The Social Calendar

JANUARY

  • Race meetings are held at Newmarket, Gatwick, Windsor and elsewhere
  • Pheasant shooting closes at the end of the month

FEBRUARY

  • Sandown Park races in Surrey
  • Quorn Hunt in Leicestershire
  • The Waterloo Cup–the premiere event of the hare-coursing year

MARCH

  • The Grand National, the most valuable National Hunt horse race in the world

APRIL

  • Parliament adjourns for Whitsuntide

MAY

  • Private View at the Royal Academy, the traditional starting signal of the London season
  • Court drawing rooms
  • First night of Covent Garden’s opera season

JUNE

  • The Derby
  • The Fourth of June at Eton
  • Ascot Week
  • Fete & gymkhana at the Ranelagh Club

JULY

  • Cricket matches at Lord’s; Harrow vs Eton, Oxford vs Cambridge
  • Henley
  • Goodwood race-meeting

AUGUST

  • Cowes week
  • Glorious Twelfth, grouse hunting on the moors of Scotland
  • Stag-hunting season begins in Devon

SEPTEMBER

  • Partridge season begins
  • Scottish social season in Edinburgh
  • Cubbing begins with the Beadle Hounds

OCTOBER

  • Cubbing in Ireland
  • Aristocratic weddings in London

NOVEMBER

  • Hunting season begins
  • Country Ball season

DECEMBER

  • Christmas in the country
  • Boxing Day
  • Twelfth Night celebrations
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