Late June

The equine theme continues in the ‘back yard’ of Her Majesty’s home at Windsor Castle. Although this is a feast of top class racing, spread over five days, for many (dare we say most?) the real attraction lies in fashion and celebrity spotting. The prime position is within the Royal Enclosure, to which you may apply for entry provided you are sponsored by someone who has been admitted for at least four years themselves. But there is another hurdle as well: the notorious dress code, which specifies everything from the length of ladies’ skirts to the colour of gentlemen’s top hats and shoes. Before racing, try to find a friend with access to the No. 1 Car Park: this is the coveted spot for your picnic, but berths are handed down from generation to generation.