England’s Spring/Summer social calendar or “The Season”as it’s known as, is held in high regard and is certainly a jam-packed one this year with many gatherings, festivals and elegant, often elite, events to choose from and be seen at. Maybe you have plans or even tickets to attend one of them already? If not, now is the time to ensure your entrance as many sell out weeks, if not months in advance. Regardless, of your interests or hobbies, the likelihood is you will find an event to suit your taste, so why not secure your ticket, book your accommodation, treat yourself to a chauffeur driven car for an easy, hassle-free and safe journey and also to ensure you arrive, depart, or both in style, don your finery, quaff champagne (or coffee – read on to find out why) and, of course, enjoy!
The London Coffee Festival
Not an official event of the season granted but if coffee is your thing then heading to the London Coffee Festival between the 12th and 15th April is a must. Located at the Old Truman Brewery on Brick Lane in East London, you can join over 30,000 other coffee professionals, aficionados and enthusiasts and experience a weekend dedicated to your favourite beverage. With visitor early bird day tickets starting at £14.50, this is an event not to be missed if you have ever considered trying your hand at becoming a barista, if you want to see some of the world’s best latte artists at work or you simply want to have your senses stimulated by trying different varieties of coffee from around the world.
RHS Chelsea Flower ShowThe world’s most prestigious flower show is held annually attracting visitors from around the globe. The RHS Chelsea Flower Show (formally the Great Spring Show) has been held in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, London since 1912. This year the show will be held between 22nd and 26th May 2018. With day tickets for the general public costing £65 each, this event is one is definitely one for the green-fingered and those looking for inspiration in garden design. With health and well-being gardens, must-see exhibits, breathing taking arrangements and an evening of fun, music and entertainment on Friday 25th May, it is set to be a fantastic event.
Remember that chauffeur driven car I mentioned earlier, well this is the perfect event. With more than 400 helicopters and 1000 limos descending on the event each year, arriving in style is key. Ascot is a racecourse located in Berkshire and annually holds Royal Ascot, which is attended by the Queen and other members of the Royal Family. Dating back to 1711 when it was founded by Queen Anne, it is considered not only to be the most prestigious race meeting held at Ascot but also throughout the world. With a strict dress code that must be adhered too, this event is one to see and be seen at. This year it is to be held between the 19th and 23rd June and with midweek tickets in the Windsor Closure starting at £32, it may not be as expensive to attend as you may have thought.
Even if you only have a fleeting interest in Tennis, Wimbledon is the event for you and if you are an enthusiast, I’m sure you have already got your ticket? Wimbledon is again held annually and this year it is to be held between the 2nd and 15th July. Wimbledon is the oldest and most prestigious tennis tournament in the world, it is also the most popular with tickets selling out as soon as they go on sale. Those who are lucky enough to attend will see the best tennis players in the world fight it out to win, not only their respective titles but also the prize money up for grabs. Wimbledon is synonymous with strawberries and cream, which are sold throughout the enclosure and also Pimms and lemonade, which IS alcoholic and not just fruit juice, meaning it should be consumed responsibly.
Henley Royal RegattaThe Henley Royal Regatta is an annual rowing event held on the River Thames by the town of Henley-on-Thames in Oxfordshire. It was established on 26th March 1839 and is still as popular, if not more so today, not only for being a great sporting event but also as a fantastic social occasion too. As with Royal Ascot a number of the enclosures at the regatta have strict and enforced dress codes This year it will take place between the 4th and 8th July with a number of head to head competitions taking place over the 1 mile course, the most prestigious event of the regatta being the Men’s Eights Grand Challenge Cup. As it is an outside event and England is notorious for wet summers, if you do manage to get tickets for the regatta and attend, do not forget your umbrella, you may thank us for the reminder!
Have you ever attended any of these events? If so, which one? If more than one, we’d love to know which one was your favourite? And if like us you have never attended any, which is at the top of your list? Leave us a comment to let us know.