The Social Season: Top Summer Events To Attend

By Emily Gray

Published: 19/05/2021

We’re back inside the restaurants and bars, staycations are on and holidays are sort of back. Now we’re getting ready for the return of the summer social season. Pimms, Champagne, strawberries, hospitality tents, pretending like you know the sport, voices on tannoys and people watching - how we’ve missed it. Here are 5 events we’re looking forward to this summer, restriction lifting going to plan!.. 

© Glyndebourne Productions Ltd: Sam Stephenson

Glyndebourne Festival: 20th May -29th August 

Tomorrow marks the start of the Glyndebourne Festival! From the 20th May until the 29th August opera fans can enjoy world class performances in the indoor auditorium. It’s a chance to not only dress up, because after all there’s only so long we can drag out lockdown looks but also to picnic in the idyllic gardens during the 90 minute interval. Performances this year include Verdi’s opera, Luisa Miller; Mozart’s Così fan tutte and Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde. All things going to plan with the lifting of restrictions, more tickets for July and August performances will be available on the 20th June - so set your reminders now!

Image: The London Concours

The London Concours 8th - 10th June

Taking place at the Honourable Artillery Company Headquarters, The London Concours presented by Montres Breguet is three days of the world's finest cars, we're talking classic cars, supercars, iconic designs and cars that should have made it but didn't. Add in some luxury retail and hospitality courtesy of Veuve Clicquot and Searcys and you have the perfect automotive summer garden party.

Moët & Chandon July Festival at Newmarket: 8th -10th July

Moët & Chandon July Festival at Newmarket is back and we can’t wait, three days of racing, fine food and of course, race day fashion. The pinnacle of the event is the Darley July Cup, the Group 1 Race is one of the most prestigious sprint races in the world and a brilliant race to watch. It’s often said that the horse that wins is the best sprinter in Europe.

© Henley Royal Regatta

Henley Royal Regatta: 11th -15th August 

Henley Royal Regatta is the best known regatta in the world, attracting crews across all levels from Olympic rowers through to novices. For the spectators it’s a chance to not only get wrapped up in the thrill of rowing but also to while away (hopefully) hot sunny days with glasses of Champagne and Pimms, taking in the setting and, as with any social event, people watch, you don't need to your

RHS Chelsea Flower Show: 21st -26th September 

Whether you became a fully fledged gardener during lockdown or you’re just proud that you managed to keep your house plant alive, making the most of our gardens and greenery became even more important to us last year, which is why we’re so excited that the RHS Chelsea Flower show is back this year. For the first time ever, the annual event will be taking place in autumn (late, late summer for the purpose of this article) which will alter the look and design of many of the show’s exhibits. It’s a chance for the gardeners to make the most of the autumnal palettes and flowering plants.

Headline Image: © Glyndebourne Productions Ltd, James Bellorini