MotoGP returns to the UK’s most famous racetrack for the British leg of the 2015 World Championship. Sunday’s big race will see reigning champion Marc Márquez hoping to repeat last year’s win here and add to his points tally – but he’ll face stiff competition from Italy’s Valentino Rossi and fellow Spaniard Jorge Lorenzo, who holds the record for the most MotoGP wins at Silverstone. With the bikes hurtling around the track’s eminent twists and turns at speeds of over 170kph, and plenty of off-track partying for spectators, there’s no doubt this will be a weekend of high-octane action.
Notting Hill, London
August Bank Holiday weekend means only one thing: Carnival time! Thousands of locals and tourists will once again descend on W11 to celebrate London’s brilliantly diverse cultural heritage – with all the music, dancing and tasty treats that entails.
The Ageas Bowl, Southampton
The drama isn’t over yet for England and Australia as the 2015 cricket season draws to a close with a series of one-day internationals between the age-old rivals. Stuart Broad and co retain home advantage after hosting The Ashes and will be hoping to recreate the magic that brought them a ODI series victory against New Zealand earlier in the year.
Executive-produced by Puff Daddy and Pharrell Williams, Dope is the coming-of-age tale of three teens who become caught up in a major drug deal and have to use their smarts to get out of it. This buzzy indie movie was a hit at Sundance and is sure to win over audiences in the UK, too.
Stradbally Hall, County Laois
Billed as Ireland’s answer to Glastonbury, Electric Picnic celebrates its 12th birthday this summer with a line-up that’s bigger and better than ever before. Fresh from a celebrated Glasto set, Florence + The Machine will headline a diverse and impressively A-list roster to sing out the festival season. Blur, Sam Smith, Manic Street Preachers, Underworld, Grace Jones and FKA twigs are among those lending stellar support.
Rock and a hard place
Dinas Mawddwy, Gwynedd
After its inaugural success last year, Red Bull Hardline is back to challenge some of the world’s best mountain bikers with one of the toughest downhill courses they’ve ever encountered. Designed by biking legend Dan Atherton, the course mixes terrifying man-made runs with gnarly natural obstacles. Who will survive… and what will be left of them at the finish line?
Club of the Month
Steam and Rye
City of London
Created by club maestro Nick House (Mahiki, Whisky Mist) and model/actress Kelly Brook, this homage to The Great Gatsby-era Americana is one of the boldest, most eccentric bars in London’s Square Mile. The concept – brought to life by Hollywood production designer Jonathan Lee, who has worked on everything from 24 to Star Wars: Episode II – was inspired by the historic building’s former life as the Bank of New York. It features a main hall modelled on Grand Central Station, a stage for live entertainment, and there’s even a mechanical bucking bull just waiting to challenge your dignity …