This Saturday is Midsummer’s Day, so time is running out to get your summer calendar planned! Here’s our rundown of the events you can’t miss, from music festivals and racing to football and cycling.
1. The World Cup
When: 12th June-13th July (the first England game is 14th June)
Find Out More: http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/matches/
Top Tip: It’s too late to apply for tickets to watch the action from the stadia in Brazil, but don’t worry – licensing hours in UK pubs are set to be extended so your local won’t close before the end of England’s first game, which kicks off at 11pm UK time.
2. The Commonwealth Games
When: 23rd July-3rd August
Find Out More: http://www.thecgf.com/games/future/glasgow2014.asp?yr=2014
Top Tip: Fancy something a bit different? Maybe the World Alternative Games is more what you’re looking for. Swap gymnastics and wrestling for bathtubbing championships, a scooter slalom, underwater hockey or a stiletto race…
3. Tour De France
What: 2014 is the first year since 2007 that the Tour de France will start in the UK with the Yorkshire Grand Departe. Whether you’re taking part or sticking firmly to spectating, it’s definitely one not to miss.
Where: Stage One is from Leeds to Harrogate. Stage Two is York to Sheffield, and Stage Three is from Cambridge to London.
When: 5th-7th July
Find Out More: http://letour.yorkshire.com
Top Tip: Yorkshire is already turning yellow in preparation, with rows of yellow-flowering plants being installed alongside the cycle route. Make sure you match by ordering your Yellow Yorkshire Grand Depart t-shirt here.
When: 23rd June-6th July
Find Out More: http://www.wimbledon.com/index.html
Top Tip: It’s not too late to book a package and watch the action in style. Keith Prowse offer hospitality packages including the best courtside seats, VIP hospitality suites and London accommodation.
5. Royal Ascot
What: The centrepiece of Ascot’s year and one of Europe’s most famous race meetings is the perfect time to have a flutter on a race or two.
Where: Ascot Racecourse
When: 17th-21st June
Find Out More: http://www.ascot.co.uk
Top Tip: The Ascot website will give you the rundown on everything you need to know from race times and tickets to the best places to eat and the dress code for each enclosure, so you won’t put a foot wrong.
6. Formula 1 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.
7. Edinburgh Fringe Festival
What: The world’s biggest arts festival turns Edinburgh into a hub for comedy, theatre, dance and street performers for almost the whole month of August.
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…
What: You knew this one would make the list. Glastonbury 2014’s impressive line-up includes John Newman, Lana Del Rey, Paolo Nutini, Rudimental, Dolly Parton and Lily Allen, with more acts and headliners still to be announced.
When: 25th-29th June
Find Out More: http://www.glastonburyfestivals.co.uk
Top Tip: Keep up to date with the line-up as it’s revealed at http://www.glastonburyfestivals.co.uk/line-up/line-up-2014/