These top English events are so huge and so popular that you will struggle to avoid them this summer, and who would want to! Bringing together incredible athletes, competition, fund-raising and amazing sportsmanship, the following four events should definitely be experienced first-hand at least once in a lifetime!
Royal Ascot Tuesday 20th to Saturday 24th June
Royal Ascot is Britain’s most anticipated and Europe’s best attended race meeting, and is the complete centrepiece of Ascot’s year.
With the world’s finest racehorses in competition, five days of British excitement is broadcast all over the globe, so if you haven’t got tickets, fear not. This event isn’t just about the famous thoroughbreds, it’s bursting with fashion, colour, style and tradition.
Choose an enclosure in the heart of the activity, by the Final Straight or close to the horse racers and owners. Royal processions, private boxes, afternoon tea, bandstands, Champagne bars, helicopters, Pimms, gazebos, fine dining, socialising, artisan food stalls, live bands, DJs and bars. It’s the perfect British event and to experience it in person is an absolute must.
Test Match at Lord’s July and September
As a typically English sport, it seems rude to pass up on the opportunity of experiencing the hype and grandeur of Test matches at Lord’s Cricket Ground, often labelled the ‘Home of Cricket’.
Lord’s hosts two Test matches each summer, one match for each visiting team and this year they are hosting the first and last Test matches of the summer.
These will be South Africa’s 17th Test Match (Thursday 6th July – Monday 10th July) and West Indies 21st Test Match (Thursday 7th Sept – Monday 11th September)
If you aren’t able to get tickets to the Test matches, there are heaps of other matches to watch this year and if that’s not enough, Lord’s also run daily tours of the grounds and offer Afternoon Tea in the Iconic Long Room. There is also a lovely pub – the Lord’s Tavern, situated next to the Grace Gates, as well as their own museum which is open throughout the year.
Henley Royal Regatta 28th June – 2nd July
Another fabulous combination of a top sporting event and a highly-anticipated summer social occasion.
It costs around £3 million to stage the event and attracts thousands of visitors every year. The regatta spans over a 5-day period and spectators can enjoy over 200 different head-to-head knock out rowing races on the River Thames.
Aside from the rowing, visitors can enjoy all the facilities within the stunning enclosures; from lunch tents, restaurants and a champagne and oyster bar to shops, an art gallery and even more bars!
London Marathon 23rd April
Every year, more than 38,000 people of all different abilities run the 26 mile marathon through the scenic streets of London, past the Tower of London and Buckingham Palace, either for charity, for fun or professionally.
If you aren’t running/jogging/walking the London Marathon, it doesn’t mean you can’t be part of the excitement that comes with it. Cheering on from the side-lines, tracking your favourite runners and being able to sightsee the famous landmarks all at the same time – what more could you ask for.
It’s such a wonderful, stimulating day for runners, spectators and charities, who rather impressively, received more than £55 million last year from all donations.
Going to at least one of these events and witnessing the level of athleticism, heartening crowd participation and English glamour will either make you swell with pride to be British or inspire you to take up a new sport.
Anyone signing up for the 2018 London Marathon?