The English social season starts in March with the wonderful Cheltenham Festival and usually finishes with the Goodwood Revival in September. We are going to share some of the fabulous events that we look forward to at the start of each year.
Ascot Racecourse was founded in 1711 by Queen Anne and now hosts the most famous racing meet of the year in June. The Queens Procession is a highlight as Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth and members of her family arrive in horse drawn carriages, the spectacle of which is followed by the thrills of the races each day.
For tennis fans, there is a veritable feast of excitement during the summer with the Fever Tree Championships at Queens Club and the Boodles Tournament featuring the worlds top players as they kick start the warm up to Wimbledon, starting at the beginning of July.
Opera lovers are also offered a plethora of choices over the summer months. Glyndebourne and Garsington stage stunning performances in quintessential English settings throughout the summer months and on a smaller scale, Grange Park Opera in Surrey and Nevill Holt Opera in Leicestershire create magical environments in which you can enjoy incredible productions.
We may be a little biased, but being based in Henley on Thames, Henley Regatta and Henley Festival are our favourites. During the first week of July we have 5 days of world class rowing while the champagne and Pimms flow and the following week, the riverside is transformed into the stunning Henley Festival site which will welcome thousands of visitors, all in black tie, for incredible performances on the floating stage by Jessie J, Bjorn Again, Boy George and Tom Odell, the stars of the 2019 Festival
Horse lovers are thoroughly spoilt. You can enjoy the thrills of the polo season with the Cartier Cup at Guards Polo Club through to the Warwickshire Cup played in Cirencester in Gloucestershire, my beautiful home county. The Moet and Chandon festival at Newmarket in July offers three days of world-class horse racing, fabulous fashion and musical entertainment.
A little further south, Goodwood hosts two of the absolute highlights of the season, the Festival of Speed in July and the Goodwood Revival in September during which you will be forgiven for thinking that you have been transported back in time by several decades – the costumes are magnificent!
From music to sport, fast cars to sailing in Cowes Week, the English Season is a wonderful combination of English eccentricity and world class sporting prowess.