Knutsford Royal May Day 2018

I don’t think there is any town more proud of its May Day than Knutsford, and rightly so. It has been a tradition in the town since 1864 when the Vicar of Knutsford at the time, Rev. Robert Clowes set it up. The ‘Royal’ part came about 23 years later when the title was bestowed…

Lowther Show

With a long-standing history in the area, Lowther Show has become a staple in the Cumbrian events calendar. The show was originally set up as a three-day horse carriage driving trial in the 1970s, and was often publicised as a favourite sporting event of HRH the Duke of Edinburgh. After a brief pause in proceedings…

London 2017: Men’s Marathon

In my last post, I wrote about the first evening of Athletics at the 2017 IAAF World Championships. It was a great night, and if you haven't caught up yet, you can just hop back a post. Although the tickets to get into the London Stadium to watch the Athletics did cost money, there were…

World Athletics Championships 2017

Every two years, the IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federations) holds the World Championships, a nine-day global event bringing together around 1,800 athletes from about 200 countries. This time round, it was London's turn to host the Championships, and really our whole trip was based around this event, having bought the tickets many months in…

Le Tour de France 2017

I was so lucky that my last weekend in France coincided with the arrival of the Tour into Paris. The race has been finishing on the world-famous Champs-Élysées for the past 42 years, and it really is quite a spectacle! What I didn't realise though, not being a huge watcher of cycling, is that there's…

Le 14 juillet

The '14 juillet', or 'Bastille Day' to the non-French, is the national day of celebration in France, and nowhere does it quite like Paris! The Champs-Élysées hosts the oldest, and largest, military parade in Europe, so this year I went along to watch! The 14 juillet celebrations commemorate the day when, back in 1789, the…

Carnaval Tropical de Paris

Yesterday, when I was out and about in Paris, I stumbled upon this amazing parade on the Champs-Élysées. As it turns out, it was the Carnaval Tropical de Paris, which this time round, was held along the length of Paris' most famous street. This Caribbean festival takes place on the first weekend in July, which…