Britain is a sport loving nation. Football, motor racing, tennis, rugby and horse racing are just a handful of the sports watched by millions around the country each and every day. We live and breathe sport, and we can’t get enough of it.
Britain plays host to some of the biggest sporting events in the world and here we look at five of the best.
Six Nations at Twickenham
Twickenham Stadium, located in the London borough of Twickenham, is the location where England’s home Six Nations games are played. With a capacity of 82,000, it is also the largest Rugby stadium in the world.
Attending a Six Nations match is a must for any fan of Rugby. The fans come out in droves to support their team and the atmosphere is electric. Songs are sung and plenty of pints get swilled. The atmosphere is perhaps matched by Wales’s Millennium Stadium but Twickenham’s history as the unofficial “headquarters” of rugby.
Horse racing is an exciting sport and Cheltenham is regarded as epicentre of jump racing, certainly in the British Isles, if not the world.
The Festival, a four-day event dedicated is one of the biggest horse racing meets of the year. Held annually at in March, the festival usually runs at the same time as St Patrick Day with tens of thousands of horse riding fans attending to enjoy the festivities.
Cheltenham Festival is famous for its atmosphere and knowledgeable punters. Hundreds of millions of pounds are bet on the races during the festival and the crowd follows each race with enthusiasm. The noise generated by the crowd is so impressive that it has been given its own name — ‘the Cheltenham Roar’.
Tennis is one of the most popular sports in Britain. Few sports are able to create as much tension as a close game of tennis coming down to the last set.
The Queen’s Club Championships, held at the Queen’s Club court in West Kensington, London, is one of the biggest grass court tournaments on the circuit and is often used as a warm up for Wimbledon. With £640,000 worth of prize money up for grabs, it can certainly act as a useful pay-day for the winning players.
The atmosphere during the Queen’s Club is as rarefied as you’d expect of a top end old English tennis club. However, when the sun is out, the old buildings and well-groomed courts can make the place look amazing. It’s certainly worth a visit for any keen tennis fan.
The Henley Royal Regatta is a rowing event held on the River Thames near the town of Henley-On-Thames. The 5-day event is staged annually over the first weekend of July and sees some of the best rowers in the world compete on the unique head-to-head river course.
The atmosphere at the Henley Royal Regatta is one of fun and excitement. Tens of thousands of rowing fans attend to watch the races and to soak up the classically English atmosphere. The ‘Grand Challenge Cup’ is a one mile race for men’s eights and arguably the most prestigious of the event – the world’s most famous rowing clubs have competed in the race in the past.
Britain is the spiritual home of motor racing. Many rally and Formula 1 teams call Britain their home which has built a tradition of racing in the nation.
The Goodwood Festival of Speed, held annually on the grounds of Goodwood House in West Sussex, is a celebration of motor racing. Held in late June/early July, the Goodwood Festival of Speed is scheduled to fit around most major racing events giving professional racing drivers the chance to attend and greet their fans.
Over 150,000 fans attend the three-day festival to take in the festival’s atmosphere and watch the attractions. A number of races are held over the weekend, too, as well as meet and greets with famous racing drivers. A visit to the Goodwood Festival of Speed is a must for all fans of motor racing.
With so much on offer in the UK, there’s not much excuse not to get out there and take in one or two of the brilliant events listed above.