What is the biggest attended sporting event in the UK?

Last year may have been the year of British Olympic success but the Olympic legacy is what is happening right now.

The knock on affect, it seems, has been of colossal scale across Britain and it seems like our enthusiasm for sport isn’t going to be calming down any time soon. So let’s just take a moment to bask in our glory with Peppermint’s low-down on the most attended sporting events in the UK.

The exhilarating 52 lap race brought in crowds of 297,000 people to the British Grand Prix in 2012 according to Silverstone’s official website. The Silverstone race course is where the Formula One World championship was born in 1950.

There’s camping available at nearby woodlands as a cheaper alternative to a hotel if you’re staying to catch the entire weekend’s action. On the last day of the event fans stay behind for the Grand Prix Party, which has become synonymous with the British Grand Prix as the ultimate post-race party for F1 fans.

Britain’s most popular race meeting, welcoming approximately 300,000 visitors across the five day event according the facts and figures page on the official Royal Ascot webite. It’s more than a load of horses trotting around a field in the middle of Berkshire though.  It’s the place to be and be seen, each year Ladies Day is held of the Thursday of the Royal Meeting which brings out a surplus of fabulous hats and the start of a roaring debate about the length of hemlines within the royal enclosure. There’s even the chance to spot HRH Queen Elizabeth II as she attends most years.

Finally, its game set and match to Wimbledon with 486,898 people attending the 13 days of The Championships in 2013. It seems if you weren’t watching court side or on Murray mound within the grounds you were most certainly watching the action from centre court on your box with viewing figures within the UK peaking at 17.3m during Murray’s final against Djokovic.

Wimbledon provides an all-round brilliant day out for families, couples and groups of friends alike. There are great food stands and restaurants, three gift shops within the beautiful grounds and a vibrant atmosphere. According to the official statistics page on the Wimbledon website tennis fans attending this vast event consume 300,000 cups of tea and coffee and 112,000 punnets of English strawberries over the 13 day championship. There are also 200,000 glasses of Pimm’s consumed, which incidentally is greater than the amount of water drunk at the event perhaps that explains the jovial frame of mind everyone seems to be in walking around the historic grounds… well, it is only once a year!

If you fancy experiencing the Wimbledon Championship for yourself without purchasing the pricey ticket why not check out this article about working at events, you can even watch matches when you’re not working!

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