Ah, the joys of British summer time. We’re off to the countryside for horsey pursuits, lesser-spotted-royal hunting, festivals where reckless abandon is quite frankly encouraged and sporting events where the sport itself is by far the most insignificant part. First stop: the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials, Wednesday 4th – Sunday 8th May.
Follow the Handbook in the coming weeks to find out which other social, cultural and sporting events are on our must-do list this summer. Embrace the inevitable, and enviable, prospect of calendar clashes and have your excuses ready; ‘I’m SO sorry, Jack/Alexa, I have a terrible/infectious/unavoidable case of man flu/shingles/FOMO’.
As May, the shiny gateway to summer and with two bank holidays to boot, kicks off, glossy city posses abandon Hermès for Hunter and decamp to a stunning estate in Gloucestershire for a spot of horseplay.
If you’re expecting shuttlecocks, you’ll be disappointed; this Badminton is a picture-perfect Cotswolds estate, not a racquet sport, school or record by EDM artist Venetian Snares (no, us neither). We defy you not to be impressed by the staggering talent of the horses and their riders as they compete in dressage, cross-country and show-jumping at this world-renowned equestrian event, although you may well be distracted by the first-class shopping, socialising and people-watching opportunities.
Our vintage army truck turned travelling bar, The Mucky Pheasant, will be in the thick of the action at the Jack Wills Garden, Fence No.9 – see you there for drinks, free wifi and lots of horses. Kick on and hold tight (as they say).