Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Things to do in London: Sport

Actually this is more about the sport that's going on around the time of the wedding. I've already covered football and our plans to go to a game on the Saturday after the wedding in another blog entry.

I know many of you coming to the wedding are cricket crazy, especially those from Germany and the States. Unfortunately the 5th one-day game between England and India of the season is actually on the day of the wedding, in Cardiff. Unfortunately you'll have to miss that. The 4th one-day game in London at Lord's, the world's best sport ground, takes place on the 11th. But you've more chance of winning the lottery than getting tickets. However, Lord's is the venue for the final of the domestic one-day game competition, Clydesdale Bank 40, which fortunately takes places on the 17th Sept. If you fancy going to a game of cricket, this would be a great opurtunity, as Lord's is a great place to experience sport.

I know a far few people coming to the wedding are racing fans. If you're here for a longer stay you may fancy going to Doncaster Racecourse for the St Leger on the Saturday before the wedding. Doncaster is in the north of England but only a short and direct train ride from London. The St Leger is one of England's five classic races - not as famous as some of the others, but still worth a visit. If you're only here for the weekend there is a full card on the Saturday after the wedding at Newmarket Racecourse near Cambridge, about 1hr 20 mins from London.

Rugby fans can get up early and watch some World Cup games on the Saturday morning on the tv and then go to a Aviva Premiership game later that afternoon. Harleqins play Gloucester at The Stoop in Twickenham, Wasps play Sale at Adams Park in High Wycombe.

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