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Jul. 02

Il Palio di Siena

One of two summer instalments of an event held in this Italian city’s Piazza del Campo, where bareback horse riders representing local wards battle it out for victory. Plan the rest of the day too, though, the race lasts no longer than 90 seconds.

Jul. 03

Hampton Court Palace Flower Show Blooms

The world’s largest exhibition of horticultural prowess returns, this year with a number of firsts, such as a celebration of iconic garden designers (starting with Piet Oudolf) and the purple-hued Verbena bonariensis extravaganza. Ends 8 July.

Jul. 05

Summer Series at Somerset House: Mics On

Across 11 nights, the romantic, Thames-hugging Somerset House hosts a strand of gigs including ebullient hip-hop-soul veterans The Roots and UK reggae flagbearer David Rodigan. Until 15 July.

Jul. 06

Festival Puccini Begins

This magnificent celebration of Giacomo Puccini – composer of Madame Butterfly – sees open-air operatic concerts against a backdrop of Massaciuccoli Lake. Until 25 August.

Jul. 06

Le Mans Classic

Two years ago, 123,000 vintage car enthusiasts descended on the circuit used for the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans for this Classic. Only pre-1979 models can be entered, and this time around there’s an appearance by former Formula One champion Jenson Button.

Jul. 14

Panerai British Classic Week Sets Sail

A sense of camaraderie imbues this mixed-class week of racing around the picturesque Solent accompanied by a vibrant social programme. Ends 21 July.

Jul. 19

Verbier Festival

Nestled in the Swiss Alps, this coalescence of classical music talent, young and old, also boasts a range of activities including the boundary-transcending fest’off, in which guests can enjoy unscripted concerts and a merging of the electronic and symphonic genres.

Jul. 20

Festival Napa Valley

Pairing the performing arts with the California region’s exemplary cuisine and vintages, the event formerly known as Festival Del Sole has previously welcomed huge talents including actor Robert Redford and cellist Nina Kotova – expect more of the same this time around. Until 29 July.

Jul. 22

Gold Cup Final

A mainstay on the rolling lawns of Cowdray Park estate in England’s West Sussex, the final will decide the champions of the British Open polo tournament.

Aug. 01

Locarno Film Festival

The 71st iteration of this celebration of celluloid returns with various prizes on offer, including the Golden Leopard for the best international film. Until 11 August.  

Aug. 02

Sydney International Boat Show Commences

Hosted at the International Convention Centre in Darling Harbour, adjacent to the Sydney CBD, the show is the premier marine fair in the southern hemisphere, with various yachts and boats on display. Until 6 August.  

Aug. 02

Melbourne International Film Festival Opens

Founded in 1952, one of the oldest international festivals on the film circuit returns offering innovative screen experiences. The largest showcase of Australian filmmaking is both accessible and iconic, displaying international and national films, documentaries and shorts. Until 19 August.

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