Races, Regattas and Revelries – 11 Great British Events not to miss in 2022
Although the Grand National, the Oxford v Cambridge Boat Race and the Cheltenham Festival have already passed us by, there are still plenty of spectacular events to revel in with friends and family this year. With hopes for a hot summer with lots of glorious sunshine more pressing than ever after last year’s lack-lustre weather and warmth, the thoughts of cheering on boats and horses with a Champagne in hand are all too exciting. So saddle-up and start thinking about your outfit choices, travel arrangements and where you put the cool-box and picnic blanket, because here are our Top Ten British Events not to miss in 2022 – By Olivia Riccini
Badminton Horse Trials – 4th – 8th May
A true jewel in Britain’s equestrian eventing crown, Badminton Horse Trials is a wonderful three day event taking place in the beautiful Cotswolds. Often frequented by the Royal Family, you don’t have to be a horsey-lover to enjoy a good few days at Badminton. The fantastic shopping village offers an array of every countryside product you can imagine, so get ready to stock up on some fashionable goodies.
Chestertons Polo in the Park – 10th – 12th June.
Set to return after a two year break to London’s iconic home of polo this summer at Hurlingham Park, Fulham, Chestertons Polo in the Park is the world’s largest three-day polo festival. The round-robin style tournament is played under the HPA-endorsed City Polo rules, developed to maximise spectator enjoyment. Effectively the ‘Twenty20’ of polo, the event is now in its 11th year and is one of the most exclusive London events of the summer. It hosts two International Polo matches that feature England Polo as well as teams from around the globe.
Chelsea Flower Show – 24th – 28th May
The world’s greatest flower show returns to the Royal Borough this spring with stunning garden designs, gorgeous floral displays and endless shopping. Need we say any more?
Royal Ascot – 14th – 18th June
Tradition for the Royal Family since around 1711, these five days of pure racing delight are what Ascot is renowned for. Since its beginnings, a British Royal Monarch has attended Royal Ascot, via a procession of horse drawn carriages that make their way into the Royal Enclosure – the most exclusive section of the venue. Today, around 300,000 people attend Royal Ascot every year, from the Royal Enclosure right down to the most relaxed section of the venue, the Village Enclosure, which has food stands, bars and live entertainment going on into the night.
Perhaps the most famous day of the five is Ladies Day (Thursday 16th June) Vibrant, celebratory and steeped in tradition, it is indeed a day to see and be seen. A glorious occasion, when high fashion and millinery masterpieces take centre stage, enjoy fabulous outfits alongside Flat racing’s most elite stayers locking horns in the historic Gold Cup.
Finishing off the unique whirlwind of excitement and colour that makes Royal Ascot so special, is of course the final day of the five. Saturday 18th is set to be an exceptional card featuring the £1m Group 1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes, one of the world’s greatest international sprints – a fitting finale to a truly unforgettable week
Gold Cup Cowdray Park Polo – Various Events from 18th June – 17th July
With a long and illustrious history, Cowdray Park is recognised worldwide as the Home of British Polo. Set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty within Viscount Cowdray’s 16,500 acre estate in West Sussex, the game of polo has been played at Cowdray for over a century. Perhaps the most prestigious event held at Cowdray is The British Open Polo Championship for the Cowdray Gold Cup, a premier polo tournament at 22 goal (High Goal) level. With all the international stars of the game in action in the incomparable setting of the park’s stunning grounds, the tournament draws in polo aficionados from all over the world.
The Kent County Show – 8th, 9th and 10th July 2022
Of course the list would not be complete without our very home county show. The Kent County show has grown from its humble beginnings to be the region’s showcase event for farming, agriculture and countryside life. For three days a year, animals, horses, vintage vehicles, retail stands and much more – including delicious Kentish food and drink – converge on the breathtaking surroundings of the Kent Showground for a celebration of the best in the county. The Kent County Show is organised by the Kent County Agricultural Society, a registered charity whose mission is to support local farming practices and promote education about food farming and the countryside.
Henley Royal Regatta – 28th June – 3rd July
On the banks of the River Thames in Oxford, celebrate one of the best events of the summer in style. Henley Royal Regatta is undoubtedly the best-known regatta in the world and a highlight of both the summer sporting calendar and social season. The Regatta attracts thousands of visitors over the week and is the ultimate riverside event. Spectators are thrilled by over 300 races of an international standard, which can include Olympic rowers as well as crews new to the event. Indulge in luxury all the way and purchase a ticket with official hospitality included.
Cowes Week – 30th July – 5th August
An eclectic mix of racing and socialising, Cowes Week on the Isle of Wight is one of the longest-running regular regattas in the world. Over 8,000 competitors take part and the event features many drinks parties and a famous fireworks display. A 196-year-old tradition that is as much about having fun with your friends as it is about racing boats.
Salon Privé – 31st August – 4th September
Perhaps Britain’s most prestigious motor show, Salon Privé is unlike any other. A unique three-day event held in the majestic grounds of Blenheim Palace, Salon Privé showcases an incredible collection of classic, super, hyper and concept cars for a true celebration of these motoring masterpieces. Again, including a tempting luxury shopping village!
Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials – 1st – 4th September
The world’s greatest 5* equestrian event acknowledged globally by leading riders as their ultimate competitive goal. A key event towards the end of the summer social season, Land Rover Burghley attracts fantastic crowds to witness exhilarating equestrian action alongside browsing the world renowned shopping avenues and enjoying the many other attractions and activities on offer in a truly stunning location. Three Day Eventing is a comprehensive test of the all round ability of the horse and rider, comprising Dressage, Cross Country and Jumping. This event is the pinnacle of the sport and one third of the Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing. Yet another countryside brand shopping sensation, bring your cash!
The Game Fair – 29th – 31st July
Described as ‘a mecca for those who love countryside pursuits’, The Game Fair is billed as the top annual event for those who are passionate about countryside living. Located at Ragley Hall in Warwickshire, this is a must for shotgun-toting, Springer Spaniel-owning countryside lovers as well as anyone else that adores the Great British outdoors. Including puppy shows and unrivalled countryside brand shopping, this year The Game Fair has joined forces with Celebrity Chef James Martin who has created a bespoke menu for The Game Fair Enclosure.