Written by Tom Clarke • Published 11th March 2020 • 4 minute read

In the UK we’re never short of live sport to keep us entertained, and 2020 is no different.

Liverpool are edging ever closer to their first-ever Premier League title, Lewis Hamilton is in pursuit of his 7th World Championship title, and Katarina Johnson-Thompson is just a few months away from challenging the gold from Tokyo 2020 (Coronavirus permitting) to name just a few.

But away from the mainstream sporting events this year has to offer, we wanted to raise the profile of some lesser-known events that are also taking place.

Royal Windsor Horse show; 13-17 May 

First staged in 1943 after Count Robert Orssich and Mr Geoffrey Cross were inspired by the ‘Wings for Victory’ campaign, the duo decided to set about organising a Horse and Dog Show in Windsor to help raise funds for the war.

It proved to be a great success, raising almost £400,000, enough to buy 78 Typhoon fighter aircrafts. The event was even attended by high profile members of the Royal Family including King George VI, Queen Elizabeth (the Queen Mother) and the then two young princesses, Elizabeth and Margaret.

Since its inception in 1943, the show has run every year, and has become the only show in the UK to host international competitions in Show Jumping, Dressage and Endurance and has truly become the must-attend event of the year for equestrian sport lovers.

Chestertons Polo in the Park; 5-7 June

Backed by Chesterton’s, one of the oldest firms of estate agents in the world. Chestertons Polo in the Park has become a firm fixture in London’s social calendar. The event provides an opportunity for world-class polo to take centre stage in the capital, whilst also providing a great socialising aspect in the picturesque Hurlingham Park.

The polo matches themselves have been set up in a unique, fast-paced format that makes one of the oldest equestrian sports around, easy for both newcomers and seasoned experts to follow.

So, if you’re a fan of Pimms, live music and can’t resist the dance floor, Chestertons Polo in the Park could be just the tonic you’re in need of.

Boodles Tennis; 23-27 June

Launched in 2002, Boodles has become one of the must-attend summer social gatherings of the year, giving guests the opportunity to mingle at close quarters with some of world tennis’ elite players.

Such an elegant event deserves an equally elegant venue, which in this case is exactly what Boodles Tennis has in Stoke Park. The immaculately kept and tranquil grounds of Stoke Park provide the perfect setting for the summer tournament.

Last year saw the likes of current world number one Novak Djokovic, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Grigor Dimitrov.

 

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Some highlights from Day 4 at #theboodles @stokepark

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Moet & Chandon July Festival at Newmarket; 9-11 July 

Events such as Royal Ascot, The Derby and Cheltenham Festival often monopolised the horse racing calendar, but the Moet & Chandon July Festival is ready to break that tradition.

If you’re a fan of world-class horse racing, fabulous fashion and musical entertainment this three-day event which includes both Ladies Day and Gentlemen’s Day could be the one for you.

 

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A love story in six parts ❤️

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Goodwood Revival; 11-13 September 

Are you ready to travel back in time? Since 1993 The Goodwood Festival of Speed is an annual hill climb featuring historic motor racing vehicles, showcasing the glamour of motor racing as it used to be.

Prepare yourself for vintage fashion, wheel-to-wheel racing around a classic circuit and an all-round great celebration.

This year at Goodwood Revival, they’ll be recreating the scenes of jubilation seen on 8 May 1945, with their VE Day commemorative celebrations. Get ready for a street party, static and airborne displays of WWII aircraft and a chance for spectators in period costume to celebrate on the grid.

 

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Some Porsche 356s to bless your timeline! #GoodwoodRevival 📸 @jayson.fong

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If you would like to talk about how we could raise awareness of your sporting event in the mainstream media, then get in touch with us today.