The 1st July marks the beginning of the second half of 2014 (hasn’t this year flown?) Here’s what the rest of the year has in store, from motorsport and cycling to festivals and film releases…
1. The British Grand Prix
When: 4th-6th July
Top Tip: To get the weekend off to a good start, add tickets to the Kaiser Chief gig on the 3rd July to your three-day Grand Prix pass. And for a really special day out, take a look at the VIP Hospitality options.
2. The Tour de France
What? The most famous cycle race in the world, kicking off in the UK for the first time since 2007. Follow the riders from Leeds, through York, and then South as they cycle from Cambridge through the Essex countryside to London. And then on to France, if you still haven’t had your fill.
Where? Across the UK & France
When? 5th-27th July
Find Out More: www.letour.com/le-tour/2014/us/
Top Tip: Yorkshire has turned yellow for the occasion, with rows of yellow-flowering plants installed alongside the cycle route. Make sure you match by ordering your Yellow Yorkshire Grand Depart t-shirt here.
3. Farnborough International Airshow
What? An international aerospace exhibition held every other year. 2014 promises to be the best Farnborough yet, celebrating 100 years of Aviation History. There’s a 4 ½ hour flying display as well as no end of ground entertainment.
Where? Farnborough, Hampshire
When? 19th-20th July
Find Out More: http://www.farnborough.com
Top Tip: For a special day out with friends and family or an unforgettable corporate event, book a Flightline Club Package that gets you access to a shared hospitality chalet where you can watch all the action while indulging in unlimited house wine, beer and soft drinks as well as optional afternoon tea.
4. The Commonwealth Games
What? There might not be any Olympics to watch this year, but Glasgow is playing host to this year’s Commonwealth Games. With games in everything from boxing and rugby to lawn bowls and shooting, there’s something for everyone to get excited about.
Where? Glasgow, Scotland
When? 23rd July-3rd August
Find Out More: www.glasgow2014.com
Top Tip: If you want to see one or two of the games, and then escape the crowds and explore the city, the Explore Glasgow itineraries are just what you need. There’s a ‘Day of Luxury’ option if you want to be pampered or an ‘Outdoors’ package if you just need fresh air and peace and quiet.
5. Edinburgh Fringe Festival
Where? Edinburgh City Centre
When? 1st-25th August
Find Out More: https://www.edfringe.com
Top Tip: Go for August bank holiday weekend (24th-26th August) to catch the back end of the festival and the best night out in the Edinburgh calendar (except maybe New Year’s Eve). When you’ve had enough culture or comedy for one day, make your way to George Street, where cars are banned in favour of outdoor restaurants, bars and cafes (and The Dome is always worth a visit).
6. The Italian Grand Prix
What? It’s the fastest track on the F1 racing calendar, and definitely one of the most prestigious. It’s a must-visit for racing enthusiasts, and it’s hosted in the royal park of Monza, just a short ride away from Milan and Lake Como so you can do some sightseeing while you’re there.
Where? Monza, Italy
When? 5th-7th September
Find Out More: http://www.formula1.com/default.html
Top Tip: For the ultimate experience, book a Formula One Paddock Club package through Grand Prix Events, which gets you access to a privileged viewing area, VIP access to the Pit area, morning tea and pastries, a gourmet lunch, an open bar including champagne and lots more.
7. The Ryder Cup
What? Golf fans, get this one in your diary (if it’s not already). Golf is going back to its roots as the tournament is hosted in Scotland, the home of golf, for the first time since 1973. Watch the pros, then take to a course or two yourself- there’s 39 on offer around the venue.
Where? Gleneagles Hotel, Perthshire, Scotland
When? 23rd-28th September
Find Out More: www.rydercup2014.com
Top Tip: A hospitality package will make sure you get the best of the golfing action as well as the essential Scottish breakfast, a champagne reception, and a complimentary bar. What more could you want?
8. Gone Girl
What? The biggest cinema date in the second half of 2014, Gone Girl is the movie adaptation of the 2012 novel by Gillian Flynn. It tracks the story of Nick Dunne, whose wife disappears on their fifth wedding anniversary. Nick quickly finds himself under pressure from the police and a growing media attention as his strange behavior has everyone asking the same question: Did Nick Dunne kill his wife?
Where? A cinema near you
When? 3rd October
Find Out More: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2267998/
Top Tip: Reading the book’s never the same once you’ve seen the film, so get the book first. There’s your holiday reading sorted.
9. The Melbourne Cup
What? “The race that stops a nation” is Australia’s major horse racing event. It’s been running annually since 1861 on the first Tuesday in November and is a gazetted public holiday in Melbourne. Don’t miss out.
Where? Melbourne, Australia
When? 2nd November
Find Out More: http://www.melbournecup.com
Top Tip: There are a huge range of dining and hospitality packages available, whether you’re going with friends, family or as a corporate event. Choose from afternoon tea, three course lunches, beverage packages and buffets for groups of up to 70.
10. DP World Tour Championship
What? One of the biggest dates in the golfing calendar, the Dubai World Championship hosts the top 60 golfers on the European Tour. It promises to be four days of world-class sporting action as well as off-course sporting entertainment and hospitality.
When? 20th-23rd November
Top Tip: A Championship Chalet package includes access to the Chalet and course; breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea; a spacious terrace to watch all the action from; VIP car parking and more.