England Sporting Events, UK

Wimbledon Centre Court, London, England Sporting Events

Wimbledon Centre Court (with retractable roof), London, England sporting events. Original photo by Albert Lee.

What sporting events can you see in England?

Many sports now played internationally began in the United Kingdom and several of the most revered competitions in the world are still held there. Some wacky traditional festival sports are also to be found in the far reaches of this otherwise civilized land.

For some precise dates check English Speaking Festivals

International Sporting Competitions

Equestrian Events (the UK’s second largest spectator sport)

Badminton Horse Trials – equestrian dressage, show jumping and cross country at its world’s finest and toughest . This three-day events is held annually in early May at Badminton Estate, Gloucestershire. Ticket sales starts January.

Royal 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. Scheduled for mid-June every year at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire.

The Derby Day (Epsom Derby) – another long-time, world famous horsy event and the UK’s most prestigious and richest horse race. Inaugurated in 1780, the Derby is the original of its kind and it has inspired many similar races around the world such as Kentucky Derby of US, Australian Derby and Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby). Held annually in early June at Epsom Downs, Surrey.

The Grand National – a National Hunt horse race, the Europe’s most valuable and one of the greatest steeple chase (obstacle jump race) in the world. This annual event takes place in April at Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool.

Other International Sporting Events

The Championship Wimbledon – one of four grand slam tennis tournaments widely regarded by players and spectators alike as the most prestigious tennis event on the international circuit. Take a sun hat and umbrella and buy strawberries and cream for the full experience. The two-weeks tournament takes place in late June to early July at the All England Lawn Tennis Club, Wimbledon, London.

Formula One British Grand Prix – the UK leg of the International F1 car racing World Championship. Generally last weekend of June or the first weekend of July at Silverstone Circuit, Northamptonshire.

World Snooker Championship – the prime professional snooker tournament, has been played in spring, a couple of weeks between April and May at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield.

Six Nations Championship Rugby – An annual international rugby union competition with four UK teams, France and Italy in battles of the big men. Held between February and March at Twickenham Stadium, London. Though matches are held at each nation’s venues at Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh; Millennium Stadium, Cardiff; Stade de France, Paris; Aviva stadium, Dublin; and Stadio Olimpico, Rome.

Isle of Man TT – the world’s most famous and crazy motorcycle road races on tiny, twisting, stone-walled roads. A must for bikers. It usually takes place from the end of May to the beginning of June in Isle of Man, off the Cumbrian Coast, west England.

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Motoring along the regular roads of the Isle of Man at up to 200mph (322kph)

Open Championship (the British Open Golf) – the oldest of the four major championships in professional golf. Established in 1860 and since 1979 it has been held annually on the weekend of the third Friday in July, generally on one of nine courses in Scotland and England such as Old Course in St Andrews and Royal St Georges Golf Club in Kent.

London MarathonAnnually in April major celebrities and minor exhibitionists in wacky outfits join thousands of runners running or staggering around 21 miles of the streets in London. One of the top six world marathons.

National Sporting Events

Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race – or simply known as The Boat Race, England’s two most prestigious universities battle it out over 4 miles 374 yards (6. 8 km) of the river Thames between Putney and Mortlake, west London. Held on the last weekend of March or the first weekend of April.

Henley Royal Regatta – independent but internationally recognised rowing competitions. Part of ‘the Season’ Events for the posh. This is Pimm’s # 1 country. This 5-day rowing event is held annually over the first weekend of July. Henley-on-Thames.

FA Cup Final – the Football Association Challenge Cup Final held in May between the UK’s best national soccer teams. This is one of world’s best attended national championship events. The Final takes place at Wembley Stadium, the English national soccer team’s home ground which is UK’s largest stadium with 90, 000 seats, in Wembley Park, London.

For some precise dates check English Speaking Festivals

Regional Festivals/Events

Cooper’s Hill Cheese Rolling – Large rounds of Double Gloucester cheese are taken to the top of very steep Cooper’s Hill and rolled down it. Hundreds of people run and tumble after them trying to catch them – and win them – but there are frequent casualties who win a trip in an ambulance instead. It takes place on a late spring bank holiday Monday in May, Cooper’s Hill, Brockworth, Gloucestershire, south-west England.

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Another relaxing sunny afternoon in England

Tetbury Woolsack Races – Men and women run over Gumstool Hill between two pubs, carrying sixty pound sacks of wool (men) and thirty five pound sacks (ladies). Takes place on May bank holiday Monday. Gumstool Hill, Tetbury, Gloucestershire.

Cotswold Olympics Games – annual traditional country games such as tug-of-war and skittles plus shin kicking (wearing steel toe caps) competitions, said to be began in 1612. Takes place on Friday after spring bank holiday. Dover’s Hill, Chipping Camden, Gloucestershire.

Ottery 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. On 5th of November every year. Ottery St. Mary, Devon, south-west England.

For some precise dates check English Speaking Festivals