If you’re reading this, we assume you’re not bound for the World Cup in Brazil. But that doesn’t mean you need to miss out on a grandstand seat for one of the top sporting events taking place in the UK this summer…
We run through the hot tickets, from tennis at the Queen’s Club all the way through to the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles, taking in Wimbledon, the British Grand Prix and the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games along the way.
Glory awaits, but for who?
This Wimbledon warm-up is always a good barometer of how some of the top players are performing on grass. Defending champion Andy Murray will be up against the likes of top seed Stanislas Wawrinka, as well as Tomas Berdych, Jo Wilfried Tsonga and Lleyton Hewitt.
9 – 15 Jun: The Queen’s Club, London, website
Cricket: England v Sri Lanka
There are still tickets left for this month’s Test Series between England and Sri Lanka at Lord’s and Headingley, where Alastair Cook will be out for revenge after the controversial manner of their recent defeat in the one-day international series between the sides.
1st Test: 12 – 15 Jun, Lord’s Cricket Ground, London, website
2nd Test: 20 – 24 Jun, Headingley Stadium, Leeds
Horse racing: Royal Ascot
One of the most famous race meetings in the world, Royal Ascot attracts more than 300,000 over a week, including the Queen and several other racing fans among the royals. It’s almost as renowned for its fashion as its sporting pedigree, so make sure you dress to impress. General admission is £25, or you can gain access to the Grandstand for £65.
17 – 21 Jun: Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire, website
Can Andy do the unthinkable and make it back-to-back Wimbledon titles? With new coach Amelie Mauresmo in his corner, it will be interesting to see how the Scot performs on Centre Court, especially with Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic on top form. If you haven’t got tickets yet, you can still join the queue on the day (or more likely the night before). Alternatively, you can watch the action on the big screen and join in the atmosphere from nearby “Murray Mound” – but you’ll still need a ticket.
23 Jun – 6 Jul: Wimbledon, London, www.wimbledon.com
Athletics: British Championships
The country’s best athletes will gather at Birmingham’s Alexander Stadium as they battle it out for the honour of being crowned British champion.
27 – 29 Jun: Alexander Stadium, Birmingham, website
Motorsport: British Grand Prix
Revving up for a weekend of motorsport action, Silverstone welcomes back all the drama, glamour and exhaust fumes of Formula One at the start of July. And of course there will be plenty of British interest, with Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button speeding around the corners. There are a range of tickets on offer, from one-day entry to whole weekend packages.
4 – 6 Jul: Silverstone Circuit, Towcester, Northamptonshire, website
Cycling: Tour de France
Yes, the Tour de France does qualify for inclusion, because this year the first three stages will take place in England. British cycling fans can get a taste of the fast-paced action when Chris Froome & co zoom from Leeds to Harrogate (5 Jul), from York to Sheffield (6 Jul) and from Cambridge to London (7 Jul). All the info you need if you want to spectate is available on the official website, and there’s also the ongoing Yorkshire Festival in the run-up to the race.
5 – 7 Jul in the UK: www.letour.com
Cricket: England v India
England welcome more formidable opposition in July when India come to town. Sachin Tendulkar may have retired, but their side is full of quality and danger. It will be the first time India have played a five-Test series in England since 1959. The one-day internationals follow in late August and September.
1st Test: 9 – 13 Jul, Trent Bridge, Nottinghamshire, website
2nd Test: 17 – 21 Jul, Lord’s, London
3rd Test: 27 – 31 Jul, Ageas Bowl, Southampton
4th Test: 7 – 11 Aug, Old Trafford, Manchester
5th Test: 15 – 19 Aug: The Oval, London
Athletics: Glasgow Grand Prix
For the first time since 1968, Glasgow will host the Sainsbury’s Glasgow Grand Prix in July. Mo Farah and Christine Ohuruogu are set to be among the star names competing as the city gears up for Glasgow 2014.
11 – 12 Jul: Glasgow, website
Golf: The Open
While much of the attention will be on the Ryder Cup later in the year, The Open remains the most illustrious singles event in golf. Last year Phil Mickelson emerged with the Claret Jug, but can a Brit win it back in the run-up to the big Europe v USA face-off? Daily tickets to watch the action start at £15.
13 – 20 Jul: Royal Liverpool, Wirral, website
Commonwealth Games: Glasgow 2014
It’s a big year for Scotland. The independence referendum, the 700th anniversary of Bannockburn, the Commonwealth Games, the Ryder Cup (see below) – not to forget the Still Game reunion. The Glasgow 2014 Games will see the return of some of the big stars of London 2012, including Mo Farah, Usain Bolt and home-grown swimmer Michael Jamieson. While tickets have been selling well, it’s worth keeping an eye on the website for more releases. You can also follow the Queen’s Baton Relay as it makes its journey around the British Isles to Glasgow.
23 Jul – 3 Aug: Various venues, Glasgow, glasgow2014.com
Horse racing: Glorious Goodwood
If you missed out on Royal Ascot, there’s another chance to sample high fashion and horse racing at Glorious Goodwood, the five-day meeting at the Sussex racecourse. Tickets start at £40.
29 Jul – 2 Aug: Goodwood Racecourse, West Sussex, website
Football: Uefa Super Cup
It’s another all-Spanish affair as Champions League winners Real Madrid take on Uefa Cup champions Sevilla at Cardiff City Stadium. Expect plenty of noise and colour from the travelling fans, but tickets are also available for neutrals.
12 Aug: Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff, website
Golf: The Ryder Cup
Always one of the most nail-biting, exciting events in sport, the Ryder Cup is on home turf this year, as Gleneagles prepares to welcome the most elite golfers from Europe and the USA. The magnificent location is sure to play its part in a match-play tournament that’s always fiercely contested. The Match Day and Season Ticket ballot entry window has now closed, but tickets for Practice Days (23 – 25 Sep) are still available, if you want to soak up some of the (often heated) atmosphere.
26 – 28 Sep: PGA Centenary Course, Gleneagles, website