Apart from traditional holidays and occasions such as Valentine’s Day, Easter or Christmas, there are plenty of events in the UK this year. From British sport, culture, arts and fashion to Royal Weddings! The TEG team have selected a few of their favourites for 2018. Read on to find out more!
Sport Relief – get active!
In March, one of the biggest UK charities is holding events to promote an active lifestyle. They will also collect money to improve people’s health in the UK as well as worldwide – for example by supporting people with mental health problems or providing healthcare for mothers and babies. Anybody can get involved (even you!), either individually or through their school or workplace. For example, you could organise a fund-raising event such as a football match or a run, and collecting donations for Sport Relief. You can find more suggestions on the charity’s website: https://www.sportrelief.com/.
Royal wedding – Harry and Meghan are getting married
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Prince Harry, the Queen’s grandson, is getting married this year! He recently announced his engagement to Meghan Markle, an American actress, humanitarian and UN advocate for gender equality. Their wedding will take place on 19th May 2018 at the beautiful St. George’s Chapel of the Windsor Castle. Only eight hundred people have been invited… But don’t worry if you didn’t receive an invitation – you can catch it on television!
Wimbledon – Tennis and Strawberries
At the end of every June, most Brits become slightly obsessed with tennis. Why? Because the oldest tennis tournament in the world (first organised in 1877) takes place at Wimbledon in London. If you visit Wimbledon during those two weeks, it will be full of people watching the games, eating the traditional dessert of strawberries and cream and trying to predict who might dethrone Garbiñe Muguruza and Roger Federer, the winners of the 2017 singles!
Ascot – hats and horses
The yearly horse-racing event attracts attention not only because of the excitement of watching horses race over 4,000 metres, but also because of fashion. You can see it at the Ascot Racecourse near London over three days and the main event, the Gold Cup, is on 21st June. Those who attend must observe a strict dress code (you can see the details here https://www.ascot.co.uk/royal-ascot/style-guide). However, many women go the extra mile and wear extremely creative, elaborate and colourful hats or fascinators. Many people also bet on the horse which they think is likely to win, or the one with the most unusual name!
Edinburgh Festival – The Fringe
Every August, the beautiful capital of Scotland transforms into a city which lives and breathes art! Over three weeks visitors to the city can watch more than 50,000 performances during the festival known as The Fringe – from theatre and opera, to stand-up comedy and art exhibitions. You can see the full list of shows on the festival website at https://www.edfringe.com. Many of them are free, but if you want to visit Edinburgh in this period, make sure you book your tickets and accommodation early!
These are just a few of the hundreds of events in the UK you can get involved in this year. You will get to see some of them in our Social Programme! Why not find the perfect one for you and experience the British culture and lifestyle differently?