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Coutts clients can get the best seats at top summer season events like Royal Ascot and Wimbledon.

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The UK’s seriously cool summer sporting season is just around the corner and Coutts can get clients the best seats. From Ascot to Wimbledon, here’s our run-down of what’s coming up.

It’s time to dust off the top hat, find the fascinator and get ready for another summer of sport and sophistication.

Coveted tickets to top events like the British Grand Prix, Ascot and Wimbledon can be hard to come by due to balloting systems and high demand.

But Coutts Concierge, which helps clients with everything from restaurant reservations to flight bookings, can access hospitality enclosures and debenture seats for the bank’s Silk cardholders.

The service works with trusted suppliers to ensure members enjoy the best view at the biggest events. It’s worth remembering, though, that all tickets and packages are subject to availability.

To celebrate the upcoming start of the summer season, here’s our guide to its most famous five sporting events.

Epsom Derby – 1-2 June

The Epsom Derby – part of the two-day Derby Festival – is widely hailed as the most prestigious flat race in the world. Trainers bring their colts and fillies from across the globe for jockeys to take on to the 1.5 mile track.

It attracts over 125,000 people from horse racing fans to food fanatics, from celebrities to royalty.

Day one is Ladies’ Day, where the elegance is just as important as the equine action. The day includes a ‘style award’ competition, which last year offered over £7,000 of prizes.

Day two is Derby Day, a true highlight of the racing year thanks to its carnival atmosphere, convivial picnics and lively entertainment.

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Royal Ascot – 19-23 June

Ascot is the UK’s most valuable race meeting with £5.5m in prize money up for grabs. It attracts about 300,000 visitors over its five-day run and is watched in over 200 countries.

The 300-year-old event has a number of traditions. A royal procession starts proceedings each day while communal singing around the bandstand brings them to a close.

There are four enclosures from which you can see the 18 group races, each with its own unique character.

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Wimbledon – 2-15 July

All eyes turn to London’s SW19 for two weeks every summer as the world’s most prestigious tennis tournament takes centre stage. The grounds can accommodate 39,000 spectators but millions tune in from around the world.

People flock to the grounds for the strawberries and cream as much as the gripping rallies and forehand smashes. Last year, 33,000 kilograms of strawberries were consumed along with over 10,000 litres of fresh cream.

Established in 1877, it is the world’s oldest tennis tournament and the only one of today’s grand slam events played on grass.

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Henley Royal Regatta – 4-8 July

Eights, coxless fours and double sculls – just three of the races you’ll see at the world’s best known regatta.

The Henley Regatta began back in 1839 as a fair before becoming a showcase for competitive amateur rowing. Today the five-day event, which costs close to £4m a year to stage, attracts rowers from around the world. Last year, 144 overseas crews took part from 15 nations.

The River Thames course is over 2,000 metres long and takes about seven minutes to cover. There are a couple of enclosures to enhance the experience – the Regatta enclosure, open to the general public, and the Stewards’ Enclosure, reserved for members and their guests.

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The British Grand Prix – 5-8 July

Former World War II aerodrome Silverstone hosts the world’s oldest and third-longest Formula 1 race. The 3.7-mile circuit is seen by many drivers as one of the most challenging tracks in the sport.

This year marks the event’s 70th anniversary and the celebrations include former Spice Girl Melanie C in concert, an 80s extravaganza with presenter Sara Cox, and helicopter rides over the track.

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Key Takeaways

As the summer season approaches, the Coutts Concierge service can get clients the best seats to major events such as Royal Ascot, Wimbledon and the British Grand Prix.

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