Top events for the country gent in 2019
EVENTS: QUEEN & COUNTRY
Q&C have carefully selected the top events for the country gent to attend this year. From world class horse displays to the best Regatta in the land, you’ll be set for a summer filled with country pursuits and stylish encounters.
Badminton Horse Trials (1st May - 5th May)
The event is the World’s premier horse trials, hosted annually in the grounds of the Badminton Estate in South Gloucestershire (UK). With over 500 trade stands and many hospitality options to peruse at your leisure over the long weekend, you won’t be short of anything horse originated to keep you occupied.
The event is broken up into two parts: Commencing with Dressage on the Thursday and Friday, carrying over in style with the Cross Country phase on the Saturday. Sunday holds the culmination of the competition and brings the Show Jumping test over knock down arena jumps.
This stylish equine event is perfect for couples and horse enthusiasts alike, families and dogs. Trot on over to Badminton this May and don’t forget your tweeds!
Devon County Show (16th May - 19th May)
This nationally renowned country show is one of the South West’s top agricultural shows, attracting the industries top livestock exhibitors from local areas and further afield.
The Livestock owners and local food producers come together to compete for highly desired prizes, and there are plenty of agricultural delights on offer to sample.
Like many of the famous County Show’s there are numerous eye catching trade stands for you to take in including; finest food, unique shopping experiences and the best of countryside pursuits, and don’t forget that there are plenty of chances to get up close to the amazing farm animals and rare breeds from all over.
The Royal Highland Show (20th June - 23rd June)
This famous Scottish Agricultural show - founded in 1784, is a four-day spectacle and the highlight of the country calendar for the Scottish Highlands and beyond. With over 1,000 trade exhibitors, 2,150 livestock competitors and plenty of animals to keep the eyes nourished you won’t be short of anything agricultural to see and do.
Amongst this busy arena you can take in; world class equine sports, countryside activities and agricultural workshops.
This is a truly exciting weekend to attend, with the farming lifestyle events accompanied by a plethora of music scheduled and entertainment too. Grab your friends or a new hot date and take in this Countryside spectacle.
Henley Regatta (3rd July - 7th July)
The world’s favourite and most profound regatta - Henley is a must for your calendar and one where you can embrace the finer things in life; from picking a fine summer suit to wear, to socialising with friends whilst having a picnic on the Berkshire banks and viewing this top summer event of the year.
The Regatta is held over long weekend of five days, hosting 200 rowing races of international standard with Olympians rowers and newcomers.
With all this sensational action there are also an array of classy restaurants and bars to keep you on top of your social game. As the afternoon sun descends on the Regatta, you can grab some strawberries and cream, then maybe a cocktail or two which you can order up along the Buckinghamshire Bank, whilst listening to the live music that will get you in the party mood as the evening dawns.
The Cotswolds Show (13th July - 14th July)
Now one of the most popular events in the regional country calendar, the Cotswolds Show is a must attend this July. This two-day event hosts hundreds of attractions sprawled across one hundred acres of land set in the beautiful Cirencester Park.
As part of this wondrous weekend the show has its own food festival which has been proving an ever-growing success year on year, with everything from the latest in food trends to good old fine baking and local produce, you are bound to want to fill your shopping bags.
It’s a dog friendly site and there is bespoke accommodation in the area to cater for your furry friends too. If you are more of the outdoorsy type there are also a whole host of camping sites offering very competitive prices for the event.
Fancy something a bit more up market and an opportunity to explore more of the Cotswolds whilst in the area? Then you’re in luck - there are many a recommended place to stay in terms of holiday homes, cottages and hotels in this affluent area.
The Game Fair 2019 (26th July - 28th July)
Set in the blissful countryside of Hertfordshire, Hatfield House hosts the annual Game Fair, also known as the festival of the Great British Countryside. Many a country enthusiast flock to this weekend extravaganza, to take in an array of country pursuits whilst one can enjoy a vast selection of food and drink choices. From Archery to a cookery lessons in a Kitchen theatre you can learn new skills and keep active.
After all that hard work you may want to do some shopping in the big brands village. After all who doesn’t like a bit of retail therapy? If all that wasn’t enough, you may have time to squeeze in the Game Fair Gardens - The largest Show Gardens ever attempted. The Lord and Lady Salisbury estate at Hatfield House will be the backdrop for the event and yet once more they have an ambitious plan in place, with the estate pulling together themed gardens reflecting the passions and interests of the Fair. One is certainly going to be wowed from start to finish.
The Royal Berkshire Show (21st September - 22nd September)
What a perfect ending to the show jumping equine season and all things country, than the spectacle that is the Royal Berkshire Show. The shows featured attractions are of the most desired within the agricultural industry and are widely anticipated by the punters that flock to the event. There are quirky breeds of farm animals to love, equine competitions, food and crafts, a flower tent with a whole host of varieties to please the crowd, and a bespoke country area hosting a selection of rural working crafts, and a timetable packed full of stimulating performances. There are so many opportunities to educate oneself about Great British farming at this pinnacle event and why the industry is so important: take in an array of farming demos, and a variety of hands-on activities. It’s all for the taking!