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Reasons to visit Berkshire in summer 2022

May 31, 2022

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With its riverside villages and winding country lanes, Berkshire is beautiful at any time of the year. In summer the county comes alive with a host of exciting events. Here’s what we’re looking forward to most this year.

Henley Royal Regatta

First staged in 1839, Henley Royal Regatta is the world’s most famous boating extravaganza, attracting 300,000 well-heeled visitors every year. Cheer on Olympians and amateurs as they row in 300 races on the 1.6km/1 mile course on the River Thames, from Temple Island towards Henley-on-Thames. The Stewards’ Enclosure, near the finish line, has a formal dress code where ties, cravats and hats take centre stage – which is all part of the fun, of course. 

June 28 July 3

Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire RG9 2LY

Men on riverfront in blazers at Henley Royal Regatta
Courtesy of Henley Royal Regatta
Front of dress and cape Platinum Jubilee at Windsor Castle
Courtesy of Royal Collection Trust

Commemorating the Platinum Jubilee

To celebrate 70 years of HM The Queen’s reign, catch a rare glimpse of the coronation dress and ‘robe of estate’ she wore in 1953, in the ticketed exhibition Platinum Jubilee: The Queen’s Accession at Windsor Castle. The white duchesse satin dress, richly embroidered in a lattice-work effect, was designed by British couturier Sir Norman Hartnell. Look closely at the velvet train of the ‘robe of estate’,  embroidered with golden wheat ears and olive branches, designed by royal robe-makers Ede and Ravenscroft the oldest tailors in London. 

July 7 September 26

Windsor, Berkshire SL4 1NJ

Take in a chukka at Guards Polo Club

HRH Prince William regularly plays at Guards Polo Club in Windsor Great Park, which was founded by HRH Prince Philip in 1955. Europe’s largest polo club hosts some of the world’s leading polo players during the Talacrest Prince of Wales’ Championship Cup in August. It’s a heart-pounding experience as horses thunder past in the ‘sport of kings.’ Pack a picnic, don a sunhat and prepare for fast-paced action in the mid-week semi-final culminating with the final on the weekend. Advance bookings recommended. 

Semi-final: August 10
Final: August 14

Smith’s Lawn, Windsor, Egham, Surrey TW20 0HP

Talacrest Prince of Wales Championship Cup Final
Courtesy of Images of Polo
Salon Privé car
Courtesy of Salon Privé

Driven to distraction at Salon Privé

The UK’s most exclusive motor show returns to the South Lawn in the grounds of Sir Winston Churchill’s ancestral home, Blenheim Palace. Salon Privé showcases more than 1,000 rare, vintage cars and motorcycles, from Edwardian relics to classic racers. As well as browsing the exhibition, you can attend a Champagne reception or mingle over a three-course meal. Take your pick from the wrought iron Glass House, which overlooks the palace, or the Churchill Pavilion marquee, which becomes a starry affair filled with white floating lanterns after dusk. 

August 31 September 3

Woodstock, Oxfordshire OX20 1PP

A hole in one at Wentworth Golf Club

One of the highlights of the British summer, the annual men’s professional golf tournament, BMW PGA Championship, held at the 1,730-acre Wentworth Golf Club in Virginia Water, is part of the European Tour. Home to a former private residence dating back to 1805, the original Ryder Cup started here golf legends Rory McIlroy and Colin Montgomerie are past players and it’s celebrating its 100th year in 2022. Book a seat in the grandstand to watch golfing greats tee off on West Course, one of the ground’s three courses.

September 6 11

Wentworth Drive, Surrey GU25 4LS

Golf at sunset

From beautiful old towns to picturesque grounds and amazing golf courses, there’s so much to discover when you stay at Coworth Park. When the buzz of the city calls, London is only a 45-minute drive away.

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