As we approach the solstice, the British summer social calendar is in full swing. Here are some highlights for the coming week…

Royal Ascot

Royal procession on the opening day of Royal Ascot
The Royal procession on the opening day of Royal Ascot

18 – 22 June
Royal Ascot brings together the very best of fashion, style, sport and entertainment. It is one of the highlights of the flat racing calendar. Steeped in tradition, heritage and pageantry, Royal Ascot dates back 300 years.

Tuesday 18th June 2019: As Britain’s most valuable race meeting, attracting many of the world’s finest racehorses to compete for millions of pounds in prize money, Royal Ascot is anticipated and revered the world over. 

Whether it’s the arrival of the Royal Procession at 2pm sharp, six world-class races throughout the afternoon or the communal singing around Ascot’s Bandstand early evening, each of the five days in June is a whirlwind of excitement and colour.

On Wednesday the feature race is the Group 1 Prince of Wales’s Stakes. While Thursday is vibrant, celebratory and steeped in tradition being the home of the famed Gold Cup. As the showpiece event of Royal Ascot week, it is the world’s premier race for horses that are specialists over long distances.

Friday revolves around six top-class races including two world-class Group 1, a Group 2, Group 3 and two competitive handicap races.

Saturday is the final day, and as it falls on a weekend, understandably the atmosphere is more relaxed, however, there is certainly no let-up when it comes to the quality of the racing. The highlight of the day is the Group 1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes, one of the world’s great international sprint races.

Tel: 0344 346 3000

The Art & Antiques Fair Olympia

The Art & Antiques Fair at Olympia
The Art & Antiques Fair at Olympia

20 – 28 June at Olympia National, London
The capital’s longest running art and antiques event, is set to return for a 47th year this summer. 160 leading British and international art galleries and antique dealers will come to London for an even longer run

Queen’s Club Championships

The Queen's Club Championships, West Kensington
The Queen’s Club Championships, West Kensington

17 – 23 June
The Queen’s Club Championships – the annual tournament held on grass courts at the Queen’s Club in West Kensington, will see Andy Murray competing in the doubles alongside Feliciano Lopez.
Tel: 0844 209 7356

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.

The magazine can be viewed HERE. And If you would like to add your your name to our email list and receive a free copy every month, simply complete the reader response form HERE. an there is also the chance to enter our prizedraw for a chance to win a bottle of Surrey Hills Gin.

Premier Magazine's 'Summer Events Diary' covers all the highlights from May until September
Premier Magazine’s ‘Summer Events Diary’ covers all the highlights from May right through until September