In May is the start of a series of social occasions, events and shows traditionally known as the “Season”. It is quite an experience to enjoy when you come to live in the UK. From flowers to races, sport and arts, we give you a little overview of what happens every year from May to August – since … a long time.
RHS CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW – (MAY 21 TO 25, 2019)
Held in Chelsea since 1912, it is the most famous flower and landscape gardens show in the UK and perhaps in the world. The show is attended by members of the British Royal Family and attracts visitors from all continents.
It is the garden design equivalent of a catwalk at a fashion show.
THE RACES: THE DERBY AT EPSOM (JUNE 1, 2019) AND ROYAL ASCOT (JUNE 18 TO 22, 2019)
One of the highlights of the summer racing season, The Derby at Epsom racecourse attracts high society and a number of celebrities. It is considered one of the best flat race (a horse race with no jumps) in the world and the fashion is also just as important as the horses. The race prize will be worth at least £1.5million.
Glossy and glamorous, Royal Ascot grabs fashion headlines but also offers spectacular sport. It is Britain’s most valuable race meeting, attracting many of the world’s finest racehorses to compete for more than £7.3m in prize money.
This premier racing fixture gives both ladies and gentleman the opportunity to dress up in their finest formal attire. Aside from watching some of the best flat racing in the world, the spectacular hats will also provide entertainment. Stick with tradition and enjoy a picnic in the car park!
GLYNDEBOURNE OPERA FESTIVAL (MAY 18 TO AUGUST 25, 2019)
Glyndebourne is a famous opera house in East Sussex and has been the venue for the annual Glyndebourne Festival since 1934.
It combines wonderful, world-class opera with slightly batty picnicking in formal dress.
This year, the performances begin from the 18th of May and run throughout the summer.
ROYAL ACADEMY SUMMER EXHIBITION (JUNE 10 TO AUGUST 12, 2019)
The Summer Exhibition draws together works by internationally renowned artists, exciting new talents and first-time exhibitors. Each summer, the galleries are jam-packed with contemporary art made by artists from all walks of life. With over 1,000 works on display, you’ll see art you love, art you hate, art that leaves you thinking and art that simply puts a smile on your face.
As always, most of the art is for sale and purchases help raise money for the non-profit making areas of the Academy, including the Royal Academy Schools.
TENNIS TOURNAMENTS: THE FEEVER-TREE CHAMPIONSHIPS AT THE QUEEN’S CLUB (JUNE 17 TO 23, 2019) AND THE WIMBLEDON CHAMPIONSHIPS (JULY 1 TO 14, 2019)
The Fever-Tree Championships is an annual event on the men’s professional ATP World Tour. The tournament attracts the world's best players and since 1979, many iconic players and past Wimbledon champions have played at the Tournament. The grass courts have been described as “the best in the world” by former champions.
The 2019 Wimbledon Championships is a Grand Slam tennis tournament that is scheduled to take place at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in Wimbledon, London. Novak Djokovic and Angelique Kerber are the defending champions in the single competitions.
HENLEY ROYAL REGATTA (JULY 3 TO 7, 2019)
Henley Royal Regatta (Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire) is undoubtedly the best-known regatta in the world, it is held in high regard and with affection by rowers – both active and retired.
Founded in 1839, it is famous both as a great sporting event and as a social occasion. People travel from all over the world to attend, either as competitors or as spectators.
A knockout competition on one the few straight stretches on the River Thames that attracts some of the world’s top rowers. Up to 90 races a day early on in the week.