Ebor racing festival
Come mid-August will see the famous and biggest yearly four day Ebor racing festival held at York Racecourse. The Ebor Festival is regarded as York Racecourse's flagship event and features the Juddmonte International, the Yorkshire Oaks, Nunthorpe Stakes and the Ebor Handicap.
Attracting race-goers from all over the UK and overseas, many attend the award winning grandstands and enjoy the superb course during one of the last major race meetings in the racing season.
Enjoy, relax and hopefully take in the sunshine watching the exciting, oldest, fastest and most famous of racing events. The Juddmonte International is the highlight of the opening day; it is ranked as the best race in the world by the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities. Ladies Day commences on the Thursday and this is the day where you will see plenty of hats, beautiful dresses and smart suits. The Nunthorpe Stakes is the fastest race of the season taking place on the Friday and finally to finish the week, the Betfred Ebor generates excitement as the most famous race in York, which takes place on the Saturday.
If you are looking for a lovely day out with friends and family then this is a great way to do it in style. With prices ranging from just £10 per day up to £182 for the duration of the event, the Ebor Festival should be marked in the diary.
York Book Fair
Mid-September will see the book fanatics attending the York Book Fair. The York Book Fair held at the Knavesmire Suite, York Racecourse has grown significantly over the years and is now the largest antiquarian and out of print book fair in the UK and Europe. Here you will find books over 500 years old, recently published works that can be reviewed and a whole lot more.
Tony Fothergill, who has managed the event for over 10 years explains: “We started in 1974 with about 20 dealers and it has gradually outgrown every venue we could find in York”.
The fair is open to anyone and of all ages with over 100,000 books for sale. It is the perfect place to start collecting. This year, the fair features over 200 dealers and has the largest ever number of exhibitors from all over the world, including America, Canada, France, Germany, Israel and Hong Kong to name but a few. There will be items for serious collectors as well as first time buyers, with prices ranging from a couple of pounds to tens of thousands of pounds.
You will have no problem reaching the venue, there is unlimited free parking, but if you’d prefer public transport then there is a free shuttle bus from the Railway Station to the fair every 20 minutes.
The Rugby World Cup
The Rugby world cup is a sought after event, attracting crowds from around the world. The nationwide tournament is being held this year, from the 18th September to the 31st October.
The Rugby World Cup was first held in 1987 and, just like the FIFA World Cup, is held every 4 years. It consists of 20 teams, playing in 48 matches, and this year is held in 13 packed venues up and down the United Kingdom. London is home to 3 of the games’ stadia, including the world famous Twickenham stadium, Olympic Stadium and Wembley Stadium.
Twickenham Stadium is located in the Borough of Richmond in South West London. It is the largest stadium in the world that is devoted to the sport of rugby union, and therefore the ideal location for the Rugby World Cup final match on 31st October.
The last time the UK had the honour to host this fantastic event was back in 1991. So, if you are travelling or if you are near London, this is truly an event not to be missed.
England were honoured to lift the trophy back in 2003 with Australia hosting. Now much closer to home, can they do it again on British soil?!
Notting Hill Carnival
Take to the streets on August Bank Holiday weekend and be part of one of London's biggest and best annual events in West London. Accessorise with flags, whistles and crazy hats to celebrate Europe's biggest street festival – the Notting Hill Carnival.
Bringing diversity to London, the Notting Hill Carnival remains true to its Caribbean roots. Attracting hundreds of thousands to London, the Carnival continues to grow in popularity and more than one million people attend over the Carnival weekend. With steel bands, Calypso music and a range of tempting food stalls serving the ‘dish of the day’ (jerk chicken and rice), it really is a great day out for all the family.
Along with the delicious aroma of smoking barbeques, also expect to see an array of colour as amazing floats and costumed performers parade through the streets. With the main parade on Bank Holiday Monday, the floats leave the streets in procession and many continue the festivities at the Notting Hill Carnival after-parties. The carnival is easily accessible by London public transport and is advised as the best way to travel. Allowing extra time for your journey is essential as a number of local tube stations are closed - so make sure to plan before you go.
Dance away to the blasting sound systems and enjoy the weekend joining in with the festivities, celebrating the long weekend Caribbean style.
Wimbledon, Strawberries & Cream
The end of June signifies the start of the Wimbledon Tennis Tournament; a highlight in the British sporting calendar and an ideal opportunity to eat fresh strawberries and cream!
Wimbledon is one of the world’s most prestigious and longest running tennis tournaments, with strong ties to the Royal family and enormous popularity amongst the rich and famous. The first game was held back in 1877 with certain traditions remaining in today’s game including players wearing white and serving on a grass court.
Easily accessible by public transportation, Wimbledon Tennis Tournament attracts crowds of around 500,000 spectators each year. It completes the annual Grand Slam, which comprises four tennis tournaments held in locations around the world.
Due to its popularity and fast ticket sales, Wimbledon has become renowned for its festival-like queuing, with people camping overnight to have the opportunity to buy tickets on the day.
Whether you have a seat on centre court, standing in the Wimbledon queue, or watching from the comfort of your home, this is a sporting event that shouldn’t be missed!
Sherlock Holmes Exhibition until April 2015
Sherlock Holmes is renowned as one of the most famous fictional detectives in the UK and the world, with numerous films and television series to his name.
Fans flock to Baker Street in London, where the famous front door to Sherlock's home is situated, and it remains a tourist hotspot. For over 60 years there hasn't been an exhibit for such an iconic fictional character, until now. The Museum of London has created a fantastic exhibit that will run from now until April 2015, so if you're visiting London it is definitely one to check out.
The exhibit gives you the opportunity to delve into the mind of creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle; finding out where the inspiration for the character came from. The exhibition is full of fascinating features, including original editions of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's novels and authentic Victorian artifacts. You will also learn of London's Victorian history, whilst getting the opportunity to walk the streets of London as a Victorian.
This exhibition is a great day out, and genuinely one for all the family, not to mention fans of Sherlock Holmes and those simply wanting to learn more about Victorian London. Make the journey down to The Museum of London and catch the event before it closes. You never know, you might have to wait another 60 years for the next one!
The Museum of London is open 7 days a week from 10am till 6pm.