If you’re lucky enough to be heading to the UK for a break, then summer is a fantastic time to go. Not only are you more likely to get better weather (and I say more likely, because quite frankly nothing is guaranteed in this world), but you are also free to explore the music festivals and sporting events which take place during this time.

June generally sees the music festival calendar hotting up, with Glastonbury, Leeds and Reading, and V festivals all pulling in major crowds. On top of that you have Wimbledon, Queens, and all manner of soccer-related events going on too, meaning there is plenty to see and do. Trust me, a sporting event pulls the UK together like nothing else, and experiencing it is something quite special.


Summer also sees the horse racing calendar gaining pace. There are so many events during this time that it can get confusing, and one of the most popular festivals during this time is Royal Ascot. I often get asked when is Royal Ascot Gold Cup 2015, because everyone has heard of it, and most people want to go – rightly so! Well, if you’re raring to head there then you need to be visiting during 16-20 June, and you need to get your tickets well ahead of time. There are different races which run over the course of the festival, including The Royal Meeting (day 1), Price of Wales’ Stakes (day 2), Gold Cup Day (day 3), Coronation Stakes (day 4), and The Grand Finale (day 5). Maybe you could have a flutter and win big!

This particular festival is a prime example of the unique pomp and ceremony which encompasses British sport during the summertime, and if you’re trying to experience the culture and history then this is the perfect way to do just that.

Of course when the summer comes, hopefully the sun comes out, and that means you can get out and explore much easier. Walking is a popular pastime, especially in the Peak District of England, the mountains of Scotland, and Snowdonia in Wales, and you’ll find plenty of guided tours to help you see the green rolling hills, and the sometimes ragged and dramatic scenery.

Having said that, you won’t get more typically British than a day at the seaside – building sandcastles, paddling, fish and chips, amusements, a stick of rock, and hopefully no sunburn! This is unique to Britain, and the vibe of a seaside town is like nothing else you will experience.

As you can see, there is plenty to see and do in the UK during the summer months, and we haven’t even touched on sightseeing!

Photo creditTsutomu Takasu for Flickr

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