Easter is just around the corner and we’re all looking forward to getting away somewhere to make the most of the warmer weather. But while some of us will be looking for traditional sun, sea and sand, others will be looking for a slice of history and culture, and Britain has an abundance of activities this year offering just that.
Whether you’re travelling from abroad or even reside in Blighty, here are just some of the best quintessentially British events set to take place this spring and summer.
The Grand National
Taking place at Aintree every year, the Grand National is one of the most highly anticipated events in the racing calendar. This is the 176th year for the festival and will see three days of fun and frolics in the form of grand openings, fashion parades and the one big event we’re all looking forward to: the Grand National itself. The race will see 40 horses jumping over 30 fences over two circuits, with jockeys keen to get their hands on the £1 million prize – the most valuable in Europe. This year, all eyes are on Shutthefrontdoor to take first prize, but this is one race that can never be called. You can catch all the action of the festival from 9th-11th April.
You don’t have to be a fan of tennis to appreciate Wimbledon – even if you’re just going along to enjoy a bowl of strawberries and cream, or to gawp at the hundreds of celebrities who visit every year, there’s something for everyone at this annual Grand Slam event. Last year we saw Novak Djokovic take the crown, but without a doubt there is an added bonus in seeing British tennis fans gunning for Andy Murray to take the title again. Taking place from 29th June to 12th July, it’s doubtful as to whether or not the Duchess of Cambridge will be in attendance this year, given she will have a three-month-old, but watch this space!
The 2015 Rugby World Cup
After a successful bid in 2009 to host, England will now be showing the Rugby World Cup at a number of high profile locations around the UK. The event kicks off on 18th September at Twickenham Rugby Stadium, and will carry on throughout the month of October at locations like Leeds, Birmingham and Cardiff. If you can only make one match though, make sure you see it come to a head on 31st October, where the final will take place at Twickenham.