There are few pleasures in life quite like a lazy summer’s afternoon spent watching sport with a glass of something cold in one’s hand. With that most agreeable of seasons almost upon us, we’ve picked some historic, quintessentially English sporting events that not only provide the most luxurious surroundings but some serious, world-class competition.
Royal Ascot: 20th June – 24th June
Not to be confused with several other meets held annually at the course, Royal Ascot is the 5-day, mid-June event, widely considered as the jewel of the British racing calendar.
Do not make the mistake of thinking it’s as much about hats as horses; each day sees the cream of flat-racing talent fight it out for some of the biggest prizes in the sport.
Dating back to 1711, Royal Ascot has all the traditions, pomp and circumstance you would expect of a royal racing event. With unrivalled hospitality facilities in which to mingle with the good and great of the British racing scene, the meet offers a truly unique sporting and social experience for you and your friends or clients.
England v South Africa, 1st Investec Test, Lords:
6th July – 10th July
England’s limited-overs stars might enjoy the limelight for the first half of the summer, but July 6th will see the start of the business end of the season as the test match heavyweights fight their first battle of the series at Lord’s.
South Africa and England, the third and fourth ranked test sides, respectively, each boast proven world-class performers in both the batting and bowling departments. Whichever side prevails in what will doubtless be a thrillingly close contest will be well positioned to challenge India and Australia at the of the top test tree.
There is no better place to set the scene for the series than the home of cricket, so don’t miss your opportunity to join us at Lord’s.
July 6th – 10th: 1st Investec Test, Lord’s
July 14th – 18th: 2nd Investec Test, Trent Bridge
July 27th – 31st: 3rd Investec Test, Kia Oval
Aug 4th – 8th: 4th Investec Test, Emirates Old Trafford
Henley Royal Regatta: 28th June – 2nd July
Established in 1839, ‘The Royal’, as it’s often referred to by those in the know, is arguably the most prestigious rowing event in the world.
The location and rich history combine with an incredibly knowledgeable and passionate set of fans to create an atmosphere that many successful Olympic rowers have described as the best they ever experienced.
Held over a 2,310-yard course on the Thames, Henley attracts the very best school, university and club crews, who compete head-to-head in a knockout format.
Much like The Boat Race, crews get far more ‘up close and personal’ than in laned events, guaranteeing some real drama. Crews are assigned to row on either the ‘Bucks’ (Buckinghamshire) or ‘Berks’ (Berkshire) side of the course, but, beyond that, they can pick their own line.
Crews row in Eights, Fours or Pairs, with categories for Sculls (where rowers use pairs of oars instead of one each), Coxed and Coxless events. Racing runs from 8.30am to 7.30pm each day, with up to 90 heats per day, so you’ll have plenty of opportunities to toast winning boats.
Wimbledon, The Championships 2017:
Monday 3rd July – Sunday 16th July
Men’s tennis in particular is enjoying a long-lasting purple patch and there seems little sign of it ending. With a home-grown current world no. 1 as the defending champion and three of the greatest ever players all in contention, Wimbledon 2017 is shaping up to be an all-time classic.
Andy Murray will be defending his position as world number one as well as the title he won last year for a second time. Novak Djokovic could seal his fourth Wimbledon win and thirteenth Grand Slam title and the in-form Stan Wawrinka could complete a career Grand Slam, having won each of the other three big tournaments once.
The tournament line-up will be completed by the resurgent Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal, winners of eighteen and fourteen Grand Slam singles titles each, including seven and two Wimbledon crowns.
With new courts and upgraded, first-class hospitality facilities, Wimbledon 2017 is the definition of unmissable.
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