What a summer of British sport. The World Cup looms, Wimbledon is around the corner, the Glasgow Commonwealth Games upon us, and the Grand Depart of the Tour de France taking place in Yorkshire. Well now you can add the Sark Sheep Racing Festival.
The festival, held on the tiny Channel Islands, takes place over July 19-20 and includes an Ascot Day and a Newmarket Day for two days of sheep racing.
The Sark Sheep Racing Festival is no joke either, assuming the character of a prestigious race meeting. There are six races per day, each featuring six runners. Local businesses sponsor the races and take temporary ownership of the sheep, conjuring up witty race and sheep names.
As well as sheep racing, the festival features a variety of stalls and a children’s play area.
Channel Islands Direct has a package to the festival for anyone looking to take part. Four nights’ B&B at the 4* Stocks Hotel is from £475 per person in July. Price includes return flights from Gatwick. See channelislandsdirect.co.uk
For more on Sark, see sark.co.uk/events/