UK Social Calendar


JANUARY

New Year's Day Meeting, Catterick Racecourse, Yorkshire (Jan 1). Contact: 01748 81 14 78; www.catterickbridge.co.uk

London Boat Show (Jan 9-18). Contact: 0844 20 90 333; www.londonboatshow.com

Salmon fishing season starts in Scotland with the opening of the River Thurso (Jan 11)

National Fine Art And Antiques Fair, NEC, Birmingham (Jan 14-18). Contact: 08719 45 45 27; www.nationalfineartandantiquesfair.co.uk

Salmon fishing season starts in England with the opening of the River Eden (Jan 15)


FEBRUARY

Shooting season comes to a close with the end of the pheasant and partridge seasons (Feb 1). Contact: The British Association For Shooting And Conservation; 01244 57 30 00; www.basc.org.uk

RBS Six Nations Rugby Internationals begin Feb 7. Contact: 00 35 316 69 09 50; www.rbs6nations.com

Royal Horticultural Society London Flower Show, London (Feb 17-18) www.form-london.com

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MARCH

Crufts Dog Show NEC Birmingham (Mar 5-8). Contact: 0870 606 6750; www.crufts.org.uk

Grand Military Gold Cup, Sandown Racecourse, Surrey (Mar 6). Contact: 01372 464 348; www.sandown.co.uk

National Hunt Festival, Cheltenham Racecourse, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire (Mar 10-13). Contact: 01242 513 014; www.cheltenham.co.uk

RBS Six Nations Rugby Internationals continue (Mar 14) Contact: 00 35 316 69 09 50; www.rbs6nations.com

Shire Horse Show, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire (Mar 14-15). Contact: 01733 23 44 51; www.eastofengland.org.uk

Trout fishing season starts in England (Mar 15)

Brown trout fishing season begins in Scotland (Mar 15)

BADA Antiques And Fine Arts Fair, London (Mar 25-31). Contact: 02075 89 61 08; www.bada-antique-fair.co.uk

Flat Racing season begins, with William Hill Lincoln Day, Doncaster Racecourse (Mar 28). Contact: 01302 304 200; www.doncaster-racecourse.co.uk

Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race (Mar 29). Contact: 02089 71 92 41; www.theboatrace.org

British summer time begins on Mar 29; www.greenwichmeantime.com

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APRIL

Polo season starts April 1 and continues through to Sept. Contact: Hurlingham Polo Association, 01367 242 828; www.hpa-polo.co.uk

Grand National Meeting, Aintree, Merseyside (Apr 2-4). Contact 0844 579 3001; www.aintree.co.uk

Royal Shakespeare Company Theatre season starts with The Winter’s Tale, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire (Apr 9). Contact: 08448 00 11 10; www.rsc.org.uk

Craven Meeting at Newmarket, Cambridgeshire (Apr 15-16). Contact: 0844 579 3010; www.newmarketracecourses.co.uk

Coral Scottish Grand National Meeting, Ayr, Ayrshire (Apr 17-18). Contact: 01292 264 179; www.ayr-racecourse.co.uk

April Meeting, Newbury, Berkshire (Apr 17-18). Contact: 01635 40 015; www.newbury-racecourse.co.uk

Royal Horticultural Society Flower Show, Cardiff, Wales (Apr 17-19). Contact: 0845 260 5000; www.rhs.org.uk

Queen Elizabeth II's birthday (Apr 21); www.royal.gov.uk

Harrogate Spring Flower Show, Yorkshire (Apr 23-26). Contact: 01423 561 049; www.flowershow.org.uk

Bet365 Gold Cup, Sandown Park Racecourse, Surrey (Apr 24-25). Contact: 01372 46 43 48; www.sandown.co.uk

Flora London Marathon (Apr 26). Contact: 020 7902 0200; www.london-marathon.co.uk

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MAY

Royal Caledonian Ball, Grosvenor House Hotel, London (May 1). Contact: 07506 650 181; www.royalcaledonianball.com

2000 Guineas, Newmarket, Suffolk (May 2-3). Contact: 01683 675 500; www.newmarketracecourses.co.uk

May Festival Chester Races, Cheshire (May 6-8). Contact: 01244 304 610; www.chester-races.com

Badminton Horse Trials, Gloucestershire (May 7-10). Contact: 01454 218 375; www.badminton-horse.co.uk

Royal Windsor Horse Show, Berkshire (May 8-11). Contact: 01753 860 633; www.rwhs.co.uk

