Show
22nd – 26th July – RHS Flower Show Tatton Park
24th – 26th July – The Big Cheese Festival
28th July – 1st August – Glorious Goodwood Festival
30th July – 2nd August – Bestival
July seasonal Foods
What is seasonal in July.
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Greens and leaves: Basil, Chervil, Cavolo nero, Cabbage, Lamb’s lettuce, Lettuce, Mint, Pak choi, Radicchio, Samphire, Sorrel, Spinach, Swiss chard, Watercress.
Roots and other veg: Aubergine, Beetroot, Broad bean, Carrot, Courgette, Courgette flower, Fennel bulb, Garlic, Globe artichoke Onion, Spring onion, Mangetout, Pepper, Potato, New potatoes, Peas, Radish, Runner bean, Tomato.
Meat: Beef, Chicken, Lamb, Pork.
Fruits: Blackcurrants, Cherry, Gooseberry, Raspberry, Redcurrant, Strawberry, Tayberry.
Seafood: Crab, Halibut, Salmon, Kipper, Mackerel, Tuna.
Exotics: Banana, Pomegranate, Nectarine, Watermelon.
On the Farm
Things to do in July
In the July garden
What to plant and sow
Out and about
Activities, things to see and do in July
With lengthening days arise more opportunities to get out and about. To see what is happening in nature and the countryside. There is also a lot more to see as they year really starts to get going.