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In the summer months, there are hundreds of special events being staged around the UK, making this wonderful country an even more attractive holiday destination. It goes without saying that Britain is already home to some of the world’s finest landmarks and a rich heritage that dates back many centuries, so it’s always worth a visit. During the warmer season, it’s even more fascinating, and here are five events that help to show you why.
You don’t have to be a big fan or horse-racing to enjoy a day out on Epsom Downs. Derby Day is a tradition that dates back to the 18th century, and these days it attracts huge crowds. Usually held on the first Saturday in June, it provides the perfect opportunity to combine fresh air, beautiful views and the finest in sporting endeavour. The racecourse is located in the county of Surrey, to the south of London.
Goodwood Festival of Speed
Britain has always been seen as one of the most important countries in the history of motor-sport, and this hugely impressive event commemorates and celebrates the national obsession with fast cars. It’s held in the grounds of the famous Goodwood House, one of the nation’s finest country houses, in West Sussex. Although it was only founded as recently as 1993, the Festival of Speed quickly became a high point of the UK summer.
This annual celebration of music, mayhem and mud has been running for more than 40 years now, and it seems to become increasingly popular every time. Many of the world’s biggest names, including Stevie Wonder, U2, Paul McCartney, Coldplay and David Bowie, have appeared, and 2013 will undoubtedly once again feature an impressive line-up. The Festival takes place at Worthy Farm in Somerset.
Notting Hill Carnival
From humble beginnings in the late 1950s, the Notting Hill Carnival has evolved into one of the largest street festivals on the planet. These days, somewhere around a million people head to West London to enjoy a good time at the carnival every year. It’s held on the last weekend of August, and because the Monday is a national holiday it lasts for all three days of a long and happy weekend.
Although it’s often spoken about as a single entity, the Edinburgh Festival is actually a collection of several cultural and artistic festivals that take place in and around the Scottish capital during August. The original event has its roots in the 1940s, and these days separate arms of the festival cover theatre, opera, books, music, science and many other disciplines. The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the largest arts festival to be held anywhere in the world.
David Showell works for comparecarhire.co.uk and is a big fan of the British summer.
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