Newbury International Spring Festival, Berkshire. Primarily classical music from top performers (May 9-23). Contact: 01635 52 87 66; www.newburyspringfestival.org.uk

Chatsworth Nissan International Horse Trials, Derbyshire (May 16-17). Contact: 01246 56 53 00; www.chatsworth.org

Chelsea Flower Show, Royal Hospital, Chelsea, London (members only: May 19-20; general public: May 21-23). Contact: 0844 209 0363; www.rhs.org.uk

Glyndebourne Opera Festival, Hampshire (May 21-Aug 30). Contact: 01273 81 38 13; www.glyndebourne.com

PGA Championship, Wentworth, Surrey (May 21-24). Contact: 0800 023 2557; www.wentworthclub.com

Hay Festival. Ten-day festival in the Welsh border town of Hay-on-Wye featuring renowned international authors (May 21-31). Contact: 08709 901 299; www.hayfestival.com

Bath International Music Festival, Avon (May 22-June 6). Contact: 01225 463 362; www.bathfestivals.org.uk

Blair Athol Highland Gathering, Perthshire (May 24). Contact: 01796 481 207; www.blair-castle.co.uk

Royal Bath And West of England Show, Somerset (May 27-May 30). Contact: 01749 82 22 00, Box Office: 01749 822 222; www.bathandwest.co.uk

Coutts International Polo Weekend, Chester Racecourse, Cheshire (May 29-30). Contact: 01244 304 610; www.chester-races.co.uk

Holker Garden Festival, Cumbria (May 29-31). Contact: 01539 558 838; www.holker.co.uk

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JUNE

Garsington Opera Season, Oxford (June 3-Jul 5). Contact: 01865 36 16 36; www.garsingtonopera.org

Grange Park Opera Festival, Hampshire Hampshire (June 3-Jul 14). Contact: 01962 73 73 66; www.grangeparkopera.co.uk

Royal Cornwall Show, Wadebridge, Cornwall (June 4-6). Contact: 01208 81 21 83; www.royalcornwall.co.uk

The Oaks (June 5), Epsom Downs Racecourse, Surrey. Contact: 01372 726 311; www.epsomderby.co.uk

Epsom Derby (June 6), Epsom Downs Racecourse, Surrey. Contact: 01372 726 311; www.epsomderby.co.uk

British Tennis Championships (formerly the Artois Championships), Queen's Club, London (June 8-14). Contact: 020 8487 7000; www.artoischampionships.com

The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, Burlington House, London (June 8-Aug 16). Contact: 020 7300 8000; www.royalacademy.org.uk

South Of England Show, Sussex (June 11-13). Contact: 01444 89 27 00; www.seas.org.uk

Bramham International Horse Trials, Yorkshire (June 11-14). Contact: 01937 846 005; www.bramham-horse.co.uk

Grosvenor House Art and Antique Fair, London (June 11-17). Contact 020 7399 8100; www.grosvenorfair.co.uk

Aldeburgh Festival Of Music And The Arts, Suffolk (June 12-28). Contact: 01728 687 100; www.aldeburgh.co.uk

Queen Elizabeth II's official birthday, Trooping The Colour, Horse Guards Parade (June 13). Contact: 02079 30 48 32; www.royal.gov.uk

The Queen's Cup Final, The Guards Polo Club, Windsor Great Park, Berkshire (June 14). Contact: 01784 434 212; www.guardspoloclub.com

Royal Ascot, Berkshire (June 16-20). Contact: 08707 271 234; www.ascot.co.uk

East Of England Show, Cambridgeshire (June 19-21). Contact: 01733 23 44 51; www.eastofengland.org.uk

Three Counties Show, Malvern, Worcestershire (June 19-21). Contact: 01684 584 900; tickets: 01684 584 924; www.threecounties.co.uk

Wimbledon Tennis Championships, London (June 22-Jul 5). Contact: 020 8971 2473; www.wimbledon.org

Royal Highland Show, Edinburgh (June 25-28). Contact: 01313 356 200; www.royalhighlandshow.org.uk

British Jumping Derby Meeting, Sussex (June 25-28). Contact: 01273 834 315; www.hickstead.co.uk

Biggin Hill International Air Fair, Kent (June 27-28). Contact: 01959 57 22 77; www.bigginhillairfair.co.uk

Summer Shakespeare Season opens in London (date to be confirmed). Contact: 020 7935 5756; www.openairtheatre.org

