Things to do in the British summer season

Thursday 01 January 1970

Britain’s illustrious Summer Season is renowned across the world. It’s when our countryside and outdoor venues come alive with magnificent events that are a must in the calendar of those who must see and be seen. Here’s how you can experience the best of Britain’s summer season – whatever you’re into:

Love the thrill of the chase?

The Queen in her carriage arriving at Ascot

Go to: Royal Ascot (June)
From the moment the Queen rides up in her carriage from Windsor, there’s a thrill in the air at Royal Ascot. And then they’re off! Wear your finest hat, place a bet or 2 and enjoy a day at the world’s most famous races.

Or: Goodwood Festival of Speed (late June-July)
Prefer your racing on 4 wheels? The Goodwood Festival of Speed is surely the world’s only automotive garden party. Set in the grounds of the glorious Goodwood manor, watch historic motor vehicles race on this eminent hill climb.

Got sea legs?

Rowers at the Henley Regatta

Go to: Henley Royal Regatta (late June-early July)
Don your best summer outfit and straw boater hat and join the crowds lining the banks of the River Thames in Buckinghamshire to watch rowers thrashing it out over 5 days at the Henley Royal Regatta.

Or: Cowes Week (first week of August)
Follow in the footsteps of King George IV and attend this 8-day sailing regatta that dates to 1826. Back then, 7 boats participated in the races off the shores of the Isle of Wight, but now Cowes Week attracts more like 1,000 boats, dinghies and superyachts.

Want to get into the festival spirit?

 Women in colourful costumes dancing at BoomTown Fair, a music and arts festival in Winchester, Hampshire, England.

Go to: Glastonbury (end of June)
It’s that ultimate of all festivals, an essential for every bucketlist, and it’s for everyone – families, revellers and committed music aficionados alike rub shoulders at Glastonbury Festival.

Or: Boomtown Fair (early August)

Boomtown is a unique, awe-inspiring theatrical and music festival experience, full of intrigue at every turn. Immerse yourself in the UK’s largest independent festival set in the rolling surrounds of South Downs National Park.

Brain need feeding?

A well-dressed family at the Glyndebourne Opera Festival

Go to: Glyndebourne Opera Festival (May-August)
Enjoy a thoroughly English affair at Glyndebourne Opera Festival, which attracts opera fans from all over the world and yet retains a family-run festival atmosphere. Pack a champagne picnic and your finest attire.

Or: Royal Academy Summer Exhibition (June-August)
Held every year in the Royal Academy on London’s Piccadilly for nearly 250 years, the Summer Exhibition is the only one of its kind on the world, accepting admissions from any artist. Come to open your mind and drop your jaw.

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