Believe it or not, we’re well into September, and autumn is almost upon us. It’ll be Christmas before we know it (yikes). But don’t despair, there are still plenty of exciting events coming up in Autumn/Winter 2014. Read on to find out when you need to make sure your calendar is clear…
What? The world’s biggest funfair is held annually in Munich, Germany. Over 6 million people attend the festival every year. The main attraction is the beer, which must be at least 6% alcohol by volume and brewed within the city limits to be served. But there’s also a range of attractions including rides, side stalls and games, as well as traditional German food.
Where? Munich, Germany
When? 20th September-5th October
Find Out More: http://www.oktoberfest.de/en/
Top Tip: Click here to find out the all-important information: what beers are being served, where and for how much. Cheers!
2. 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?
If you can’t wait for the Ryder Cup to start, get in the swing with our LFX Guide to Golf Courses.
3. 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.
4. London Cocktail Week
What? London Cocktail Week takes place in 200 cocktail bars across the capital, offering tasting sessions, tours, pop-up events and cocktail-making masterclasses. Get a head start by reading up on our LFX Guide to Cocktails and plan which cocktails are a must-try!
Where? 200 London bars
When? 6th-12th October
Find Out More: www.londoncocktailweek.com
Top Tip: Click here to buy a £10 wristband that’ll get you cocktails in all 200 bars for a bargainous £4 all week long.
5. The United States Grand Prix
What? Formula One racing goes West in this year’s US Grand Prix, which will be held in Austin, Texas. Pack your cowboy hat and yee-hah down to one of the biggest events in the F1 calendar- last year’s US Grand Prix was one of the biggest in 2013, attended by over 250,000 guests.
Where? Austin, Texas
When? 31st October-2nd November
Find Out More: http://circuitoftheamericas.com/f1
Top Tip: Take the stress out with an event package putting you right in the heart of the action with exclusive boxes and paddocks, celebrity driver meet and greets, champagne bars and gourmet meals and more! They’re selling out fast, so don’t miss out.
6. 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.
7. Boston Christmas Festival
What? Boston Christmas Festival is the best way to kick off the festive season, with stalls and pop-up shops from 300 of America’s best craft artists to inspire you, and plenty of gourmet food on offer to sample or buy. Don’t miss the legendary Gingerbread House Competition- if that doesn’t get you in the spirit, nothing will!
Where? Seaport World Trade Center, Boston
When? 7th-9th November
Find Out More: www.bostonchristmasfestival.com
Top Tip: Click here to print a coupon for a $3.00 discount on tickets!
8. 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
Find Out More: http://www.europeantour.com
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.
9. FX Week Europe
What? A one day, two-stream conference providing you with the latest information on the global foreign exchange market. It’ll give you an insight into how new advances in FX are changing the role of market participants to keep you ahead of the pack.
Where? The Landmark Hotel, London
When? 26th November
Find Out More: http://www.fxweekeurope.com
Top Tip: Presenters include keynote speaker Tracey McDermott (Director of Enforcement and Financial Crime, Financial Conduct Authority), James Binney (Head of FX Quantitative Solutions, Lloyds Bank) and Ken Dickinson (Investment Director, Currency, Standard Life Investments). You can get a sneak peek at the full programme here.
10. Black Friday
What? Okay, we don’t want to be “that guy” who starts talking about Christmas shopping before our summer holiday tans have faded. But it’s worth getting this one in your diary now, even if it’s just so you know to avoid the shops like the plague. Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving, and it’s the biggest Christmas shopping day in the US calendar.
Where? A packed shopping centre near you
When? 28th November
Find Out More: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Friday_(shopping)
Top Tip: If you love shopping and don’t mind crowds, there’s no better day to get in the Christmas shopping. But if it sounds like your worst nightmare, hide indoors and do your Christmas shopping online. It’s what Ebay and Amazon were made for.