All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club, London The Championships, Wimbledon, commonly known simply as Wimbledon, is the oldest tennis tournament in the world, and is regarded by many as the most prestigious. VIP packages are organised exclusively through Keith Prowse, the tournament’s official hospitality partner. Those really wanting a piece of the action can organise dining at ‘The Players’ Tables’ – celebrity interactions in semi-private booths for 10-12 guests, including a four course á la carte menu by Albert Roux OBE and an afternoon tea.
HENLEY ROYAL REGATTA
Henley-on-Thames, UK Henley Royal Regatta is the best-known regatta in the world and a highlight of London’s summer sporting calendar and social season. The regatta attracts thousands of visitors over a five-day period with spectators thrilled by over 200 races of an international standard, which can include Olympic rowers as well as crews new to the event. In addition to watching the racing, visitors can take in the ambience of the enclosures, enjoying the array of restaurants, bars and shops available, as well as the charming views of Henley and the River Thames.
GOODWOOD FESTIVAL OF SPEED 2019
Goodwood House, United Kingdom Billed as the world’s greatest celebration of motorsport and car culture, the Festival of Speed is held in the beautiful parkland surrounding Goodwood House. The event is motorsport’s ‘ultimate summer garden party’, an intoxicating celebration of the world’s most glamorous sport, and nowhere else will you get so close to the cars and bikes as they blast up the Hillclimb track – and nowhere else will you enjoy such unrestricted access to the machines and the drivers who made them famous.
The Dunluce Course, Northern IrelandThe Open makes an historic return to Northern Ireland in 2019. Golf’s oldest and most international championship returns after 68 years with the world’s greatest players competing for the Claret Jug over the Dunluce Links at Portrush on what is sure to be one of the most memorable Championships. The Dunluce Links will provide a stern test of golf for the best players in the world. Originally designed by Harry Colt, the course is routed through the rugged links land and constantly changes in both direction and elevation.
Held annually in Bayreuth, Germany, performances take place in a specially designed theatre, the Bayreuth Festspielhaus, celebrating the works of Wagner, among others. It is notoriously difficult to get tickets since demand (estimated at 500,000) greatly exceeds supply (58,000 tickets), with a waiting time estimated to be from five to 10 years or more. The iconic Bayreuth Festival is also the story of a family. The festival’s management has been in the hands of the Wagner family since 1876.