Sporting and social events 2020

A summary of the key sporting and social events taking place throughout the year.

Key events in 2020

  • 1 New Year’s Day
    2 New Year Holiday (Scotland)
    3 Cricket – 2nd Test, South Africa v England, Cape Town (until 7th January)
    15 Salmon fishing season opens (River Tay)
    16 Cricket – 3rd Test, South Africa v England, Port Elizabeth (until 20th January)
    20 Tennis – Australian Open, Melbourne (until 2nd February)
    24 Cycling – National Track Championships, Manchester (until 26th January)
    25 Burns Night
    25 Cricket – 4th Test, South Africa v England, Johannesburg (until 28th January)
    25 Chinese New Year (Year of the Rat)
    31 Common Snipe, Plover, Moorhen, Woodcock, Duck and Goose season closes (England, Scotland and Wales)

  • 1 Pheasant and Partridge season closes (England, Scotland and Wales)
    1 Rugby – Six Nations – Wales v Italy, Cardiff
    1 Rugby – Six Nations – Ireland v Scotland, Dublin
    2 Rugby – Six Nations – France v England, Paris
    8 Rugby – Six Nations – Ireland v Wales, Dublin
    8 Rugby – Six Nations – Scotland v England, Edinburgh
    9 Rugby – Six Nations – France v Italy, Paris
    14 St. Valentine's Day
    14 London Fashion Week (until 18th February)
    21 Cricket – ICC Women’s World Cup T20, Australia (until 8th March)
    22 Rugby – Six Nations – Italy v Scotland, Rome
    22 Rugby – Six Nations – Wales v France, Cardiff
    23 Rugby – Six Nations – England v Ireland, Twickenham
    25 Shrove Tuesday
    26 Ash Wednesday
    26 Cycling – UCI World Track Championships, Berlin (until 1st March)
    29 Leap Day

  • 1 St. David's Day
    1 Football – EFL Carabao Cup Final, Wembley Stadium, London
    5 Crufts, NEC, Birmingham (until 7th March)
    6 Racing – Grand Military Gold Cup, Sandown Park, Esher
    7 Rugby – Six Nations – Ireland v Italy, Dublin
    7 Rugby – Six Nations – England v Wales, Twickenham
    8 Rugby – Six Nations – Scotland v France, Edinburgh
    8 International Women's Day
    9 Holi, Festival of Colour
    9 Commonwealth Day
    10 Racing – Cheltenham National Hunt Festival (until 13th March)
    12 Affordable Art Fair, Battersea (until 15th March)
    13 Racing – Cheltenham Gold Cup
    14 Rugby – Six Nations – Wales v Scotland, Cardiff
    14 Rugby – Six Nations – Italy v England, Rome
    14 Rugby – Six Nations – France v Ireland, Paris
    15 Brown Trout fishing season opens (River Test)
    15 F1 – Australian Grand Prix, Melbourne
    17 St. Patrick’s Day (Holiday N. Ireland)
    18 Cricket – 1st Test, Sri Lanka v England, Galle (until 23rd March)
    20 Spring begins
    21 Rowing – Head of the River Race, London
    22 Mothering Sunday
    27 Ideal Home Show, Olympia (until 13th April)
    27 Cricket – 2nd Test – Sri Lanka v England, Colombo (until 31st March)
    28 Gymnastics – World Cup, Birmingham
    29 British Summer Time begins (clocks go forward)
    29 Rowing – Oxford v Cambridge Boat Race

  • 1 All Fool's Day
    4 Racing – Grand National Day, Aintree
    5 Palm Sunday
    8 Passover (until 16th April)
    9 Maundy Thursday
    9 Golf – The Masters, Augusta (until 12th April)
    10 Good Friday
    12 Easter Sunday
    13 Easter Monday
    17 Racing – Scottish Grand National, Ayr (until 18th April)
    18 Snooker – World Championships, The Crucible, Sheffield (until 4th May)
    21 HM Queen Elizabeth II born (1926)
    22 Racing – Investec Spring Meeting, Epsom Downs
    23 St. George's Day
    23 Ramadan begins (until 23rd May)
    26 London Marathon
    30 The Affordable Art Fair, Hampstead Heath (until 3rd May)

  • 2 Rugby – Army v Navy Babcock Trophy, Twickenham
    2 Racing – 2000 Guineas, Newmarket
    3 F1 – Dutch Grand Prix, Zandvoort
    3 Racing – 1000 Guineas, Newmarket
    6 Badminton Horse Trials (until 10th May)
    8 VE Day 75th Anniversary
    8 Early May Bank Holiday
    10 F1 – Spanish Grand Prix, Barcelona
    11 Swimming – European Championships, Hungary (until 24th May)
    13 The Royal Windsor Horse Show (until 17th May)
    14 Golf – US PGA, San Francisco (until 17th May)
    15 Chatsworth International Horse Trials (until 17th May)
    24 Tennis – French Open, Paris (until 7th June)
    19 RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Royal Hospital Chelsea (until 23rd May)
    21 Glyndebourne Opera season opens (until 30th August)
    23 Eid-al-Fitr (until 24th May)
    23 Football – FA Cup Final, Wembley Stadium, London
    23 Duxford Air Festival
    24 F1 – Monaco Grand Prix, Monte Carlo
    25 Spring Bank Holiday
    25 Gloucestershire Cheese Rolling, Coopers Hill
    25 Football – EFL Championship Play-off Final, Wembley Stadium, London
    28 The Royal Bath and West Show, Shepton Mallet (until 30th May)
    31 Isle of Man TT Motor Festival (until 12th June)

