Burghley Horse Trials event guide

In the diary: Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials

'This prestigious and popular leg of the global Grand Slam of Eventing brings the world's top riders and horses together to test their skill, stamina and speed across three pulse-quickening equestrian disciplines at the highest competition level: CCI 4*. Away from the thundering hooves and gleaming tack, there's a weekend's worth of eating, drinking, shopping and people-watching to enjoy'

In the diary: Edinburgh Festival Fringe



When? 6–31 August
Edinburgh, Scotland
A million people throng the steep streets of Edinburgh to celebrate music, theatre and comedy at the world’s biggest arts festival.

Style Before they were famous
Setting Athens of the north

Event highlights These are always unpredictable, but some locations, such as the Speigeltent, are always a good bet. See www.festivalhighlights.com for other likely gems.




Head count Around a million people attend the Fringe over the course of August.

Packing tips Anything goes, so if you have an outlandish outfit that needs an airing, this is the place for it. Otherwise, take sensible shoes (for the cobbles) and a map to help you keep track of the 250-plus venues.

Bar chat If you were to watch every single performance at the festival back to back, it would take around five years, 11 months and 16 days.