5 Spring/Summer Events that Showcase the Best of Britain
In Britain, we excel in delivering pomp and circumstance. This shines through in our commitment to delivering festivals and events that stand tall and show off all that is good about our charming British culture. Here are five fantastic spring and summer events for this summer that should give you enough to look forward to as we survive the last few weeks of winter.
Mud, tents and live music. Glastonbury is not only one of the best-known music festivals in the UK, but in the world. Tickets for this year are actually already sold out, with all 135,000 tickets selling out 50 minutes after they were put on sale. So, unless you get lucky in the spring re-sale period for returned tickets, you might have to settle for heading down to Pilton in Somerset to experience the festival vibe that seeps out from the site into the surrounding towns.
2. Cheltenham Festival
Cheltenham Festival pulls in racing fans from across the globe. Over 20,000 bottles of wine were consumed at the festival in 2015, a sign of how much this festival has changed since the first Gold Cup race was run back in 1819 (with perhaps the greatest change the introduction of jumps!).
There is plenty of competition when it comes to races to attend in the UK, but the Cheltenham Festival is up there with the best, with many believing the Gold Cup to be the most prestigious fixture in jumps racing. Nothing beats hearing the famous ‘Cheltenham Roar’ in person.
3. Leeds Triathlon
Triathlons take place the world over, but nothing could be more quintessentially British than joining thousands of Yorkshire folk cheering on two local brothers who have dominated the sport in recent years. The Brownlee brothers will again be taking part in their home race this year along a route they helped to design.
After its success in its inaugural year, the event in 2017 will again be free to attend. The best thing about heading to Yorkshire for the Leeds Triathlon is the chance to stay in the region for a few days after, exploring the countryside and majestic cities the county has to boast.
4. Hay Festival
The Wimbledon Tennis Championships are a wonderful microcosm of Britain. From strawberries and cream, to glasses of bubbly, to suitably smart outfits, and proper English etiquette, the Championships are sometimes best enjoyed not through sitting on Centre Court and enjoying the big names battling it out, but instead by buying a ground pass.
Having started in 1987, Hay Festival was described by former President Clinton as 'The Woodstock of the mind'. Offering a platform to debate great literature, new ideas, and bringing a touch of comedy to proceedings as well, the Welsh Border town, Hay-on-Wye, is a perfect draw for anyone who enjoys British culture.
The town is packed full of wonderful bookshops and there’s the chance to listen to the wise words of a plethora of incredible speakers during the festival. So, if books, rather than bikes or betting is more your thing, add this to the diary for 2017.
5. Wimbledon Championships
Ground passes allow you to wander around the smaller courts and grab a spot on Henman Hill, hopefully to watch Murray dominate on the big screen. With the way, the tennis season has started this year, Wimbledon is already set up to be full of thrills in 2017.