Eton And Harrow Cricket Match, Lords, London (date to be confirmed). Contact: 020 7432 1000; www.lords.org

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JULY

Henley Royal Regatta, Oxfordshire (July 2-6). Contact: 01491 572153; www.hrr.co.uk

Royal Agricultural Show, Oxfordshire (July 1-5). Contact: 01491 572 153; www.royalshow.org.uk

Goodwood Festival Of Speed, Goodwood Park, Sussex (July 3-5). Contact: 01243 75 50 55; www.goodwood.co.uk

Scottish Game Fair, Perth, Scotland (July 3-5). Contact: 01828 650 639; www.scottishfair.com

Cheltenham Music Festival, Gloucestershire (July 3-18). Contact: 01242 774 400; www.cheltenhamfestivals.co.uk

Wimbledon Finals, London (Ladies final, July 4; Men's final, July 5). Contact: 02089 712 473; www.wimbledon.com

Royal Agricultural Show, Warwickshire (July 7-10). Contact: 02476 69 69 69; www.royalshow.org.uk

RHS Hampton Court Palace International Flower Show, Surrey (July 7-12). Contact: 08709 063791; www.rhs.org.uk

July Festival meeting at Newmarket, Suffolk (July 8-10). Contact: 01638 675 500; www.newmarketracecourses.co.uk

Henley Festival Of Music And Arts, Oxfordshire (July 8-12). Contact: 01491 843 400; box office: 01491 843 404; www.henley-festival.co.uk

Barbury Castle Estate Horse Trials, Rockley, Marlborough, Wiltshire (July 9-12). Contact: 01672 516125; www.barburyhorsetrials.co.uk

Buxton Opera and Music Festival, Derbyshire (July 10-28). Contact: 01298 70395; www.buxtonfestival.co.uk

Open Golf Championship, Turnberry, Ayrshire (July 16-19). Contact: 01655 331 000; www.opengolf.com

BBC Proms concert season opens, Royal Albert Hall, London (July 17). Contact: 02075 898 212; www.bbc.co.uk/proms

Holkham Country Fair, Norfolk (July 18-19). Contact: 01328 821 821; www.countryfairoffice.co.uk

Veuve Clicquot Gold Cup British Open Polo Championship final at Cowdray Park, Midhurst, Sussex (July 19). Contact: 01730 813 257; www.cowdraypolo.co.uk

Royal Welsh Show, Powys, Wales (July 20-23). Contact: 01982 553 683; Box office: 08445 450 517; www.rwas.co.uk

Peterborough Royal Fox Hound Show and Festival of Hunting, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire (July 22). Contact: 01733 234 451; www.eastofengland.org.uk

Longines Royal International Horse Show, Hickstead, Sussex (July 22-26). Contact: 01273 834 315; www.hickstead.co.uk

The Country, Land And Business Association Game Fair, Belvoir Castle, Leicestershire (July 24-26). Contact: 01256 389 767; www.gamefair.co.uk

King George Day at Ascot, Berkshire (July 25). Contact: 08707 271 234; www.ascot.co.uk

Cartier International Polo Final, Guard's Polo Club, Smith's Lawn, Windsor Great Park, Surrey (July 26). Contact: 01784 437 797; www.guardspoloclub.com

Glorious Goodwood, Goodwood Racecourse, Sussex (July 28-Aug 1). Contact: 01243 755000; Box office: 01243 755 022; www.goodwood.co.uk

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AUGUST

Cowes Week, Isle of Wight (Aug 1-8). Contact: 01983 295 744; www.cowesweek.co.uk

Lowther Horse Driving Trials and Country Fair, Cumbria (Aug 7-9). Contact: 01931 712 577; www.lowther.co.uk

Edinburgh Military Tattoo, Scotland (Aug 7-29). Contact: 0131 225 1188; www.edintattoo.co.uk

The Glorious Twelfth, start of the grouse shooting season (Aug 12)

Ballater Highland Games, Aberdeenshire, Scotland (Aug 13). Contact: 01339 755 771; www.ballaterhighlandgames.com

Edinburgh International Festival, Scotland (Aug 14-Sep 6). Contact: 01314 732000; www.eif.co.uk

Scottish Championship, Thirlestane Castle Horse Trials, Berwickshire, Scotland (date to be confirmed). Contact: 01578 722 744; www.thirlestane.org

Warwickshire Polo Cup Final, Cirencester Park, Gloucestershire (Aug 16). Contact: 01285 653 225; www.cirencesterpolo.co.uk

