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Britain has a host of world-class sporting events tucked under it's belt. If you're a motorsport freak or a watersport addict, some of the finest sports can be found in Britain. We take a look at some of the top British sporting events that take place each year.
Britain has a host of world-class sporting events tucked under it's belt. If you're a motorsport freak or a watersport addict, some of the finest sports can be found in Britain.
We've compiled a list of the top sports events that Britain has to offer, from The F1 British Grand Prix to the FA Cup Final and the Masters Snooker Tournament to the British Open Golf Championship, so there's an event for sports fans of all tastes.
The F1 British Grand Prix
Racing action and pure motorsport adrenaline
A major race in the FIA Formula One World Championship, The British Grand Prix takes place at Silverstone Circuit, and is the oldest continuously staged F1 race in the world.
With plenty of British drivers winning at this prestigious event in the motorsport calendar, including Lewis Hamilton, Damon Hill, David Coulthard and Nigel Mansell, the weekend's action guarantees to thrill and excite motorsport enthusiasts and F1 fans. Why not use BritEvents to compare tickets for the F1 British Grand Prix
The Open Championship Golf
Often referred to as the British Open, this major golf championship is played on the weekend of the third Friday in July each year. The Open takes place on one of nine Scottish or English links courses, with an annual prize fund of 4.2 million, with 750,000 being awarded to the winner.
First played in 1860 at Prestwick Golf Club in Scotland, there are numerous trophies and medals that are awarded during The Open Championship, including the Claret Jug, Ryle Memorial Medal, and Braid Taylor medal.
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Cartier International Polo
Bringing together the world's finest polo players and royalty
The most famous polo day in the world, the Cartier International Polo event brings together the world's finest polo players, as well as attracting royalty and celebrities and over 25,000 members of the pubic.
Spectators can enjoy the highs and the lows of the polo players as they gallop across the pitch, turn on a sixpence, and ride each other off for that important goal. The event culminates with The Presentation Ceremony which includes The Cartier award for the most outstanding player, and The Cadenza trophy for the owner of the best playing pony.
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One of the most prestigious tournaments in the snooker calendar, the Masters Snooker event brings together top ranked players including Ronnie O'Sullivan, Stephen Maguire, Shaun Murphy, John Higgins, Allister Carter, Peter Ebdon and Stephen Hendry to battle it out for the Masters Snooker title.
Only the World Championship pays out more prize money than the Masters Snooker event, and although it's not a ranking event, it's considered by many professional snooker players to be one of the most important in their calendar.
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FA Cup Final
The pinnacle of the football season, the FA (Football Association) Cup Final is the ultimate prize in English football, and is the culmination of a knockout competition between football clubs in the FA. Current FA Cup holders Chelsea are expected to do well in the tournament, as are top-flight English clubs Manchester United, Arsenal, and Liverpool FC.
With the FA Cup Final played at Wembley Stadium in London, the event attracts massive audiences, both at the stadium and on television, the event is just one of ten events that are reserved for live broadcast on UK terrestrial television. Tickets for the event sell out fast, and can exchange hands for many times their original face value.
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Wimbledon Tennis Championships
The oldest and most prestigious tennis tournament in the world
The Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships is the oldest tennis tournament in the world, and considered the most prestigious in the sport. Taking place over two weeks in late June and early July, it is included in the four Grand Slam tournaments in tennis, and the only tournament that is still played on grass.
Spectators at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships are treated to world-class tennis by top sportsmen and women, including Andy Murray, Britain's favourite, Roger Federer and Serena Williams amongst others. The new rectractable roof was built in time for the 2009 championship to ensure that the typically British rain does not stop play. Applications for tickets always exceed the amount that are available, and applicants are chosen at random for this prestigious event. However, the tournament is the only grand slam event where fans can queue up and get access to some 500 allotted tickets for the events, although it is not uncommon to queue up overnight to secure these tickets.
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Grand National Horse Racing
One of Britain's most famous horse racing events, The Grand National is held each year in early April at Aintree Racecourse in Liverpool. Run over a distance of 4 miles 856 yards, there are thirty fences that horses are required to jump.
Total prize money on offer for The Grand National winners totals 900,000 (2009 prize fund). Notorious for the unforgiving fences such as Becher's Brook and the Chair, the sometimes controversial event attracts a worldwide audience of over 600 million viewers, and is one of just ten events that is reserved for live broadcast on UK terrestrial television.
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Spectators can enjoy first class hospitality at the Henley Royal Regatta
Held every year on the River Thames in Henley-on-Thames, the Henley Royal Regatta takes place over five days over the first weekend each year in July. Attracting international racing crews, the race covers a 1 mile 550 yard stretch of the Thames river in a series of head-to-head knockout races, with the main event being the Grand Challenge Cup for Men's Eights.
Racing begins at Temple Island, where two crews go head to head on either the 'Bucks' (Buckinghamshire) or 'Berks' (Berkshire) side of the river, with the finishing line upstream at Henley Bridge. Spectators watching the Henley Regatta can watch the racing action at numerous locations along the banks of the River Thames, although viewing opportunities at the Bucks side can be limited to invitation only in some areas. The regatta prizegiving ceremony takes place at the Stewards Enclosure following the last race on Sunday.
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The longest-running regular regatta in the world, Cowes Week originally started way back in 1826. Held each year on the Solent, the stretch of sea between England and the Isle of Wight, the event takes place at the beginning of August, although this can change slightly according to the tide.
With over 8,500 competitors taking place in numerous races over the racing calendar, the Solent becomes a mass of boats of all classes as competitors take to their boats and yachts. Over 100,000 spectators attend Cowes Week, especially for the onshore events that take place, including parties, live music, and festivals that accompany the event, which culminates with a spectacular fireworks display.
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