Cut the telly off. Go outside and see the pros play. Summertime in Great Britain is chock full of sporting events. From the classic golf and tennis to the lesser-known bog snorkeling, here are the most British Famous sporting events to go and raise a Pimm’s Cup.
The Aegon Championships (June 19-25) - London, England
Known as the “warm up” for Wimbledon, the Aegon Championships (or Queen’s Club Championships) is one of the leading men’s tennis tournaments played on grass – and the first chance of the season for most players to switch over from clay courts. Last year, Andy Murray set a new record at Aegon by becoming the first player to win it five times.
Royal Ascot (June 20-24) - Ascot, Berkshire, England (an hour from London)
No need to spend your days waiting outside Buckingham Palace to catch a glimpse of the Queen; as a thoroughbred owner and breeder herself, Queen Elizabeth has attended every Royal Ascot during her reign. It’s the highlight of the British racing summer. The five-day event draws around 300,000 visitors a year for world-class racing, fashion, tradition, and fine dining. If you can't make it to Royal Ascot, consider visiting Ascot Racecourse for some of the other racing events held across the summer, such as the Summer Mile Weekend or King George VI weekend.
Wimbledon (July 3-16) - Wimbledon, London, England
Wimbledon is the oldest of the four Grand Slam tennis tournaments and the only major still played on grass. A limited number of cash-only tickets are available on the day of play, as are several thousand Grounds Passes (for as little as $10-$32). Find out more about The Queue here. And fancy touring the grounds? Learn how here.
British Open (July 16-23) - Royal Birkdale, Southport, England (about 35 minutes from Liverpool)
For over 150 years, The Open has challenged the world’s best players. This year, the return of The Open to Royal Birkdale will give spectators a unique view of the Lancashire coastline with players facing tight fairways, unrelenting wind, and a demanding opening hole.
Ricoh Women’s British Open (August 3-6) - Kingsbarns Golf Links, Scotland
Continue your golf trip into early August with one of only two women’s Majors played outside the U.S. The 41st Championship of the Ricoh Women’s British Open is making its debut appearance this year at the iconic Kingsbarns Golf Links in Scotland. Players include reigning champion Ariya Jutanugarn, the youngest to hold the #1 ranking ever.
IAAF World Athletics Championships (August 4-13) – Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London
Cheer on British Famous track and field heroes, like Laura Muir, Greg Rutherford, and Mo Farah, as they go up against Usain Bolt and Allyson Felix at the iconic Olympic stadium. No city has ever hosted both IAAF World Championships and World ParaAthletics Championships (14-23 July) in the same summer, which makes London the first with 245 events spread over 20 days.
World Bog Snorkeling Championships (August 27) - Llanwrtyd Wells, Wales
For the adventurous travelers who want to dive right in, you can participate in the annual World Bog Snorkeling Championships. What is it you ask? Competitors race quickly along two lengths of a thick, 55-meter trench (that’s 60 yards to you Americans) in the middle of a bog without using normal swim strokes. You can enter here (online entries close seven days before the event), but the snorkelers’ outfits alone are worth making the trip.
OVO Energy Tour of Britain (September 3-10) – Edinburgh to Cardiff
For the first time, Edinburgh will host the opening stage of the OVO Energy Tour of Britain, the UK's premier professional cycling event. This is not a tour put on by Drake, but instead features riders racing past eight stages of British Famous scenery towards the finish line in Cardiff city centre. Find out here if you’ll be nearby to cheer on the riders.
NFL Game #1 in London (September 24) - Wembley Stadium, London, England
If you feel like you might miss your usual kind of football, head to Wembley Stadium in September as they host NFL exhibitions in London. On weeks three and four of the regular season, the Baltimore Ravens will squawk at the Jacksonville Jaguars followed by the New Orleans Saints praying for a victory over the Miami Dolphins.
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