Summer sports are the best spectator sports, which mean July is full of great events to get tickets to. If you’re looking to do something a bit different for the weekend, don’t watch the match from the sofa; gather friends and family to see it in the stadium. For the best experience, plan a whole weekend around the sports event you want to see, then you can keep the less enthusiastic sports fans happy too with a bit of culture or shopping alongside. Here are some of July’s top sporting events:
Henley Royal Regatta
July begins with one of the classic highlights of the summer season, in the form of the Henley Royal Regatta. If you’re a lover of boats, or you like to pretend you are, take a picnic down to the river and watch the rowers whizz by. There’ll be plenty of tents dishing out champagne during the day, but the partying really gets going after sunset, so this is a great one for the socialite as well as the sports fan. Stay in our Reading Central hotel for easy access to the weekend’s events.
Goodwood Festival of Speed
The event that describes itself as the largest motoring garden party in the world is a must for car enthusiasts. 2013 is its 20th anniversary, so you can expect to see the festival bigger and better than ever before. From beautiful classic cars and famous race drivers to modern engineering masterpieces and futuristic car shows, there will be so much to see and do that you’ll need every minute of the weekend to fit it all in. Stay in our Chichester Central hotel to make sure you don’t miss anything.
Goodwood house isn’t just hosting high-horse-powered vehicles in July; it is also hosting horses. Glorious Goodwood is one of the highlights of the flat-racing calendar, and a must-do of the social season too. You’ll find plenty of people in glamorous attire drinking Pimm’s—and that’s before the horse racing even begins. Don’t forget to place your bets, even if it’s just with matchsticks among the family, to make the races all the more exciting.
If you’ve been catching the Wimbledon fever, but haven’t been down to see it yet, don’t worry- there’s still time. The tournament doesn’t end until a week into July, so plan a few days when you can get away to watch a match or two. You might not make centre court for the men’s final, but there’s still plenty more to see, and you can always just opt to soak up the atmosphere eating strawberries and cream with the crowd on Henman Hill. Book a room in our London Wimbledon Morden hotel to get your Wimbledon fix.
In the middle of July, the peak of the UK golf season is happening in Scotland with The British Open. The only golf major to be held outside of the US, it is also the oldest event, so no golfer should miss the chance to watch the pros in action. Jack Nicklaus described Muirfield Golf Course, where it will be held this year, as “the best golf course in Britain,” so now is a better time than ever to book a mini break to Scotland. Why not combine it with a weekend in Edinburgh and the opportunity to see Arthur’s Seat and Edinburgh Castle? Stay in one of our Edinburgh hotels to be close to the golf and the best sites of the city.