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Sporting Breaks - The Relaxing Way!

By Robin Richmond

When many people think of travelling to see a sports event their mental images are often tarnished by traffic jams, long journeys and suspect sandwiches from motorway service stations. In fact if you add into the mix your team of choice getting thumped then your day out can turn into an extremely miserable one!

While you will never be able to guarantee the outcome of the event, there are several measures you can take to make sure you enjoy your trip away - not least slowing things down and taking your time!

The fact is long drives to and from sporting events are no fun at all. By taking your time and spending the weekend in a nearby hotel you can walk to and from an event while soaking up the ambience. The next few months in the UK has some excellent sporting events coming up that are perfect to turn into a relaxing weekend away. Perhaps one of the most exciting events of the year in terms of atmosphere is the Rugby Six Nations tournament.

Next years match between Scotland and England has all the elements for an exciting weekend away. Hosted in Scotland's capital Edinburgh, the whole city comes alive during match weekends with a friendly atmosphere welcoming all their guests (yes even the English!).

There is a fantastic vibe in the majestic Murrayfield stadium throughout the match and the post match buzz in all of the city's pubs is always entertaining. Combine this sporting activity with everything else the beautiful city of Edinburgh has to offer and there is all the ingredients to an excellent weekend away. For further details of fixtures try

Another potential weekend away for sports fans is the Cheltenham Festival. Cheltenham Racecourse, the home of National Hunt Racing, plays host to the world's steeplechase elite during its annual National Hunt Festival held in March. Lasting four days the highlight of the festival is the famous Gold Cup which is one of the most exciting horse races anywhere in the world.

Attracting horses, trainers and jockeys from all over Britain, Ireland and France, an exciting international flavour permeates the elegant Spa town of Cheltenham for the duration of the event. With a number of excellent hotels in the area the Festival is guaranteed to be a wonderful short break for all those who enjoy the excitement and glamour of international horse racing.

By combining your sporting event of choice with a weekends hotel accommodation you can truly relax and enjoy the event. Specialist travel companies such as have a number of accommodation + ticket packages for many top sporting events across the UK. Its just a pity you can never guarantee the result you are looking for!

About The Author

Robin Richmond is a travel writer based in Edinburgh and the webmaster of


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