British summertime is well under way, and so too is the summer sporting season. Over the next couple of months, Britain will host all kinds of sporting events, attracting people from across the UK and all over the world. To give you an idea of the choices on offer, we’ve selected a few of our favourites.
Wimbledon is the oldest and most prestigious tennis tournament in the world, and to many a summer without it wouldn’t be summer at all. The tournament was founded in 1877 and takes place at the All England Club, making it the only Grand Slam tournament still played on grass courts. From the 29th of June until the 12th of July, thousands of eager fans will take over west London and watch the professionals battle it out on the court.
Sadly, seated tickets sold out long ago, but admission to the grounds can still be purchased on the day. Although you won’t make it on to Centre Court, unreserved seating and standing spots on courts 3-19 are up for grabs, or you can always take a seat on The Hill to watch the games on screen. Kids can enjoy a bowl of strawberries and cream, the traditional dish of Wimbledon, and get a taste for one of the finest sports that Britain has to offer.
Henley Royal Regatta
Like Wimbledon, Henley Royal Regatta is one of Britain’s oldest summer sporting events, and it is often cited as the best rowing regatta to attend in England. The races take place over the first five days in July, in the picturesque town of Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, which is surrounded by beautiful English countryside. People come from far and wide, dressed in their finest and ready to rub shoulders with the rowing elite.
The Regatta Enclosure offers riverside seating, a restaurant, bar, and a Grandstand, so you’ll have plenty of choice once you arrive. Families are more than welcome, and under 14s get in for free with a full fee-paying adult. It’s a fantastic way to spend a gorgeous summer’s day.
Formula 1 British Grand Prix
When it comes to motor racing, Formula 1 is undoubtedly the cream of the crop. The season runs for roughly nine months and includes Grands Prix in 19 different countries, of which the British Grand Prix is one. From the 3rd to the 5th of July the biggest names in motor racing will compete at Silverstone, Northamptonshire, to earn the title of British Grand Prix winner, and to collect points for the overall Formula 1 Championship.
Watch on eagerly from the Grandstand as the cars race round at speeds of up to 215 mph. Blink and you’ll miss them, quite literally. Children 10 and under can attend the event for free with a General Admission ticket, but will still need a ticket, and with camping available practically next door to the race track, why not make a family trip of it? There are special campsite events just for the kids, including a comedy club and treasure hunt, giving you the chance to watch the day’s highlights, or to relax with a drink at the bar.
If you want to see cricket’s fiercest rivalry in action, then The Ashes is definitely for you. Grab a ticket to one of five Test matches to see England and Australia compete for the trophy, to decide who will take home the coveted ashes. The Test series got its name in 1882, when Australia won their first match on British soil. A British newspaper stated that cricket was dead, and its ashes were to be taken to Australia.
You can catch a piece of the action at stadiums in Cardiff, Nottingham, Birmingham, and London throughout July and August. Remember to keep your eyes peeled for the notorious Barmy Army!
Whichever sporting events you decide to go to, getting there is easy with a rental car. Start planning today!