There are plenty of exciting destinations to explore around the world, but you don’t necessarily need to board a plane to have a fun travelling adventure. It’s easy to overlook when you live there, but the UK is a world-renowned destination in its own right, offering world-class restaurants, museums, and events.
So if you’re looking to take a trip, why not consider staying in the UK? And one of the best trips you can take here is to visit a sporting event. Britain does have some of the world’s best, after all! In this blog, we’re going to run through some of the biggest events and offer advice on how you can experience the event first-hand.
The Cheltenham Festival is about so much more than horse racing. It’s a bona fide social extravaganza. The four-day event provides an opportunity for visitors to dress to the nines, have fun with friends, and all-around enjoy the quintessentially English sporting experience to the max.
While you’ll spend many hours mingling with the other attendees, don’t forget that the primary focus is the action on the track. To get the most from your trip, be sure you are following analysis from OLBG’s racing tipsters during the event. You’ll find that you understand the goings-on much more when you’ve got some handy horse racing tips in your back pocket. If you’re unable to visit Cheltenham, then another option is to attend the Grand National, which is the biggest steeplechase horse race in the world.
The British Open
The British Open isn’t just one of the biggest golf competitions in the world. It’s also one of the most difficult. They take place on links courses across the UK, and if you know anything about golf, then you’ll know just how difficult links courses can be!
The 149th British Open will take place at St. George’s from 11th – 18th July. Book your tickets, and head down to see the world’s best golfers battle it out. You can hope for sunshine, but don’t despair if the rain and wind are battering the course; it just makes the tournament all the more exciting. In any case, there’s always something thrilling about watching legends such as Phil Mickelson tee off when you’re standing only a few yards away.
Is there a more British event than Wimbledon? Steeped in tradition, the event offers the perfect blend of sophisticated socialising and athletic prowess. Even if you don’t manage to get centre court tickets, it’s still fun to just spend a week or two soaking up the atmosphere at Henman Hill.
Bring your fanciest summer clothes, grab yourself a Pimms, and enjoy the good life. The UK hasn’t had too many opportunities to celebrate a home-grown player in recent years since main man Andy Murray has had injury difficulties. But it usually doesn’t matter all that much — it’s always a fantastic event, no matter who ends up lifting the trophy.
The Formula One Grand Prix
There’s nothing quite like the British Grand Prix. It’s an event that even non-racing fans can enjoy! More than 100,000 people are at Silverstone each year, hoping to see an exciting race. In recent years the race has been even more eventful because more often than not, Brit Lewis Hamilton has taken the glory.
As with Wimbledon and Cheltenham, this is as much a social event as it is a sporting event. Be sure to plan well in advance so you can get a hotel close to Silverstone, as rooms do book up early.
The FA Cup Final
The FA Cup may have lost some of its prestige in recent years, due to the rise in stature of the Champions League and Premier League, but there’s no denying that the final is always a memorable event.
Taking place at Wembley — arguably the best stadium in the world — it’s a day that all football fans look forward to, regardless of whether their team is competing in the final or not. Tickets can be difficult to come by, and you’ll probably want to wait until your team is in the final, but if you ever have the chance to go, be sure to make the most of the opportunity!
Attend one, attend all. These are events that all Brits should experience at least once in their lives. Indeed, once you’ve been there once, you’ll likely find that they become events that you attend again and again. And at some point, you’ll witness a historic sporting moment!