SOCIAL & SPORTING EVENTS CALENDAR OCTOBER 2016

October 1st   - Horse Racing - Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe, Chantilly, France ( until 2nd) Over the years, the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe has earned a reputation as the world’s greatest horse race bringing together the world’s most talented thoroughbreds aged 3 and over bursting with adrenaline and emotion. Last year’s nail-biting edition was won by Golden Horn and Lanfranco Dettori. Who will win the title in 2016?

October  1st  -  Pheasant and Woodcock Shooting Season Opens . There are a number of gamebirds, waterfowl and other bird species, as well as mammals, which can be shot legally. For many there is a close season when it is illegal to shoot them, which should always be observed thus helping to ensure that they are able to breed successfully and move between breeding and wintering grounds.

October 1st - Motor Racing – British Touring Car Championship, Brands Hatch Kent – (until 2nd)This final round of the 2016 series. A chance to watch some of our top UK drivers compete in the finale of this prestigious Saloon Car Championship which showcases ‘racing versions’ of our best known road cars at simply unbelievable speeds.

October 2st  - Motor Racing - Formula 1 Malaysian Grand Prix, Kuala Lumpur

October  5th  - International Show Jumping –Horse of The Year Show, NEC, Birmingham (until 9th) ‘The World’s most famous horse show’ featuring  16 hours of daily action, 1600 top class international horses and riders,  exhilarating live displays and the famous HOYS retail village with over 250 equestrian and country trade stands the show has something to interest all the family whether you are ’ horsey’ or not.

October 6th -  International Golf – Alfred Dunhill Links Championship (until 9th) One of the richest golf tournaments on the European Tour played on three different links courses and including 72 holes of stroke play with one 18 hole round being played each day There will be 168 Professionals and 168 amateurs playing in teams of two playing each of the three courses in rotation with the final round being played over the Old Course at St Andrews, Scotland. 2015 winner Thomas Olesen  from Demark will be hoping to defend his championship title.

October 9th - Motor Racing – Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix, Suzuka

October 15th - Horse Racing – QIPCO British Champions Day, Ascot  - The finale of the European Flat racing season and the richest race day in the British calendar with a chance to see the World's finest horses and jockeys battle it out for their slice of history and featuring  The Champion Stakes –over  10 furlongs,  The Queen Elizabeth II Stakes - over  1 mile, Sprinters  over six furlongs, Long distance horses over two miles and Fillies and Mares over one mile and four furlongs.

October 15th - Canterbury Festival (until 5th Nov.) Canterbury Festival is Kent's International Arts Festival and attracts over 70,000 visitors every year. The Festival brings internationally acclaimed artists to the city while also celebrating its home grown talent.  With over 200 events the festival embraces theatre, music, comedy, circus, cabaret, art, sculpture, walks, talks and a whole division dedicated to science offering something for everyone.

October 16th - Motor Cycling - Moto GP, Japan, Motegi Formula Ford Festival.

October 22nd -  Motor Racing – Formula Ford Festival - Brands Hatch, Kent (until 23rd) The World-famous single seater festival celebrates its 45th running in 2016 and the list of previous winners reads like a who's who of motorsport including current F1 star Jenson Button and former F1 drivers Johnny Herbert, Eddie Irvine and Anthony Davidson.

October 23rd - Motor Racing – Formula 1 US Grand Prix, Austin, Texas - The United States Grand Prix returns to host one of the final races in the Formula 1 World Championship, where the main protagonists will be trying to secure maximum points both for their individual title bids and for their teams.  Can Mercedes duo Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg take the 1-2 podium positioning again in 2016 at Austin?

October 23rd - Motor Cycling – Moto GP , Australia, Philip Island - The Australian Grand Prix is held each year at the scenic Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit and 2016 should be something special as we head to the back end of the season with the fight for the championship still very much alive between the main contenders for the title.

 October 26th - Arundel Castle, Arundel, West Sussex (ends 27th)-‘ Raven Tor Living History Group’ will be portraying the life and times of the 11th century Norman Period in The Keep at Arundel Castle. With combat, weapons, armour and crafts displays, visitors will be able to see what life was like for those living in a castle following the Battle of Hastings, and the building of the first phase of the castle.

October 27th World Rally Championship- Wales Rally GB (until 30th) The penultimate round of the FIA World Rally Championship sees  Northern Ireland's Kris Meeke (runner up in last year’s event) representing the UK’s best chance of a place on the podium hopefully this time ahead of 2015 winner Frenchman Sebastian Ogier.

October 30th -  Motor Cycling -Moto GP, Malaysia, Sepang The fantastic location of this round is definitely one to add to your tick list to visit if you are a Moto GP Fan, and sometimes cheaper to travel to than some of the European races!  Featuring one of the longest laps in in the championship the track is made more gruelling for the riders by the intense heat and humidity, and the rain is never far away.

October 30th – British Summertime Ends (clocks go back).

October 30th - Motor Racing – Formula 1 Mexican Grand Prix, Mexico City - One of the final races in the 2016 Formula 1 calendar will guarantee that the main contenders in the championship will be at full throttle in a bid to secure maximum points as the season draws nearer to its climax for the drivers and constructors titles.

October 31st - Roe Buck Season Closes (England and Wales) there are a number of mammals and bird species which can be shot legally. For many there is a close season when it is illegal to shoot them, which should always be observed thus helping to ensure that they are able to breed successfully and move between breeding and wintering.