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The Summer Social Calendar: Dates For Your Diary

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What to do and where to go this season

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Where to see and be seen this summer. Main image from Favourbrook, an Official Licensee of Royal Ascot.

The Social Calendar

Picnickers soak up the sun at Glyndebourne. © Glyndebourne Productions Ltd/ James Bellorini

Glyndebourne Festival, 20 May to 29 August 

An unmissable summer programme of opera, which takes place in the gardens of quintessential English country house Glyndebourne, in East Sussex. Don’t forget your picnic. glyndebourne.com

Hay Festival, 26 May to 6 June 

Every year, authors and readers descend on the tiny Welsh village of Hay-on-Wye for the annual literature festival. This year it’s digital, with a packed programme of talks, readings and workshops from the literary world’s biggest names. See C&TH’s top picks from the programme here. hayfestival.com

The Cazoo Derby, 4-5 June

Known as ‘the greatest flat race in the world’, the Derby has been held in Epsom, Surrey since 4 May 1780. Dressing up is encouraged, with some enclosures requiring full morning dress. thejockeyclub.co.uk

Chestertons Polo in the Park, 11-13 June

Fun, food and fashion are the order of the day at Polo in the Park, which takes place in Fulham’s Hurlington Park. polointheparklondon.com

Trooping the Colour, 12 June

The Trooping of the Colour has marked the official birthday of the British king or queen for over 260 years. Over 1400 parading soldiers, 200 horses and 400 musicians come together for a display at Horse Guard’s Parade. royal.uk/trooping-colour

Cartier Queen’s Cup, 1-27 June

Three weeks of prime polo action, all in the rarefied surrounds of Guards Polo Club in Windsor. The final day is open to non-members, with dress codes ranging from smart casual to formal, depending on the enclosure. guardspoloclub.com


Galloping past the finishing post at Royal Ascot

Royal Ascot, 15-19 June

The world’s premier flat racing meeting, when horses, trainers and jockeys from all over the world compete for more than £6m in prize money. A key date on the social calendar, it’s also a chance to dress up and show off your best hat. ascot.co.uk

Boodles Tennis, 22-26 June

An international five-day tennis exhibition held at Stoke Park in Buckinghamshire, featuring some of the sport’s biggest names, plus up and coming stars. theboodles.com

Federer with Wimbledon Cup

Roger Federer with the Wimbledon Cup

Wimbledon, 28 June to 11 July

Tennis whites, ball boys, strawberries and cream… You know the drill. Wimbledon is as quintessentially British as it gets, and is a real highlight of the social calendar. wimbledon.com

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Crowds cheer on the rowers at Henley Royal Regatta

Henley Royal Regatta, 29 June to 4 July

Attracting thousands of spectators to one short stretch of idyllic Henley-on-Thames, Henley Regatta is five days of high-octane excitement on the social calendar, as rowers – from Olympic standard to school teams – compete in over 300 races. hrr.co.uk

The Gold Cup, 25 July

The Gold Cup is the culmination of the British Open Polo Championship, the tournament that’s held on Cowdray Park’s famous lawns every summer. cowdraypolo.co.uk

Royal Windsor Horse Show, 1-4 July

From dressage to show jumping to the Pony Club mounted games, the Royal Windsor Horse Show is every hippophile’s dream long weekend. rwhs.co.uk

Goodwood Festival of Speed, 8-11 July

A summer garden party – with added cars. Held in the beautiful parkland surrounding Goodwood House, the festival features F1 superstars, classic cars and motorsport legends, all in one place. goodwood.com

British Grand Prix, 16-18 July

Silverstone is Britain’s only Grand Prix date; watch the fastest cars in the world take on its 52 laps. silverstone.co.uk

The Game Fair, 23-25 July

The annual celebration of country pursuits comes to Ragley Hall in Warwickshire in July. Yes, there’s hunting, fishing and shooting aplenty, but also live cookery demonstrations, an open air cinema and the LAPADA Pavilion of arts and antiques. thegamefair.org

Qatar Goodwood Festival, 27-31 July

Otherwise known as Glorious Goodwood, there are 14 races to enjoy across five days, plus prime eating and drinking opportunities. Summer dresses for women, and linen suits and panama hats for men are the order of the day. goodwood.com

Cowes Week, 31 July to 7 August

Head to the Isle of Wight for a week-long celebration of sailing, at one of the oldest regattas in the world. cowesweek.co.uk

Plays and Musicals to Book Now

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ENO’s Tosca

English National Opera’s Tosca in the Park, 27-29 August

Crystal Palace Park is the location for al fresco performances of Tosca by the ENO this summer. eno.org

Salon Privé Concours d’Elégance, 1-5 September

This September, Blenheim Palace will welcome more than 100 of the rarest and most desirable cars and motorcycles to its lawns, as well as debuts from the world’s most luxurious marques. Champagne and shopping will also be on the cards, with brands like Boodles, Roche Bobois and Piston Gin in attendance. salonpriveconcours.com

Last Night at the Proms, 10 September

The end of the BBC’s eight-week musical extravaganza, held at the Royal Albert Hall, is always marked by rousing renditions of Land Of Hope And Glory and Rule Britannia! There’s nothing like being there in person. bbc.co.uk

RHS Chelsea Flower Show, 21-26 September

Rescheduled from its usual May slot, the RHS Chelsea Flower Show is simply a must-visit – whether you’re green-fingered or not. Cutting-edge garden design, fabulous floral displays and the latest horticultural research will all be on display. rhs.org.uk

Frieze London, 13-17 October

The annual art fair presents the best of international contemporary art by emerging and established artists, alongside a programme of newly commissioned artworks, films and talks. frieze.com

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(Man) Favourbrook Hampton Morning Coat, £690; Coral Linen Waistcoat, £260; Ivy Shirt, £145; Westminster Stripe Cavalry Trousers, £250; Coral Culcross Linen Pocket Square, £35. (Woman) Favourbrook Eton Coat, £1,450. favourbrook.com

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