Oxford and Cambridge Boat Races, River Thames, from Putney to Mortlake, London. The 163rd Boat Race and 72nd Women’s Boat Race will both take place on the Championship Course. This is one of the world’s oldest sporting events and one of the few that is free. For further information visit: www.theboatraces.org .
Grand National Racing Festival, Aintree Racecourse, Ormskirk Road, Aintree, Liverpool L9 5AS. Passion, thrills and drama at this prestigious three-day event that culminates in the world-famous race that is one of the toughest of all tests for horses and jockeys. To 8th. Tel: 0344 579 3001.
Easter Egg Rolling, Avenham and Miller Parks, South Meadow Lane, Preston, Lancashire PR1 8JP. Traditional family event where eggs are rolled down a hill in the park. A popular Easter Bonnet competition is held and Lancashire food and drink will be on offer. Tel: 01772 903215.
Harrogate Spring Flower Show, Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG2 8NZ. One of the country’s most prestigious independent gardening events. Attractions include show gardens, a new Plant Pavilion, floral art marquee, cookery theatre and over 100 exhibitors with garden-related products, crafts and gifts. To 23rd. Tel: 01423 546157.
91st Birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
London Marathon, London, finishing at the Mall. Gruelling race that has been held annually since 1981. Many thousands of runners take part and large sums of money are raised for charity.