Be it riverside or trackside, these are some of this weekend’s most exciting events, bringing the best of classic British summertime to your social calendar; Niamh Kealey presents some ideas.

Sundown at Henley Festival
Sundown at Henley Festival

Riverside Glamour at Henley Festival

10 – 14 July

As the UK’s only black-tie festival, Henley Festival is glamour personified. It offers Michelin starred food, award-winning comedians and critically acclaimed artists. Because of its riverside setting many festival goers arrive by boat, and the green lawns of the festival are transformed into a Great Gatsby vision of British Summertime. Performing on the festival’s iconic Floating Stage, this year’s headliners are: Boy George, Tom Odell, Jessie J, BJÖRN AGAIN and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Tel: 01491 843 400
Mill Meadows, Henley-on-Thames, Oxon RG9 1BF

Trackside at New Market Racecourse
Trackside at New Market Racecourse

A Day at the Races at The Moët & Chandon July Festival

11 – 13 July

Experience world-class horse racing, including Europe’s leading sprint race, the prestigious Darley July Cup at Newmarket Racecourses this weekend in partnership with Lord’s Taverners charity. Running Thursday to Saturday, this year’s races will be accompanied by some incredible entertainment from the likes of Radio 1 DJ Nick Grimshaw and Duke, as well as the Moët & Chandon white party, new for this July. 

New Market racecourses, Suffolk
[email protected]/newmarket

F1 Grand Prix Hospitality
F1 Grand Prix Hospitality

Speed Meets Style with the 2019 Formula 1 Rolex British Grand Prix

12 – 14 July

Experience the thrill of Formula 1 at one of the largest sporting events in the UK, combined with delectable cuisine and performances from outstanding acts such as Razorlight and Craig David. For the best views of the track, helicopter flights are available to purchase, to absorb the excitement from above, or alternatively a range of hospitality packages to make the most of this spectacular event in style.

Silverstone Circuit, Towcester, Northamptonshire, NN12 8TN
Tel: 0844 3728 300

Unique Architecture at The Lightbox
Unique Architecture at The Lightbox

Celebrate English Art: The Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours

13 July – 10 October

Celebrate the classically English art of watercolour, from one of the most highly regarded and respected societies – with Her Majesty the Queen as Patron and HRH Prince of Wales as an Honorary Member. The exhibition showcases contemporary style, incorporating a diverse range of styles and techniques in innovative works, available for purchase.

The Lightbox, Chobham Road, Woking, Surrey, GU21 4AA
Tel: 01483 737800

Classic Boats on Show at British Classic Week
Classic Boats on Show

Panerai British Classic Week for the Classic Enthusiast

13 – 20 July

This event is the premier classic yacht regatta in the UK. It has been held every year since the America’s Cup Jubilee in 2001 and not only attracts entries from Britain but also regularly from Europe, and in 2016 & 2017, from Australia and New Zealand. The regatta is an occasion for classic boat enthusiasts to enjoy good racing and to spend time with other sailors who share the same appreciation of classics. Perfect entertainment for the British Summertime.

The Solent

Budding Talent at The Royal Ballet School
Budding Talent at The Royal Ballet School

The Royal Ballet School present their Stunning Summer Performance 2019

14 July

The annual summer performance which reveals the rising talent within the Royal Ballet School returns to the Royal Opera House this weekend. From dancers as young as 11 to those graduates launching into their professional careers, the showcase of this stunning art form is one of beauty and expression. 

Royal Opera House, Bow St, London, WC2E 9DD
Tel: 020 7304 4000

For more of those quintessentially British summer events…

Premier Magazine’s summer edition is packed highlights from the British summer social calendar, plus suggestions for what not to miss in the culturally for the season in Surrey & Berkshire.

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