July: dates for the diary
Apart from the Wimbledon Finals, the other big social event this month is The Henley Regatta.
The Henley Royal Regatta takes place on the River Thames at Henley for 5 days over the first weekend in July (Wednesday to Sunday). The regatta was first staged in 1839 but became the “Royal Regatta” in 1851 when Prince Albert became the first royal patron. The reigning monarch has agreed to be patron ever since.
If you’re invited to one of the enclosures, make sure you know which one because of the dress codes. The prestigious Steward’s Enclosure, next to the finish line, has a strict dress code - "lounge suit, blazer and flannels, or evening dress, and a tie"- And NO mobile phones !!
The Regatta Enclosure is immediately downstream of the Stewards Enclosure and further away from the finish. This enclosure is open to all on payment of fee and there is no dress code.
Henley Royal Regatta, Oxfordshire (June 27-July 1).
East Of England Show, Cambridgeshire (July 6- 8).
Royal Agricultural Show, Oxfordshire
Goodwood Festival Of Speed, Goodwood Park, Sussex (June 29 - July 1).
Scottish Game Fair, Perth, Scotland (June 29 – July 1).
Cheltenham Music Festival, Gloucestershire (July 4-15).
Wimbledon Finals, London (Ladies final, July 7; Men's final, July 8).
RHS Hampton Court Palace International Flower Show, Surrey (July 3-8).
July Festival meeting at Newmarket, Suffolk (July 12-14).
Henley Festival Of Music And Arts, Oxfordshire (July 4-8).
Barbury Castle Estate Horse Trials, Rockley, Marlborough, Wiltshire (July 11-12).
Buxton Opera and Music Festival, Derbyshire (July 7-25).
Open Golf Championship, Turnberry, Ayrshire (July 26-29).
BBC Proms concert season opens, Royal Albert Hall, London (July 13).
Holkham Country Fair, Norfolk (July EXACT DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED). Contact: 01328 821 821; www.countryfairoffice.co.uk next in 2011
Veuve Clicquot Gold Cup British Open Polo Championship final at Cowdray Park, Midhurst, Sussex (July 19).
Royal Welsh Show, Powys, Wales (July 18-21).
Peterborough Royal Fox Hound Show and Festival of Hunting, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire (July 19)
Longines Royal International Horse Show, Hickstead, Sussex (July 17-22).
The Country, Land And Business Association Game Fair, Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire (July 20-22).
King George Day at Ascot, Berkshire (July 21).
Cartier International Polo Final, Guard's Polo Club, Smith's Lawn, Windsor Great Park, Surrey (July 22).
Glorious Goodwood, Goodwood Racecourse, Sussex (July 24-28).