The green list countries for foreign holidays may have remained disappointingly short, but all is not lost. When the sun is shining you have to go a long way to beat the beauty of the British countryside and there are plenty of classic events to look forward to this summer. Here’s our pick of those happening in and around our region:
Written by Lisa Proffitt | 4th June 2021
Michael Graham Calendar of Events Summer 2021
Royal Ascot 15 - 19 June
A highlight of racing and social calendars, Royal Ascot will form part of the second phase of the Government’s Events Research Programme, with a capacity of 12,000 guests on each of the five race days. A limited number of Queen Anne Enclosure (General Admission) tickets and Fine Dining Hospitality experiences are still available to buy.
Wimbledon, London, 1 - 14 July
Wimbledon was cancelled for the first time since World War Two last year but early positive results from the Event Research Programme mean that not only is the event going ahead, but the All England Club are confident in being able to increase their ticketing capacities for The Championships this year beyond the 25% position set out earlier this year.
Formula 1 British Grand Prix, Silverstone, 16 - 18 July
Silverstone is the home of British motor sport and the Silverstone race track has staged some of the biggest ever F1 battles and upsets. After the disappointment of racing behind closed doors last year due to the pandemic, the 2021 race is welcoming back a live audience and is expected to deliver more thrills than ever.
The Game Fair at Ragley Hall, Warwickshire, 23 - 25 July
Celebrating British field sports and country life, The Game Fair promises fun for all the family with activities including archery, fishing, falconry and clay shooting. Booking early is advisable as campsite bookings and ticket sales are breaking all records this year with more people planning mini-breaks in the UK.
The Blakesley Show and Gymkhana, Maidford, Northamptonshire, Saturday 7 August
If you love country life then you’ll love this country show. Described as London Fashion Week for farm animals, the 136th Blakesley Show has seven exhibition rings and trade stands galore. There are dozens of showing classes for cattle, sheep and horses as well as a sheep shearing demonstration, vintage machinery and a performance from a motorcycle stunt team. The show usually welcomes around 3,500 visitors and Michael Graham has been a huge supporter of this event for many years. Our stand will be close to the main rings and we would love you to pop in for a cup of tea or a glass of Pimms if you’re passing.
Henley Royal Regatta 11 - 15 August
Organisers of this most British of summer events aim to safely stage the best Regatta possible this summer. Pack a picnic and enjoy the glorious spectacle of the boats from the riverbank.
Retro CarFest, Bicester Heritage, Oxfordshire 13 – 15 August
Brought to Bicester by Chris Evans and the team behind the UK’s biggest family fundraising festival CarFest, Retro CarFest is brand new for 2021. We’re all a bit nostalgic for times gone by at the moment and this festival promises a high energy celebration of the 60s, 70s and 80s with a splash of the 90s for good measure. Jam-packed with activities and with music on the main stage all day, this is an ideal event if you’re dipping your toe in the festival waters for the first time, and an equally great day out for seasoned festival goers.
Kophill Climb Festival 25-26 September
Located in the Chiltern Hills outside Princes Risborough in Buckinghamshire, this event is a revival of an historic annual hill climb for cars and motorcycles which dates from 1910. Around 12,000 visitors attend over the course of the weekend and since the first revival in 2009, over £765,000 has been raised for local charities and good causes. Often referred to as “a garden party with cars”, Kop Hill Climb Festival isn’t just for car lovers - with great live music, food and shopping, it’s a great day out for all the family.
Here at Michael Graham we’re looking forward to a great British summer and do hope to see you at the Blakesely Show in August. If you would like our advice regarding any aspect of a move in the meantime, then please do get in touch. Whether you’re thinking of buying, selling, or renting, we would be delighted to help.