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Bear Grylls Survival Academy: Adult Survival Course

Cowdray Estate, Midhurst

Course dates: March 17-18, April 7-8, September 15-16 and September 22-23

This intense 24-hour survival experience teaches life-saving skills and attitudes such as resourceful and calm under pressure. Students have no tent and limited food and water rations, with participants expected to source food and water from streams and pools. The Cowdray Estate was chosen as a location for its varied terrain, including dense woodland, a long stretch of the Rover Rother, lakes and steep difficult ground. Bear says, “I am super excited our Survival Academy is running at Cowdray. The courses on the estate are designed to be both challenging and empowering. They require courage, determination, positivity and a ‘never give up’ attitude.” Participants must be physically fit and active.

Visit beargryllssurvivalacademy.com or cowdray.co.uk.


Bear Grylls Survival Academy: Family Survival Course

Cowdray Estate, Midhurst

Course dates: April 21-22, May 5-6, June 9-10, June 23-24, July 14-15, August 4-5, August 11-12, August 18-19 and August 25-26

Designed to inspire fathers, sons, mothers and daughters, the 24-hour outdoor adventure is delivered by a range of instructors, handpicked by Bear Grylls, teaching a range of techniques. The Cowdray Estate was chosen as a location for its varied terrain, including dense woodland, a long stretch of the Rover Rother, lakes and steep difficult ground. Bear says, “I am super excited our Survival Academy is running at Cowdray. The courses on the estate are designed to be both challenging and empowering. They require courage, determination, positivity and a ‘never give up’ attitude.”

Visit beargryllssurvivalacademy.com or cowdray.co.uk.


The King Power Gold Cup for the British Open Polo Championship

Cowdray Park Polo Club, Easebourne, Midhurst

Tuesday June 26-Sunday July 22

Tickets £5-£80

The Gold Cup decides the British Open Polo Championship and is the world’s premier polo tournament at 22 goal (High Goal) level. It attracts international stars of the game to play on Cowdray Park’s famous Lawns. There are 40-plus high octane matches during the tournament, including the Midhurst Town Cup on Sunday July 1 and Argentine Ambassadors Cup on Sunday July 8. It culminates in the Quarter Finals weekend on Saturday and Sunday July 14 and 15, the Semi-Finals (considered by polo insiders to be the best day’s polo in the UK) on Wednesday July 18, and the Final of the King Power Gold Cup on Sunday July 22. It also includes the Final of the British Ladies Championship on Saturday July 21. Picture of Facu and Beimy tussling at last year’s Gold Cup final: ©Clive Bennett, www.polopictures.co.uk.

Phone 01730 813257 or visit cowdraypolo.co.uk.


Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup of Great Britain

The All England Jumping Course, Hickstead

Tuesday-Sunday July 24-29

Hickstead has hosted the BHS Royal International Horse Show, which uniquely sees the elite of many equestrian disciplines compete side by side, since 1992 and the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup of Great Britain is one of the biggest outdoor shows in the country. The international showjumping classes get underway from Thursday onwards, with the highlight of this day being the new-look MS Amlin Eventers’ Challenge, back at Hickstead by popular demand. Friday’s feature class is Longines BHS King George V Gold Cup, one of the oldest and most prestigious classes in the world. Saturday’s Queen Elizabeth II Cup is one of the most coveted titles in the national showjumping circuit, while Sunday’s grand finale is the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ of Great Britain. This historic competition sees teams of four riders competing to qualify for the series final in Barcelona, and it is the only chance British fans have to see their team compete on home soil. And don’t forget Ladies Day is on Saturday.

Phone 01273 834315 or visit hickstead.co.uk.


Goodwood Festival of Speed

Goodwood Motor Circuit, Chichester

Tuesday July 31-Saturday August 4

2018 is the 25th anniversary of the Festival of Speed so the theme this year is The Silver Jubilee. Now one of the world’s best-known celebration of motorsport and car culture, the festival will feature 25 favourite moments chosen by the Duke of Richmond from the first 25 events, his personal highlights that have been landmarks in the festival’s history. The festival will continue to remain faithful to its heritage by bringing together racers on two wheels and four on hill and forest rallies. The 2018 season also celebrates the 20th anniversary of Goodwood Road Racing Club. Picture: Drew Gibson.

Phone 01243 755073 or visit goodwood.com.


Qatar Goodwood Festival

Goodwood Racecourse, Selhurst Park Road, Chichester

Tuesday July 31-Saturday August 4

Popularly known as Glorious Goodwood, the Qatar Goodwood Festival is one of the largest and most glamorous race meetings in the world. One of the highlights of the flat racing season, it kicks off with the opening ceremony when the Group 1 Qatar Goodwood Cup takes centre stage on the course. On the second day, the mile-long Group 1 race the Qatar Sussex Stakes has prize money of £1million, attracting a world-class field. Ladies’ Day, on the third day, is the most glamorous day of the meeting and features the unique ladies celebrity race The Magnolia Cup. Ladies’ Day is followed by the £300,000 Group 2 Qatar King George Stakes on day four, plus other races. And on the final day, the Qatar Stewards Cup has one of the racing season’s biggest handicaps, with the finest sprinters dashing for the £250,000 prize. Picture: Dominic James.

Phone 01243 755072 or visit goodwood.com.


Festival of Racing

Brighton Racecourse, Freshfield Road, Brighton

Wednesday-Friday August 8-10

This three-day Festival of Racing at Brighton Racecourse, which is set high above the sea and overlooks Brighton and the surrounding countryside, features the exciting Brighton Mile, its richest race. Ladies Day is on Thursday and as well as seven races, there will also be entertainment, vintage bars and fabulous frocks. The Festival Finale on Friday includes a marquee package available to book in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust and local children’s charity Whoopsadaisy.

Phone 01273 603580 or visit brighton-racecourse.co.uk.


Summer Racing

Brighton Racecourse, Freshfield Road, Brighton

Tuesday August 21, first race 2pm, last race 5pm

Enjoy seven flat races at Brighton Racecourse, which is set high above the sea and overlooks Brighton and the surrounding countryside.

Phone 01273 603580 or visit brighton-racecourse.co.uk.


Ladies Evening

Fontwell Park Racecourse, Arundel Road, Fontwell, Arundel

Thursday August 23, first race 5pm, last race 8.30pm

Racing and music return for Ladies Evening, which features seven jump races followed by music from ABBA Revival. The day includes the Best Dressed competition with a top prize of £1,000. There’s a free shuttle bus from Barnham train station from 3pm until after the music.

Phone 01243 543335 or visit fontwellpark.co.uk.


South Coast Challenge

South Downs Way, Eastbourne

Saturday-Sunday August 25-26

Walk, jog or run the length of the South Downs Way in this year’s South Coast Challenge. With a choice of three distances 25km, 50km and 100km between Eastbourne and Arundel, athletes can witness some of southern England’s most fantastic countryside and scenery over the course of this 24-hour endurance challenge. Beachy Head, Seven Sisters and Devil’s Dyke are all just a couple of spectacular sections of the route that is ideal for beginner and expert endurance runners.

Visit southcoastchallenge.com.


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