WISH AND A PRAYER ROYAL GRAND­STAND­ING WALK ART OF THE PAR­TY­ING LINE SAIL­ING BY

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So civilised, a day trip to the Isle of Wight dur­ing Cowes Week. Stay at the Pig in the Wall (dou­bles from £135, thep­igho­tel.com/in-the-wall) in Southamp­ton, min­utes from the Red Jet high-speed ferry to West Cowes (re­turn fare £25.60, red­fun­nel.co.uk). Watch races all day, then zoom back at sun­set. Lendy Cowes Week (Aug

4 to 11, lendy­cowesweek.co.uk).

Will the name of the Derby win­ner (usu­ally wrong) still ap­pear on the wish­ing well of the Amato pub, now that it’s been re­born as The Grumpy Mole at the Amato (the­grumpy­mole.co.uk/ep­som)? In­vestec Derby Fes­ti­val (June 1 and 2, ep­somderby.co.uk). Makes you proud to be Bri­tish, the daily dis­tri­bu­tion of world-class ten­nis tick­ets to those brav­ing The Queue at Wim­ble­don (Cen­tre Court tick­ets from £60). Do try Black’s Wim­ble­don-green tents and the Berghaus Tran­si­tion 300 sleep­ing bag that weirdly re­sem­bles a ten­nis ball. Wim­ble­don Cham­pi­onships (July 2 to 15, wim­ble­don. com/cham­pi­onships). How much do you bet that the Har­rys will be in the royal pro­ces­sion at this year’s Royal As­cot in Berk­shire? Scrub up (be­ware dress codes), book into an en­clo­sure for the finest royal lan­dau views, and make sure you are pre­pared to doff your hat as HMQ rolls by. Racing Breaks (rac­ing­breaks.com) of­fers Ladies’ Day pack­ages stay­ing at the Sir Christo­pher Wren Ho­tel in Wind­sor, with Wind­sor En­clo­sure tick­ets in­cluded, for £378 for two peo­ple. Royal As­cot (June 19 to 23, as­cot.co.uk). e ood uk. A cool £395 gets you into the glam June 6 Preview Party for the Royal Academy Sum­mer Ex­hi­bi­tion. Or pay a mod­est fee for one of the art world’s jol­liest shows, cu­rated by Grayson Perry. June 12 to Aug 19, adults £18, 16 to 18-year-olds £11, un­der-16s free (roy­ala­cademy.org.uk/ex­hi­bi­tion/sum­mer-ex­hi­bi­tion-2018). There are two ends to the Hen­ley Royal Re­gatta, which is still the most Ed­war­dian of English sum­mer sea­son events. Dress up for the en­clo­sures near the bridge or book a Hobbs river taxi ( from £10 adults, £5 chil­dren, hobb­sofhen­ley.com) to chunter 45 min­utes to the start be­side Tem­ple Is­land. Oh, and be­side the Barn Bar, an in­sti­tu­tion in its own right, free ex­cept on Satur­day (pre-book, £10). Hen­ley Royal Re­gatta (July 4 to 8, hrr.co.uk).

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