Ebor Festival, Yorkshire (Aug 18-21). Contact: 01904 620 911; www.yorkracecourse.co.uk

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SEPTEMBER

Shooting season opens with the start of partridge season (Sept 1). Contact: The British Association For Shooting And Conservation; 01244 573000; www.basc.org.uk

Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials, Lincolnshire (Sept 3-6). Contact: 01933 304 744; www.burghley-horse.co.uk

Chatsworth Country Fair, Derbyshire (Sept 4-6). Contact: 01328 821 821; www.countryfairoffice.co.uk

Braemar Royal Highland Gathering, Aberdeenshire, Scotland (Sept 5). Contact: 01339 755 377; www.braemargathering.org

St Leger Festival Meeting (Sept 9-12). Contact: 01302 304 200; www.doncaster-racecourse.co.uk

Blenheim International Horse Trials, Woodstock, Oxfordshire (Sept 10-13). Contact: 01993 813 335; www.blenheim-horse.co.uk

National Carriage Driving Championships, Windsor Great Park, Berkshire (Sept 11-13). Contact: 08456 432116; www.horsedrivingtrials.co.uk

Last Night of the Proms, Royal Albert Hall, London (date to be confirmed). Contact: 02075 898 212; www.bbc.co.uk/proms

Ayr Gold Cup Festival, Ayrshire, Scotland (Sept 17-19). Contact: 0870 850 5666; www.ayr-racecourse.co.uk

Chelsea Antiques Fair, London (Sept 23-27). Contact: 01825 744 074; www.penman-fairs.co.uk

Goodwood Revival, Goodwood Motor Circuit, Sussex (Sept 18-20). Contact: 01243 755000; www.goodwood.co.uk

Glorious Finale, Perth Races, Scotland (Sept 23-24). Contact: 01738 551597; www.perth-races.co.uk

Ascot Festival Meeting, Berkshire (Sept 25-27). Contact: 08707 271 234; www.ascot.co.uk

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OCTOBER

ArtLondon Chelsea, London (date to be confirmed); Contact: 02072 599399; www.artlondon.net

Prix de L'Arc de Triomphe, Longchamp, France France (date to be confirmed). Contact: 0033 49 102 030; www.france-galop.com

Tattersalls Yearling Sale, Newmarket, Suffolk (Oct 6-9, 12-14, 15-16, 30). Contact: 01638 665931; www.tattersalls.com

Horse Of The Year Show, NEC Birmingham (Oct 7-11). Contact: 02476 693088; www.hoys.co.uk

The Times Cheltenham Literature Festival, Gloucestershire (Oct 9-18). Contact: 01242 774400; www.cheltenhamfestivals.co.uk

Champions meeting, Newmarket, Suffolk (date to be confirmed). Contact: 01638 675500; www.newmarketracecourses.co.uk

London to Brighton Veteran Car Run (Oct 30 - Nov 1). Contact: 01327 856024; www.newmarketracecourses.co.uk

Trout fishing season ends in England (Oct 31)

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NOVEMBER

The Totesport.com November Handicap Doncaster Racecourse (Nov 7). Contact: 01302 304200; www.doncaster-racecourse.co.uk

Lord Mayor's Show, London (Nov 14). Contact: 01229 588098; www.lordmayorshow.org

Open Meeting, Cheltenham Racetrack, Gloucestershire (date to be confirmed). Contact: 01242 226226; www.cheltenham.co.uk

Olympia Fine Art And Antiques Winter Fair, London (Nov 16-22). Contact: 020 7370 8211; www.olympia-antiques.co.uk

The Winter Festival, including the Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup, Newbury Racecourse, Berkshire (date to be confirmed). Contact: 01635 40015; www.newbury-racecourse.co.uk

Salmon and trout fishing seasons end in Scotland (Nov 30)

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DECEMBER

Social season closes in England, Scotland and Wales (Dec 10)

Salmon fishing season ends in England (Dec 15)

International Show Jumping Championships, Olympia, London (date to be confirmed). Contact: 01753 847900; www.olympiahorseshow.com

NSPCC Glass Slipper Ball, London (date to be confirmed). Contact: 02078 252500; www.nspcc.co.uk

Stan James Christmas Festival (Boxing Day Meeting), Kempton Park Racecourse, Surrey (Dec 26-27). Contact: 01932 782292; www.kempton.co.uk

National Cat Club Show, Bracknell Hall, Berkshire (date to be confirmed). Contact: 01344 424418; www.nationalcatclub.co.uk

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