  • 2 Holland Park Opera season opens
    4 Cricket – 1st Test, England v West Indies, The Oval, London (until 8th June)
    6 Racing – Investec Derby Day, Epsom Downs
    6 World Triathlon Series, Leeds (until 7th June)
    7 F1 – Azerbaijan Grand Prix, Baku
    9 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition (until 16th August)
    12 Cricket – 2nd Test, England v West Indies, Birmingham (until 16th June)
    12 Football – UEFA Euro 2020 begins
    13 HM Queen Elizabeth II Official Birthday
    13 Le Mans 24 hour race (until 14th June)
    14 F1 – Canadian Grand Prix, Montreal
    15 Tennis – Queen’s Club Championships, London (until 21st June)
    16 Racing – Royal Ascot (until 20th June)
    17 London International Fine Art and Antiques Fair, Olympia (until 26th June)
    18 Golf – US Open, New York (until 21st June)
    20 Longest Day – Summer solstice
    21 Father's Day
    21 London to Brighton Bike Ride
    24 Midsummer's Day
    24 Glastonbury Festival, Worthy Farm (until 28th June)
    25 Cricket – 3rd Test, England v West Indies, Lord’s, London (until 29th June)
    25 Masterpiece London Art Fair, Royal Hospital Chelsea (until 1st July)
    27 Cycling – Tour de France (until 19th July)
    28 F1 – French Grand Prix, Le Castellet
    29 Tennis – Wimbledon Championships, London (until 12th July)
    30 Yachting – Round the Island Race, Isle of Wight

  • 1 Rowing – Henley Royal Regatta (until 5th July)
    5 F1 – Austrian Grand Prix, Spielberg
    6 RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show (until 12th July)
    9 Goodwood Festival of Speed (until 12th July)
    11 Tennis – Ladies’ Final, Wimbledon, London
    12 Tennis – Men’s Final, Wimbledon, London
    12 Football – UEFA Euro 2020 final, Wembley Stadium, London
    16 Golf – British open, Kent (until 19th July)
    17 Royal International Air Tattoo, RAF Fairford (until 19th July)
    19 F1 – British Grand Prix, Silverstone
    19 Polo – Cowdray Park Gold Cup Final
    21 Royal International Horse Show, Hickstead (until 26th July)
    24 Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 Opening Ceremony
    25 Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 Opening Ceremony
    24 Racing – King George VI Weekend, Ascot (until 25th July)
    28 New Forest and Hampshire County Show (until 30th July)
    28 Racing – Goodwood Festival (to 1st August)
    30 Eid-al-Adha (until 3rd August)
    30 Cricket – 1st Test – England v Pakistan, Lord’s, London (until 3rd August)
    30 Wilderness Festival, Oxfordshire (until 2nd August)

  • 2 F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix, Budapest
    3 August Bank Holiday (Scotland)
    6 Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 Closing Ceremony
    7 Edinburgh Fringe Festival (until 31st August)
    7 National Horse Trials Championships, Banbury (until 9th August)
    7 Cricket – 2nd Test – England v Pakistan, Manchester (until 11th August)
    8 London Triathlon (until 9th July)
    8 Yachting – Cowes Week, Isle of Wight (until 15th August)
    9 Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 Closing Ceremony
    12 Grouse and Common Snipe season opens (England, Scotland and Wales)
    15 Cycling – Prudential RideLondon (until 16th August)
    16 Rowing – World Championships, Slovenia (until 23rd August)
    20 Cricket – 3rd Test – England v Pakistan, Nottingham (until 24th August)
    30 Notting Hill Carnival (until 31st August)
    30 F1 – Belgian Grand Prix, Spa-Francorchamps
    31 Summer Bank Holiday (England, Wales and N. Ireland)
    31 Tennis – US Open, New York (until 13th September)

  • 1 Partridge, Plover, Moorhen, Duck and Goose season opens (England, Scotland and Wales)
    2 Burghley Horse Trials (until 6th September)
    3 Salon Prive, Blenheim Palace (until 6th September)
    6 F1 – Italian Grand Prix, Monza
    9 Racing – St. Leger Festival, Doncaster Racecourse (until 12th September)
    11 Goodwood Revival (until 13th September)
    11 Southampton Boat Show (until 20th September)
    12 The London Design Festival (until 20th September)
    13 The Great North Run, Newcastle upon Tyne
    17 Racing – Ayr Gold Cup Festival (until 19th September)
    17 Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials (until 20th September)
    18 Rosh Hashanah (until 20th September)
    18 London Fashion Week (until 22nd September)
    20 Cycling – UCI Road World Championships, Yorkshire (until 27th September)
    22 Autumn begins
    27 Yom Kippur (until 28th October)
    27 F1 – Russian Grand Prix, Sochi
    29 Michaelmas

  • 1 Pheasant and Woodcock season opens (England, Scotland and Wales)
    4 Racing – Prix de L'Arc de Triomphe, ParisLongchamp Racecourse
    6 Brown Trout fishing season closes (River Test)
    7 Horse of the Year Show, Birmingham (until 11th October)
    8 Frieze Art Fair, Regent’s Park (until 11th October)
    15 Salmon fishing season closes (River Tay)
    25 British Summer Time ends (clocks go back)
    31 Halloween

  • 1 All Saints' Day
    1 London to Brighton Veteran Car Run*
    5 Guy Fawkes Day
    8 Remembrance Sunday
    11 Armistice Day – 11am, 2 minute silence
    14 Diwali, Festival of Light
    26 Thanksgiving Day (USA)
    29 Advent Sunday
    30 St. Andrew's Day

  • 10 Hanukkah (until 18th December)
    10 Grouse season closes (England, Scotland and Wales)
    14 London International Horse Show, Olympia (until 20th December) *
    21 Shortest Day – Winter solstice
    24 Christmas Eve
    25 Christmas Day
    26 Boxing Day
    31 New Year's Eve

* Provisional date

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