Key Sporting Events | Summer 2018

Summer kickstarts the months of sport, the grass is pruned, the tracks are cleared and the fans wait in anticipation. We have pieced together the key sporting events to keep you up-to-date this year.

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The FIFA World Cup

Commencing on the 14th June, the World Cup is a front runner of this year’s key sports. The eight groups have been battling it out and it’s shaping up nicely. As a recap so far, last December’s draw in Moscow saw England placed in Group E with Belgium, Tunisia and Panama. The top two in the group will qualify for the knockout stages. England excitingly won, by a long stretch, against Panama on Sunday meaning we qualify to the knock-out rounds. The games are on!

Watch it on the big screen

Skylight, on the roof of Tobacco Dock, has both indoor and outdoor screens, showing certain matches, along with plenty of food and drink options — you could even squeeze in a half time game on petanque. Booking a table is recommended.

 Wimbledon | British Tennis Championships

Wimbledon 2018 is one of the biggest events of the summer. For 125 years Wimbledon has served some world class tennis. Being the oldest tournament in tennis history, some argue that it is the most famous out of all the championships globally. Attracting young and old, you don’t have to be a tennis fanatic to enjoy a day on the court. Monday 25th June sees qualifying commence as lower-ranked players compete for the 16 (Mens) and 12 (Womens) remaining spots. Then, the seedings (aka previous tournament rankings from the year) are allocated to the top 32 players in each singles draw – all announced on Wednesday 27th June. Seed No. 1 will be the favourite to win – keep your eyes peeled. Play begins on the outside courts at 12am Monday 2nd July.

Top tip: “don’t forget your suncream, a hat and a waterproof (just incase!)” and that applies to those sat in the pub garden too! Check out our Wimbledon guide to find out more.

Where to watch it

The Piazza, Wimbledon returns with its big screen, you’ll be able to hear all the live action right around the corner from the grounds itself. No costs and no queues; pull up a deckchair, grab a bite to eat and soak up the sun whilst watching the world’s tennis giants battle it out on Centre Court.

The Henley Regatta

Since 1839, Henley-on-Thames has been home to the event. With over 200 races, thousands of people make their way over from all over the world to take in the rowing action. This year the races commence Wednesday 4th July. Like with all events, you get the crowd who study the programme of events and seriously know their stuff. You also get the crowd who just like to get dressed up and have a day of great british summer season social schmoozing.

An insider tip;

Pack a picnic and get there early. When you have found the perfect spot for the day, chances are you won’t move. For a great summer picnic inspiration, read our guide to summer salads and impress your friends with some cool pre-made, fresh meals.

British Grand Prix

The British Grand Prix is fast approaching and fans will take to the grandstands at Silverstone on the 8th July. This year is one not to miss as 2018 marks the 70th Anniversary where special celebrations will be hosted throughout the event. They call it one of the world’s greatest sporting events. Throw in a great weekend-long party and the race is on.

F1 Live, London

Formula One is coming to the capital in the build up to this weekend’s British Grand Prix. Fans unable to make the big race at Silverstone will be able to see their favourite teams in action in the heart of the capital. F1 Live London will take place on Wednesday, July 12. Show cars will line up outside the National Gallery while others will speed from Whitehall to Trafalgar Square and back again. The event is free to the public but crowds should arrive early at Trafalgar Square in order to ensure they get the best view!


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