• Get your summer of sport off to a winning start
  • Get a party to the stadium – or host one at home
  • A list of sporting events you won’t want to miss

Getting tickets

If you're going to an event as part of a big group, beware that there's often a cap on the number of tickets you can buy (to stop touts buying up tickets in large numbers and reselling them at higher prices). For example, you can't buy more than eight for an event at Wembley Stadium – and check carefully how many children one adult can accompany, whether there are age caps or if infants are allowed. 

You don't always have to buy tickets in advance – sporting events can be a last-minute decision. At Wimbledon, you can queue and get a ticket on the day.

'If you fancy a Centre Court ticket for just £56, then all you need is a tent, two free days and a frisbee to keep you entertained,' says Piers Newbery (@piersnewbery), BBC sports tennis writer. 'Queuing over a night for a show court ticket is only for the hardiest of souls, but arriving by 6am should see you through the gates a few hours later with a ground pass.' 


When you've bought your ticket, the next thing you need to plan is how to get there. Most major events have a section on their website for travel advice that include things you may not have thought of, such as car park tickets.

Driving may not be the best way to get to an event and there may be two or three different bus routes or rail stations that will get you near a venue (such as Wimbledon main station for Wimbledon, as well as Southfields tube) so check the venue's website for the best travel advice.

'Make sure you know your gate number and check exactly where you're heading, because arriving on the wrong side of the grounds can require another stiff walk to make amends,' adds Piers Newbery.

Research what you can take in and what to wear

Some events require attendees to make a bit of an effort, so check whether you need to dress up. Royal Ascot earlier in June, for example, requests a certain level of 'sartorial elegance', with ladies asked not to wear short skirts or show their shoulders and encouraged to wear hats. 

Some venues, such as Lord's and Wimbledon, actively encourage spectators to bring picnics and drinks, while others, such as Wembley Stadium and Twickenham, discourage it – so it's worth checking with the venue. 

One last bit of advice from Piers Newbery on Wimbledon: 'Bad news for all your friends on social media – selfie sticks are banned. You'll have to get Roger or Rafa to hold the phone for both of you.'

Make a party of it

Lots of sporting events are a good excuse for getting together with friends to celebrate a birthday, an engagement or just enjoying the summer. Events such as polo's British Beach Polo Championships and the finals of the Jaeger-LeCoultre Gold Cup at Cowdray Park, West Sussex are perfect to grab a picnic and chill out with friends.

At the Beach Polo Championships you can also add on an after-party ticket to your day.  Just be aware that some venues will not allow large bags or bottles into the grounds.

There can be discounts for groups – Henley Royal Regatta offers 10% off, for example – or try Groupon for discounted tickets to local events. 

Cover yourself

Always buy tickets through a member of the Society of Ticket Agents and Retailers (STAR) – that way if an event you're attending is cancelled by the organisers, you'll be entitled to a full refund. Citizens Advice offers more information on its website.

If you're travelling to an event, check you have the right travel insurance to cover you in the event of a cancellation. Plenty of the summer's sporting events make for a great excuse to get together at home, splash out on a new TV and get stuck in. Just remember to check your home insurance is up-to-date, especially if you buy a new TV or are planning a party, in case of accidental damage.

Staying safe 

Due to recent acts of terrorism, sporting events and stadiums have increased their security measures, so check the venue's website before you travel and prepare to spend extra time going through security. 

Lord's (@homeofcricket) cricket ground in London is one of those venues to have stepped up security. 

'We are working with the Metropolitan Police and have a robust security operation in place,' says Lord's spokesman Neil Priscott. 'We are famous for inviting people to bring in a hamper, but bag searches take time so we ask members and visitors to arrive early and have some patience.'

Follow adventure travel and sports writer Abigail Butcher (@abi_butcher‏) on Twitter for more sporting stories

Some of this summer's top sporting events

Starting in July

1 July: cricket – One-Day cup final, Lord's

1 to 23 July: cycling – Tour de France

3 to 16 July: tennis – Wimbledon

7 to 8 July: polo – Link Homes British Beach Polo Championships, Poole 

9 July: athletics – London Anniversary Games

14 to 23 July: athletics – World Para Athletics Championships, London

20-23 July: golf – The Open, Royal Birkdale

23 July: polo – Jaeger-LeCoultre Gold Cup finals, Cowdray Park

16 July: Formula 1 – British Grand Prix, Silverstone

16 Jul to 6 Aug: football – Women's Euro 2017, Netherlands

Starting in August

4 to 13 August: athletics – World Championships, London

8 to 11 August: athletics – Special Olympics GB National Games, Sheffield

9 to 26 August: rugby union – Women's World Cup, Ireland

10 to 13 August: golf – US PGA Championship, Quail Hollow Club, Charlotte, North Carolina

12 to 13 August: football, Premier League 2017/18 season opening weekend

19 to 27 August: hockey – EuroHockey Championships, Netherlands

22 to 27 August: equestrian – European Dressage and Show Jumping Championships, Gothenburg, Sweden

26 August: rugby league – Challenge Cup final, Wembley

31 August to 3 September: equestrian – Burghley Horse Trials

Starting in September

1 September: football – 2018 World Cup qualifiers: Malta v England, Lithuania v Scotland, San Marino v Northern Ireland

2 September: football – 2018 World Cup qualifiers: Wales v Austria, Georgia v Republic of Ireland 

2 September: cricket – T20 Blast Finals Day, Edgbaston

3 September: formula 1 – Italian Grand Prix, Monza

3-10 September: cycling – Tour of Britain

4 September: football – 2018 World Cup qualifiers: England v Slovakia, Scotland v Malta, Northern Ireland v Czech Republic

5 September: football – 2018 World Cup qualifiers: Moldova v Wales, Republic of Ireland v Serbia