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AUGUST

TOTAL BWF World Championships 2017BADMINTON.  21st to 27th August – 2017 BWF Badminton World Championships – Emirates Arena

The world’s greatest players are in Glasgow this week for what promises to be a memorable week of badminton action.  Glasgow last hosted the World Championships in 1997 when Denmark’s Peter Rasmussen, Europe’s last men’s singles World Champion, won the title in the longest final in history beating China’s Sun Jun.  The 2017 edition promises to be no less exciting with Scotland No.1 Kirsty Gilmour (pictured left) – a silver medallist at the 2014 Commonwealth Games and 2016 European Championships – among the players to watch out for.  Advance tickets are on sale. 

COMMONWEALTH GAMES 2018.  22nd to 26th August –  Gold Coast 2018 Queen’s Baton Relay – Various

The build-up to next year’s Commonwealth Games continues as the Gold Coast 2018 Queen’s Baton Relay (QPR) continues its global tour with a visit to Scotland.  The five-day programme of events and celebrations and the presence Commonwealth Games. Queen's Baton Relay. (2)of the Baton bring the Gold Coast 2018 one step closer for athletes and supporters, as Team Scotland aims for its best ever medal haul at an overseas Games.  For the full itinerary of what is happening and where visit the Team Scotland website.

EQUESTRIAN.  24th to 27th August – Blair Castle International Horse Trials – Blair Castle

Blair Castle hosts Scotland’s premier equestrian event. Known as three-day eventing the trials are over four days, with the dressage phase taking place over the initial two days followed by the cross-country on the Saturday and showjumping on the Sunday.  Tickets are available to purchase online.

SEPTEMBER

HIGHLAND GAMES.  Saturday 2nd September – The Braemar Gathering – Braemar, Aberdeenshire

Held on the first Saturday in September the Braemar Gathering is a world famous event that heralds the finale of the Highland Games season.  With the Queen as Chieftain the event will see international athletes among those taking part in the ‘heavy’ and ‘track’ events, together with pipers and dancers in attendance while teams from H.M. Forces will compete in tug-o-war and relay events.  For details of how to purchase tickets visit the Braemar Gathering website.

Photo: Theo Southee

Photo: Theo Southee

CYCLING.  Sunday 3rd September – Stage One of the OVO Energy Tour of Britain – Edinburgh to Kelso

Edinburgh is the venue of the ‘Grand Depart’ for Stage One of Britain’s biggest professional cycling race.  The peleton will head out from Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, where the race will start outside of St Giles’ Cathedral, through East Lothian and into the Scottish Borders with the finish coming in the town of Kelso.  The 188-kilometre opening leg will also include a 79-kilometre loop in the Scottish Borders, giving fans at the finish in Kelso town centre the opportunity to see the world’s top riders in action twice.  Spectating on the route is free.

HORSE RACING.  21st to 23rd September – Ayr Gold Cup Festival – Ayr Racecourse

Scotland’s biggest flat racing festival takes place at Ayr Racecourse.  Three days of action featuring some of the leading jockeys and trainers in the country reaches a finale on the Saturday with the Ayr Gold Cup the centrepiece of the richest day in the Scottish flat season racing calendar.  Tickets are now on sale via the Ayr Racecourse website.

CLIMBING.  23rd to 24th September.  IFSC World Cup – Edinburgh International Climbing Arena 

International climbing return to Edinburgh for the first time since 2003 with the International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) World Cup.  The Edinburgh International Climbing Arena, affectionately known as ‘Ratho’ by climbers, is set in an old quarry used to make the paving stones of Glasgow and Edinburgh.  Lead and Speed disciplines will be featured making Ratho an ideal platform for people to see climbing first-hand ahead of its debut at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.  Ticket information to follow.

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