Sporting events to attend in 2018
In our last post, we picked out some of the UK’s top cultural events that we’re looking forward to this year. Today it’s time to turn the focus on some of the nation’s best sporting fixtures. Which of these will be on your calendar for 2018?
Gymnastics World Cup
See the world’s finest gymnasts in action in the Gymnastics World Cup, held in Birmingham on the 21 – 22 March. This prestigious event promises spectators “show-stopping performances with the women competing on vault, uneven bars, beam and floor and the men on the floor, pommel horse, rings, vault, parallel bars and the high bar.”
The Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race
Sponsored this year by Cancer Research UK, the Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race – or just the Boat Race for short – is back on the Thames on 24 March. The races are at the incredibly precise time of 4.31pm and 5.31pm, and this year’s defending champions are Oxford for the men and Cambridge for the women.
The Grand National
Aintree is the place to be on 14 April, when the world’s most famous steeplechase unfolds. This year’s Grand National looks set to be bigger and better than ever before, so don your finery, get ready for a flutter and look forward to witnessing the “thrilling combination of human endeavour and equine fortitude”.
Badminton Horse Trials
The biggest weekend in the three-day eventing calendar, Badminton Horse Trials takes place from Wednesday 2 May to Sunday 6 May. Whether you prefer the gentility of dressage, the thrill of the cross country or the discipline of show jumping – or indeed all three – Badminton Horse Trials is an exciting day out or weekend away.
FA Cup Final
Head to Wembley Stadium on 19 May to cheer on one of the teams in the Emirates FA Cup Final. You can’t quite imbibe the atmosphere when you’re watching it on television, so get the date in your diary for this thrilling sporting finale.
Everyone’s favourite tennis tournament returns on 2 July and runs until 15 July. The Wimbledon men’s final was won – yet again – by Roger Federer last year, while the women’s title was taken by Garbine Muguruza. Who will be crowned champion this year? Nothing beats the thrill of being there in person to find out, so look forward to sipping Champagne and treating yourself to some strawberries and cream in true Wimbledon style.
British Formula One Grand Prix
The start of Wimbledon coincides with the British Formula One Grand Prix, returning once again to Silverstone from 2 to 5 July. Lewis Hamilton has won it for the last four years; will you be there to see whether he can hold onto the title for the fifth year in a row?
If you’re off to an exciting sporting event this year, don’t forget to hire a chauffeur to get you there in style and in plenty of time for all the action.