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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).