A nfield in Liverpool on a Saturday afternoon is my happy place, though other souls might opt for Old Trafford (Manchester United), the Emirates (Arsenal) or even John Smith’s/Kirklees stadium in Huddersfield (we’re looking at you, Sunwing COO Andrew Dawson!). To sure, taking in a soccer game in the U.K. is a cultural experience extraordinaire.    

But there’s plenty to do beyond watching footy (or rugby, for that matter) in the UK. Each year, Britain hosts a wide variety of major sporting events, from golf to cricket and beyond. Here’s a look at some of the major events in 2019 for whom the starter’s whistle will toll.

2019 is the year the following championships will take place:

RBS 6 NATIONS RUGBY UNION, across Britain (starts 23 February)
England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland join France and Italy in the clash of the rugby greats.
https://www.sixnationsrugby.com

EUROPEAN ATHLETICS INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS, Glasgow, Scotland (1 – 3 March)
Glasgow will welcome more than 600 athletes from 50 nations to the tracks at the city’s Emirates Arena for the 35th European Athletics Indoor Championships.
https://glasgow2019athletics.com/

GYMNASTICS WORLD CUP, Birmingham, central England (23 March)
Held at Birmingham’s Genting Arena in March, gymnasts from across the globe will compete to win the prestigious title.
https://www.gymnasticsworldcup.co.uk/

GRAND NATIONAL HORSE RACING AINTREE, Liverpool (6 April)
A banner day for Horse Racing 10 of thousands of fans will spend millions of pounds on the race.
https://www.randoxhealthgrandnational.co.uk/#oSayojHM1eDYIPOb.97

LONDON MARATHON (28 April)
Approximately 40,000 runners will hit the streets of London taking on the 26.2-mile distance. Mo Farah returns after his third-placed finish in 2018.
https://www.virginmoneylondonmarathon.com/en-gb/

ICC CRICKET WORLD CUP (30 May – 15 July)
This will be the 12th Cricket World Cup competition and, for the fifth time, will be held in England and Wales.
https://www.cricketworldcup.com/

DRAGON RIDE L’ETAPE WALES (9 June)
Dragon Ride L’Etape Wales by Le Tour de France is one of the most iconic sportives in the UK and offers an inspiring Tour de France riding experience to UK cyclists.
https://bit.ly/2HzP77g

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL, London (29 – 30 June)
The first-ever Major League Baseball games to be held in Europe, the London Stadium in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park will host the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox.
https://www.mlb.com/london-series

WIMBLEDON, London 1-14 July
You don’t need to be a tennis enthusiast to now that this is the Holy Grail of the game both for players and spectators. If you’re willing to join the early morning queue for tickets – it’s worth the wait. Go and enjoy an afternoon of fabulous tennis along with your strawberries and cream.
https://www.wimbledon.com/index.html

BRITISH GRAND PRIX Silverstone (14 July)
Can Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton, the reigning Formula 1 world champion, win in front of his home crowd in the 2019 British GP?
https://www.silverstone.co.uk/events/2019-formula-1-british-grand-prix/

THE BRITISH OPEN, Royal Portrush Golf Club, County Antrim, Northern Ireland(14 – 21 july)
Golf’s best players go to Northern Ireland for the 148th Open and look to win the Claret Jug - golf’s most treasured trophy.
https://www.theopen.com/

NETBALL WORLD CUP, Liverpool, north-west England (12 – 21 July)
England Netball and the City of Liverpool will host the 2019 Netball World Cup at ACC Liverpool.
https://www.nwc2019.co.uk/

THE ASHES: England vs. Australia, Edgbaston, Headingley, Old Trafford, The Oval August & September
England will play matches at home against Pakistan and Ireland in 2019 but the real highlight will be the Ashes Test series against Australia.
https://bit.ly/2LhXPIx

SOLHEIM CUP, Gleneagles, Scotland (9 – 15 September)
The Solheim Cup is the biggest event in women’s golf and more than 100,000 spectators are expected to attend from across the globe.
https://solheimcup2019.com/

UCI ROAD WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS, Yorkshire, north England (22 – 29 September)
One of the world’s most prestigious professional cycling events, the UCI Road World Championships will see 1,000 riders from 75 different countries complete in 12 races over eight days.
https://worlds.yorkshire.com/

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