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The SpongeBob Musical, Southbank Centre
July 26 – August 26

If you’re looking for ways to entertain the kids during the school holidays, says The Telegraph, then you’ll struggle to find better than this “silly, heartfelt and charming” adaption of the iconic TV series. There are infectious songs written by an “array of top music talent” – from Aerosmith and Panic! At the Disco to Cindy Lauper – and the seamless incorporation of “real-world issues” into a kiddie format means that even as an adult it’s “hard not to get choked up”. Book tickets here.

Grayson Perry: Smash Hits, National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh
July 22 – November 12

This will be the largest ever exhibition of the artist’s work, with more than 80 sculptures and tapestries from throughout his 40-year career. Expect provocative pieces exploring masculinity, sexuality, class, religion, politics and identity – and look out for the rarely shown, 15 metre-long Walthamstow Tapestry (2009) presenting a birth-to-death journey through shopping and brand names. Book tickets here.

Wilderness Festival, Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire
3 – 6 August

Not only does Oxfordshire’s “boutique” festival have great music – The Chemical Brothers and Fatboy Slim are headlining this year – it’s renowned for its amazing food. The “feasting and dining” area will include culinary delights courtesy of Michelin-starred chef Adam Handling and how-to sessions by Pickling Like A Boss. Book here.