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Dates for the Diary July 2014

Snapshot of Britian July 2014

Here at Laterlife we try and keep you informed about the month’s top events. Visiting major events can be such a memorable occasion and tickets can also be a great gift for relations or special friends. And for those of us who can’t attend, we can still enjoy aspects from the official websites and in the media.

This month we have picked out the major events that all offer great spectator opportunities for all.

July 8 to 13th 2014
RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show

At our age many of us can spend more time in our gardens; so to have the opportunity of visiting lots of superb professional garden displays in just one location can be very appealing. Even if we never reach this level of expertise, there are lots of ideas to take away that can work in normal gardens.

Water features are big this year and one garden, Ocean Spray, is a celebration of the canberries company’s wetland home. Another garden worth fighting the crowds for is Jon Wheatley’s Celebrating 50 Years of Britain in Bloom; a spectacular show covering the environment, horticulture and the community.

The RHS Invisible Garden will appeal to everyone, focussing on the tiny plants, fungi and invertebrates that lie hidden among our lovely every day flowers and plants or under the surface of a pond.

Turf sculptures are a brand new feature this year and the Inspiring Sculptures garden demonstrates how art and landscape can be cleverly linked for natural beauty.

Along with the key display gardens, there is so much more at Hampton Court this year. The Hands On stations are areas where you can try new skills under the watchful eye of real experts, including with poppies, floristry displays and garden design techniques.

The RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show is spread over 20 acres of parkland adjoining Henry VIII’s famous Hampton Court Palace, and plants are available to purchase direct from the beautiful gardens at the show.

You can buy your tickets online here
Or find out more by visiting the RHS website


July 10th to 12th 2014
The 50+ Show

The 50+ Show is Britain's biggest exhibition for the active over-50s. It is a fantastic day out for anyone who wants to make the most out of life and will send you home with enough new ideas to last you a lifetime.

Enjoy features such as: Have-a-go dancing, Gardening Q & A time, Money Matters session, Health checks, Financial tips & advice, Keep fit sessions, ABBA tribute duo, D-I-Y workshops, Las Vegas Showgirls, Fashion shows, Cookery demonstrations, Prize quiz, Climbing wall and Meet a celebrity each day!

Click here to register for free tickets, worth £10 or call the free ticket hotline on 01372 8409 63 or 68.


July 23rd to August 3rd
Commonwealth Games

When many of us were kids, in the 1950s and 1960s, these games were known as the British Empire and Commonwealth Games. The Empire bit has long been dropped but the popularity of the Commonwealth Games remains. Around 70 nations usually take part which include the 53 members of the Commonwealth plus British overseas territories and Crown dependencies.

The games include most of the Olympic sports and also additional sports that are particularly popular in the Commonwealth such as lawn bowls and netball.

If you have heard about the Queen’s Baton Relay and wondered what it is all about, this is part of the lead up to the Commonwealth Games and, reminiscent of the torch carrying relays for the London Olympics, involves 4,000 baton bearers joining the really in more than 400 communities across Scotland. If you live in Scotland, you can find out when the Baton is near you by visiting by clicking here.

I never quite know why official events need to have big mascots, but anyway for the Commonwealth Games Clyde is the official 2014 mascot.

Again reminiscent of the Olympics, the Commonwealth Games will have a fabulous opening ceremony; but a new angle is the Glasgow Games involvement with UNICEF. This ground breaking partnership has an aim to raise funds to improve the lives of children in every country of the Commonwealth. Spectators, athletes and the expected one billion viewers will all have a chance to make a donation via a text number and the fund raising activities will be assisted by international singing star Nicole Scherzinger and cycling legend Sir Chris Hoy among other celebrity names appearing at the opening ceremony. More information on the fund raising aspect of the games is at:

AS with all major events, there are lots of additional activities and events going on in conjunction with the games and most information can be found on the main website.

All tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis from the official Glasgow 2014 Ticketing website at or via the Ticketing Hotline on freephone 0800 458 2014.


17th - 20th July 2014
British Open Golf Championships
Royal Liverpool Golf Club

In our childhood the game of golf tended to be for the elite and more affluent. Not today. With public courses and a relaxation of certain regulations, today everyone can get involved in this popular activity. The sport also has a large following of non players who are nevertheless well informed and very enthusiastic.

The Open Championships are often referred to as simply the Open. It is the oldest of the four major championships that take place in professional golf and is the only one held outside America and Mexico. The others are the PGA Championship which is usually held earlier and the Masters and the US Open usually follow on later after the British Open. There is big prize money and the events attract the world’s leading players.

As with all major events, the Open is very well organised for spectators. Along with 21,000 public seats located around the course (free of charge of visitors at the course) there are also some grandstand seats at the 18th green which can be purchases in advance. There are large screens located at various greens and in the special tented village, many licensed catering spots and lots of other facilities to make a visit to the open a great day out.

Tickets can be bought in advance online here or more information can be found at



2nd - 6th July 2014
Henley Royal Regatta
Henley, Oxfordshire

Henley Royal Regatta is the best known regatta in the world and attracts thousands of visitors over a 5 day period. Set in picturesque surroundings on the River Thames, there are over 200 rowing races plus a host of activities on the river banks.

There are various ways to enjoy Henley; certainly tickets are available for the enclosed area of the river bank and inside here there are great facilities, both formal and more casual. But the rowing course is quite long and you can also pack a picnic and as long as you don’t mind being a little way away from the main action especially at the finish line, then there are some beautiful areas of river bank where you can camp down and enjoy a very British day out.

More information on

12th July 2014
British Speedway Grand Prix
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff

This offers loads of excitement and can be a good place to take older grandchildren for an evening of noise and action. The best riders in the world will be going at full throttle on their powerful 500 cc bikes which have no brakes or gears. Travelling at over 120 kph without breaks can offer some interesting action!

There’s a huge range of tickets available, visit



5th; 6th and 7th July 2014
2014 Tour de France

Recognised as the world’s greatest cycle race, the 2014 Tour de France will start in the centre of Leeds and then cover three stages in the UK before heading off to France.

At the very start, 22 teams of nine riders each will line up by Leeds Town Hall to set off in the Grand Départ for the first 190 kms stage. The route leaves the city and travels north where the riders will be tackling the climbs of the beautiful Yorkshire Dales and will then finish this section in Harrogate.

The second stage takes place the next day on 6th July and the group will leave from York and cover 198 kms on a hilly route before arriving in Sheffield.

The third stage, on the7th July, starts in Cambridge on Parker’s Piece, by Gonville Place. The riders then race through the historic city and past travel past the world famous colleges of St John's, Trinity and King's before leaving the city via Trumpington Road.

They then cover a fairly flat route to finish up in central London, passing the Tower of London and the Houses of Parliament before ending up in the Mall in St James’s Park at around 15.30 or 16.00.

On each stage, the routes are expected to be lined with thousands of spectators and the towns are all putting on numerous supporting events and activities.

On our research, we have found most of the websites pretty hopeless; they are generally overhyped with visuals but to find actual spectator information is challenging. The following site can be a good starting place to find out more about each stage; and also the various official websites for each town, ie has lots of information.

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