25 May Key events for summer social season
Ensure you don’t miss out with our guide to the key events taking place during summer social season. From horse racing to regattas and tennis to luxury cars, there is plenty going on in the coming months. Here are the key dates for your diary…
Glyndebourne, East Sussex – May 19th to August 26th
The Glyndebourne Opera festival has been running since 1934 delivering performances to thousands of people each summer. Take in the stunning views of the surrounding South Downs and explore the beautiful gardens before taking in one of the 6 operas taking place this year. During the 90 minute interval, relax in the gardens with a picnic or enjoy a spot of dinner and glass of fizz at one of the many onsite restaurants.
Although there is no dress code, many take the opportunity to dress up as a mark of respect to the performers.
For full details of this year’s performances head to the website – https://www.glyndebourne.com/
Cartier Queen’s Cup Final, Windsor – 17th June
A key event in the social season, the Queen’s Cup Final, set against the backdrop of Windsor Great Park, is one of the premier polo events in the world and attracts the greatest players and first-class ponies. It was first established in 1960 and has been repeatedly attended the Queen Elizabeth II, the namesake of the tournament. The event, described by Country Life as the “jewel in the polo calendar”, is attended by a VIP guestlist who can take advantage of the impressive Clubhouse hospitality.
For more details, visit https://www.guardspoloclub.com/
Royal Ascot – Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire – 19th to 23rd June
Known as one of the world’s most famous race meets, this is another event you will not want to miss out on. As well as the racing, Royal Ascot is also a major fashion event with attendees expected to follow the formal dress code.
Each year, Royal Ascot attracts members of the Royal family, celebrities and top jockeys. It’s the not only the VIP guestlist that make this a social season highlight, over the years Royal Ascot has featured some of the finest thoroughbreds.
Although racing doesn’t start until the afternoon, you’ll want to head over early so that you can enjoy a picnic and bottle of bubbly before the racing starts in the afternoon. One of the best spots to enjoy Ascot, if you are lucky enough to be invited, is within the most prestigious area of the ground – the Royal Enclosure.
For more details, visit https://www.ascot.co.uk/
Wimbledon – All England Tennis Club – 2nd to 15th July
You don’t get a more quintessential English event than Wimbledon. It is just as known for its tradition of strawberries and cream as it is for being one of the World’s top tennis tournaments. The world class tennis and VIP hospitality regularly attracts both international celebrities and members of the royal family.
An excellent way to experience Wimbledon is to entertain clients within one of the private marquees in the VIP Village. This includes champagne on arrival, tickets to Centre and No.1 courts, a three-course buffet lunch and afternoon tea.
Visit https://www.wimbledon.com/ for more information.
Henley Royal Regatta – 4th to 8th July
Attracting thousands of visitors over the course of the five day event, Henley is regarded as one of the best known regattas in the world. Spectators can enjoy over 200 rowing races of an international standard, some of which include Olympic rowers and emerging talent.
The premier spot to enjoy Henley is within the Stewards Enclosure, situated opposite the finish line and is the place to be seen. Extremely exclusive, this enclosure is reserved for members and their guests, and currently has a minimum waiting list of six years. Alternatively, you can enjoy the event in the Regatta Enclosure or take advantage of one of the hospitality packages.
More information can be found at https://www.hrr.co.uk/
Formula 1 2018 Rolex British Grand Prix – Silverstone – 6th to 8th July
For some of the most exciting driving in the world, head to the British Grand Prix at Silverstone. F1 drivers describe the Silverstone circuit as “insanely fast” which is partly what makes the event a highlight within the racing calendar. Expect some of the world’s best racing drivers to be taking part during this weekend-long party.
For the best spot, guests can enjoy the hospitality of the Red Bull Paddock Club. This area is set above the pit garages offering prime views of the action and includes an open Champagne bar, gourmet world dining and pit lane tours. The VIP Drivers’ Lounge also offers a fantastic experience, and guests here can catch interviews with drivers and celebrities.
Tickets and information can be found http://www.silverstone.co.uk/
Qatar Goodwood Festival – 31st July to 4th August
Another race meet highlight of the summer is Glorious Goodwood – one of the top premier racing meets. Every day features something different, including £1 million Qatar Sussex Stakes on Wednesday, Ladies Day on Thursday and Stewards’ Cup Cavalry Charge on Saturday.
For the best views of the Parade Ring and Racecourse, the Richmond Enclosure is the place to be. This exclusive area has restricted access, where guests can relax in one of the enclosure’s stylish bars including Champagne Lawn and 1812 Bar. Alternatively, visit one of the restaurants or for the ultimate experience, entertain in your own private box.
Full details can be found at https://www.goodwood.com/
Lord’s Test Matches – May and August, Lord’s Cricket Ground, London
Lord’s Cricket Ground is the home of cricket and home to one of the highlights of the season the Test Matches. This year, the 1st test match is England v Pakistan (24th to 28th May) and the 2nd test match: England v India (9th to 13th August).
Expect play from some of the top international cricketers and famous faces in the audience. For the best experience, enjoy one of the hospitality packages available or for an exclusive VIP experience, a private box is a great way to enjoy the test match.
Alternatively, soak up the excitement whilst enjoying a picnic within the Lord’s Food Village, on a section of the nursery ground, and watch the match on the big screen.
Visit https://www.lords.org/ for details
Cowes Week – 4th August to 11th August
A highlight of the sailing calendar, and just a short hop from the mainland, Cowes Week is one of the longest running regular regattas in the world. The action-packed week, features an exciting mix of racing with 8,000 competitors and parties, culminating in a fireworks display.
Cowes Week attracts numerous high profile guests including Olympic sailors and celebrities, taking advantage of the hospitality on offer. Alongside the action on the water, there are also plenty of onshore events to be enjoyed.
Full details can be found at http://www.lendycowesweek.co.uk/
Salon Privé – 30th August to 1st September, Blenheim Palace
Salon Privé is one of the only events of its kind to feature a presentation of the finest automotive and luxury brands. During the weekend of the event, view rare and valuable classic cars and motorcycles which are displayed on the South Lawn of Blenheim Palace.
This top event is attended by high society and famous faces who will be enjoying the champagne reception before taking in the various highlights of the show. There are also full hospitality packages which include a lobster luncheon, afternoon tea, champagne and beverages. The highlight of Salon Privé is the Supercar Show, which is taking place at 3pm on Saturday.
For further information, visit https://www.salonpriveconcours.com/