6 Reasons for a British Summer Short Break
The summer of 2014 is a good time to be in the UK, there are a host of high profile sporting event schedule to take place here this summer. Added to the usual fixtures such as Wimbledon, The Royal Ascot, The British Grand Prix, this year we have the Commonwealth Games and Tour de France. So if you can’t make it to Brazil or you want the best of both worlds then spend your summer here in Britain.
One of the major hightlight of the great British Summer is Wimbledon, when west London comes alive with tennis lovers making their yearly pilgrimage to Wimbledon. This year for the first time in 77 years a British will be defending the man’s title, making it even extra special. For tennis lovers Wimbledon has a special place because of its rich history and prestige making it an ideal location for celebrity spotting. It famous strawberry and cream or Pimms is a must for visitors.
British Grand Prix
The irresistible mix of technology, skill, speed, strategy and raw ego that makes up Formula1 will by in England come summer. The British Grand Prix is the 9th event on the Formula1 calendar for this year after the Austrian, it on the last day of Wimbledon (July 6). The British Grand Prix has a rich heritage of being won by British racers – home advantage. The great Jim Clark won it five times, Nigel Mansell four times and David Coulthard, sir Stirling Moss and Jackie Stewart have all been winners. Looking Lewis Hamilton record so for this year looks like he is in for a chance. If that’s not your thing then just for the glamour or fun of it.
Tour de France
Tour de France is the most prestige event on the cycling calendar and for the first time after over 100 tours part of the competition will be stage in England. Le Tour’s Grand Depart begins in Leeds and traverses a 190km loop to Harrogate, taking in the scenery of the Yorkshire Dales. Stage 2, a 200km from York to Sheffield – includes climbs and short, sharp ascents which are part of the requirement for staging the tour. Stage 3, a 159km from Cambridge to London, this will end is a sprint up the Mall to Buckingham Palace.
If you are into horse racing then the Royal Ascot is not to be missed, this is racing at its best, offering great drama played out under the warm British Summer sun. Yes, who can forget the fashion and glamour with a mix of royalty. At the Royal Ascot fashion has become as much a part of the meeting as racing, and Ascot is now known as a venue at which top British and international designers love to showcase their designs. The Royal Ascot has the Queen present every day, the prelude to every day’s racing features a procession of horse-drawn carriages down the course, with her Majesty leading the way. If you must gamble, do so responsibly.
The Open Championship
The Open Championship has a long and prestige history, it was first contested in 1860 at Royal Prestwick in Scotland when the prize was a belt. The belt was replaced later by the famous Claret Jug, which is engraved with the name of every great golfer that ever lived. The Open outstrip all other Major championship in term of both history and prestige, for golf worshippers this is an opportunity to step on its hallowed ground.
The Commonwealth Games seems to feature low on the competitions entered by elite athletes it also overshadowed by the Olympics. The UK being the host of this summer’s games things are about the change. Big names that have overlook previous games have hinted that they will be coming to this game schedule to held in Glasgow. The likes of Mo Farah and Usain Bolt (stars of the 2012 Olympics games) should be participating. Unlike the Olympics, tickets should be more accessible for prime events.