Why Travel to England to see sporting events?
Many sports now played internationally began in the United Kingdom
and several of the most revered competitions in the world are still
Some wacky traditional festival sports are also to be found in the
far reaches of this otherwise civilized land.
dates see: English
Horse Trials - equestrian dressage, showjumping and cross country
at its international finest and toughest. Guided course walks are
usually available with top riders.
Badminton Estate, Gloucestershire.
Show Jumping Championships - indoors at Olympia, London.
Ascot - horse races with royal patronage and full aristocratic pomp
and pageantry. Also the UK's best known display of huge and bizarre
hats - courtesy of race goers.
Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire.
Day - another long-time, world famous horsey sporting event.
Grand National - the greatest (horses again!) steeple chase (obstacle
race)in the world.
Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool.
Tennis Tournament (pic above right) - widely regarded by players
and spectators alike as the most important tennis tournament on
the international circuit. Take a sun hat and umbrella and
buy strawberries and cream for the full experience.
Grand Prix - the UK leg of the International F1 car racing World
Silverstone Circuit, Northamptonshire.
Snooker Championships - pot black.
The Crucible Theatre, Sheffield.
Nations Cup Rugby. Four UK teams, France and Italy in battles of
the big men.
Twickenham, London; Murrayfield, Edinburgh and Millenium Stadium,
Cardiff are hosts to several games.
of Man TT - the world's most famous and crazy motorcycle road races
on tiny, twisting, stone-walled roads. A must for bikers.
Isle of Man, (off the Cumbrian Coast).
Darts Championships - The Lakeside Country Club, Frimley Green,
to Sydney Rally - anyone with $38,000 going spare plus a classic
or recreational 4x4 car to drive can enter the ultimate 30 day international
adventure rally. London to start, July 2004.
and Cambridge Boat Race - the UK's two most prestigious universities
battle it out over 4 miles 374 yards of the river Thames between
Putney and Mortlake.
Royal Regatta (pic above left)- independent but internationally
recognised rowing competitions. For the posh. This is Pimm's # 1
Marathon - major celebrities and minor exhibitionists in wacky outfits
join thousands of runners running or staggering around 21 miles of the streets.
Cup Final - the Football Association first division Cup Final between
the UK's best national soccer teams.
The team's home grounds.
and Festival Events:
Cheese Rolling - Double Gloucester cheese is taken to the top of
very steep Cooper's Hill and rolled down it. Several hundred people
run and tumble after it trying to keep up, some always end up in
Cooper's Hill, Brockworth, Gloucestershire.
Woolsack Races - sixty (gentlemen) and thirty five pound (ladies)
sacks of wool race over Gumstool Hill between two pubs. Gumstool
Hill, Tetbury, Gloucestershire.
Olympics - traditional country games such as tug-of-war and skittles
plus shin kicking (wearing steel toe caps) competitions. Dover's
Hill, Chipping Camden, Gloucestershire.
St. Mary Tar Barrels - tar soaked barrels are lit and carried around
the town with local people battling it out for barrel running supremacy.
The evening culminates in a huge bonfire being lit by the winning
barrel on the banks of the river Otter.
Ottery St. Mary, Devon.
Scotland: Highland Games - traditional Scottish sporting events such as hammer
throwing and caber tossing are held throughout Scotland each year.
The most famous are the Braemar Highland Games.