Summer is approaching fast! Stuck on what to do, where to go and events to attend this year? Fear not, we have condensed a list of summer events in 2019 that you simply cannot miss.
Royal Windsor Horse Show, Berkshire: 13th – 17th May
Set in the beautiful grounds of Windsor Castle, the Royal Windsor Horse Show brings in the top riders from all over the world. Enjoy thrilling performances from 5* International Show Jumping, 4* Dressage and The Land Rover International Driving Grand Prix. With five arenas and access to the Royal Windsor shopping village there is just so much to see and do. For those wishing to attend on multiple days (which we highly recommend you do), The Caravan and Motorhome Club runs a temporary caravan site at Windsor Racecourse which allows members to attend the Royal Windsor Horse Show without traveling too far. Discover more about the show here.
Le Mans 24hr, France: 13th – 14th June
Quite simply the biggest motorsport event of the year. If you love racing then the 24 hours of Le Mans is definitely one not to be missed. Held at the world famous Circuit de la Sarthe and situated 220km south west from Paris, it is a very easy drive over from the UK. The start of the race, when over 40 racing machines hurtle towards the first corner, is purely breathtaking and will be sure to make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up. There is just nothing better than watching 300kph beasts racing wheel-to-wheel into the sunset. Then head back to the campsite to the smell of barbeques and the sound of screaming engines in the background. What more can you want?
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Tour de France: 27th June – 19th July
A gruelling 21 stage battle which takes place over 3 weeks and covering around 3,500 kilometres is an immense test on the human body. Edition 106 of the Tour de France starts in Nice on Saturday 27 June to finish in Paris on the 19 July. In its first week, La Grande Boucle takes in a summit finish on the steep and partly unpaved La Planche des Belles Filles, while the Pyrenees are included in the second week and the Alps in the final week.
After 2018’s victory, Welshman Geraint Thomas came second in last year’s event so will be hoping to repeat his 2018 feat this year. It is bound to be an exciting 3-week fight. Find out more here.
Formula One British Grand Prix, Northamptonshire: 17th – 19th July
The British Grand Prix is always sure to provide a phenomenal day out. Held at the iconic Silverstone Race Circuit, this is the oldest race in the Formula 1 calendar with the first ever official race being held here in 1950. Drivers describe Silverstone as one of the most challenging tracks on the calendar as it is “insanely fast”, and always offers fantastic wheel-to-wheel racing.
Display’s from the RAF’s iconic, Red Arrows, live music stages and fun fairs puts forth great off-track entertainment too. Learn more about the F1 British Grand Prix here.
Henley Royal Regatta, Oxfordshire: 1st – 5th July
The Henley Royal Regatta attracts thousands of visitors over 5 prestigious days. Spectators can enjoy over 200 races from the best rowers and crews all over the world. Set in the glorious, historic market town of Henley-on-Thames in Oxfordshire, this event is undoubtedly one of the highlights of this summer’s social and sporting calendar. Due to the event’s rich history and elegance, people travel from all over the world to attend, either as competitors or as spectators. For competitors, winning an event at Henley has always been considered one of the greatest achievements of a rower’s career, even amongst those who have become world champions.
A rowing life is not complete if it does not include competing at Henley. Rowing aside, visitors to Henley Regatta will enjoy the unique ambience and stunning views of Temple Island and the surrounding beauty of traditional English countryside. Want to find out more about this prestigious event? Find out more here.
Royal International Air Tattoo, Gloucestershire: 17th – 19th July
The biggest military airshow in the world. From the historic World War Two Spitfire’s to the mind-blowing state of the art F-35’s. Few events can rival the intensity, drama and spectacle on offer at the Royal International Air Tattoo. This year’s show will feature the fast jets from military forces all over the world in a 7+ hour flying display, providing the opportunity to see iconic flying machines up close and personal!
Last year a record crowd of 185,000 people enjoyed 245 aircraft from 39 air arms representing 25 nations, and past events have seen a surprise flypast from a B-2 Spirit stealth bomber, escorted by two F-15 fighters. Who knows what else will be on offer at this year’s Royal Air Tattoo. Discover more about The Royal International Air Tattoo here.
Goodwood FOS, West Sussex: 9th – 12th July
Goodwood is a glorious place. Whether you go for the excitement and thrill of the Festival of Speed, or the class and nostalgia of the Revival, Goodwood has it all! The 2020 Festival of Speed will see the introduction of all-new attractions, including ‘The Arena’ for showcasing some of the biggest drifting stars plus changes to the Shootout Sunday. Plenty of F1 teams will be demonstrating past and present machines, along with many other amazing vehicles joining them.
The extraordinary event that is Goodwood Revival offers a different feel but is equally exhilarating, as cars from 1948 – 1966 recreate the golden era of Goodwood Motor Circuit. Experience priceless historic race cars and bikes battling it out around the iconic Goodwood circuit. Interested to discover more about Goodwood? Click here now.
The Great Dorset Steam Fair: 27th – 31st August
Spectacular, fun and action packed are just a few of the words to describe the Great Dorset Steam Fair. Set in the beautiful Dorset countryside, across 600 acres and with over 200,000 visitors each year it is one of Europe’s largest outdoor events. 2020 sees the show in its 52nd year and the variety of exhibitions plus the sheer scale of the show means that there is always something new to see.
The Great Dorset Steam Fair is a typically British event, offering a unique blend of entertainment and nostalgia. Stand amazed by the sheer size of the show and variety of exhibitions to see. Whether you are a steam fanatic, horse lover, music fan or an eager camper, the show has something for everyone. Learn more here.
Reading and Leeds Festival: 28th – 30th August
Reading and Leeds is Britain’s most iconic music festival. Although it started out as a rock festival, Reading and Leeds now showcase a line-up that spans genres including rock, house, indie, drum and bass, techno and grime.
Many of the world’s best music talents have played at Reading and Leeds including names like Eminem, Arctic Monkeys, Foo Fighters and Red Hot Chilli Peppers. This year is no different with headline acts including The 1975, Post Malone and Twenty One Pilots. Whatever your music taste, Reading and Leeds Festival is sure to provide amazing entertainment and an unforgettable weekend of music. Find out more here.
The BTCC season finale at Brands Hatch: 10th – 11th October
The British Touring Car Championship 2020 will reach its conclusion with a three-race season finale at Brands Hatch. The event takes place on the majestic Grand Prix circuit in Kent, which as a race track has seen some spectacular BTCC entertainment over the many years the championship has been visiting. It has been the scene of several nail-biting showdowns with high drama and unpredictable twists and turns aplenty, seeing the title battle ebb and flow over the course of an unmissable day’s racing.
The BTCC is fast, furious, and highly entertaining, and with a full programme of support races too, this is set to be a great day out. Explore the full BTCC race calendar here.