Five great sporting things to do in Great Britain

Royal Ascot

If you come to the UK on a sporting holiday, you’re spoilt for choice. The country was the founder of many of the world’s most popular sports today including the world’s favorite game of football.

Here are five possibilities, then, when visiting the UK starting off, appropriately, with the beautiful game…

The FA Cup

This is the oldest competition in world football so if you can get tickets for the final at Wembley in May – then go along for the historic significance of the event. Currently, the country’s two top clubs are favourites in the FA cup betting, Man City and Chelsea, followed by the country’s biggest clubs by tradition – Manchester United and Arsenal.

Next year’s final will be held at Wembley on May 30th.

The Grand National

The Grand National held at Aintree near Liverpool in early April each year is the world’s most famous jumps race – and is always a very special day out. It will be much easier to get tickets for this than the FA Cup final – but do book early. The atmosphere at the course won’t disappoint you.

Next year’s Grand National will be held on April 11th.

Wimbledon Lawn TennisWimbledon

It doesn’t’ get much more quintessentially English than the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships in late June to early July each year. This is the biggest event in world tennis but you can get in by queuing at the venue early each day. One tip is to go early in the tournament on a week day when the courts are quieter as you can get to wander around and see far more games as you sip on your Pimms and lemonade and enjoy your strawberries and cream.

Wimbledon will be held in 2015 from 29 June to 12 July.

Royal Ascot

Another quintessentially English event is Royal Ascot in June. This is the event where the Royal family turns up and rides in a carriage past the stands. It’s the height of the English summer social calendar – but you may be able to get tickets if you apply early enough.

The Royal meeting will be held next year from June 16th-20th.

PDC World Darts Championship

At the other end of the social spectrum – and probably a lot more relaxed fun for most of us, the PDC World Darts Championship is the pinnacle of world darts and is held at London’s Alexandra Palace – a.k.a. the “Ally Pally” at the end of each calendar year. This is the one the world’s top players all want to win like no other. It’s also the one where the fans have the most fun, drinking a few beers, dressing up in fancy dress, singing along to all the players’ theme songs and holding up their “180” signs.

This year’s PDC World Darts Championship will be held at the Ally Pally from December 18th to January 4th, 2015.

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