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Formula 1 British Grand Prix

Friday 8th – Sunday 10th July Drivers make as many as 34 gearshifts per lap at Silverstone, with an estimated two-thirds of the lap spent at basically full throttle. From its humble beginnings as a World War II Royal Air Force bomber station, Silverstone has evolved into a major race track, home to one of […]

Le Tour de France

Saturday 2nd – Sunday 24th July The race first took place in 1903, and had very humble beginnings. The motive behind the first Tour de France was to increase sales for the magazine L’Auto, from then it has gone on to become one of the oldest and most revered cycling races in the world. Held […]

Palio di Siena

Saturday 2nd July and Tuesday 16th August Held twice a year in Siena, Palio di Siena is a colourful display of culture, rivalry, and horse racing. Referred to by locals as Il Palio, the race can be traced all the way back to the medieval ages when the piazza would host games that included jousting […]

The Henley Royal Regatta

Wednesday 29th June – Sunday 3rd July Over the years there have been many notable sporting stars and royalty who have acted as prizegivers at the Regatta. 1949 saw Mrs Winston Churchill awarding the winners, whereas more recently in 2001,2004 and 2014, Sir Steve Redgrave, The Prince Albert of Monaco and Sir Ben Ainslie have all […]

Wimbledon

Monday 27th June – Sunday 10th July The winner of the Gentlemen’s singles is awarded a silver gilt cup inscribed with: ‘All England Lawn Tennis Club Single Handed Championship of the World.’ The most coveted title of all tennis tournaments, The Wimbledon Champion. To win at the oldest tennis tournament in the world is the worldwide […]

Jaeger-LeCoultre Gold Cup

Tuesday 21st June – Sunday 17th July Once a year, a polo championship is played on the Himalaya mountaintops at an altitude of 4,000 meters, among the area’s native peoples. For more than 30 years, the annual polo championship has been an integral part of the Ladakh Festival in early September. The prestige of such […]

British Polo Day – Great Britain

Saturday 18th June ‘A polo handicap is a passport to the world.’ Sir Winston Churchill. Celebrating the best of British heritage and sport, British Polo day champions a legacy of luxury and tradition by polo events spanning the globe. Beginning in Abu Dhabi in March, and culminating in India in December, these captivating equestrian events include China, […]

Goodwill Festival of Speed

Thursday 23rd – Sunday 26th June The 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed theme will be ‘Full Throttle – The Endless Pursuit of Power’. Often likened to Ascot in terms of prestige and extinguished guests, The Festival of Speed combines garden parties and motoring, celebrities and sports stars and musicians and royalty, culminating in an event that celebrates […]

Le Mans (24 Heures de Mans)

Saturday 18th – Sunday 19th June The global sporting tradition of spraying champagne after celebrating a win originated in 1967 when American Dan Gurney sprayed champagne after winning the Le Mans race with Ford. An endurance race held annually since 1923, The 24 Hours of Le Mans is widely considered one of the most decisive automobile […]

Through the lense with…Nick Isden

Special Mention, Best Single Image in a Portfolio – Earth, Air, Fire, Water Travel Photographer of the Year 2014 You can buy this and other Travel Photographer of the Year prints online here. Profile Nick Isden is an award winning freelance photographer currently based in London, England. He focuses primarily on travel and lifestyle photography and has been […]

Royal Ascot

Tuesday 14th – Saturday 18th June Royal Ascot has long been viewed as emblematic of British culture. The event showcases the pinnacle of British sporting talent as well as fashion and style, securing its place as one of the world’s most esteemed sporting events. Broadcast around the world, the meeting is attended by The Queen […]

AEGON Championship: The Queen’s Club

Monday 13th – Sunday 19th June Andy Murray won his first professional match and first title in Britain at Queen’s. Steeped in history, The Queen’s Club Championship is amongst the oldest tennis tournaments in the world. This prestigious annual tournament, for male tennis players, takes place on grass courts at The Queen’s Club in West […]

Formula 1® Grand Prix de Monaco

Thursday 26th – Sunday 29th May The Monaco Grand Prix has run since 1929 and is held each year on the Circuit de Monaco. Widely considered one of the most prestigious automobile races in the world, the Formula One motor race is the pinnacle of glamour and sporting prowess. The very first race that took […]

Through the lense with…Xuejun Xia

Winner, Monochromal portfolio Travel Photographer of the Year 2015 You can buy this and other Travel Photographer of the Year prints online here. Profile Xuejun Xia is a photographer from China. His works are mainly focused on subjects in China and other Asian countries. He focuses on themes related to conflict and confusion of traditional culture during […]

The Scottish Boat Race

Saturday 21st May It is the second oldest University Boat Race in the United Kingdom after the Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race and the third oldest in the world. Another fierce university rivalry, The Scottish Boat Race sees Edinburgh take on Glasgow in the 139th race since its origins in 1877. Only two World Wars […]

Mille Miglia

Thursday 19th – Sunday 22nd May There is a saying that ‘fuel rather than blood flows through the veins of the people who come from Brecia’, and if you look back at the history of the Mille Miglia that certainly seems true. Between the years 1927 and 1957 the Mille Miglia took place twenty four […]

The French Open

Monday 16th May – Sunday 5th June The French Open, which is often referred to as Roland Garros, is named after the French Aviator Roland Garros. The tournament is held over two weeks at the Stade Roland Garros in Paris. It is the premier clay court tennis championship event in the world, and the second […]

The Grand National

Thursday 7th – Saturday 9th April The Grand National is perhaps one of the most well-known sporting events in the UK. A staggering quarter of the UK adult population are estimated to be betting on the Grand National this year, a testament to its ongoing popularity. Held annually at Aintree Racecourse in Liverpool, the race […]

Hong Kong Sevens

Friday 8th – Sunday 10th April From humble beginnings, the Hong Kong Sevens has become one of the premier events of its kind, as well as the most popular annual sporting event in Asia. In 1976 the Sevens had a total of 12 teams who competed in front of an audience of 3,000 people. Today […]

The Masters

Monday 4th – Sunday 10th April The Masters Tournament, or the US Master as it is often called, is a tournament steeped in tradition and history, and holds a special place in many golf fans hearts. As one of the four major championships in professional golf, the US Masters is an internationally acclaimed tournament which […]